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Timber! Outdoor Music Festival expands to three-day event this July

  • Written by Shannon Michael

When the Timber! Outdoor Music Festival opens for its second annual jam-packed July weekend, about 3,000 attendees will be greeted with an even bigger and better festival than the sold-out inaugural festival last year.

Held in Carnation’s Tolt-MacDonald Park on July 24, 25 and 26, the festival is an event for the entire family. Tickets are $65 per person, not including service fees, for all three days, with children 12 and under admitted free. A limited number of single day tickets are also available for $20 to $35, not including service fees.

TimberOne of the bands performing at last year’s inaugural Timber! Outdoor Musical Festival in Carnation. (Photo by Jason Tang)The event was such a huge success last year that festival production company Artist Home Presents, working with King County Parks, is expanding the 2014 festival into three days, adding more musical acts to the line-up along with activities for all ages.

“Last year’s inaugural Timber! Festival gave thousands of music and outdoor enthusiasts an opportunity to experience one of our most scenic parks, and we are looking forward to another remarkable event this summer,” King County Parks Director Kevin Brown said in a statement.

The goal of Artist Home Presents co-founder, Kevin Sur, was simple. “I just really wanted to create a feel good gathering akin to the greatest neighborhood campout of the summer,” he wrote in an email interview. Artist Home Presents is becoming known for its events that unite music, community and nature.

Indeed, festivalgoers can camp at the park the entire weekend. Festival camping for all three nights is still available for $30 per tent or $60 for camper vans and small trailers.

Headlining artists include Seattle Rock Orchestra, soul legend Charles Bradley, J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. fame, Northwest hero Damien Jurado, indie pop artists Cumulus and Seattle hip-hop trio The Physics.

Joining them will be Rocky Votolato, Grynch, The Comettes, Battleme, Smokey Brights, Tea Cozies, Mikey and Matty, The Shivas, Lonesome Shack, Julia Massey & The Five Finger Discount, Postmadonna, hip-hop artist Rockwell Powers, Shumba Marimba Ensemble, indie folk rockers Horse Feathers, Seattle soul sensation Eldridge Gravy & The Court Supreme, indie songwriter Benjamin Verdoes (of Iska Dhaaf), alt-country Denver experimentalists 1939 Ensemble, hard rockers Hounds of the Wild Hunt, and Fauna Shade and Calico, two young bands recently discovered at the Experience Music Project Sound Off!

Two acts will be especially for younger audiences, including Eli Rosenblatt, whose music focuses on rhythm, positivity and being goofy using swing, reggae, salsa and samba music.
One Seattle-based band, Mikey and Matty, made up of brothers Mikey and Matty Gervais, are thrilled to be part of the line-up this year.

“For folks who’ve never seen us I suppose I’d warn them to expect a couple of brothers harmonizing very closely on every song, the finest rhythm section this side of the Mississippi, and some incredible string players smoothing it all out nicely,” Matty wrote by email.

The brothers grew up digesting all the music that came their way via the grunge years and their parents’ personal interests in artists like Bob Dylan, Buddy Holly, Neil Young, The Beatles and Bruce Springsteen.

“We’ve come up with a kind of lyrically, melodically driven music that satisfies our attempts at embodying those childhood fascinations. We went down the rabbit hole with our most recent record, Harbor Island, layering clarinet parts over six different guitars, jazz-organs, ’70s synths, buckets of broken glass, harmonicas, you-name-it. Our live act is our god’s honest attempt to bring all those musical ideas to life and I think it makes for a pretty darn fun show,” Matty wrote.

Festival attendees will find two primary stages set in the 574-acre park. Ticketholders will enter Timber! via a long suspension bridge, and during the day, the Main Stage will ring out in a large sunny meadow. At night, the Campfire Stage, nestled among a tall forest of fir trees, will become a sanctuary for serious listening. There will be a wide variety of options of food and beverages available to festivalgoers.

Festival organizers are also inviting key regional record labels to help put together a Northwest Record Store this year featuring vinyl, CDs, cassettes and swag from record labels throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Besides listening to the music, attendees can swim or kayak in the Tolt and Snoqualmie rivers, hike throughout the park, stargaze with the help of astronomy clubs, take children to the root beer garden featuring local and craft root beers, enjoy the family-oriented music line-up on Saturday morning, and other activities for children under 12.

Other planned activities include an outdoor movie on Thursday evening, an unofficial 5K run/walk Sunday morning, and for bicycle enthusiasts, a planned group “Seattle to Timber!” ride to and from the festival for the weekend.

For more information on the festival, including festival accommodations, online ticket sales and activities, visit www.timbermusicfest.com.

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