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...]

Chinook Fest Central 2015: Flashback to 2014

"Great music meets the great outdoors." WHEN: September 11 – 13, 2015 WHERE: Jim Sprick Community Park, 13680 State Route 410, Naches, WA TICKETS: Tickets and Weekend Passes still available Chinook Fest Central 2015 is coming up and it's getting a lot of talk after its sister festival, … [Read more...]

Melted Into the Final Day with a Full Gallery

Where was I Sunday morning?  Too hot to realize what was going on, apparently.  It was a shorter day for me as I had to head out early and spent more time backstage with a stiff neck and wet sandals than covering sets with great enthusiasm. Although, I was very excited to finally see Elephant … [Read more...]

Melting Down for Sure, Day 2

After a late night (or early morning) attempting to sleep barely 10 feet from what I called the "LSD Laser Techno Tent," I found myself waking up around 10AM to the smell of sizzling bacon and sound of a wagon bumping past, kicking up dust. “Orange Juice! One dollar!” There was no shortage of Summer … [Read more...]

James Coates Releases More Than Just Music

On Saturday, June 30th James Coates had a CD release show at the Mandolin Café in Tacoma, WA for Land of Fame & Glory.  The bushy-bearded, curly-haired musician chose Umber Mishra, Kurt Lindsay and Gina Belliveau to set the scene for him.  I had to arrive late, missing Umber Mishra and the first … [Read more...]