Perfect summer weather draws thousands to 18th-annual indie-roots music festival

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP PHOTO: SHANNON O. WELLS - Ty Segall, right, tears it up on guitar and lead vocals with his band the Muggers on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 7, at the 18th-annual Pickathon music festival in Happy Valley. The high-energy musician is one of the regular visitors to the indie-roots music event.The 18th-annual Pickathon indie-roots music festival brought thousands of music fans to Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley from Thursday, Aug. 4, though Sunday, Aug. 7, to take in a wide stylistic range of bands and artists from around the world. Mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the low-to-mid 70s added to the event's positive feeling. Hundreds camped in the woods surrounding the main festival site, which included no fewer than six stages, to spend the weekend listening and dancing to artists including Yo La Tengo, Hurray for the Riffraff, Beach House, the Fruit Bats, C.W. Stoneking, and intimate acoustic sets by headliner Jeff Tweedy, leader of Wilco and co-founder of influential Americana band Uncle Tupelo.

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