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Pickathon picks up the pace

Annual Pendarvis Farm show tries to stay true to its indie roots


by: COURTESY OF PICKATHON/DAVID HERBERTSON - Pendarvis Farm is the beautiful locale for Pickathon, the trendy music festival in Happy Valley, Aug. 1 to 3.It’s that time of year again when indie roots bands descend on Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley for Pickathon, which takes place Friday through Sunday, Aug. 1 to 3.

This year’s lineup is particularly enticing, with several name acts joining the lineup, along with some great local bands. Among the festival appearances you won’t want to miss:

• X will feature its original members:

Exene Cervenka, John Doe, Billy Zoom and DJ Bonebrake. One of punk rock’s most influential bands, since 1977 X has mixed rockabilly twang with punk attitude to create records that rivaled the Ramones and Undertones for straight-ahead attack, but contained the artistic sensibility of groups like Talking Heads.

• Formed in 2004, L.A.’s all-female Warpaint plays hypnotic, experimental, chant-meets-trance music that is among the more experimental out there.

• Jonathan Richman has been one of the underground’s main men since he warbled “Roadrunner” with the Modern Lovers in the early 1970s. Humorous, warm and a genius at mixing catchy hooks with offbeat lyrical content, he’s built bridges between pop and punk, folk and rock that numerous musicians have since crossed compositionally.

• It’s been a quarter-century since the formation of the Grammy Award-winning roots-music trio Nickel Creek. Violinist Sara

Watkins, mandolinist Chris Thile and guitarist Sean Watkins are commemorating their silver anniversary with a few concerts, including Pickathon.

The War on Drugs, Blind Pilot, Ural Thomas and The Pain, Jolie Holland, Quilt, Spanish Gold and numerous other acts make up the lineup, which starts playing just after noon on Friday and continues jamming until Sunday night.

Meanwhile, tickets are still available and accommodations have been made to allow for bicyclists to commute the 14 1/2 miles to and from Pickathon. Chaperoned rides leave from Velo Cult Bike Shop, 1969 N.E. 42nd Ave., at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 31, and 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1, and return at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 4.

We’ll take a deeper look at Pickathon next week, but until then you can learn more at www.pickathon.com.

— Rob Cullivan