House of Blues Concerts is proud to present this year's Sasquatch! Music Festival with an expanded; power-packed lineup. The Sasquatch! Music Festival in its fifth and best year yet will take place Memorial Day Weekend. Already the official opener to summer for music fans, The Sasquatch! Music Festival is becoming a certified monster of a musical event: this year features a bigger band line-up, more sought-after artists, and more days of rock than ever before. The festival has evolved its unique laid-back, homegrown, regionally known, camp-out, chill out and rock out style into a full blown three day rock 'n roll extravaganza, complete with camp-outs, canyons, sunsets and three stages. This year's kick-off to the summer tour season features over 40 bands -- all set against the landscape of the majestic and magnificent natural wonder and grandeur of The Gorge Amphitheatre along the canyons of the Columbia River in Washington State.

The line-up for this year's Sasquatch! Music Festival is not only impressive, but also diverse, covering highly regarded chart-toppers as well as up and coming stars of the future. With Nine Inch Nails (Friday May 26) Ben Harper (Saturday, May 27) and Beck, Death Cab For Cutie, Queens of the Stone Age, (Sunday May 28); the caliber of bands is history in the making. Near 40 bands strong, other artists confirmed for the weekend include Iron & Wine, The Decemberists, Neko Case, The Tragically Hip, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Flaming Lips and The Shins among many others. Sasquatch! is Sufjan Stevens' only scheduled festival performance of the summer. (The complete line-up – as of 2/21 – is listed below.)

From critical to college favorites, the line-up is as diverse as it is phenomenal – as is the feel and flavor of the festival. Since its inception in 2001, the goal of the festival has been to provide a place that's plentiful with diversity, originality and creativity. Innovation and artists' integrity are key and steadfast. Rules and hard-nose regulations are not. The Sasquatch! Music Festival is an event where the patrons are treated with an uncommon level of respect. The attendees are treated like one big family. There are no boundaries – just a common celebratory love of music, and a sense of excitement coupled with the grandeur of the great outdoors, setting a prevailing tone of inherent tranquility and camaraderie.

The Gorge, the glorious natural backdrop and amphitheatre is a hugely popular vacation destination for thousands. It is the 9-time winner of Pollstar Magazine's Award for North America's Best Outdoor Music Venue. Coldplay's powerful closing performance (Sasquatch! 2003) was a personal triumph for singer, pianist and guitarist Chris Martin, who savored the moment as one of the highlights of his career and extolled The Gorge as "the most amazing place we've seen."

The Sasquatch! Music Festival started out as a one day event that highlighted Pacific Northwest performers. While the loyalty to strengthening the Northwest music scene remains in tact, with the third stage dedicated exclusively to supporting the northwest independent music community, the magnitude has grown as the word has spread. The Sasquatch! Music Festival is surely and steadily becoming part of the national consciousness with a dedicated and important group of music enthusiasts attending year after year after year. Because of the multi-faceted pleasures and treasures consistently discovered at the festival, it has organically grown and it keeps getting bigger. The Sasquatch! Music Festival is not just 3 days of fun. It is an annual Memorial Day event that will provide personal memories and musical discoveries for years and years to come.

The festival ups its own ante every year. The self-imposed goal for greatness has worked. To date, some of the Sasquatch! Music Festival distinguished alumni include: Kanye West, Coldplay, The Pixies, Jack Johnson, The Postal Service, Wilco, Modest Mouse, The Arcade Fire, Bloc Party, The Roots, Built To Spill, Sleater-Kinney, Jurassic 5, The New Pornographers, Thievery Corporation, Cat Power, David Cross, Damien Rice.

THE 2006 SASQUATCH! MUSIC FESTIVAL LINE-UP (as of 2/21/06) is as follows:

Nine Inch Nails, (Surprise Band- to be announced), HIM, And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Wolfmother

Ben Harper, The Flaming Lips, The Shins, The Tragically Hip, Neko Case, Iron & Wine Sufjan Stevens, Gomez, Rogue Wave, Architecture In Helsinki, Sam Roberts, Constantines, The Brunettes, Matt Costa, Bedouin Soundclash, Tim Seely, Korby Lenker, Common Market

Beck, Death Cab for Cutie, Queens of the Stone Age, Matisyahu, The Decemberists, Nada Surf, Pretty Girls Make Graves, Blue Scholars, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Arctic Monkeys, We Are Scientists, Chad VanGaalen, The Heavenly States, Rocky Votolato, Laura Viers, The Village Green, Mercir

***More Artists To Be Announced! ***

Tickets are $55.00 per day (plus applicable service charges) and go on sale on Saturday, March 4 at 11 a.m. and can be purchased online at or, all Ticketmaster outlets, or charge by phone in Seattle (206) 628-0888, in Oregon (503) 224-4400, and in Eastern Washington (509) 735-0500.

