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Pickathon 2014

Spent the first weekend of August how we always do, photographing the amazingness that is Pickathona four-day music festival located on the 80-acre Pendarvis farm in Happy Valley, just about 30 minutes outside of Portland. Now in its 16th year with six, count them...six, different music venues, the festival focuses on sustainability and the best part is they have eliminated single use cups, bottles, dishes and utensils and been plastic free since 2010! 

This year, the New York Times decided to stop by and get in on the West Coast love and being so gracious, we decided to join them.

Ate some great food, did a little dancing, saw more incredible acts then we could mention, though here is a feeble attempt....The SadiesNickel CreekMac DeMarcoDiarrhea PlanetPossessed By Paul JamesValerie JuneThe War On Drugs, Blind Pilot and even managed to take a photo or two.

 Pickathon 2014, live music festival
 Pickathon 2014, live music festival
 Pickathon 2014, live music festival
 Pickathon 2014, live music festival
 Pickathon 2014, live music festival
 Pickathon 2014, live music festival
 Pickathon 2014, live music festival
 Pickathon 2014, live music festival
 Pickathon 2014, live music festival
 Pickathon 2014, live music festival
 Pickathon 2014, live music festival
 Pickathon 2014, live music festival
 Pickathon 2014, live music festival
 Pickathon 2014, live music festival
 Pickathon 2014, live music festival

MusicFest NW is Rubbish - Willamette Week Cover

You never exactly know how it is going to go with celebrities.  Perhaps spending your life with people that never tell you no can have a warping effect.

Thankfully this diva mentality was delightfully absent from Fred Armisen, of Portlandia fame.  I can never decide if that show is funny or not and if audiences from Mid-Western states would want to hug me or shoot if we were ever to meet.

Fred showed up as his alter ego, 70s-era punk rocker Ian Rubbish, for the shoot.  At first I was afraid that he was going to talk in a British accent for the duration.  In which case I'm afraid I would have had a hard time keeping it together, persistent giggles making it difficult to push the shutter.  But no, though dressed as Ian, Fred played himself, a very sweet, laid back guy, who was game for whatever wacky things I could think of.  

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Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks take 2

So a couple of years ago I photographed the Jicks for Rolling Stone.  This led to band photo session number one back in 2011 with their release of 'Mirror Traffic.'  And now with 'Wig Out at Jagbags' (side note: Where do musician come up with their album names?) about ready to hit the label decided it was time for round number two.  I will just go on the record saying that band photos are tricky and can easily veer off into the land of awkward.  Luckily, matching navy turtlenecks saved us from that fate.  Yes, I realize the irony of that statement.

-posted by Leah Nash-