2009 Sasquatch Festival Lineup


The Flaming Lips – Sasquatch '08 by Sean Pecknold
The eighth annual Sasquatch Festival is set to take place Memorial Day weekend, May 23-25, at The Gorge in George, Washington.

Here's the initial lineup, with more acts being added later:

Jane's Addiction
Kings of Leon
Nine Inch Nails
Ben Harper & Restless7
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Erykah Badu
The Decemberists
Fleet Foxes
TV on the Radio
Animal Collective
Silversun Pickups
Bon Iver
Of Montreal
Explosions in the Sky
Peter Bjorn & John
Gogol Bordello
M. Ward
The Avett Brothers
Grizzly Bear
Girl Talk
The Gaslight Anthem
The Walkmen
Chromeo (DJ set)
Sun Kil Moon
Airborne Toxic Event
Blitzen Trapper
The Wrens
King Khan and the Shrines
St. Vincent
Passion Pit
John Vanderslice
Bishop Allen
Blind Pilot
AA Bondy
Black Moth Super Rainbow
The Knux
Ra Ra Riot
The Dodos
Beach House
Arthur & Yu
The Submarines
Owl City
Viva Voce
James Pants
Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band
The Builders & the Butchers
The Duchess & the Duke
Natalie Portman's Shaved Head
Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele
School of Seven Bells
Death Vessel
Horse Feathers
Point Juncture WA
The Pica Beats
Loch Lomond
Vince Mira
Zach Galifiankis
Demetri Martin
Tim & Eric Awesome Show Great Job
Todd Barry
Jon Benjamin
God's Pottery
People's Republic of Komedy

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Tk Carter starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/17/2009 11:09AM
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Tk Carter

great initial lineup!

peaton Tue 2/17/2009 11:09AM
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My god, this lineup is huge!

But seriously, this is hipster heaven. Better go dig out the tight jeans.

Ter Tue 2/17/2009 11:11AM
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msudtg Tue 2/17/2009 11:12AM
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Not really jam friendly... but im digging it... But, why are kings of leon one of the headliners, they were popular awhile ago... although I heard their new album was supposedly good... Janes Addiction would be killer to see, NIN, M83 would be sweet to see too... otherwise, not really my scene... enjoy!!!

crazyleggedelbow Tue 2/17/2009 11:14AM
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they seriously listed kings of leon above nine inch nails...

great job! .......i mean..... ya blew it!

JammyJammerson Tue 2/17/2009 11:18AM
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This festival has better comedy than music, what gives?

chidodger Tue 2/17/2009 11:23AM
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I'm with Peaton, nothing I hate more than Hipsters.

biscosector Tue 2/17/2009 11:24AM
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lsberg12 starstarstar Tue 2/17/2009 11:34AM
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whatever, this lineup is freakin sweet. incredible music. branch of out of jam and experience other genres.

kandrokitis Tue 2/17/2009 11:38AM
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moephishH2O Tue 2/17/2009 11:42AM
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Solid lineup if you're into those bands. I'll be at the Gorge the previous weekend for The Dead!

Jeff Kash Tue 2/17/2009 11:43AM
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deber Tue 2/17/2009 11:44AM
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NIN, Jane's Addiction, Ben Harper, Erykah Badu, Animal Collective, Tobacco, Monotonix, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Viva Voce, Zach Galifiankis, TV on the Radio...how is this not sweet?

You all need to listen to more music. If it isn't your thing, no one else cares.

ClaysTribe starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/17/2009 11:50AM
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jacoyle1 Tue 2/17/2009 11:54AM
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hot damn thats awesome

fleet foxes, animal collective and calexico would be worth it

if I didn't live in north carolina

Robusto Tue 2/17/2009 11:56AM
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Sun Kil Moon!

spreadhead4life Tue 2/17/2009 12:09PM
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BRabbit Tue 2/17/2009 12:10PM
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this is pretty sick. i hope lollapalooza will be this bad ass.

