This morning, Pickathon added several acts to its 2019 lineup, and it's quite a mixed bag. The biggest announcement is that Phil Lesh—the Grateful Dead's now-septuagenarian bass player—and his Terrapin Family Band will headline Thursday at the Mount Hood Stage, and will play again Friday at the Woods Stage. Bringing in a jam band god like Lesh and the Deadhead crowd he draws could slightly alter the flavor of Pickathon this year.
Additions I'm excited about: Portland rapper Karma Rivera, the psych-pop weirdos of Reptaliens, and Canadian folksinger Ora Cogan, whose voice channels Hope Sandoval and Karen Dalton over shrieking, orchestral strings on her latest album, 2017's Crickets. Also, the Richard Swift Hex Band—a tribute to the late Oregon musician and his final album, The Hex, released posthumously last September. A press release says the band will include "Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado, Dr. Dog’s Eric Slick, and Portland's very own Pure Bathing Culture," as well as other special guests.
Names I didn't recognize but, after some Googling, am excited to see: Self-described "beat scientist" Makaya McCraven, whose 2018 record Universal Beings is like a waking dream (especially the track "Mantra," which conjures '50s jazz harpist Dorothy Ashby); Altin Gün, a Turkish psychedelic funk band; straightforward Austin country-bluegrass band the Tender Things; Canadian singer/songwriter Dan Mangan; Ibibio Sound Machine, a London-based disco-pop group led by the enigmatic Eno Williams, who sings in both English and the Nigerian language of Ibibio; and Appalachian folk duo Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno.
A name I didn't recognize and was honestly pretty afraid to Google: Viagra Boys, a Swedish punk band with a song called "Sports" that lists a few sports, as well as some things that most certainly are not sports (example: "Baseball/Basketball/Wiener dog/Short-shorts/Cigarette").