The Silent Comedy
Robert Jon & The Wreck
Rust On the Rails
Planes On Paper
West Water Outlaws
Xolie Morra & The Strange Kind
Following the success of their Myths 7-inch series – a CD compilation of which held the #1 sales spot at Seattle’s Sonic Boom Records for a number of weeks in 2011 – a year of festival plays, and a number of sold-out hometown shows, Pickwick spent the better part of 2012 recording debut LP Can’t Talk Medicine. Multi-instrumentalist Kory Kruckenberg recorded direct to ½ inch tape on an 8-track in the band’s living room, incorporating found sounds while the distinctive setting lent its own unique flavor to the 13 songs. Anchored by singer Galen Disston’s stirring, gospel-tinged howl, Can’t Talk Medicine captures the raw, richly soulful sound and powerful live performance for which Pickwick is fast becoming widely known.
- CF Tip: Pickwick is also slotted to play Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival. After seeing them in Spokane at Elkfest last year, our team immediately knew we had to get them for our festival.
The Silent Comedy
The Silent Comedy is a San Diego-based group of musicians mixing Americana, Folk and Rock n’ Roll into a sound that is best understood by experiencing their live show. Brothers Joshua and Jeremiah Zimmerman started the band to capture the feeling of the bar culture they worked in and the revival meetings they grew up attending. The outcome is an experience that has been described as “a whiskey fueled tent revival.”
- CF Tip: The Silent Comedy wrote and performed the theme songs for History Channel’s Hatfields & McCoys and The Men Who Built America. They recently played The Gorge with Dave Matthews Band Caravan. Although they are from San Diego, the Chinook Fest team first met them in Austin, TX at SXSW three years ago. After trying to book them in 2012 and 2013, we are incredibly happy it worked out this year.
Austin Jenckes – Presented by Pingrey Ford
From the rural town of Duvall, Washington comes the voice of an honest soul. A 25 year old believer in the universal language of music that spills his heart into every word. With lyrical roots in country and folk, and an unmistakably unique vocal style, Austin Jenckes is by definition a singer/songwriter.
He has spent the better half of a decade paving his own way; starting with small local followings in sleepy coastal towns around the pacific northwest. In January of 2012, he moved from Washington State to Nashville, Tennessee where he recorded an independently released EP titled “An American Story”.
Austin Jenckes is currently preparing for an extensive tour schedule in 2014 where he will formally introduce himself to new listeners with the intention of greeting every ear with the voice of an old friend.
- CF Tip: Austin Jenckes recently made the Top Ten on NBC’s The Voice. He will be performing at Watershed at The Gorge this summer. One of the nicest guys you will ever meet, Austin Jenckes is the real deal. We look forward to people bringing their families out on Sunday to experience Austin’s sincerity, soulful voice, and incredible songwriting.
Sturgill Simpson’s authenticity stands out like an island of hope in a sea of tacky.
Bonafide mountain hillbilly soul, as pure as you are going to find anywhere. All it takes is one listen to FINALLY understand.
- CF Tip: USA Today ranked Sturgill Simpson’s upcoming tour at #6 on their recent list of the most-anticipated summer tours…. alongside Cher, Motley Crue, One Republic, and Lady Gaga. Prior to even releasing his highly-acclaimed new album, Simpson was asked to headline the Grand Ole Opry, bringing true country back to Nashville. Rolling Stone recently published a story about Simpson’s new record, commenting on the interesting methods by which Simpson discovered and recorded his new “Metamodern Sounds in Country Music.” After seeing a video of Simpson on YouTube, the Chinook Fest team felt as if they had discovered the missing piece of their puzzle. Whether you like country music or not, Simpson’s music is the truth.
Cody Beebe & The Crooks
Seattle’s Cody Beebe & The Crooks make rock music that is inspired by the frontier attitude of the American Heartland. When you hear their music, you hear the West’s Americana and Blues roots. However, rather than eclectic, the music comes off with a directness and unpretentious nature characteristic of their hometown’s rock and roll. After 5 years on the road and 2 albums, CBC is bolstered by a tight brotherhood and bravely presenting innovative music with honest, well crafted lyrics.
