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17th-annual indie-roots festival draws thousands to Pendarvis Farm

PMG PHOTO: SHANNON O. WELLS - Betsy Wright, bassist with Washington, D.C.-based trio Ex Hex, strikes a pose during the bands Sunday afternoon set on the Treeline Stage at Pickathon, the indie-roots-oriented music festival held Friday, July 31, through Sunday, Aug. 2, at Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley.

PMG PHOTO: SHANNON O. WELLS - Joey Spina, left, and Whitey Morgan, right, gather around pedal steel guitarist Brett Robinson during a Sunday evening set by Whitey Morgan and the 78s on the Meadow Stage at Pickathon. Although the band hails from Flint, Mich., its more reminiscent of the Texas honky-tonk sound established by Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Southern country-rockers like Charlie Daniels.

PMG PHOTO: SHANNON O. WELLS - The main stage audience area at Pickathon is designed with an intricate sail-like shading system to keep crowds comfortable while taking in performances on the Mountain and Meadow stages, which featured alternating performances by a musically diverse range of bands and solo performers at the 17th-annual festival.

PMG PHOTO: SHANNON O. WELLS - Fort Worth, Texas-based Leon Bridges, center, and his bandmates hold the Pickathon crowd in rapt attention on Sunday night, Aug. 2, in a Mountain Stage performance at the 17th-annual music festival held on the pastoral Pendarvis Farm on Southeast Hagen Road.

PMG PHOTO: SHANNON O. WELLS - The Big Top Stage at Pickathon provided music as well as activities for children throughout the weekend, including a tight-rope walk that kids tried out on Saturday morning at Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley.

PMG PHOTO: SHANNON O. WELLS - From left, Ex Hex band members Laura Harris (drums), Mary Timony (lead guitar) and Betsey Wright (bass guitar) churn out a rocking set from Pickathons Treeline Stage on Sunday afternoon at Pendarvis Farm. Built around stacks of 20-inch paper tubes, the stage was designed by 28 students in the Portland State University School of Architecture as part of an ongoing collaboration with the annual Pickathon festival.

PMG PHOTO: SHANNON O. WELLS - Singer/songwriter Mo Phillips (center, lifting arm) and his bandmates entertain children on Saturday morning in the Big Top Stage, a new addition to Pickathon 2015.

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