I was in attendance at Sasquatch! for the very first year of the festival, but haven’t returned since. That was a long time ago and a lot has changed. First of all, the promoters were House of Blues (they’ve since been purchased by Live Nation). Second, it was primarily a one day hippie festival. On the bill… String Cheese Incident, Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, etc. Blackalicious canceled. It was mostly terrible, but I walked in for free with a photo pass that I laminated at my friend Lars‘ house/gas station (he lived in an Exxon in Tumwater, Wa) and I got really spun out on some LSD, so it didn’t really matter anyway. It isn’t that the acts haven’t been getting any better, because they definitely have, but I’ve just never cared enough about the lineup to actually trek out there for 3 days of blazing heat, 7 dollar beers, piss soaked grass, and a bunch of hassle. Either the acts didn’t do enough for me or the one’s that I loved I had already seen a million times anyway. This year it looks like they’ve put something together so good that even I’m gonna have to drag my lazy ass out there.
This year I’ve found the festival to be much more intriguing and the folks that run Sasquatch! appear to be making even more of a concerted effort to really present the yearly event as a well-rounded entity, even beyond the musical acts. Some of the amazing performers on the lineup are Pavement, Ween, Aziz Ansari, Public Enemy, Mayer Hawthorne, Quasi, Dr. Dog, and Todd Barry. Comedians have been part of Sasquatch! for a while now, so that isn’t new, but the way that the promoters chose to announce the lineup this year is. A “launch party”, featuring performances by Surfer Blood and Atlas Sounds was held at Seattle‘s Crocodile Cafe on Feb. 15th and the full lineup for the festival was announced that night. Now another event is taking place to showcase the poster artwork that was created specifically to commemorate the appearances by each one of those individual acts which were announced. Just like the launch party, this event is absolutely free.
One odd thing relating to Sasquatch! is that, although I haven’t attended it in years, I’ve actually acquired a handful of festival posters from some of the acts. What’s great about the individual posters is that they are focused on the artists and not the overall weekend. Festivals work by packing a bunch of performers (aka: options) onto the bill and rarely anybody likes all of them. Just because I love Pavement, it doesn’t mean that I like OK GO or necessarily want them listed on a poster in a frame on my wall. Festival posters, like the one created above by Invisible Creatures, are alright for some but a WEEN silkscreen is actually worth my money whenever. If you are a fan of silk screen work and poster art, then the Sasquatch! poster event is a great opportunity to see the work that each of the artists has created and even meet them in person. It’s a free exhibit with free music, so it’s worth checking out.
Plus, I feel really good about promoting this event for one other reason: I was supposed to post a review of a documentary on poster art and, while I respect the artform and many of the artists in the film, the filmmaker was acting like a fucking wingnut, emailing me all of the time, and bugging out because I thought that her work was terrible and contrived. I bagged the entire article so as not to provide her with any additional hype, but I was disappointed that I wasn’t able to help promote the actual art movement. It definitely deserves your attention and could actually use it. Full details below and remember, this shit is FREE!
TO VIEW LAST YEARS POSTER ART CLICK HERE!
Sasquatch! Posters! Exhibition and Gala
Vermillion Art Gallery & Wine Bar
1508 11th Ave, Seattle WA
Opening Gala (open to the public / free admission!)
May 1 | 6-10 PM Featuring DJ Darwin of Mad Rad @ 8 PM
Exhibit open to the public April 28- May 8
The Sasquatch! Posters! Exhibition features screen-printed posters created for acts performing at the Sasquatch! Music Festival. Those invited to participate range from world-renowned to burgeoning graphic designers and illustrators, all talented and all dedicated to the art of the poster.
Year after year an eclectic and inspired group of work emerges, reflecting the unique collection of live performers this festival offers. We are pleased to announce that Vermillion in Seattle has been so kind as to provide gallery space to display the 2010 poster exhibit! For the first time in the history of the festival’s yearly design invitational, these posters will be up for the public
to enjoy, April 28th – May 8th.
COMPLETE LIST OF ARTISTS
Andy Abero – 33 RPM
Dan D Schafer
Don Clark / Invisible Creature
Joseph P. Markiewicz
Modern Dog – Robynne Raye, Michael Strassburger, Shogo Ota
Patent Pending – Jeff Kleinsmith and Jesse LeDoux
Ryan Clark/Invisible Creature
Seattle Show Posters
Small Horse Studio
The Silent Giants