Having recently performed at The Gorge’s Watershed Music Festival and having shared stages with acts as diverse and accomplished as Buddy Guy, Stevie Nicks, Austin Jenckes, and Allen Stone, CBC is on the precipice of making a lasting national impact.
- CF Tip: After a solid set at The Gorge last summer, Cody Beebe & The Crooks have been asked to join the sold-out Watershed lineup again this coming August. They are getting ready to step back into the studio to cut a new EP with an acclaimed producer that currently must not be named. Two of the band members call the Yakima Valley “home.”
Blake Noble is an Australian Guitarist and Didgeridoo player known for his incredible and unique ‘Percussive Guitar’ style played simultaneously with the ancient Didgeridoo. Seattle Weekly says “With each performance, Blake Noble reinvents the traditional image of a one-man band.” Backbeat Seattle said “His music at times seems to tell stories that most bands and musicians can’t convey on their best days.”
Blake is sometimes compared to Xavier Rudd, Michael Hedges, John Butler Trio and Rodrigo y Gabriela.
Chinook Fest just wouldn’t feel right without crowd favorite Blake Noble. Blake will once again perform as he has done every year since it’s inception, and will be bringing a brand new live show that cannot be missed!
- CF Tip: Blake Noble is heading to France in the early summer on a month-long tour. Not usually one to stay still for too long, he has made a home in the Northwest and is a staple of Chinook Fest.
Robert Jon & The Wreck – Presented by Ted Brown Music
Southern California rockers, Robert Jon & the Wreck, live by three words, and three words alone—music, miles, and whiskey. Inside a rusted steel vat, this band stirs up a concoction of blues-rock and southern-soul that begs the question… does music imitate life, or life imitate music? This may seem like a lofty credo for a quintet that equates many a long day to “dusty boots and a half drank bottle of Jack,” however, upon close listen to their lyrics, one understands that a great deal of their inspiration is derived from loading up their beloved van, “Susan,” and hitting the road. After nine self-booked national tours, across more than fifteen states, including sets at sold out festivals the likes of Country Thunder, Vans Warped Tour, And Chinook Fest, it’s no wonder they’ve earned the title of Orange County’s “Best Live Band.” With new material in tow, for Robert Jon & the Wreck, no distance is too long or venue too small, as long there’s a rowdy audience ready to shoot whiskey, stomp boots, and get wrecked.
- CF Tip: Coming all the way from Southern California, Robert Jon & The Wreck made a HUGE impression at Chinook Fest last year. If you were there, you know what we’re talking about. If you weren’t there, stick around until the end on Saturday night at the festival.
In 1972 a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Seattle underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire, Hobosexual. The band is also working closely with several high ranking and retired James Bond villains in preparation for total and complete world domination in 2014.
- CF Tip: These guys are slotted to play The Gorge this summer at Sasquatch. Rock and roll… or Rock N Roll… or Rock&Roll… Hobosexual is all of these things.
Rags and Ribbons
Pianist, Jonathan Hicks, and guitarist, Ben Weyerhaeuser, met and decided to form the band while singing together in school choirs. Their twinned vocals are a key element of the band’s sound, adding depth and showmanship to their songs. By a fortunate twist of fate, the band became complete when drummer, Chris Neff, responded to a Craigslist post from Jon and Ben. The band’s diverse backgrounds, ranging from the ghetto of Flint, Michigan to the suburbs of Portland, Oregon to the farmlands of rural Washington State, provide a broad scope of influences and musical styles. Rags & Ribbons strive to create unique music and live performances that communicate an exciting range of shared human experiences.
- CF Tip: Playing in direct support to Cody Beebe & The Crooks on Friday night, Rags and Ribbons will be bringing their progressive tunes and incredible live light show to the main stage at Chinook Fest.