Camping is available for all three nights and reservations can be made when purchasing tickets via Ticketmaster. For more details, directions and further information on camping at The Gorge Amphitheatre go to

[Published on: 2/21/06]

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mcmanust Wed 2/22/2006 05:58AM
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awesome line-up. might fly from ny to wa for that.

phhil star Wed 2/22/2006 10:49AM
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JGabriel star Wed 2/22/2006 04:55PM
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jambase goes pop
yeay, im there....

Sherfman1 Wed 2/22/2006 07:36PM
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This festival gets worse every year, now three days. Not worth all the extra money to see these bands, wait till the bands you wanna see play small venues around the your area for 25 bucks, which is less than what it costs to camp per night at the gorge.

Frizzl3Fry Fri 2/24/2006 10:33PM
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wack is right....NIN?? Deathcab for cutie?? HIM?? laughable...keep pop off jambase!!!!

Jake star Sat 2/25/2006 10:44AM
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At least three nights of this b.s. is cheaper than Bonnaroo. WTF happened to $90 festival tickets.

Earthphish86 star Sun 2/26/2006 09:45AM
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yah, don't bother putting pop shit on here, if i wanted that, i'd turn on mtv!

Lucid_Interval star Sun 2/26/2006 04:16PM
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I can only imagine a festival where NIN and HIM headline, no thanks...

Larryfest2006 star Sun 2/26/2006 06:13PM
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sweet dude, nin and death cab hahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah ha ha ha ahahahahahahahhaahhahah ha ha, ok sorry ....wait....hahahahahaha ok im done ....wait ....hahahahahahahahahahahahahahah...ok im done

MikeMosher Mon 2/27/2006 12:08PM
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NIN... pop if y'all think NIN are pop your smoking entierly too much marijuana.

goodlovingroove star Sun 3/5/2006 10:07AM
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yes!!! i cant wait to enjoy a positive festival atmosphere with NINE INCH NAILS!!!

Shamrocker74 starstarstarstar Sun 3/5/2006 03:10PM
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yeah sounds like a good show, i might catch it

Lord-K. starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/8/2006 11:51AM
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I cannot believe all the hate for NIN. Sure they aren;t the happy go lucky rainbow carrying bands that you all expect but there are more feelings to life than just happiness and it isn;t a bad thing to explore these other emotions.....HAPPINESS IN SLAVERY remember that you build up a set of routines that makes you happy and then become a slave to that routine...hence all the hating...Reznor is quite a genius listen to The Fragile and tell me it isn't one of the most genious rock operas of our time. If you go and see NIN and all the energy and emotion they expend I do not think you would be hating quite as much. Just becasue people have a diiferent outlooks on things doesn't mean they are pop or they suck....NIN jams hence jambase I just wish all you narrow minded music geniouses could open your eyes to the rest of the music scene and all is has to offer

MikeMosher Fri 3/10/2006 11:02AM
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I saw NIN last night... kick ass show...! that is all...

degicank star Tue 3/28/2006 12:20AM
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What is POP music?

Jambase is about letting the people know what is going on in thier area and around the world; not what a bunch of trust fund hippies think is going on in thier scene.

And whoever thinks a small venue should charge $25 for an act is either very rich or very young. The first time I saw NIN they cost $12 at the Troc in Philly. The first time I saw Phish 12-1-95 it was a $21 in hershey, Pa

worldbefree Tue 3/28/2006 11:00AM
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I agree that its inaccurate to call NIN "pop"--too dark, too heavy, but you'll have to admit they enjoy(is that the right word?)mainstream exposure such as MTV videos that someone like the Disco Biscuits never will. Frankly I'm sick of all the hippie bashing on these threads which rarely rises above the level of stereotyping and namecalling("Trust fund hippies" smoke too much marijuana etc.) That's the most egregious form of close-mindeness since it's about people not music. Btw check your spelling people, you look foolish when you rip on people and there's a typo in every line. Also agree $25 is a lousy price to pay for a small venue show. I once paid $10 to see Nirvana in a small club.