Sasquatch! fans brave a scowling Zeus
Sasquatch! Wow what a great show! I was in the gorge over the weekend, camping, and rocking with some twenty thousand people along the rock walls which hold together the Columbia River. Ok, ok, there were some serious moments of not rocking at the show. The show on Saturday was not the best, partly weather oriented, and partly because the people running the show did a bad job of shuffling the music after we were over taken by the craziest hail storm I have ever seen. Literally, huge chunks of ice rained down on the concert during Neko Case, and we ran, diving for cover, as little bullets of frozen rain blanketed everything in a flurry that must have lasted 10 to 15 minutes. And of course this slowed the music down to a hault while two stages shut down, and most acts were cancelled. But as they say, "the show must go on," and when they did get everything rolling again it was pretty lame from there on out for the rest of Saturday, with the exception of the Flaming Lips.
Seriously, fourty minutes of the Shins, what was that all about, and I love Ben Harper, but that was about all you got for a day which was supposed to be filled to the brim and he just kept playing, forever. Also, I am not sure if I will be going back to the Gorge itself for music. While the view is amazing the people running the venue itself are not very cool. The toliet situation was just a nasty scene at points, and inside of the Ampitheatre the food sucked (it sucked the most of any concert, ever), the beer was way to expensive (anyone charging 8 dollars for Coors Light, no matter what the size of the beer can, should be arrested), and we were almost killed by deadly hail (not their fault), but at least Sunday we were able to watch just an amazing line- up of music, while sun filled the soaked venue, and I have to say that ithelped to make up for pretty much any previous pains. Blue Scholars did a great job kicking off the show, Queens of the Stone Age looked epic, Beck put on an amazing visual with some crazy looking puppets made in the bands likeness, while still pleasing the crowd with his energy, and the Arctic Monkey's were right on. I posted the story below which links to more deatils about the show which centers around the hail storm all of us at this year's Sasquatch lived through, and will not soon forget. If anyone has any video of the storm or of the concert please add it to this story.
Click here to Read an article about Sunday's Show.
Nasty weather turned Sasquatch! into a beast of a different sort on Saturday.
SASQUATCH! MUSIC FESTIVAL
WHERE: The Gorge Amphitheatre
It was as if a scowling Zeus, the weather god, were hurling lightning and flinging hail at hapless concertgoers on the middle day of the Sasquatch! Music Festival, a three-day rock marathon at The Gorge Amphitheatre.
Storms had menaced the area throughout the afternoon. But it wasn't until singer-songwriter Neko Case and her band took the stage late in the afternoon that a pelting, 20-minute hailstorm brought the festival temporarily to a halt.