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Sasquatch! Music Festival

Benefit Music Festivals

In 1971, George Harrison started a trend when he headlined a concert with all profits to go to UNICEF, in support of families that were being forced to leave East Pakistan because of war in the area. Benefit concerts quickly grew into an industry. Music festivals such as Band Aid, USA for Africa, Farm Aid and Live Aid quickly took shape as a way to raise money for charity organizations.

The Sasquatch! Music Festival doesn't have quite the history of Montreux -- it began in 2002. But that doesn't put a dent in its prominence. The festival was developed to replace faltering music festivals like Lollapalooza, which was canceled in 2004 because of poor ticket sales (but did wind up returning in 2005). Sasquatch! features indie, experimental and alternative rock music.

Fans of Sasquatch! are drawn to the eclectic range of music as well as the combination of newcomers and headliners. Big names that have graced the festival include Beck and The Beastie Boys. But the festival also saves plenty of room for new artists. It places a lot of attention on singer-songwriters and dedicates one entire stage to performers who are from the Pacific Northwest.

The festival is held each year in George, Wash., at the Gorge Amphitheater during the last week of May. The amphitheater is located near the picturesque Columbia River, and camping is available for those who attend.

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