BBFCFM515 star Tue 2/17/2009 12:11PM
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RothburyWithCheese starstarstar Tue 2/17/2009 12:12PM
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phisherman81 Tue 2/17/2009 12:14PM
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tourfan starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/17/2009 12:35PM
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SmashySmashy Tue 2/17/2009 12:37PM
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Todd Barry is an amazing comedian. Dry sarcastic humor, so I might only like him because I am a new englander... I am under the agreement that the lineup looks really good, but I don't want to go to a hipster festival. All those bands are great at club shows because I only have to deal with hipsters for 2 hours.

MoeString Tue 2/17/2009 12:39PM
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chinafrog Tue 2/17/2009 12:39PM
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^^^Sasquatch has never tried to be an alternative to Jam fests like Roo, Rothbury, etc. It has always been an alternative/indie based fest showcasing new acts. I've only been once (last year) and went solely for Bjork and Manu Chao. If ya go expecting psychedelic revelry you'll be disappointed. The line-up looks pretty good if you like folky stuff (sun Kil Moon, Fleet Foxes, Calexico, M.Ward, Bon Iver, etc--pretty good for one fest. I think that Janes, TV on the Radio, Gogol Bordello, Grizzly Bear, Explosions in the Sky, Animal Collective, and a few others make for a pretty good line-up overall.

bubba666shallsuccumb Tue 2/17/2009 12:42PM
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the 23rd

MyFavBandIsTheBestYoursSucks Tue 2/17/2009 12:52PM
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What?? There are alot of good acts on this lineup.

If they announced alot of these bands for Rothbury we would be hearing how kick ass it is.

MyFavBandIsTheBestYoursSucks Tue 2/17/2009 12:54PM
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Oh yeah... I forgot im on Jambase. Im not surprised.

Savitri Tue 2/17/2009 12:56PM
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ya'll need to open your hearts, ears and minds a little bit to some other types of music. Where is the love? Isn't jam community supposed to be open to new sounds? Trey himself has said many times that one of his favorite bands was Pavement, and they're right up this same alley! I love phish, but I also love NIN; I love moe. but I also love Grizzly Bear and Tv on the Radio. This lineup is sick nasty. All the haters can go home.

sdoez Tue 2/17/2009 01:02PM
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uh chinafrog, remember the first year of this fest? It featured Jack Johnson, Ben Harper, Soulive, Galactic and SCI. Sounded and looked like a jam alternative to me.

schofizzl Tue 2/17/2009 01:05PM
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that is definitely a pretty big initial lineup.. i have always heard great things about the gorge but that's probably one of the farthest if not THE farthest venue in the country from where i live. i will go someday, just not this year unfortunately, theres some good comedians on that list too! i almost didn't notice them underneath all those bands i have never heard of.

sublimesnoboardr Tue 2/17/2009 01:07PM
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Do people on the west coast not like jambands? or is this just not that kind of festival? I'm seriously curious

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/17/2009 01:19PM
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^nor cal (san fran) loves the jams, socal not so much - the L.A scene does a pretty good job crippling other "genre's", i'm suprised though, the gorge is a beautiful place that should have a solid lineup to compliment it...

brooklynite84 Tue 2/17/2009 01:41PM
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Good God! This looks sick...I remember reading the article two years ago when NIN put on a slamming show at Sasquatch...Now you got NIN and Janes...I would go, but this is like the same line-up for the Roo and I already paid for that. Have fun WA...looks like you get this and the Dead with Allmans...You lucky bastards...

BBFCFM515 Tue 2/17/2009 01:45PM
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These aren't jam bands on this line-up. I like listening to jambands because they know no boundries, they venture off to things no other bands do or have done. Bands that are listed above dont do that, they have their specific genre and stick to it, its not fun to listen to, just like emos & hipsters. Thats why this fest sucks ass.

In a Big Country Tue 2/17/2009 01:46PM
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In a Big Country

haha scene kids... well scene kids.

