Chris Ballew of The Presidents of the United States of America. Photo by Renee McMahon.
The Presidents of the United States of America, 5:30 p.m.ish, Sasquatch! Mainstage
Say what you will about the makers of “Lump,” “Peaches,” and “Kitty,” but P.U.S.A. Is, above all else, a tight, energetic, crowd-pleasing band. From their most cherished '90s hits through “Mixed Up S.O.B.,” from their latest rccord, the band never wavered. Do I wish more bands sounded like P.U.S.A.? No. But, I'm so glad we have the one.
Mates of State, 6 p.m.ish, Wookie! Stage
Meh. I'm still warming up to these two. I enjoyed their cover of Jackson Browne's “These Days.” But, there was nothing happening that had me begging for more.
Sera Cahoone, 6:30 p.m.ish, Yeti! Stage
I was just talking to a friend this morning about how I wish the Sasquatch! lineup was heavier on the country-tinged acts. Cahoone's exactly what I'm talking about. I just want more of it.
Michael Franti & Spearhead, Nowish,
The man just told the audience to “wave to the sun!” I can't see him. I'm listening to him from the press area where I'm filing this. His voice sounds great. His stories are a little cumbersome. Plus, he's already brought up Iraq, and asked the audience to put their hands in the air if the came with their friends. Aside from R.E.M. And Mr. Franti, there's been very little talk of politics, which has been nice.