Sasquatch! Music Festival 2016, Day 1: Telekinesis

Sasquatch, Local Music, Live Reviews
Jacob Webb
photos by Matthew B. Thompson

Save for the jam band-heavy lineup of the festival's inaugural year – it's weird to think about now, but in the early 2000s, jam bands were as prominent at festivals as EDM is now – Sasquatch has long been an indie rock heavy festival, and even though this year's lineup is slightly less heavy on guitars than usual, Telekinesis' Bigfoot Stage-opening set was a reminder of where the festival has come from. Michael Lerner and co.'s third appearance at this year's Sasquatch was their biggest slot to date, and they met the challenge with cuts from their increasingly deep catalog of pop smart indie rock. Lerner, whose ability to sing while simultaneously drum remains impressive, led the quartet through a number of cuts from his latest LP, last year's Ad Infinitum, and despite the windy weather being a damper to the early evening crowd, the band was in excellent form – especially bassist Eric Elbogen (also of Say Hi), whose shouts during the bridge of "Ghosts and Creatures" got the crowd moving a way that usually takes a few more beers at that time in the day. Telekinesis have been nothing if not reliable during their four album run, so it was a perfect fit to have them be one of the first acts on in a weekend that will see a number of rock outfits take the same stage they opened.

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