Seattle folk-rock band Vaudeville Etiquette embraces their scope of influences moving fearlessly from swinging roots rock, to country, jazz, and blues. Comprised of Tayler Lynn, Bradley Laina, Matt Teske, Sander Vinberg, & Bryce Gourley, the band puts on a spirited live show that dares to span genre and category and brings viewers to their feet…or knees. Their debut album Debutantes & Dealers is a dynamic and ambitious journey, rife with boot-stomping anthems and airy melodic ballads. It releases on Sunyata Records April 15th, 2014.
- CF Tip: Vaudeville Etiquette’s new album has been receiving incredible reviews from the likes of USA Today, sitting in the New and Noteworthy section on iTunes in its first few weeks.
Violinist and singer-songwriter, Tim Snider, has traveled the world in his ongoing journey to study new and different styles of music. He’s teamed up with Brooklyn-based band House of Waters to present a show that has been described as a “World-Folk fusion aimed at the heart, the head, and the feet.” All virtuosos in their own right, with impressive performances credentials, House of Waters consists of Max ZT (hammered dulcimer), Luke Notary (percussion), and Moto Fukushima (six string electric bass). Together their unique style is a product of intense collaboration between experts who take risks, cross boundaries, and never cease to amaze.
- CF Tip: Tim Snider is a world-class violinist. House of Waters is a world class band, fronted by a world class hammer dulcimer player, coming all the way from New York to play the festival. The combination of these forces on the Chinook Fest stage on Sunday afternoon will be monumental.
“The unexpected element of Coldnote As a musician,Caine had done Brooklyn. & Florida,when he came to Seattle in search of something new. He found that something one night in an unlikely time and an unlikely duo at Bremerton’s Manette Saloon’s open mic night regulars Graham Parsons and Dave Thomas on guitar and drums. They were in-between projects,looking for people to jam with,when Caine stepped to the mic with an a capella soul song. “I would say straight up, when they came to me and said they wanted to play together, I’ll be straight up,I thought’what are these bunch of white boys gonna play for me? Caine said in his soulful, matter-of-fact dialect, as the rest of the band laughed.”Then I get up there and I hear the guys play and I was floored by them. They’re very talented brothers, you know, so I was like,OK,let me show a flip side to this music.”And thus Coldnote was created
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- CF Tip: Try not to dance during their set on Saturday night. We think it’s impossible.
Rust On the Rails
New project by Cody Beebe, Blake Noble, Eric Miller, Tim Snider, and Scott Mercado. After moving to Seattle in the Spring of 2012, Australian percussive guitarist Blake Noble quickly started making waves in the Northwest. Becoming quick friends with local roots rockers, Cody Beebe & The Crooks, Noble enlisted the help of Cody Beebe and Eric Miller to produce his most recent album, “Underdog.” It became quickly apparent that not only would the three become lifelong friends, but they also held a creative energy together that was undeniable. After bringing in Tim Snider to record violin on Noble’s album, the orchestral and progressive sounds that unfolded led to Noble and Snider playing a number of Northwest shows together in the summer of 2013. Enlisting the help of rock drummer Scott Mercado from the famed Candlebox, Rust On the Rails are posed to rock Chinook Fest 2014 and will only be making a few other special appearances throughout the year, prior to heading out on an Australian tour in the Fall of 2014.
- CF Tip: This band’s formation is largely due to Chinook Fest. Four band members played Chinook Fest all three years. The other band member has sold nearly 6 million records in his career, a feet that is sadly incomprehensible for most musicians these days.
Hammond organist Joe Doria brings together some of the best of the NW music scene to create a powerful and jaw-dropping funk and jazz sound like you’ve never heard. A mix of stellar musicianship, seasoned songwriting and deep groove where no musical stone gets unturned. McTuff is a movin’ and groovin’ adventure that you will not soon forget, featuring the impeccable Andy Coe on guitar and the incredible Tarik Abouzied on drums.
- CF Tip: These guys play at the Seamonster Lounge in Seattle every Tuesday and have developed a loyal weekly following. They are sincerely some of the best around.
Mikey and Matty
Brothers Mikey and Matty Gervais create lyrically driven orchestral rock. Their music combines Everly Brothers inspired harmonies with elements of 60′s and 70′s folk (Dylan, Neil Young, early Springsteen), pulling from these wellsprings without ignoring the 40 years of music that followed. Having toured with notable acts The Posies and The Head and The Heart, Mikey and Matty have developed an energetic full-band live-show that showcases some of the intricate arrangements that can be found on their latest release, Harbor Island.
