Tuesday, May 30, 2017

What you did (and didn't) miss at the Sasquatch! Music Festival

Posted By on Tue, May 30, 2017 at 11:00 AM

In case you weren't able to make it to the 15th annual Sasquatch! Music Festival at the Gorge Ampitheatre, we took some notes. Here's what you did, and didn't, miss this year.


1. The return of legendary soul man Charles Bradley to the stage. Bradley canceled shows last fall after being diagnosed with stomach cancer, but shared the love at the Gorge during an hour-long set in one of his first performances after treatment and recovery. Following the show, Bradley stuck around and hugged (and kissed) anyone who waited for him.

2. West Seattle two-piece Sisters, along with Porter Ray, played a "secret" set at the same time as day two headliner Twenty One Pilots.

3. So. Much. Glitter. This one could be filed under "didn't miss," because I certainly won't miss finding sparkles in every crease. And there's no end in sight.

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4. Hammer-Schlagen: The drinking game that requires a sturdy chunk of wood, nails, a hammer and the ability to toss it up in the air. Here's how you play: Players tap their nail into the stump, then take turns tossing the hammer up into the air, catching it and whacking the other nails into oblivion. Last nail standing wins.

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5. LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy announced during the band's Friday evening set that their newest album is "done."


1. Frank Ocean: The R&B singer was originally billed as a headliner, but canceled that show and his appearance at the Hangout Music Festival. Ocean canceled "due to production delays beyond his control."

2. Kaiydo: The 20-year-old, up-and-coming rapper canceled at the last minute due to a "family emergency." Sam Lachow took his Saturday afternoon slot. Kaiydo, also known as Keiondre Boone, is unsigned and has released several of his songs on SoundCloud for free, including "Fruit Punch," which has more than 2 million plays.

3. Mac Miller was also a last-minute cancellation. Sir Mix-a-Lot took his place in the Saturday afternoon slot. Miller also canceled a set scheduled for Sunday in Minnesota. Although the rapper has not confirmed that this is the case, it's suspected that the cancellations are linked to the bombings in Manchester, England, at his girlfriend Ariana Grande's concert. Twenty-two people died as a result of the bombing.

4. You also didn't miss Chance the Rapper refer to the Sasquatch! crowd as "Seattle" more than a couple of times throughout his Sunday night set. Perhaps someone should tell the Chicago native that the the Gorge Amphitheatre is in George, Washington, about 150 miles east of Seattle.

5. With spotty cell service all weekend, it would have been understandable if festivalgoers missed the news of legendary Southern rock musician Gregg Allman's death. You non-festivalgoers have no excuse. Allman was one of the founding members of the Allman Brothers Band. His publicist, Ken Weinstein, says he died of complications from liver cancer. Allman was 69.

6. Hell, it had better be cold. So much for paying off my student loan debt.

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Mitch Ryals

Mitch covers cops, crime and courts for the Inlander. He moved to Spokane in 2015 from his hometown of St. Louis, and is a graduate of the University of Missouri. He likes bikes, beer and baseball. And coffee. He dislikes lemon candy, close-mindedness and liars. And temperatures below 40 degrees.