Pictured from left to right: bassist Drew Church from the Cops, Hold Steady drummer Bobby Drake, and HS bassist Galen Polivka
It's easy to go on and on about the downsides of festival-going. The lines, the $12 beers (yes, I paid that much for one at some point on Saturday), the horrors of port-a-potties, the preponderance of hackey sack players: no reasonable music fan readily embraces such things (well obviously the hackey sack players do, but fuck those guys).
However, one of the most enjoyable aspects of shows at the Gorge is watching musicians goof off, attack the hospitality deli trays, and swill beers against one of the most jaw-dropping natural backdrops on the festival circuit. Seriously, regardless of the line-up, Coachella can't compete aesthetically with what you see above. As Franz Nicolay from the Hold Steady said to me just before we took this picture--"touring can be draining, but we could be doing much worse at this moment."