Festival grooves: World's worth of free live music at North Bend party
August 10, 2012 · 10:08 AM
A world’s worth of music and entertainment is free for the taking this weekend at the Festival at Mount Si. Head to the main stage on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to hear nine unique bands play everything from party music to classic ‘Motown’.
Friday, Aug. 10
From 6 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Kellee Bradley takes the main stage to sing folk rock and pop. Having opened for artists like Chicago and John Mellencamp, Bradley has become well known in the Seattle music scene. Find out more and listen to her music at www.kelleebradle.com.
It’s sure to be a party scene from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Friday night when Seattle’s premier party band, The Nines, close out the night with fun music that the whole family will love. Be ready to dance with the group, who plays anything party, from the ‘70s to current hits from artists like LMFAO.
Saturday, Aug. 11
Left Hand Smoke
Left Hand Smoke is a neo-soul, rock band who play on Saturday from noon to 1:30 p.m. Left Hand Smoke became a favorite on KMTT 103.7 The Mountain, which helped them become a headliner act in the Northwest. Their sounds encompass everything from Bob Dylan and Van Morrison to James Brown and they have played with Pearl Jam, Maroon 5 and The Who, among many other popular musicians.
Midnight Rambler will celebrate 50 years of Rolling Stones from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. The tribute band consists of David Christensen as Mick Jagger, Ciggy Carter on guitar as Keith Richards, Albert Ceccacci as Ronnie Wood, drummer Bruce Ericson as Charlie Watts, Michael Horan on keyboards as Chuck Leavell, and Stu Gordon as bassist Bill Wyman.
Fabulous Roof Shakers
The Fabulous Roof Shakers will be shaking the shack from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday with rockin’ blues, R & B and some classic rock. The group is composed of Bruce Koenigsberg, bass; Keith White, percussion; Perry Sanders, lead vocals and harmonica; Gordon Benson, baritone and alto saxophone; and Joe Lane, guitar and vocals.
Vocalist Christy McKinnon and guitarist Roger Keith Wheeler are the duo that call themselves Black Velvet, and who will be on the main stage Saturday 6 to 7:30 p.m., playing a selection of rock, pop and blues. The duo is not new to the festival, as they took part in the 2011 Festival at Mount Si as a part of the group Second Hand Newz, a Fleetwood Mac tribute band.
Crawford & James
Aaron Crawford and Josh James bring country to the festival on Saturday from 8 to 9:30 p.m. The duo, Crawford and James, is the “brainchild” of a Seattle country radio disc jockey, who introduced them in late 2010. As their website reminds everyone, the pair is “undeniably country” and has a unique sound that will draw in the audience.
Sunday, Aug. 12
Musicians Gary Ballard, Howard Hooper, Les Merrihew and Paul Green make up Straight Shot, the band that plays from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. Straight Shot is a blues, R & B and funk band that will appeal to everyone, whether they want to sit back and enjoy the music or shake up the dance floor.
Seatown Rhythm & Blues
On Sunday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Seatown Rhythm and Blues will be covering hits like Mustang Sally and Billie Jean for those who love Motown classics, blues, R & B and funk, and who doesn’t enjoy all of that? Listen to Jayar, Vernon, Steve and James groove, and dance to the music.