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Festival at Mount Si | World's worth of music at Si View's mainstage

Eclectic Approach fuses rock with hip-hop, and is the opening act at the Festival at Mount Si. - Courtesy Photo
Eclectic Approach fuses rock with hip-hop, and is the opening act at the Festival at Mount Si.
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A world’s worth of music and entertainment is free for the taking this weekend at the Festival at Mount Si.

Nine unique acts take the main stage on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, spanning cover bands and soul-searing duos to “Industrial Country.” There’s sure to be a sound for everyone.

Friday, Aug. 12

Originally conceived as a hip-hop group, Eclectic Approach, playing from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, has expanded its musical horizons and fully embraced the name.

“It’s definitely a rock sounding feel, fused with a little hip-hop,” said member Ryan Jander. You can hear their music at www.eclecticapproach.com/.

Playing folk, rock and pop from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on the main stake, one-man act Kris Orlowski is already turning heads.

The singer crafts emotionally rich songs that have listeners tapping their toes even as their heartstrings are being tugged. You can hear his music at krisorlowski.bandcamp.com/.

Saturday, Aug. 13

Ian McFeron plays roots, rock and Americana music from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. He broke into the Seattle music scene when he was discovered by “The Mountain” 103.7 FM in Seattle His work has drawn comparison to Bob Dylan. Learn more about the singer at www.ianmcferon.com/.

Playing at 2 p.m. on the main stage, Second Hand Newz lays claim to being the Pacific Northwest’s premier Fleetwood Mac tribute band. They play songs like “Landslide,” “Go Your Own way,” “Tusk” and “Rhiannon” with musical flair and strong vocals. Learn more at www.secondhandnewz.com/.

Playing the main stage at 4 p.m., the Camano Cadillac Band threesome plays original country music. Lead vocalist Natalie Hames was discovered in the Seattle open mic music scene. She plays rhythm guitar and adds a touch of class. Bass player Jim Varnell hails from Tennessee, and remembers meeting Johnny Cash in Nashville’s Cain-Sloan department store parking lot in 1967. Buck Hammock plays Telecaster and steel guitar for CCB, and is an experienced musician and veteran of several Northwest bands.

Brining the blues, funk and rock at 6 p.m., Kent-area-based Sub Motive emerged from the Seattle music scene. After appearing in the first “Sound Off” band competition at the Experience Music Project in February of 2002, their popularity with audiences across the Northwest expanded into teen clubs as well as nationally renowned music festivals.

You can hear their music at www.myspace.com/submotive.

Two years ago, no one had defined “Industrial Country.” But today, nationally touring Chance McKenny & Crosswire are working to make it a household phrase. Playing at 8 p.m., the group blends country music with ‘90s rock, ‘60s motown and heavy metal influences. It’s a different combination, but true to country’s blended origins. After all, who knew the country music of your parents or grandparents’ generations would transform into the all-encompassing genre it is today? Learn more about the band at www.chancemckinney.com/.

Sunday, Aug. 14

Appearing from noon to 1:30 p.m., Correo Aereo (Air Mail, in Spanish), plays traditional and original music of Latin America; primarily of Venezuela, Mexico and Argentina. Together, Abel Rocha and Madeleine Sosin play instruments including latin American harp, guitar, violin, maracas, quatro, bombo and jarana. They are life partners, “artistically married,” Sosin says.

Their music “can be gorgeous and joyful, it can be haunting,” she says. “If a person opens themselves to receiving the music, they’re going to be deeply moved, but not just in one way.”

Music is the universal language, and it doesn’t matter if you understand the lyrics.

“Music will enter you and permeate you, lift you up,” Sosin said. “That is the healing power of music. It connects us all together.”

To learn more about the band, visit www.myspace.com/correoaereo.

If you’re a fan of The Cars, or just of the 1980s in general, All Mixed Up may be just what you needed. The group formed several years ago when several bandmembers wanted to perform The Cars’ eponymous first album.

Playing at 2 p.m. at the main stage, the group performs a special tribute to The Cars, as well as a selection of hits from the 80s.

Band leader Jim Freeman admits that he missed the impact of the era’s music when the ‘80s were young.

At the time, he was into world music, blues and jazz. But today, he recognizes the energy of the era, and how it moves people in their 40s and 50s, as well as 20-somethings who probably never heard “Drive” on the radio.

If All Mixed Up do not enjoy playing these songs, they don’t get played. They don’t impersonate Okasec and company, but do favor black-and-white checked ties and Vans as a uniform of sorts.

“It’s been a blast playing this music,” Freeman said.

You can learn more about their music at www.allmixeduprocks.com.

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