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The Sounds of Duvall Days

  • Written by Grace Kufeldt

Duvall Days celebrated 59 years this year and the annual event has become a showcase for some of the Pacific Northwest’s best musical acts.

From the parade to the Cow Pie Bingo; from the Kids petting zoo to the Boy Scouts’ coloring table; from the musical events to the micro-drone racing and the rock climbing wall, it was a Duvall Days event to remember. The musical offerings were comprehensive with bands including Birch Pereira and the Gin Joints, Champagne Honeybee, and Darci Carlson featured on the Main State at McCormick Park. Morgan Henley summed up the music.

Opening the musical events were Birch Pereira & the Gin Joints. With deep sonic roots in virtually every style of mid-20th century American music - from Americana to blues to jazz, soul and vintage rock ’n’ roll - the versatile Seattle-based band offered a well-rounded range of songs for audiences who want to sock-hop in poodle skirts one minute, rock out to hot guitar licks the next and later hug their honeys under the stars as a car stereo plays into the night.

Featuring front man Birch Pereira’s “old soul” tenor voice and his skilled bass playing, the Gin Joints offered captivating arrangements of well-crafted originals and well-chosen covers. The band featured skilled and versatile musicians who share the same love of the American song traditions and the desire to offer fresh interpretations. 

The middle act was Champagne Honeybee, featuring singer/songwriter, Rani Weatherby, her trusty ukuleles, and very talented backing band.  Their sound was a mix of contemporary jazz, blues, folk, and ukulele soul.

Rani achieved a life-long dream of performing in India, in February of 2018.  She put on a concert through the US Consulate in Kolkata and was featured on the cover of the Calcutta times.  Upon her return, the story of her musical and personal journey was featured on King 5's Evening television program.  They are currently recording a full-length album, which is scheduled for release later this year.

Headlining Duvall Days was Darci Carlson with straight up country, no chaser. No vanity act and definitely not her first rodeo, Carlson delivered an energy packed performance with a lived-in voice that was both aggressive and smoky sweet. Her well-crafted songs were reminiscent of past Outlaw greats Tanya Tucker and Hank Jr, and the crowd loved it.

Darci has been compared to other female greats such as Lucinda Williams, Stevie Nicks and Patty Loveless and has shared the stage with acts such as Shooter Jennings, Micky and The Motorcars, Dale Watson, Jamie Wyatt, Nikki Lane, & Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers. Carlson is also known world-wide for her role as The Girl in ZZ Top's 2012-2015 Gang of Outlaws Live Show, as well as the Lead Guitar player for the Seattle based Rock band The Dolly Rottens featured on the TV show Band In Seattle.

Local community radio station Valley 104.9 FM broadcast the main stage music & band interviews throughout the Duvall Days events. This year’s acts were arranged by the vice president of Duvall Days, Grace Kufeldt, and the Snoqualmie Valley’s music guru, Morgan Henley Presents.  The lineup at the main stage in McCormick Park was presented by Duvall Veterinary Hospital. 

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