Field Trip: Pickathon Preview 2019

Field Trip: Pickathon Preview 2019

It’s getting hot in Texas, so there’s no better time to hit the road in search of cooler temperatures and fantastic music. We will be heading back up to Happy Valley, Oregon for another year of Pickathon. The festival turns 21 this year and boasts its most eclectic lineup to date.  Whether you are into doom metal, bluegrass, tuareg guitar, Texas honky tonk or good old fashioned rock-n-roll, Pickathon has you covered. Here are a few don’t miss acts this weekend. 

Phosphorescent  || Mt. Hood Stage,  Pickathon  2018. Photo by Miri Stebivka photo via

Phosphorescent || Mt. Hood Stage, Pickathon 2018. Photo by Miri Stebivka photo via

Bonny Light Horseman

Treeline Stage (Thur) 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Lucky Barn (Sat) 11:20- 12:20 PM 

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Bonny Light Horseman will make their Pickathon debut this year, but fans of the festival will be quick to recognize that they’ve seen these folks before. Comprised of Eric D. Johnson (Fruitbats), Josh Kaufmann (Hiss Golden Messenger, Josh Ritter, Bob Weir), and Anaïs Mitchell (who we caught all the way back at Pickathon in 2010, but more recently she’s been known for the treasure trove of Tony Awards that her production of Hadestown took home this year). This collaboration should not be missed.



Mt. Hood Stage (Fri) 3:50 - 4:50 pm

Galaxy Barn (Sat) 8:20- 9:20 pm

Hailing from Nashville, this band has been winning over fans with their mix of southern cosmic country, harmonies, and live show since 2011. After years of touring and a few independent releases, they were signed to ATO records and enlisted Kenneth Pattengale of the Milk Carton Kids to produce That Santa Fe Channel last fall.

The Richard Swift Hex Band 

Galaxy Barn (Sat) 11:40 - 12:40 AM 


The music community bore an incredible loss with the untimely death of Richard Swift last summer. The former Shins member had a terrific solo career and was a successful producer for the likes of Foxygen, Guster, and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats. An all-star band featuring Jonathan Rado (Foxygen) and Eric Slick (Dr. Dog) will feature no shortage of special guests. When we saw this set on the schedule, it was a no-brainer!


Mountain Man

Starlight Stage (Thurs) 10:15-11:15 PM

Woods Stage (Fri) 4:20 - 5:20 PM 

We’ve spent a fair amount of time with Mountain Man over the last year. You could hear a pin drop during our sessions with them in Luck Mansion parlor, and we are excited to catch their set at Pickathon. We will make our way to the woods to surround ourselves with nature and their brilliant harmonies. 

Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band


Mt. Hood Stage (Thurs) 8:10 -9:50 PM

Woods Stage (Fri) 9:20 -12:20 AM 

A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame bassist is bringing a new generation of artists--and the songbook of the Grateful Dead--to Pickathon. Need we say more? 

This is really just the tip of the iceberg. We will be checking out a whole bunch of new friends and sets from many #luckfamily artists like Lucius, Cedric Burnside, Courtney Marie Andrews, Tyler Childers, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Gold Star, and Nathaniel Rateliff (who is doing sets both with The Night Sweats and solo). Congratulations on turning 21, Pickathon -- we’ll buy you a round when we get there! 

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