Of late, I haven’t been much of a concert-goer. Shows tend to last too late for me, and festivals are often too packed. However, I love small, local festivals! In July we caught What The Heck Fest in Anacortes. For August, there’s Stanwood’s very own Slow Roots Festival.
For you locals, mark your calendar for the weekend of August 27 and 28, and get your Google Maps directions set for the Stanwood-Camano Community Fairgrounds. The music starts around noon and goes into the evening, and with the last band scheduled to hit the main stage at 8pm… well, let’s just say I’ll still be awake enough to attend.
Of note are two regional favorites — Kasey Anderson & The Honkies and The Moondoggies. Both play the Main Stage on Saturday. Kasey goes on at 1:30pm and The Moondoggies at 6:30pm. I hope to catch both.
Here’s the full lineup (at the bottom of this article, you can sample a few tracks from some of the artists on this list):
1:30pm: Kasey Anderson & The Honkies
3pm: Los Straitjackets
5pm: Kim Field & the Mighty Titans of Tone
6:30pm: The Moondoggies
8pm: Dave Alvin & the Guilty Ones
Cattle Barn Stage
1pm: Stilly River Band
2:30pm: Knut Bell & the Blue Collars
4pm: Zoe Muth & the Lost High Rollers
5:30pm: The Picketts
7pm: Ben Gilmer & the Sidearms
12 noon: Two Scoops Combo
1:15pm: Nick Vigarino’s Back Porch Stomp
2:45pm: Clinton Fearon
4:15pm: Clumsy Lovers
5:45pm: Jimmie Dale Gilmore & the Wronglers
Cattle Barn Stage
12:30pm: Side Saddle
2pm: Kim Field & Lisa Theo w/ the Titans of Twang
3:30pm: Star Anna & the Laughing Dogs
5pm: Contraband Countryband
I was turned onto the festival by a friend who works at the Skagit Valley Food Co-op, a minor sponsors of the festival (and my favorite place to grab groceries and coffee in town, as well).
The festival includes more than music, too. There will be plenty of food. Organic food vendors, chef demonstrations, a Farmers Market, and a lot more. So be prepared for a delightful sensory overload.
Again, Slow Roots Festival takes place August 27 and 28 at the Stanwood Community Fairgrounds. If you’re local to NW Washington, don’t miss it!
Here are a few sample tracks from the artists slated to play the festival:
Download: “The Wrong Light” by Kasey Anderson
Download: “For When I Go” by Star Anna