There are no conflicts at Pickathon.
One of the best features of the festival is the schedule. Each of the 45 artists plays at least two sets—once on a main stage and once elsewhere on the sprawling Pendarvis Farm. The two main stages, Mountain View and Fir Meadows, stand side-by-side under a hand-dyed, shade-providing, tarp-like contraption. Elsewhere on the farm, bands can play on the Starlight Stage just up the hill from the main performance area, inside the Workshop or Galaxy Barns (yes, there are horses near the barns!), at a brand new stage in the Pickathon Café, or in the middle of the luscious Oregon forest at the Woods Stage.
Unlike at Lollapalooza last night, where fans fretted over Mumford & Sons vs. The Postal Service, Pickathon attendees knew they could see every act they wanted throughout the weekend. Saturday’s headliner battle of Andrew Bird vs. Feist wasn’t even problematic, as Bird already played on Friday and Feist has her main stage debut on Sunday evening.
Pickathon’s ingenious scheduling also allows other artists to check out each other’s sets. And last night, Austin’s newest one-man-band Shakey Graves and Zach Williams of The Lone Bellow were both spotted dancing and grinning in the front row for JD McPherson’s highly energetic main stage performance.
Noteworthy frequent performers include Tift Merritt, who tops the fest at five shows (including her two extended appearances with Andrew Bird), as well as more under-the-radar acts like Shakey Graves, Howe Gelb, Yellowbirds, The Cactus Blossoms, Lake Street Dive, Ginny Hawker and I Draw Slow all at three shows each.