Gleason Fest 2016: A Move to the Lilac Bowl

I have gone to every Gleason Fest since its inception in 2012, a year after Steve Gleason's ALS diagnosis. Every year I watch it grow and feel a little different as it takes a few steps further away from the first Gleason Gras! West... one that was full of melancholy tears, happy reunions, and a … [Read more...]

5th Annual Chinook Fest Central

Before diving into this year's 5th Annual Chinook Fest, let's go back to last year's Fest when Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real took over the headlining spot, wowed the crowd, captivated the photo pit to the point of setting the cameras down, embraced the supporting Chinook Fest bands with an … [Read more...]

A Little Old Wisdom from The Lotus Vellum

Cover Art: Old Wisdom EP Photography by Steven Lindquist, Art Direction and Design by Justin Kleine For a long time, I had heard that Conor Byrne was the place to go for a good open mic in Seattle.  I was finally able to make the trip up a couple of years ago to enjoy some time with my … [Read more...]

Chinook Fest ’14 Preview: Bringing A Heavy Lineup

As the third annual Chinook Fest approaches, I think back on the 2014 Chinook Fest lineup release show in April at the Crocodile.  With two pairs of tickets raffled off, a creative video that revealed the lineup in two parts, and some great musical collaborations with musicians from the lineup, the … [Read more...]

Gleason Fest Promised Something Real and Delivered

Gleason Fest came with much anticipation this year with a heavy lineup and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge paving the way for a big turnout; and it definitely delivered!  Saturday afternoon came around and people were trickling in greeted with smiles and often hugs. There was an air of reunion … [Read more...]

Elkfest 2014: 10 Years in the Bag

FOLKINCEPTION Elkfest 2014 kicked off with such a bang that the generator literally blew.  Seriously... the generator blew, and FOLKINCEPTION did the first part of their set on the patio of The Elk while they replaced it.  It turned out to be a really great, intimate set that captured the playful … [Read more...]

Chinook Fest 2014 Lineup Release Show

There is no denying that Cody Beebe and the Crooks have been busy building a name for themselves in the Pacific Northwest this year.  With new music videos, special performances during the Seahawks tailgate parties, an appearance on New Day Northwest, a few tours including one with Austin Jenkes of … [Read more...]

Susy Sun Releases her Wanderlust EP at the Columbia City Theater

On October 17th, Susy Sun took the stage with her band, the Passenger String Quartet and Vaudeville Etiquette at Columbia City Theater, introducing us to her sophomore EP Wanderlust.  The album release show was beautifully organized with each song presented in a different fashion. She had some songs … [Read more...]

Feed Me a Line With Susy Sun

I first heard of Susy Sun about 9 years ago when my younger cousin told me about this really talented girl that had been playing music with his band.  He used to send me clips of their recordings, and I often made requests to get me the sheet music for her creations (which he never did).  She was … [Read more...]

Timber Festival: Food Trucks, Liquor Laws, and the Walk to Slider’s

Timber Outdoor Music Festival  is only a few days away, and we're putting the finishing touches (aka beginning to think about) on what we're going to eat while camping in Carnation. Normally, I'd head to Trader Joe's and buy all of their eggplant hummus (all of it) and, like, a bottle of coconut … [Read more...]