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In Review: Fisherman's Village Music Fest 2014

 

Everett, Washington has unveiled itself as a blossoming community for artists. This past weekend, the Everett Music Initiative hosted their first Fisherman's Village Music Festival. It took place within four venues in the downtown area. The lineup was not exclusively bands from the Pacific Northwest, though a significant amount of them were. I didn't require much convincing before I escaped my day job, kidnapped my soul sister and raced off into the woods.

Friday, we caught performances by The We Shared Milk, Animal Eyes, Tango Alpha Tango in the Cannery, which was transformed from a coffee shop into an event space. All Portland-based bands exuded more energy out into the crowd than what was being thrown back at them. The audience was mellow. Portland was not. Seattle-based Unnatural Helpers introduced us to our next environment-Kroakers. The neighborhood bar had scattered mancave-esque decor. People were generally friendly and intoxicated. The band promised more aggression and the following bands continued on the trend. Jeffertitti's Nile contributed a fascinating wardrobe and stage antics. Night Beats ended the night, climbing on amps and blasting eardrums away.

The We Shared Milk

 

The We Shared Milk at the Cannery for FVMF 2014. Photo by Carey Silverstein.

 

Animal Eyes

 

Animal Eyes at the Cannery for FVMF 2014. Photo by Carey Silverstein.

 

Saturday, BellaMaine found us after we had been on a shopping marathon through antique shops and strange estate sales. The married couple who front the indie-pop outfit effortlessly blended their vocals. The title track off of their latest EP, Anxious Mind made me step back for a moment to consider how wonderful this all was. The surprisingly sunny day continued with performances by the reckless Fauna Shade, the Young Evils, AAN and La Luz. I'll never forget dancing onstage with those surf babes.

AAN

 

AAN at the Shipyard for FVMF 2014. Photo by Carey Silverstein.

 

La Luz

 

La Luz at the Historic Everett Theatre for FVMF 2014. Photo by Colette Pomerleau.

 

Lester Bangs described Austin, Texas in a way that is perfect for Everett as well. “Laid-back and somewhat indulgent as it is, might be a terrible place for a New Yorker or anyone who wants to move and shake culture or corporations but it's an undeniably great place to start a band.” The town is small enough to make a name for yourself, but close enough to Seattle to perform for a larger audience. My experience wandering the town was mostly pleasant, though I haven't been used to mellow vibes for a while. Surrounding the festival, attendees had a ridiculous amount of second-hand shops, small dogs to pet and charming architecture to admire. It was easy to decipher who was in the town for music. Fortunately, I met a couple of locals who spoke about moving there specifically to play with other musicians and it made me feel hopeful. The Initiative's caught onto something. I was happy to experience this for the first time with everyone else.

Below, check out Deli Portland's full Photo coverage of Fisherman's Village Music Festival 2014 featuring Moondoggies, the Maldives, La Luz, Nurses, AAN, Young Evils, Fauna Shade, Wampire, Gardens & Villa, Rose Windows, Trails and Ways, Pure Bathing Culture, Night Beats, Jeffertitti's Nile, Unnatural Helpers, Animal Eyes and The We Shared Milk. Photos by Carey Silverstein and Colette Pomerleau.

- Colette Pomerleau

 

 





Photo Roundup: AAN, Grandparents, Illmaculate, Summer Cannibals and more!

With the whirlwind of amazing shows and festivals that have swept over Portland in the past couple weeks, we've got a buttload of photos to share from some of the great sets we've caught recently. Check out photos of: AAN and Illmaculate at the St Johns Bizarre; Grandparents and Spookies at Rontoms, and Summer Cannibals, Sad Horse and Charts at the Firkin Tavern for the release parties of New Moss Records compilation tape HITS Vol. 1. Photos by Todd Walberg and Linneas Boland-Godbey. 

AAN at St. John's Bizzare

Illmaculate at the St. Johns Bizarre. 

Grandparents and Spookies at Rontoms

Summer Cannibals, Sad Horse and Charts at the Firkin Tavern

- Travis Leipzig

 





St. Johns Bizarre 5.10.14

Today officially kicks off street festival season around many parts of town, particularly with the 8th annual open air craft fair of St. Johns Bizarre. Taking place in front of the towering St. Johns Bridge, the day long event features local artists and activities for crafty folks and families, as well as an eclectic musical line-up representing many genres through local artists. This year's bill boasts beautiful soul music from Ural Thomas and the Pain, fuzzy rock from Summer Cannibals, hip hop from Illmaculate, experimental pop from AAN, and modern Mexican composition from Edna Vasquez. Check out the full schedule for the Bizarre here

If that doesn't have it covered for the whole family, throw in the puppet critters from Red Yarn and the Deep Woods Ramblers for the kiddos, and a PARADE, and we have a nice afternoon stroll. Also, it is entirely free, so just bring a smile and an umbrella. 
 
- Brandy Crowe 

Feels Like Home Ep #38 Ural Thomas - "Pain Is The Name Of Your Game" from INTOTHEWOODS.TV on Vimeo.

 





Fisherman's Village Music Festival: May 16-17 in Everett, WA

Lying within 25 miles of Seattle, the resurgence of a music scene is inevitable, though building any community is a slow process. Led by the Everett Music Initiative, the Fisherman's Village Music Festival is finally bringing recognition to Everett, Washington as being part of the thriving music culture in the region. The event features an intriguing lineup over the course of two days, Friday May 16th through Saturday May 17th. Performances will be at four venues: the Historic Everett Theatre, an outdoor theater called the Shipyard, the Cannery and the Bait shop at Kroakers. The bands listed cover all genres, providing a one size fits all for sound preference while maintaining an authentic Pacific Northwest flair. General admission for the weekend is under $70 and well worth the investment. 

Portland has etched its way into the event's lineup including pop favorites Radiation City, Wild Ones, Pure Bathing Culture and Aan, who are spread out through both days to allow for minimal conflicting performance times. Heavier jamming from The We Shared Milk, Animal Eyes and Hobosexual are showcased at appropriate hours early enough in the day to provide energy for explorations through the charming city. Experimental and always mind-expanding Nurses rarely perform in the rose city, so missing their performance at the outdoor theatre is not an option. 
 
There is an overwhelming amount of fine acts from the Seattle area as well. Don't miss La Luz, who is known to incite amusing dance moves amongst their audiences. Be swooned by three part vocal harmonies of Everett locals the Moondoggies. Psych rockers Night Beats are destined to become your new favorite. Looking for more electronic waves? Vox Mod is there for you.
 
For this being the first year for the Everett Music Initiative to put on the Fisherman's Village Music Fest, there is no doubt they are doing something right. This festival will be one to either constantly remind you of how lucky it is to reside in the Pacific Northwest, or persuade you towards relocation if you're only visiting. 
 
- Colette Pomerleau




Ghost To Falco (Album Release) // Aan // 4.11.14

Ghost to Falco have been shaping and re-shaping their experimental psych/prog rock sound in Portland since 2001, under the guiding hand of Eric Crespo. Friday night at Bunk Bar, the band will release their fourth album Soft Shield through Itialian based Fooltribe Records. GTF will be joined by the brilliant experimental popsters Aan, whose February release Amor Ad Nauseum was featured as the Deli Portland's last Album of the Month (view our current Album of the Month, Polyester Itch by Hands In here). Seattle’s Dragging an Ox through Water open the night at 9pm. The cover is $7 and worth every penny.

Check out GTF's video for their first single, 'Born to Win,' off Soft Shield.

- Chandler Strutz

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