MOERON10 Tue 2/17/2009 01:48PM
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just got tix for the dead and allmans.probly gonna miss this one

Seattlesublime starstarstarstarstar Tue 2/17/2009 02:02PM
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I will be at “The Dead” the previous weekend, and then heading to this. I love Phish and most Jamband Music, and some of the music in this line-up is very “heady”. I think ALL music can be good (it’s like food), if done right, it’s awesome. Expand you pallets people! Don’t live in a “jam tube” for too long, it’s bad for ya.

newtongimmick Tue 2/17/2009 02:07PM
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the watered down roo

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wgoff737 Tue 2/17/2009 02:25PM
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seriously i don't even know a third of these bands but i would still check it out. The acts i do know (NIN, Janes,Expolisions etc.) are solid enough to get me out. To bad I'm from the midwest and it's the same weekend as camp otherwise i would definitely check it out. and seriously if you don't know how to deal with some hipsters than you're a bitch!

jerZ Tue 2/17/2009 02:30PM
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Open minded does not mean that you pretend to like crappy music

cgray557 Tue 2/17/2009 02:30PM
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i feel like the first half of this line up is the same as bonnaroo

GuitaristSB Tue 2/17/2009 02:43PM
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Initial lineup looks great!

slowry05 Tue 2/17/2009 02:48PM
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animal collective, black moth super rainbow, and tobacco?? i want to go!!

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Strainger Tue 2/17/2009 03:35PM
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Expand our "jamband" minds? Believe me , I have tried, and this is why I still prefer jambands - this shit should be posted on emobands.com - Too bad Ben Harper has screwed himself on this one. This lineup looks like any week schedule in The Stranger, I swear the poster just made up half of these band names as filler. I watched TV on the radio last week on The Colbert Report......um, crap!

jcolb16 Tue 2/17/2009 03:45PM
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i would go solely to see deadmau5 because he is on fire. otherwise, i haven't heard of any of these other acts - natalie portman's shaved head sounds good if natalie portman is actually present which is probably not the case.

lsberg12 Tue 2/17/2009 04:16PM
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btw. i dont see one emo band of the bill.

widespread1988 starstarstar Tue 2/17/2009 04:40PM
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i think that the tim and eric awesome show. Great Job! is the most appealing act on the list, personally.

rymoriarty Tue 2/17/2009 04:47PM
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^bbfcfm: "I like listening to jambands because they know no boundries,..."

The last time i saw Monotonix, the drummer was playing on the floor, in the middle of the audience. every now and then, he'd through parts of his kit into the crowd, and we'd pass his stuff along and he'd eventually relocate. The singer stood on a pool table, pulled his shorts down (shirt had already been removed), and shoved the cue ball into his ass. then stage dived off the pool table. then he went outside, the audience following (with the drums), climbed a tree and stage dived onto the overhang in front of the venue. hanging off the overhang, he ripped of a neon sign. then he walked into an adjacent parking lot, audience w/ drums and drummer following, and created a huge outdoor dance party right in front of the cops. I don't think its only jambands that know no boundaries.

I'm not too stoked about this lineup either, but there are a lot of great bands on it. Depending on the schedule, I might go for one day to see Monotonix, Builders and the Butchers, Dodos, and whichever bigger name (s) coincide.

deeej Tue 2/17/2009 05:13PM
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this lineup looks eerily similar to the bonnaroo lineup i mean no phish/boss/al green...but NIN ben harper, tv on the radio, erykah badu, yeah yeah yeahs, animal collective, bon iver, of montreal, girl talk, decembrists, and ill bet my bottom dollar janes addiction finds its way onto the lineup at the roo

sandytowne starstarstarstar Tue 2/17/2009 05:23PM
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I love the jam scene but seriously, there are some really bad ass bands in this lineup. Animal Collective, Fleet Foxes, Explosions in the Sky, early Kings of Leon (I thought the new album sucked), Bon Iver, the Avett Brothers... all good stuff. Definitely not jammy, but most of it has a good beat. If you haven't heard some of these groups, they are worth a quick download on itunes. That being said, I'm holding out for that Rothbury lineup.

Bar Bluten Kat Tue 2/17/2009 06:41PM
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Bar Bluten Kat

what is it with ben harper headlining every festival? I bet you hes the john mayer of rothbury this year too...

ImSetFree Tue 2/17/2009 07:09PM
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no good bands in this lineup? FLEET FOXES...come on guys open your ears..