- CF Tip: Brotherly harmonies, you really can’t beat them. Mikey and Matty used to be in a band called Curtains for You that played Chinook Fest last year. Interestingly enough, Navid Eliot of Planes On Paper was also an original member of Curtains for You. Fond of fishing, Mikey spent a number of hours during the festival last year walking along the Naches River in search of a Spring salmon.
West Water Outlaws
The high energy rock & roll band West Water Outlaws from Boulder, Colorado was formed in early 2010 playing parties in the basement of singer Blake Rooker’s house. During the mass explosion of DJ software and MacBook Pros, not many parties in Boulder featured live rock bands. The rock parties were a hit and the band began playing in bars and local clubs for a small fee of beer and food. All four members have a strong foundation in blues/rock music, which many listeners recognize as a classic sound but each and every one of those listeners can tell you something unique and innovative about The Outlaws. In the mind of the band, rock and roll is not a passed genre that they are attempting to revive, yet a continuous staple of music that challenges them to evolve their writing style and develop their own creativity. “We’re just four guys playing instruments in the way that makes sense to us- the fact that it comes out rock and roll is completely separate.” – Will Buck.
- CF Tip: West Water Outlaws are selling out venues all across Colorado and the Rockies. We can’t wait to have them spend some time with us in the Cascades.
SweetKiss Momma’s brand of “Rootsy, Southern-soul tinged Rock-n-Roll” packs an authentically dusty punch of rockin’ blues on a Deep South bender. With the release of their 2nd full-length album “A Reckoning Is Coming” (recorded in Nashville with the production assistance of Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo) and multi-Grammy winning engineer Richard Dodd (Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, Neil Young)) the band stands ready to expand upon it’s already impressive young career, making them a perfect fit for Chinook Fest 2014!
- CF Tip: All we can hope is they bring a set to the festival like they did to both Chinook Fest Lineup Release Shows in Seattle and Yakima in early April. These guys are also set to play Watershed at The Gorge this summer and are planning a European tour in early 2015.
Xolie Morra & The Strange Kind
Xolie Morra & The Strange Kind was formed as a solo project, accompanied by many of Xolie’s friends, but in 2012 It was made official when the band was joined by a new, permanent lineup in Seattle WA. Maxmillion Browne (Guitar), Brett Hutchinson (Drums) & Christian LieBig (Bass). The Strange Kind has a very unique sound, blending classic rock sass and honest modern melodic style, reminiscent of the Pretenders, Tom Petty, as mind blowing and breath taking as Cold Play with a country kick in the pants. The upcoming EP, mixes Xolie Morra’s edgy vocals and moving melodic compositions with Intense Epic Rock production in it’s purest form to concoct a record boiling over with ultra-catchy gems that move the soul. But it isn’t just the sound that gets attention, it’s the message. Xolie is a unique artist because she has something not many artists have. Like James Durban from American Idol, Xolie Morra Cogley has Asperger’s Syndrome, a pervasive developmental disorder in the High Functioning range of the Autism Spectrum. She uses the unique abilities afforded to “Aspies” to stand out musically and affords an awkward sensibility to her performances. Most recently, Xolie and her band made their major TV debut on The Jimmy Kimmel Show on January 7, 2014. The band was chosen through a national contest through the music site “OurStage” to perform live on the show. They were given the opportunity to play not 1 but 2 songs on the show and was repeated that same week on January 10, 2014. In addition, Xolie won another contest through OurStage to perform at the Lilith Festival in 2010, so Xolie and her crew are starting to gain exposure nationwide.
- CF Tip: Jimmy Kimmel! Xolie travels with an awesome hairless dog named Little… he’s just about the coolest dog you’ll ever meet.
With Heart, Soul, and Vocal Thunder, The Wicks hold nothing back! The Wicks are best described as a Folk act with a lot of Soul/R&B. You might hear stage stomping, you might see bottleneck slides and mandolins, but you’ll always hear and feel the Soul!
