This stage, located near the Meeker Street Food Court, features a wide variety of music that will please all tastes! Just check out all the great bands that will be here this year!
FRIDAY, JUNE 16
When slide guitarist Jesse Noll discovered the Delta blues as a teenager, his life in the Northwest was a world—and generations—away from that old time music. His evolution as an artist has spanned genres. He can be called singer-songwriter, indie, folk, rock or pop. But the guitar playing and emotional belting of the blues consistently weaves itself in Jesse’s songs, with a tilt of a hat to the musicians of long ago.
The Fabulous Murphtones
The Fabulous Murphtones play a diverse mix of popular dance, rock, classic rock, and old school music drawing on hits from the 60’s through the 90’s and performing current rock hits of upcoming artists, along with a refreshing selection of material not often played by other bands.
Saturday, June 17
The Happy Sinners bring positivity to their performances of classics from deep within the Great American Songbook. Their music is a mix of re-interpreted songs from the early 1900s done with a modern feel, as well as original compositions reflecting these roots. The deep velvety sweetness and dynamic range of Plum’s vocals comes from years of professional jazz singing. Sam’s strong rhythm guitar style, influenced by Count Basie, is restrained and elegant. The Happy Sinners are from Tacoma, frequently playing at local events and community activities.
U253 is a dynamic, high quality U2 tribute band. U253 takes pride in providing an authentic, high energy musical experience through strong musicianship from the four members of the band that work hard to authentically perform songs from one of the best bands in the world. All four members of U253 are talented musicians in their own right and together they are committed to bring their audiences the best possible U2 show that they can deliver.
Blues Redemption has proven to be a mainstay in the Pacific Northwest, having been together since 2010. They have played Memphis, New Orleans and all across the state from Port Townsend into Oregon and east of the mountains.
The South Sound Blues Association sponsored them in 2011 and 2013 on a trip to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee after winning its local competition.
The group consists of Bill Barner, Joe Hendershot, Doug Skoog and Brian Feist. This veteran lineup of award winning musicians has an impressive history, having played with renown performers including Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, James Cotton, and RB Greaves to name a few. Individually they have played with countless local big names too numerous to mention.
Midnight Radio Revival
Midnight Radio Revival resurrects the heavy riffs and songs of rock’s golden age — the mid-1960s to the early ’70s. MRR plays songs by the Beatles, Cream, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, the Allman Brothers, David Bowie, the James Gang, Mountain, Alice Cooper, Deep Purple, the Stones, and other great bands and artists of that era. Their big guitar-driven sound and spirit are recreated by MRR’s power-trio lineup of guitar, bass, and drums. Strong vocals from two singers back the crunch and power of the instruments. All of MRR’s five members are experienced, serious musicians who have played and listened to this music for decades. MRR is a sonic trip back to the days of Watergate and Woodstock!
133rd Army National Guard Rock Band “Full Metal Racket”
Full Metal Racket is a 9-piece rock band from the 133rd Army National Guard specializing in crowd engagement with a family-friendly show. Music ranges from current pop charts, country, rock, and a little old school rock ‘n roll.
Sunday, June 18
Pierce County Community Big Band
Based in Parkland, Washington the band plays a wide variety of music and styles, ranging from the great big bands of the 30’s and 40’s, including Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Gene Krupa, Artie Shaw and Glenn Miller, to the later works of the Count Basie Orchestra. In addition, the band plays jazz, blues, jazz-rock, and standards from modern arrangers like Sammy Nestico, Dave Wolpe, Dave Barduhn, Jeff Hest, Bob Lowden and Henry Mancini.
After playing a variety of instruments in rock bands throughout the Pacific Northwest, singer/songwriter John Hribernick formed acoustic duo Those Guys with singer/percussionist Carl Lovgren in 2006. Singer Kristi Barnes joined in 2011, and the group now performs as a duo featuring John and Kristi.
Those Guys have performed at a variety of venues in the Seattle area, including music festivals, art walks, bistros, clubs and private parties. In addition to John’s original songs, they play an eclectic yet familiar mix of popular music from artists such as John Mayer, Incubus, Adele, Warren Zevon, the Beatles, Lyle Lovett, KT Tunstall, Bruce Cockburn, Death Cab for Cutie, Patsy Cline, Jack Johnson and Linda Ronstadt.
Indigo Jazz Band
Indigo Jazz Band is a hot “little big band” that performs decades’ worth of favorite tunes from the 30s to the 70s and beyond, featuring outstanding female and male vocalists as well as exciting, instrumental soloists. Our focus is Swing Music that is great for dancing. We play a fun collection of swinging up-tempo songs, traditional big band and jazz/blues standards, and amazing lesser known discoveries. … all delivered with a little extra attitude!