Posts Tagged ‘Sasquatch Music Festival’

Summer Vacation Starts on Friday!

May 24, 2010

This is true. As of Friday, I will be doing my last two tutoring sessions, scanning the documents into my computer as my backup, and dropping the paperwork into the mail. To get paid at some future time period.

This has been a huge issue for me, trying to determine exactly when my tutoring will end. I have until May 31st to get it all complete, but my intention was to get it done early so that I can go to one of my favorite events: Sasquatch! Music Festival. It starts on Saturday, and runs through Monday of Memorial Day, one of the reasons it is such a great festival — working a full time day job, there is no reason you need to take any time off to attend this festival. How awesome is that? That’s a well planned fest.

So, the last few days (after I actually plotted when I was meeting with my students and for how long to get everything complete on Friday) has had me on websites and phone, talking with Ticketmaster to find out is the event actually sold out, or will more tickets be released at a higher price range as of today as the Sasquatch website still states? Finally I spoke with someone today who gave me a definitive answer of no more tickets to be sold.

Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington

So on to Craigslist. I will be driving through Portland to make it to quaint little Quincy (or George,) Washington at the beautiful Gorge Amphitheatre where the festival is held, so I figured anyone wanting to sell their tickets, Portland would be a good place to meet. I have to stop to pick up a pound of fresh Stumptown Coffee anyway, and get some Black Rock coffee at their cute little drive through huts. Yummy coffee all around in Portland.

Black Rock Coffee Drive-Thru Shack


So much to look forward to, old haunts and new, and so little time. For the festival actually starts at noon on Saturday, and leaving at 7 pm on Friday, the earliest I can leave Los Angeles, there is no way I can make it there in time. A favorite band takes the stage at about 8 Saturday night, I hope to make it by then. If that means just driving straight in, parking, and then sprinting to the gates to get in, that is what I will be doing. No time to set up camp, no time to do much of anything. I can always sleep in the car the first night, my default for bad weather or sheer laziness. Set up my tent in the morning with day light.

I now have a ticket arranged to pick up (cash only!) in Eugene at the U of O campus, hopefully can make it there by noon on Saturday, then to Portland for groceries and coffee, and then on to Quincy, WA.

I just posted an ad on Craigslist asking if anyone wants to rideshare up to Portland or Eugene or anywhere along I-5, to help cut down on my gas costs. Hopefully will hear responses closer to the weekend.

Just bought the camping pass at Sasquatch so I have a place to lay my head at night.

And have made arrangements to visit my college roommate the day after the festival ends, up in Pullman, WA.

Then it is on to Montana, to see the folks and have very serious talks about money, loans, retirement housing and other things that are best done in person.

Woo-hoo! The weekend is almost here! I just have class tonight, work every day, packing, cleaning and making arrangements for things I will not be available to do while I am gone. So much to do. And super excited to do it all.

Now it is time to go find my bathing suit, as my former roommate told me they have a hot tub and to please feel free to enjoy. Hot tub! What fun! Where is that bathing suit? Camping gear? Mobile electronics? Charged up batteries? And what clothes to take? All to be found or not, decided or not. In the end, I just go, regardless of optimal organization or not.

What Have I Been Doing with My Days?

April 9, 2009

I keep getting asked that question, and I really have no idea.

Yesterday, I inputted in an excel spreadsheet all the artists performing at the four music festivals I have tickets for (Lollapalooza has unfortunately not announced their lineup yet, won’t until April 21 and that would be number 5), sorted them correctly alphabetically (no The’s or A’s at the beginnings of names unless it is actually said) for each festival, then compared who was performing where and if there were any repeats. Now when set times are announced, I can make actual educated decisions about, well, perhaps if there is a conflict at this festival, I have a chance of seeing this band at a different festival. Or, this is their only performance.

This is what I do for fun. I play with excel spreadsheets. It helps me learn my new Excel 2007 version, since it is rather different from previous versions. And since most other people I know who are using Excel don’t use this version yet, I’m kinda on my own figuring it out. Some really basic simple things I used to know how to do, I no longer have a clue how to do, because I haven’t figured out where to access it. So it is very good practice. Maybe my expertise at Excel 2007 will get me employed.

And this is what I can tell you about the overlap of the four festivals Coachella, Sasquatch, Bonnaroo and All Points West:

Crystal Castles, The Knux and the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs are the only three bands to play at all four festivals.

Fleet Foxes, The Gaslight Anthem, Girl Talk, Silversun Pickups, St. Vincent, The Ting Tings, and TV on the Radio are all playing at three of the festivals.

While A.A. Bondy, The Airborne Toxic Event, Alberta Cross, Animal Collective, Band of Horses, Beastie Boys, Ben Harper and the Relentless 7, The Black Keys, Blitzen Trapper, Bon Iver, Booker T (with and without the DBTs), Cage the Elephant, Calexico, Chairlift, The Decemberists, Electric Touch, Erykah Badu, Etienne de Crecy, Ghostland Observatory, Gogol Bordello, Grizzly Bear, Jenny Lewis, Lykke Li, MSTRKRFT, The Murder City Devils, M. Ward, My Bloody Valentine, Neko Case, Nine Inch Nails, of Montreal, Okkervil River, People Under the Stairs, Ra Ra Riot, Santogold, Shearwater and We are Scientists all play at two of the four festivals.

That leaves everyone else playing only at one of the festivals, so a more urgent need to try and catch them if I have interest in seeing them perform. But some I’ve seen before, and some I have no idea what they are like, so that leaves me to begin my research about the bands I don’t know, and to prioritize which ones I want to go see. Because if I enjoyed them before, maybe I want to see them again. But I also like to open my ears to bands I don’t know. Such a conundrum. Thus the reason for research. That and arranging where to stay, or what to get for camping, or taking care of my car to enable all that travel.

It’s exhausting all the work I need to do to be a music festival groupie, ya know? To be a prepared music festival groupie.

And in the meantime, I screwed up my perfect chance to be a Bonnaroo Pre-Festival volunteer, as I didn’t get my payment in on time (was waiting on a check to make sure I had the money to cover it) and all the positions got filled. But fortunately for me, since they couldn’t transfer the ticket I was purchasing through the payment plan over to the volunteer group (i.e., I would be buying two tickets, and only getting refunded one when I finished my volunteering gig) I still have a ticket, with no volunteering obligations attached. All my concerns about missing the bands I want to see thus erased. Just not the financial situation I had been hoping for. And I am still waiting to hear if the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, the following weekend after Bonnaroo, will have me as a volunteer. This time I am not purchasing anything until I hear back from them, as I don’t have to drive through Colorado to get home. It would just be nice to have a place to stay for a few days down time before continuing the trek home, and this certainly seemed pleasant enough. I especially like the prospect of a Bluegrass combo performing only Radiohead songs.

So this, plus the classes I take, the weekly phone calls I am on, the volunteering I do, the arranging in advance of travel details, and purchasing tickets and following up on unresolved details, and keeping track of my finances, that’s what I do with my time. I’m also researching cars, so if and/or when my car dies, I have a backup plan of what car to purchase next. Because I like to have backup plans to my backup plans. It has come in handy previously!