Pauline tells timeless stories with bold vocal melodies that cut to the core as she holds down a booming beat with her feet as Jedidiah strums by her side inspiring your hands and feet to move to The Wicks infectious rhythms.
In Spring 2014 The Wicks made a musical migration, touring from their PNW homeland to the heartland where their music will put down roots. Get ready to move and be moved because The Wicks powerful presence will ignite any stage!
- CF Tip: It’s hard not to be affected by Pauline Wick’s voice and songwriting. Last year, The Wicks opened the festival on Sunday morning. It was such a special part of the festival that we just couldn’t imagine doing it any differently this year.
Jelly Bread’s musical alchemy blends a dash of alt-rock with soul and funk, yet is thoroughly steeped in a Rock-Americana. The band’s chameleonic playlist is highlighted by dual vocals, four part harmonies, in-the-pocket drum and bass grooves, swampy lap steel guitar, dirt under the fingernails guitar licks, and take-’em-to-church organ that is downright appetizing. Jelly Bread has emerged with a high-energy calling card that melds elements of desert twang and the urban tones of funk & rock, balanced by exceptional songwriting and storytelling.
- CF Tip: These guys are coming up from Reno, NV to play the festival. Although some people seem to prefer to wait to dance until it is dark outside, in order to shield the potential awkwardness of their dance moves…. well, these guys are playing in the middle of the day on Saturday, and we can guarantee they will help concert goers overcome any dancing anxiety they may have, even in the daylight.
Planes On Paper
Planes on Paper is an acoustic songwriting and harmony duo, joined on happy occasion by some of their most musical friends.
“…quiet but mighty. Navid and Jen have a captured magic between them, and the result is a truly beautiful musical partnership,” -Heidi Drockelman, Editor-in-Chief, IndieMusic.com
“This is folk music at the highest level,” -Greg Jones, Ear to The Ground Music
- CF Tip: Planes On Paper is Jen Noel and Navid Eliot. Although they are not both originally from the area, they call the Yakima Valley “home” and have become a huge part of its budding music scene.
Snug Harbor is a 9 piece funk-soul revival group, tucked away in the corner of the Northwest in the city of Bellingham, WA. From original compositions to classic covers, Snug Harbor is raw, high-energy soul music and each live show contains elements of improvisation over heavy funk grooves. After six years of recording, performing, and touring this band has really hit its stride. In 2014, with the addition of three new members, Snug Harbor has been regarded as a top performer in the contemporary funk and soul market. Follow them online to find out more information on music related releases and tour dates.
- CF Tip: Snug Harbor is the largest band we’ve ever hosted at Chinook Fest. Although this may seem unorthodox, we decided to place them rather early on Saturday in order to get the party going sooner than later. It’s pretty hard to deny a good party with a 9-piece funk band on stage.
Nick Foster is a songwriter from Seattle, WA. He makes use of a compelling folk and country songwriting style, exploring genres ranging from stripped-down acoustic to indie rock, alt country and blues. Supported by a revolving band of prominent Seattle musicians, the lyrically driven songs are centered in a sincere and earnest tone and punctuated by an unyielding honesty. His ballads contrast a warm and emotive character with a sense of urgency and longing, while more dynamic, full-band numbers offer a sometimes biting attitude.
- CF Tip: Nick Foster is one hell of a songwriter. Backed by an incredible band of musicians that mostly hail from the music school at Central Washington University, Nick seemed like the perfect choice to kick off the Saturday festivities.
aking an impression as a band with a country-rooted rock vibe, Whiskey Syndicate ensures the good times keep a-rollin’ in any environment. Heavy blues rock influences and country undertones swing their way into this band’s sound, ensuring people’s feet can’t help but stay moving. With personal backgrounds as diverse as their musical contributions, together the Whiskey boys create a sound that is fresh, yet classic. Primarily entertaining the Seattle area, Whiskey Syndicate never ceases spreading their wings, entertaining fans old and new at venues and festivals all throughout the Pacific Northwest.
