Gritty Birds: A Conversation with Pickathon Founder Zale Schoenborn

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Listen to a conversation with the founder of the iconic Northwest festival, then tune in to XRAY.fm every Thursday from 1 to 1:30pm for new episodes.

Pickathon founder Zale Schoenborn (left) behind the scenes: Photo Miri StebivkaPickathon founder Zale Schoenborn (left) behind the scenes: Photo Miri Stebivka"The vibe is really ridiculous," says Pickathon's founder Zale Schoenborn. "If you come there and you don’t have a lot of life responsibilities, you become convinced after being there for a day or two, 'Oh yeah, this is how life society should work.' It's a beautiful thing."

In its 18th year, the Oregon festival continues to be a model for sustainability and a beacon for top-tier national and local talent. I sat down with Schoenborn to get the scoop on Pickathon's history, future and what to expect this year.

Ty Segall on the Woods Stage in 2015: Photo by Drew BandyTy Segall on the Woods Stage in 2015: Photo by Drew BandyTaking place from August 4 to 7 at its home on Pendarvis Farm outside of Portland, this year features such acts as Adia Victoria, Blossom (an EYRST artist featured in this episode), Ty Segall (watch a video from his 2013 performance below), Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Wolf Parade, Yo La Tengo and many more.

"It’s kind of as simple as: Pick the most amazing music on the planet and just damn the torpedos—like if it doesn’t draw, it’s still amazing," Schoenborn says of the festival's booking philosophy.

Listen to the whole interview below and then tune in to XRAY.fm every Thursday from 1 to 1:30pm for new episodes of Gritty Birds, plus find extended cuts on iTunes and read Darka Dusty's feature story Pickathon: The Rebel Festival.

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