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Blind Boys of Alabama, Built to Spill, Black Pumas, Lost Bayou Ramblers and many more wow the crowds at eclectic Happy Valley music festival

The 20th annual Pickathon music festival brought thousands of music fans to Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley the weekend of Aug. 3-5 to experience an eclectic range of sounds, including folk, alternative rock, alt-country/Americana, funk and bona fide gospel.

Here are some of the sights from a stellar weekend of sounds, family activities and cameraderie.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP PHOTO: SHANNON O. WELLS - Tamara Lindeman of The Weather Station mesmerizes the crowd last weekend on a sunny Saturday afternoon on the main Mount Hood Stage at the 20th annual Pickathon festival at Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley. More than 50 artists and bands performed on six stages during the eclectic, indie-roots-based event just east of Portland.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP PHOTO: SHANNON O. WELLS - Texas-bred singer-songwriter Paul Cauthen delivers his 21st-century take on 1970s Outlaw country, channelling Waylon Jennings, Wille Nelson, Merle Haggard and other legendary influences into his own distinctive and heart-rending lyricism at the Treeline Stage on Sunday afternoon at Pickathon.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP PHOTO: SHANNON O. WELLS - Julia Cumming of Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Sunflower Bean enchants the main Mount Hood Stage crowd on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 4, at Pickathon.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP PHOTO: SHANNON O. WELLS - Louisiana-steeped Lost Bayou Ramblers enchanted the Treeline Stage crowd at Pickathon on Saturday afternoon with their infectious Cajun-spiced stew.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP PHOTO: SHANNON O. WELLS - The Woods Stage creates an ethereal backdrop for Pickathon performers, including Black Pumas, a hard-driving Austin, Texas-based funk-rock band who performed on Sunday afternoon.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP PHOTO: SHANNON O. WELLS - Jimmy Carter, the last-remaining original member of long-running gospel titans Blind Boys of Alabama, sings directly to a fan after heading into an adoring crowd at the Pickathon Woods Stage on Sunday, Aug. 5.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP PHOTO: SHANNON O. WELLS - Eric Burton of Black Pumas worked up a righteous sweat during the Austin, Texas band's electrifying Sunday afternoon performance at the Pickathon Woods Stage.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: SHANNON O. WELLS - Fronted by original member Jimmy Carter, The Blind Boys of Alabama, who first came together as schoolkids in the 1940s, brought their beautiful blend of gospel and soul sounds to Pickathon for two performances, on Saturday night at the Treeline Stage and here on the Woods Stage on Sunday evening. 

Fronted by original member Jimmy Carter, The Blind Boys of Alabama, who first came together as schoolkids in the 1940s, brought their beautiful blend of gospel and soul sounds to Pickathon for two performances, on Saturday night at the Treeline Stage and here on the Woods Stage on Sunday evening.

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