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Sasquatch! Festival fuels portal to musical paradise

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As if Memorial Day weekend couldn't be exciting enough, Quincy, Washington's own Sasquatch! Music Festival will officially kick off summer this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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According to the event's press team, Seattle's mayor Ed Murray has officially named Friday a day in honor of the festival. The Gorge, an internationally acclaimed concert venue sculpted in the basalt cliffs above the Columbia River Gorge, has hosted the festival since its origin in 2002.

Sasquatch! has been deemed “the strongest rock and pop festival on the West Coast” by The New York Times and "America’s most epic music festival at America’s most epic concert venue" per MTV, among other noteworthy praise. Chicagoans, if they haven't attended yet, are encouraged to attend and scope out Sasquatch!, especially since the Windy City's equally epically-proportioned music festivals directly follow it in the summer months.

The Gorge campground opens tomorrow at 1 p.m., and gates to the festival open at noon on Friday, with entertainment beginning an hour later.

For more information, check out Sasquatch's Facebook page. Stay tuned for thorough coverage updates.