Recently, on a farm outside of Portland, OR, there was a weekend full of music, camping, and color … lots of it!

An annual event for the last 14 years, Pickathon is a continuous three-day music festival with 50 bands playing on 6 stages in barns, forests and fields throughout 80 acres of Pendarvis Farm. While our bodies fought triple digit heat during the day, our senses were on overload from the amazing sounds that came from each stage. Seeking shelter from the rays, we swayed to the music under beautiful shade sails whose colors came alive against the brilliant blue sky.

Jammed packed with bands from London to Portland, this year’s lineup was unbelievable! These musicians were at the top of my list:

Neko Case
Heartless Bastards
Blitzen Trapper
Y La Bamba
Lake Street Dive
Kitty, Daisy and Lewis

Neko Case on the Woods Stage

Heartless Bastards on the Galaxy Barn Stage

In addition to the beauty of the farm and the incredible band lineup, Pickathon is becoming a leader in sustainability for music festivals through a host of green initiatives. They have eliminated single use dishware and utensils, and with the help of Klean Kanteen removed all plastic water bottles and cups for sale from vendors during the festival. They have put an alternative transportation plan in place that includes local mass transit and shuttle system from EcoShuttle, bike routes and secure bike parking, and carpool matching. Other initiatives include renewable energy uses like solar-charging stations for cell phones and extensive composting and recycling.

Click for more information on Pickathon… See you next year!