The Sasquatch! Music Festival has always had a strong emphasis on featuring local artists and this year roughly 25 acts have Seattle ties which is nearly 20 percent of the festival’s lineup. And while it’s pretty much a given you’re going to want to check out some of the bigger local names on the bill such as Allen Stone, Shabazz Palaces, Pickwick, Thee Satisfaction and Head and the Heart, that doesn’t mean there aren’t more awesome locals worth your time at the Gorge this weekend. Here are five who should be on your radar.
Reignwolf Sunday, 1:20-2:05, Yeti stage
Reignwolf is Jordan Cook and his band and if you’re looking for some loud and local rock ‘n’ roll then Reignwolf is the band you’ll want to see at Sasquatch! His passion is palpable and his blues-metal skills are undeniable. So see for yourself why these big-time local legends decided to spend some studio time with Reignwolf.
Black Whales Saturday, 1215 – 1:05, Yeti stage
This five-piece specializes in melding together meticulously crafted pop songs with sometimes borderline psychedelic jams. It’s music that’s tailor made for Sasquatch!’s musical vibe.
Katie Kate Monday, 2:15 – 3:00, Maine stage
Katie Kate has long been a Guerrilla Candy favorite and her Sasquatch! set promises to be one of the many highlights of the Maine stage. Expect vicious and fierce rhymes and dance-friendly grooves that will leave you wanting more.
The Physics Friday, 6:40-7:15, Maine stage
Another favorite here at Guerrilla Candy HQ, The Physics are one of the most refreshing acts in the local hip-hop scene. Live instrumentation combined with slick beats, skilled MCs and some soulful backup singers make The Physics’ set on Friday a great way to begin your Sasquatch! weekend.
Beat Connection Sunday, 4:40-5:25, Banana Shack
Beat Connection are the only locals slotted to spend time in the comedy and dance tent called the Banana Shack. Their electronic dance tunes should fit perfectly inside a hot, sweaty tent filled with thousands of beer-soaked, dancing festivalgoers.