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Music, Year in Review 2016

Year in Review: The Best Concerts of 2016

Daniel Hager

Artist: Various – Sasquatch Music Festival
Venue: The Gorge
City: George, WA
Date: May 27-30 

Sufjan Stevens performing at Sasquatch 2016 at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington on May 30, 2016. (Photo: Matthew Lamb)

One of the greatest and most diverse gatherings of artists from many different musical genres. With heavyweight acts like The Cure, Sufjan Stevens, Florence and the Machine, Major Lazer and A$AP Rocky any music lover will be satisfied.

With one of the best campground/party environments I’ve ever experienced I will of course be attending Sasquatch Music Festival 2017 for going on my seventh year.


Artist: Descendents
Venue: Neptune Theater
City: Seattle 
Date: November 10


A true bucket list band, 20 years of making music and hitting the road hasn’t slowed these punk rockers down.

They may not be dressed in spiked denim vests or sporting mohawks but these men have proven some bands only get better with age.


Artist: Ice Cube
Venue: Project Pabst
City: Portland
Date: August 27

Ice Cube performing at the Coachella Music Festival on April 23, 2016. (Photo: Erik Voake/Goldenvoice)

As a headliner for the first joining of MusicfestNW and Project Pabst Ice Cube took the stage with the kind of swagger only a legend can muster.

Hot on the heels of Straight Out of Compton, Ice Cube came to remind the kids he’s a bad ass AK47 packing son of a bitch and not just the “dad” in some cheesy family comedies.


Artist: Naked Giants
Venue: Bumbershoot Festival
City: Seattle
Date: September 2


Naked Giants opened the 2016 Bumbershoot Festival with some serious high energy nerd-gasmic rock.

These boys may look like they stepped out of a bad 80’s nerd movie but they quickly proved rock and roll is in their blood and showmanship is in their DNA.


Artist: Nacho picasso
Venue: Neumos
City: Seattle
Date: April 20


Nacho Picasso brought alcohol fueled shit show to Neumos stage once again.

Like every show the man puts on his energy is through the roof same as his charisma. Half the audience is there for his music and the other half for his body and charm.

This show opened with a viewing of his recent short documentary about just how he goes about his day to day life and preps for a live show while pulling back the curtain on his drug use and true street persona.


One thought on “Year in Review: The Best Concerts of 2016

  1. Bush lead singer in Abbotsford the best ! Went into crowd. Amazing !!

    Posted by rocket | August 29, 2018, 8:22 pm

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