The beautiful Gorge Amphitheater, carved out by the Columbia River in Central Washington State, will serve as the scenic backdrop to this year's inaugural Sasquatch Music Festival. During Memorial Day weekend (May 25), this serene local setting will be the backdrop to a gathering of diverse musicians from all aspects of the musical spectrum, who push the modern conception of "jamband."

Headlining the evening will be the String Cheese Incident, who are making their only West coast appearance of the summer. Their blend of bluegrass/rock/funk/jazz/blues, and whatever musical genre they can think of, create a sound and experience all their own. Ben Harper is co-headlining with SCI, and will be performing a rare special appearance in a solo acoustic setting. Both shows will be serenading the crowd late into the Washington night. They are accompanied by an impressive lineup of musicians who, amazingly enough, are crammed into one solitary day of musical madness.

NOLA funk masters Galactic, without doubt, will be laying down some nasty grooves for Gorge faithful. Galactic is beginning their summer tour with an impressive run of shows up and down the West coast. Included on that run is the seemingly annual stop at Mountain Aire Festival in Northern California, as well as an opening gig for Phil Lesh & Friends in Eugene, Oregon. New York's jazz/soul/funk force Soulive, fresh off a tour of duty opening for the Dave Matthews Band, will definitely have the Gorge patrons movin' to their sweet, smooth sounds. Jack Johnson is sure to come out swinging, with his unique style as a singer/songwriter; incorporating his personal experiences throughout the world, within his inspirational lyrics, Jack Johnson will surely impress the masses. The hip hop groove of Bay Area veterans Blackalicious will round out the lineup; hot off a tour with Jurassic 5, Blackalicious brings their self described skills as "verbal funk-burners and battle-rhyme rippers" to the Gorge. Interestingly enough, Ben Harper was a guest musician on both Blackalicious' and Jack Johnson's newest respective albums, and musical collaborations are a strong possibility.

I couldn't imagine a more beautiful way to kick off the summer festival season, than dancing in the scenic grandeur that is the Gorge, while being serenaded by some of today's best music... Hope to see you there!

Jason Gershuny
JamBase | Northwest
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[Published on: 4/24/02]

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