- CF Tip: These guys rocked the Chinook Fest 2012 Kickoff Party at Gold Creek Saloon. We are incredibly excited to have them back to play on the main stage on Friday night. Being that their guitarist, Greg Floyd, used to play guitar in Cody Beebe & The Crooks, we’re sure there will be some big jams going on that evening.
After 6 years of playing all over the PAC NW with bands like Cross Canadian Ragweed, J. Roddy Walston and the Business, The White Buffalo, and even Foghat, and on festivals with Shovels and Rope, and Dr Lonnie Smith, Root Jack has proven they belong on the big stages, but can rock a small bar or roadhouse with the same enthusiasm.
If Cream had been listening to the Carter Family, instead of Robert Johnson, it might have come off like this. Kris Stuart singer and guitarist, Kevin Cowan bass player and drummer Chris Hutton are a tight, 70′s rock inspired roots-music band.
- CF Tip: If you heard Root Jack for the first time and didn’t know any better, you may think they are a Southern Rock band from the 70′s. We like this about them. In truth, they are a Northwest band from Portland from the present time. We also like this about them.
Sammy Witness & The Reassignment
The best way to describe Sammy Witness’ sound is “brutally honest.” Her music, at once acknowledging the folk heritage of the singer/songwriter, at the same time challenges the impulse to be pinpointed into a strict genre. Although at times reminiscent of Jenny Lewis, Grace Potter or Sheryl Crow, Sammy’s style is entirely her own. Candid and nimble, Sammy’s lyrics and live performances are deeply rooted in storytelling and personal experience. At once intimate and confessional, her songs are also self-assured – simultaneously vulnerable and fearless. Following 10 years of performing as a solo artist around the country, Sammy is now based in Seattle and backed by her full band, The Reassignment.
- CF Tip: Sammy Witness & The Reassignment will be doing the honor of kicking off the festival on Friday. With an incredible band and captivating lead singer, we are sure they will set the tone for an awesome weekend in the mountains.
The Halyards’ music is best described as an eclectic blend of Rock, Folk, Country, Pop and Traditional. Labeled by some as “Americana”, their driving acoustic guitars, soaring vocal harmonies, transcendant instrumental passages, superior musicianship and top-notch songwriting all combine for a unique and highly entertaining musical experience.
In live performances, the Halyards bring their original material to life with a dynamic show featuring varying instrumentation and a wide range of musical styles. ey also fuel their energetic sets with their own take on classic covers from yesteryear, tipping their hats to classic songwriters and many musical inﬂuences.
Formed in 2009 by Carl Funk, Larry Mason, Garey Shelton, and Grammy winner Eric Tingstad, e Halyards debuted their ﬁrst full length album Fortune Smiles in 2010.\
- CF Tip: Chinook Fest is a Roots Rock festival, or at least that’s what we call it…… a festival that features music from rock and roll, to blues, to country, to folk, etc. Americana is at that core of linking these genres together in a way that touches on their roots. The Halyards are Americana.
Fall Days – 2014 Chinook Music Festival Youth Battle of the Bands winner
Fall Days is a alternative rock band made up of a quartet of musicians from Bonney Lake and Sumner high schools featuring Bonney Lake High School’s Natalia Medrano (singer), Gavin Klockeman (lead guitar) and Nic Carter (bass guitar) and Sumner High School’s Liam Hagerty (drums). The four are honor students in their respective schools and have been playing together for more than three years.
Fall Days loves to perform and share their passion for music. They provide a high energy show by combining their set lists with some of their electrifying originals with covers from some of their favorite alternative/rock artists such as Imagine Dragons, Jet, Bruno Mars along with many other popular artists.
Past Chinook Fest performers:
Cody Beebe & The Crooks
The True Spokes
Robert Jon & The Wreck
Tango Alpha Tango
Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes
Yogoman Burning Band
Jeff Crosby & The Refugees
Daniel Blue (of Motopony)
The Horde and the Harem
Curtains for You
Daniel Kirkpatrick and the Bayonets
Patrick Foster and The Locomotive
Aaron Daniel’s One Man Banned
Open Country Joy
Warren G Hardings