Jen Cloher (with Courtney Barnett on guitar!)
Jen Cloher (with Courtney Barnett on guitar!) Katie Summer

Katie Summer

Pickathon kicked off its 20th year tonight with a lineup announcement party at Revolution Hall that included performances from rising Portland singer/songwriter Haley Heyndrickx (one of NPR Music's 2018 Slingshot artists!), California troubadour/funnyman John Craigie, and Australian musician Jen Cloher, whose backing band included her spouse Courtney Barnett (Cloher's playing a sold-out show at the Doug Fir later tonight, be sure to read our interview with her in this week's issue)—all of whom will be at this year's festival August 3-5 at Pendarvis Farm.

John Craigie
John Craigie Katie Summer

Other lineup highlights include Pacific Northwest legends Built to Spill, Swedish dreamweaver Daniel Norgren, folksinger Bedouine (another Slingshot artist!), Portland guitarist Marisa Anderson, soul powerhouse Jamila Woods, and many more excellent acts. A notable absence on this year's bill: Pickathon veteran Ty Segall (unless he's forming a new band for this year's fest). It also seems like there's fewer hip-hop acts, though I'll admit there are plenty of names I don't recognize. Lucky for us, that's one of the best things about Pickathon—hearing a bunch of new music you'd likely never encounter otherwise.

Haley Heynderickx
Haley Heynderickx Katie Summer

Katie Summer

Here's the full 2018 roster:

Andrew Alli
Daniel Norgren
Les Amazones d’Afrique
Danny Barnes Trio
Lonnie Holley
Revel In Dimes
Bee Bee Sea
The Dead Tongues
Lost Bayou Ramblers
Rising Appalachia
Black Pumas
Ezra Furman
Low Cut Connie
Sam Amidon
The Blind Boys of Alabama
Sera Cahoone
Broken Social Scene
Hailu Mergia
Marisa Anderson
Shakey Graves
Built to Spill
Haley Heynderickx
Michael Nau
Caleb Klauder & Reeb Willms
Sierra Hull
Charley Crockett
House and Land
Orkesta Mendoza
Circuit des Yeux
Jamila Woods
Paul Cauthen
Valley Queen
Colter Wall
Jen Cloher
Phil Cook
Cut Worms
John Craigie
Pickathon Square Dance w/ Caroline Oakley + The Cully Cut-ups
The War and Treaty
Joshua Hedley
The Weather Station
Karl Blau
Zephaniah OHora
Kikagaku Moyo