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In Review: Fisherman's Village Music Festival

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. Click here to read the full review with photo coverage. 

- Colette Pomerleau

   

In Review: Fisherman's Village Music Festival

 

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

 

 

   

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
   

A Fond Farewell to Fanno Creek: Live Review + Photos

Fanno Creek is one of Portland’s best bands. Unfortunately for the forseable duration of the calendar year, we will have to get along without the band's live performances as they go on hiatus to catch up on real-life shit. April 2nd at Mississippi Studios marked their farewell (for a while) show. 

Tour-tight Animal Eyes opened to an already substantial Wednesday night crowd. Seattle’s Tomten followed with an exciting dream pop set, joined by Radiation City’s Matt Rafferty on guitar.By the time Fanno Creek started the room was ready. All night friends and fans poured into the crowd to send off the local folk-pop rockers in style. Tonight the band was joined by Ryan Neighbors of Hustle and Drone on synthesizers and Ryan Wiggans of And And And on trumpet, adding elements of grit to their pretty arrangements. Their sound thrives on driving beats and unexpected rhythmic deviations, paired with catchy melodies and tight pop harmonies. Whether you’ve seen them as a duo, trio, four piece, or ten piece, Fanno delivers--and tonight was no exception. 

The empassioned crowd added a huge layer of energy to Fanno's live set--singing along, clapping when asked, dancing and screaming at all the right places. They ended the night with a fitting encore of “Don’t Go Away,” allowing fans to sing along their woes over the band taking time off.

 - Chandler Strutz

Photos by Todd Walberg

   

Portland Music's Excellent Adventure: Treefort Music Fest

If you're one of the lucky ones who is making it out to Treefort Music Fest in Boise, Idaho this weekend, you're probably losing your mind right now. And with good reason, as your life is likely to change forever. To make things easier for you, we've dug through this year's lineup to highlight the overwhelming amount of Portland bands whose performances this weekend demand your presence. Persuasion is done best quickly and carefully. Pay close attention.

Two-piece Nurses are constantly reinventing your definition of experimental pop. The Shivas toss your body and mind back into a time where bopping superseded twerking. The woodsy and folksy Great Wilderness are fronted by subtly demanding vocals. And And And is playful but not too playful but really fun to let loose to while actually still being serious. AU is destined to cover your body with goosebumps. Ernest Hip Hatchet coats simplistic guitar melodies with authentic lyricism. Animal Eyes never let their energy down. Sallie Ford is embarking on her own adventure, so it wouldn't be in your best interests to miss the beginning of something beautiful. Sama Dams are the noteworthy avant garde three-piece in the scene. Tiburones echo all that make you actually feel like a human being, pulling at your heart strings and beyond. Genders could easily fall into your definition as a comforting band, while at the same time pushing you to get yourself into unlikely situations. Like A Villain AKA Holland Andrews will leave you never feeling the same. Hustle and Drone widen your eyes and move your body in ways you'd probably just do alone in the privacy of an empty space. Sun Angle are famously furious, wild and will make you laugh whether you're into that sort of thing or not. Summer Cannibals match that amount of energy, bringing forth their youthful disposition. Eternal Tapestry pull from Eastern influences and force vivid imagery with or without actual projections. Wooden Indian Burial Ground aggressively shakes your world close to oblivion. Aan will bring you back and Magic Mouth will allow you to gently waltz back into the real world.
 
This year's festival will be one to remember. - Colette Pomerleau