Live Review: Watershed Festival – The Gorge Amphitheater, George, WA USA 04.08.2023-06.08.2023

Nestor Salgado

By Nestor Salgado

The Gorge Amphitheater in Eastern Washington State is home to Watershed Festival, a yearly event set against a stunning backdrop during the first weekend of August. Perched on a cliff that overlooks the Columbia River and its surrounding hills, The Gorge promises an unforgettable experience for each attendee. Festival-goers dubbed “Shedders,” indulged in nonstop entertainment, delicious cuisine, refreshing beer, and camping. This year’s event was undoubtedly one of the most memorable considering the star power of this lineup.

Headlining the festival were Lainey Wilson, Keith Urban, and Cody Johnson with many more popular country artists on the bill. 

Throughout the entire weekend, shedders were treated to a variety of musical performances with the T-Mobile main stage being the hottest attraction. Artists like Parker McCollum, Ernest, Carly Pearce, and Warren Zieders were stellar in their ability to connect with the crowd. The Next From Nashville stage presented extremely talented up-and-coming artists such as Aaron Raitiere, Alexander Beckham, and Avery Ana.

When shedders weren’t singing along to their favorite music, they were seen socializing, playing yard games, chowing down, and enjoying the spectacular view that’s unique to The Gorge. Parker McCollum took to Instagram to describe the open-air venue as “The coolest place I’ve ever played… ever.” It’s no exaggeration to say that this setting is truly one-of-a-kind.

Watershed Festival 2023 occurred during a time when country music is dominating the Billboard charts. In a way, shedders were celebrating one of the most popular musical genres worldwide. As country music continues to explode in popularity, Watershed continues to be a thrilling summer destination and remains the largest country music festival in the Pacific Northwest.

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