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Sasquatch Music Festival, Rainn Wilson in The Rocker

Unpacking Sasquatch: Hanging Out With Rainn Wilson

While many of you were reveling in BBQs and sunshine over Memorial Day weekend, I ventured north for the 2008 Sasquatch Music Festival and it was so much fun! Soon I'll share with you my general take on the bands I got to watch perform and interview. However, before I could even get to the music my first day on the scene, I noticed an airplane circling round overhead with a banner promoting the film The Rocker and then suddenly I was surrounded by teenagers sporting bandanas with the movie's logo. I knew then: Rainn Wilson was in the house.

In The Rocker (opening August 1), Rainn plays a washed-up drummer who helps some teenagers learn how to live, love, and rock 'n' roll, so it's only natural that he's hitting summer music festivals to promote the film. Plus, he's originally from Seattle so I imagine it's not a total drag for him to hang out with bands native to his hometown.

Rainn was omnipresent throughout the festival and even took to the main stage between acts to entertain the crowd. Backstage I caught up with him and the band Dead Confederate (more on them and their music later). To check out Rainn hamming it up for the camera while these Southern boys grilled him on his favorite color,

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For those of you liking the song in this clip as much as I am, it's called "The Rat," and you can take a listen here.

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drew-taylor drew-taylor 8 years
My boys Dead Confederate getting some fancy pants hollywood friends...... Look out for these kids.... good guys. met them down in Macon, GA back in 2002 when they were Redbelly!!! Gonna be famous one day I told them.... look at em now. No wonder Hardy isn't returning my phone calls.
AKirstin AKirstin 8 years
OHGAWD, I have *such* a major crush on him. :D My husband looks a lot like him.
colormesticky colormesticky 8 years
Aside from thinking it was a 2 hour drive and it being 5, my sister went to this and said it was worth it for Michael Ian Black alone, not to mention Flight of the Conchords.
nancita nancita 8 years
He said BuzzSugar! Cool. Also, I love his hat.
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
Thanks, guys (especially freegracefrom — I'm passing along your comment to my Sugar higher-ups... ;))! So glad you like the video. That Rainn is completely adorable and fun.
ehadams ehadams 8 years
I adore him. He is just so huggable. ;)
hotchilio hotchilio 8 years
Way to trek it up north buzz sugar! We do the Gorge every year over labor day weekend for three days of Dave Matthews Band! That is quite a trip to get out there but soooo worth it..No place in the world is as beautiful as that venue! The water, the music and the high dessert climate you can't loose!
shannon_xo shannon_xo 8 years
love him, but he looks really old in those pics...
freegracefrom freegracefrom 8 years
Aw, that was pretty cool, Buzz! You were covering all your bases this weekend with an upcoming movie and a band! You deserve a raise. ;-)
Kaysnowboarder Kaysnowboarder 8 years
This is a funny interview and I love the office! I want to see this movie!
emalove emalove 8 years
I'm jealous! My husband and I love Rainn...he's great. Can't wait to see The Rocker.
runnerjenn827 runnerjenn827 8 years
Buzzsugar! You are so lucky. He seems just as funny in everyday life as his character, Dwight. By the way-- I am loving his alternative nautical outfit. :)
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