It’s ironic Frank Ocean chose to play the Sasquatch Music Festival this year, because, like a Sasquatch, he is rarely seen in real life. In fact, I think it’s fair to say that Sasquatch sightings happen more regularly than he performs these days. That being said, I’m not surprised, albeit really upset, that Frank is canceling on us again. The last time this happened was for FYF 2016, and now it’s happening for his show at the Sasquatch Music Festival at the Gorge in Washington State. But, that’s life. Frank, if you’re reading this, we’re giving you one more chance this year at FYF 2017, so please don’t let us down for the third time!
Although Frank is standing us up again like some cruel senior prom prank, leaving us waiting at the door with our corsage and boutonniere for a limo that never arrives, there are plenty of other artists and bands to be super excited about that will be performing in one of the most unique and picturesque venues on the West Coast.
One of those bands is, interestingly enough, replacing Frank Ocean. Between the two of us, we’ve been blessed to have seen LCD Soundsystem 6 times since they announced their comeback at Coachella 2016. We couldn't be more stoked to see them perform their two new songs, “American Dream” and “Call the Police” that were released a couple weeks ago! LCD Soundsystem puts on a show of all shows. From dropping disco balls at FYF to making it “perfect and real” at Coachella, we know first-hand that they’re a CAN’T MISS for the weekend. James Murphy will take you through a genre-bending experience of fun, dancing grooves that anyone with ears should appreciate. This will be our 8th cumulative show in less than a year and they’re only getting better each time.
Another artist that should be on everyone’s must-see list is 2017’s Best New Artist - Chance the Rapper, although, to be fair, he isn’t all that new. In fact, Chance the Rapper has been on the scene since 2011. As of late, he’s been collaborating with the music industry’s best of the best and has been getting after it without a major label deal. It’s about time that he gets the recognition he deserves. His latest album, Coloring Book, is chalked full of hits and with all of his recent collaborations, we can’t wait to see what’s in store for the Sasquatch Festival.
We also can't wait for some Kaytranada. Why? It’s all about that r&b flow and sexy soul. I mean good lord, he has a song with Craig David - how old school r&b can you get? A sunset Kay set would really set the mood. Throw on some "Got it good" right now and get the feels we’re talking about. We haven't seen Sleighbells since 2010 but we know they'll bring it. They have so much energy and they take the stage like rockstars, plus, a female frontman babe? Yes please!
If you’re feeling the need for some rap music, make sure to check out Mac Miller. He put on a great show at Coachella this year and brings a ton of energy to the stage. There is a chance he could get political, so, if that’s your speed, you could be in for a real treat. If not, go grab a brewski while he talks to the crowd about his disdain for President Trump.
Here are a few others that we’re really excited about: MGMT, Bonobo Jagwar Ma, Kungs, The Shins, Phantogram, Rufus, and Bob Moses! We’ve seen all of these artists and know their sets will not disappoint. There are quite a few bands that are new to us this year so we will be sure to let you guys know the standouts. We also plan on checking out some of the comedy shows to get a good chuckle in between sets.
We’re extremely excited to be back in Washington State and elated that we get to experience some of our favorite artists at the Gorge this year. It’s been years and years since we’ve been back to this magnificent place and although we’ve gotten to see some of the best venues in the country, the Gorge holds a special place in our hearts. For any music lover or festival goer, the Gorge is a definite bucket list venue. You get a special feeling watching your favorite artists perform as the sun sets over the mighty Columbia River. Not to mention the amazing acoustics that the natural amphitheater creates. It’s truly an experience that every music lover should get to have. We’ll report back with our highlights and favorites of the weekend, stay tuned!
Written by Dan De Vries and Clarissa Wong.