Valerie June at Pickathon

Pickathon withdrawal is a real thing. Maybe you don't snip off your weekend wristband first thing when you get home, even after you've showered and unpacked your camp gear. Maybe you're at work and you find yourself daydreaming of that perfect show you saw at sunset in the woods, or Valerie June's cover of a Sam Cooke song that sent an arrow straight to your heart at the Starlight stage. Maybe you're making a mental note to stay in touch with the girl who has the same birthday as you, and to try and remember so many more synchronicities from magic of the weekend. Going back to your daily routine and responsibilities can be a harsh contrast to the ease, comfort, and joy of Pickathon. And those are qualities, I might add, that can be said of very few music festivals. It's a festival that puts as much effort into the enjoyment of the guests as well as the artists; the parents as well as the kids; the volunteers as well as the crew.

If you, like me, have been having bouts of Pickathon withdrawal (real thing!), please enjoy these photos and may they take you back to all the amazing music you saw and the good vibes you had. And if you missed it, may they encourage you to check it out next year!

Shakey Graves

Lots of photos including Shakey Graves, The War on Drugs, The Barr Brothers, and more after the jump! And more to come in Part 2 tomorrow.

Lonnie Holley

Lonnie Holley band

Jolie Holland

Jolie Holland band

Jolie Holland band

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Shakey Graves

Shakey Graves

Shakey Graves band

Those Darlins

Those Darlins

Those Darlins

The War On Drugs

The War On Drugs

The Barr Brothers

The Barr Brothers

The Barr Brothers

The Barr Brothers

The Barr Brothers

Valerie June