Sasquatch 2017 Review

Author: Sam Fritz

Sasquatch 2017 wrapped up last week, so I’m here to recap the highs and the lows. First of all, if you’ve never heard of Sasquatch go look up some pictures. It’s held at the Gorge in Washington State and probably one of the most beautiful places there is to watch music. Sasquatch was started in 2002 and has consistently drawn eclectic lineups that will give everyone a new favorite to take home. This year was no different. Friday highlights included Mondo Cozmo, Thee Oh Sees, the days sleeper band Rainbow Kitten Surprise, and Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires (a top pick).  LCD Soundsystem headlined Friday night featuring what must have been the largest disco ball I’ve ever seen, it lit up the entire amphitheater. The real winner of Saturday had to be Vulfpeck who also would win my vote for the best dance set. Twenty One Pilots headlined Saturday and probably drew one of the biggest crowds of the festival with swarms of single day attendees coming to see their favorite group in an unforgettable location. Sunday winners included Hoops, Car Seat Headrest, Kiiara, and the hidden gem Moses Sumney. Chance the Rapper anchored Sunday night with another super attended set that featured about as much of his songs sung by the crowd as by Chance. Overall, the festival delivered the goods and checked off the boxes from the atmosphere, to the people to obviously the music. The Gorge is a venue that will stick with me and is definitely worth a visit at some point in your life.

If you came into Sasquatch 2017 knowing none of the acts, there are a few sets you’d want to be around for. Vulfpeck was one of these. Founded at the University of Michigan, Vulfpeck is an American funk group/ rhythms section bringing the spirit of the Funk Brothers, Wrecking Crew and Muscle Shoals into the modern day. Founded by Jack Stratton (drums, keyboard, guitar), Theo Katzman (drums, guitar), Woody Goss (keyboard), and Joe Dart (bass) the group has built a mythology fitting for their charmingly weird nature. Mixing funk and comedy into their act, Vulpeck had one of the best all round sets at Sasquatch and arguable the most danceable one. Vulfpeck is about halfway through a EU/US tour that is largely sold out. Thankfully for fans looking to get their fix, there’s plenty of lore to dive into while waiting for a Vulf performance that’s not sold out.