...other than that you might be right

lovemusical Tue 2/17/2009 07:54PM
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Many of you are like the label maker I have in my kitchen cupboard. Punch in some letters, CLANK: Label. "Jamband", "Indie", "Alternative". This and that. How 'bout "Roots Music" does that label fit your pigeon hole mind set? Music that is made from the heart rather than, for commerce. This label can cross all genres: Rock, Country, Reggae, Hiphop, Blues, Jazz, Electronic. Does this fest appeal to many peopl? Yes. Good. Be Happy and have fun.

buddha22 Tue 2/17/2009 08:12PM
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Ya'll are right that there are some great indie rock bands on this lineup. Animal Collective put on a killer live show. However, there are zero jamscene bands on here. Isn't that a little odd? Bonnaroo at least has moe., Gov Mule, Grace Potter, Galactic, Toubab Crewe, and of course, Phish. Yall brought up Bonnaroo comparisons, not me.

Just sayin, where is even ONE jamband? Weird.

mattchu Tue 2/17/2009 09:08PM
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Alright folks, this line up doesnt appeal much to me, and i find it lame its a festival located where it is without much in the way of jam bands.


Weve opened our minds and the jam sucks us right back in, back where it alll begins....

fishbone1 Tue 2/17/2009 11:59PM
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i'm with bnaylor, even though he got thumbs downed. this seems looks like a lolla lineup, but it's in washington so there's no way i'm going, and i'm not missing summer camp! the comedy looks top-notch and I'm super jealous.

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indie!! my gf would love it. but not me.

Strainger Wed 2/18/2009 08:20AM
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"I don't think its only jambands that know no boundaries." Ummm, yeah, I think shoving a cueball in your ass is one example of a boundary I would not want to see crossed. Thats the thing with most of these bands, more focused on theatrics and shock value than actual musicianship. Who cares if they swing from trees, walk over the crowd in giant balls, and vandalize the place (c'mon, ripping a neon sign off the building is supposed to impress me?) if the music does not make me groove and be happy, then forget it. Bunch of posers

PunkJazz Wed 2/18/2009 08:54AM
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Hairy spray and eyeliner will be sold out in a hundred mile radius of the gorge. This is what you get when Coors owns your favorite venue.

SCIcane Wed 2/18/2009 09:02AM
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I love jambands, but I saw Gogol Bordello just after new year's and I will be hard pressed to see a better show all year (Sure there were lots of hipster kids chaperoned by their moms, but the beer lines were really short!). I probably wouldn't like 80% of the bands there, but there is good music to be heard in all sorts of genres. As others have said, open your mind (and ears).

chidodger Wed 2/18/2009 09:04AM
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Whoever said that if this was the Rothbury lineup we would all be saying how great it is......does not speak for me. If this was the Rothbury lineup, I'd be VERY pissed off. Janes is classic, but really old (Perry can harly even sing anymore). NIN puts on a great show, but they DO NOT belong at rothbury. I HOPE ROTHBURY NEVER TURNS INTO BONNAROO, LOLLA, OR SASQUATCH.

chidodger Wed 2/18/2009 09:05AM
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However, if this was the rothbury lineup, I wouldn't be going this year, shitty lineup in my opinion.

tribehead Wed 2/18/2009 10:49AM
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worst lineup you've ever seen? really?? do some investigating. a lot of these bands are reaallly good, not to mention, check out this list of comedians. it looks pretty dope if you ask me.

JingoBa starstar Wed 2/18/2009 11:44AM
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I'll tell you who won't be there...The Mars Volta after that "water" bottle throwing incident that can be seen on youtube. Wa Wa Waaaaaaaaa

mreezal Wed 2/18/2009 02:13PM
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julian, i hope its not a fuckin samsquantch, i hate those fuckin things

tribehead Wed 2/18/2009 03:06PM
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i'm kind of glad the mars volta's not playing. i don't want to hear cedric lecture the audience about how to dance.

jesposito Wed 2/18/2009 04:50PM
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wow there are a shit ton of good bands on that list. definitely not a jam festival but there will be lots of really good music happening at sasquatch. glad to see the avett brothers back out there!

shackca Thu 2/19/2009 01:00PM
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I'll tell you who won't be there - me :) this lineup sucks balls

summercamp or delfest for me

codycoldshoulder starstar Fri 2/20/2009 12:59AM
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the thing i think i like about this whole deal is the venue, you can't beat the gorge

kstaggs starstarstarstarstar Mon 2/23/2009 10:14AM
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ROTHBURY to ALL GOOD....yes it's all good!!!