Hot Ticket: Sasquatch!: Blind Pilot
These soulful Portland, Oregon, folk-rockers have toured the West Coast for two summerson their bikes, hauling an upright bass, guitars, a mountain dulcimer, and a vibraphone. After 3,200 miles, 50-plus gigs, 54 flats, and two stolen rides, they'll now tour the world. The new challenge? Taking the bus.
Perched on a cliff on the Columbia River, 2.5 hours from Seattle and 4.5 from Portland, the Gorge Amphitheatre is Pollstar's perennial best outdoor venue. This year, the rock/alternative festival will also have a comedy tent, starring the People's Republic of Komedy, that morphs into a dance party late at night for you and 25,000 friends.
Don't Miss Jane's Addiction, Doves, Fleet Foxes, the
Intermission Climb soaring basalt walls at Frenchman Coulee, outside Vantage (climbingwashington.com).
Crash As with all the festivals listed hereunless otherwise notedyour lodging should be a tent on the festival grounds. (Fees may apply.)
Also This Weekend Strawberry Music Festival, Yosemite, California.