This week, opbmusic and NPR Music present the first video in a new series: Pickathon Woods Stage. Each month, we'll premiere a new video recorded at the 2014 Pickathon Music Festival, hand-picked by opbmusic to showcase some of the most exciting performances from last summer's lineup.
Last year, Angel Olsen's Burn Your Fire For No Witness broke through in a big way, landing on many year-end best lists. Olsen's songs hit with heartbreaking vulnerability, lost somewhere between what could be and what can't be. In this song, "Stars," she showcases her impressively agile voice in front of an enthralled audience.
The 2014 edition of Pickathon was held over three days at Pendarvis Farm just outside of Portland, Ore. In 16 seasons, the festival has built a solid reputation for its curatorial independence, family-friendly environment and green focus. Throughout the weekend, bands often perform on several stages, including the main stage, a pair of converted barns, and one in the woods. To get to the Woods Stage, you follow a footpath through the trees to a natural bowl-shaped amphitheater. At night, the path is lit by suspended lights, while the stage itself is situated under a nest of branches, surrounded on three sides by the audience.
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