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Pickathon brings in more bands

Soul, funk, Latin and even a little metal round out the 2011 lineup, which includes nearly 50 bands
by: Courtesy photo Pickathon organizers said Tuesday that Vancouver, B.C.’s Black Mountain will be among the headliners of this year's festival, Aug. 5-7 at Pendarvis Farms in Happy Valley.

Mavis Staples is a 71-year-old rhythm and blues legend best known for lending her voice to the civil rights movement during the 1960s and '70s.

Black Mountain is a Canadian quintet best known for borrowing from '70s-era metal bands like Black Sabbath.

These aren't artists who would typically headline the same festival - but they will in Happy Valley this summer.

The organizers of Pickathon finalized their lineup today, and will again be bringing an eclectic mix of folk, rock and soul to Pendarvis Farm. Black Mountain joins 10 other artists announced today who round out the 2011 lineup, and include the Latin-funk nine-piece Grupo Fantasma, local favorite Kelly Jo Phelps with his new songwriting partner Corrine West, Wye Oak, Michael Hurley, Jesse Sykes and The Sweet Hereafter, L.C. Ulmer, Lightning Dust, Dawn Landes, Sunday Valley, and Eilen Jewell. The festival takes place Aug. 5 to 7.

'I think musically it's definitely among the most diverse (lineups) that we've had,' said festival co-founder Terry Groves. 'There are a lot of forms of roots music out there like soul and the Latino, Tex-Mex kind of sound that we've tried to have, but never been able to arrange.'

Pickathon bills itself as an 'indie roots' festival, and has always given music lovers a healthy dose of Americana and folk. But Groves said one of his goals is to expose people to a wider range of music and influences.

'A lot of folks who are music listeners won't go to all of these individual concerts, so this gives them the opportunity to see them in a single weekend,' he said. 'It's a chance for folks to broaden their tastes and take something new away - that's a big goal.'

Lineup packed with big names

This year marks the 13th Pickathon, and the sixth year it's been held at Pendarvis Farms, an 80-acre spread tucked between volcanic buttes in Happy Valley, about 30 minutes from downtown Portland. The festival features six stages that include a sweeping natural amphitheater, a platform tucked into a wooded area on the property, and a small barn where bands play sets into the wee hours of the morning. Each band at the festival plays at least two sets spread out across three days.

Pickathon put it's third and final batch of weekend tickets on sale last week; it's $145 for a three-day pass. An early Thursday entry pass is $55, a weekend parking pass is $40, and a weekend bus pass for unlimited trips between the Clackamas Town Center Transportation Center and Pendarvis Farm is $10. Single-day tickets go on sale June 15.

The complete lineup includes: Mavis Staples, Black Mountain, Bill Callahan, Lee Fields and The Expressions, Califone, Grupo Fantasm, Damien Jurado, Thao, Fruit Bats, Wye Oak, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Vetiver, Laura Veirs, Corrine West and Kelly Joe Phelps, Brownout, The Wilders, Lightning Dust, The Sadies, Richard Swift, Michael Hurley, Pine Leaf Boys, The Builders and The Butchers, Jesse Sykes and The Sweet Hereafter, Danny Barnes, Sonny and The Sunsets, L C Ulmer, Whitey Morgan and The 78s, Mike + Ruthy, Black Lillies, Strand of Oaks, Elliott Brood, Bruce Molsky, Dawn Landes, AgesandAges, Sunday Valley, Joy Kills Sorrow, Charlie Parr, Old Light, Ted Jones and The Tarheel Boys, Eilen Jewell, Buffalo Killers, Pokey LaFarge, Rock Plaza Central, Truckstop Darlin', Cahalen Morrison and Eli West and Diane Ferlatte.