Preview by Bebe Besch
If you want to take your concerting/festival experience to a new level, you’ll be inclined to attend/camp out at the Slack Fest this weekend. Held at the Slime Dog Race Track in Stanwood, Wash., the festival will feature some of the best bands out of the Pacific Northwest playing along a dirt racetrack out of the back of a flatbed truck. Where most city festivals can be a taxing and busy venture, Slack Fest is a laid back alternative. While relax in atmosphere, Slack Fest celebrates the passion local music fan Don Slack has put into his many years of concert going, and is sure to be a vivacious way to spend your 75 degree Saturday in the sun. It’s your chance to get down and dirty with some real rock n’ roll – take it!
The gates for camping at Slack Fest will be open from 4p.m. and later on 7/13, and the festival’s music starts just after Noon on Saturday 7/14.
*Slack Fest strongly reccomends that patrons 21 years old and over attend this event. Younger patrons will be welcomed, but may have to watch from outside the racetrack area. No dogs are allowed at Slack Fest* Find out more information by reading the Slack Fest FAQ.
Slack Fest 2012 lineup and schedule:Pipsisewah – 12:05 – 12:35pm
Country Lips 12:50 – 1:20pm
Big Wheel Stunt Show 1:40 – 2:25pm
Wayfinders 2:40 – 3:25pm
Rolling Stones 3:45 – 4:30pm
Hounds of the Wild Hunt 4:50 – 5:35pm
Hobosexual 5:55 – 6:40pm
Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers 7:00 – 7:45pm
Moondoggies 8:15 – 9:15pm
Rock band Pipsisewah is putting on a pre-slack warm up show this Thursday at the Rendezvous, Country Lips is a lively nine-piece country outlet, and The Big Wheel Stunt Show is a relentless retro blues rock band from Tacoma.
The light yet tenebrous tunes from local glam band Wayfinders will add a fun twist to the Slack Fest schedule. The hippie four-piece is sure to get you (while possibly muddy and beer-sodden) up close to the truck’s stage to dance along to their progressive and inviting songs. Wayfinders are still riding the excitement from the release of their self-titled album this spring, so they’ll be bringing the heat at Slack Fest.
Following Wayfinders will be Rolling Stones, a tribute band playing through many of our classic favorites from The Rolling Stones. Punk/Folk Hounds of the Wild Hunt (the evolutionary and liberating new band previously known as The Whore Moans) will take no mercy as they grace Slack Fest’s stage shortly after.
After seeing Hobosexual live for the first time at the FunOfficial Bumbershoot Kick-Off party last September, I noted that: “Hobosexual, the bluesy-garage band, proved that rock ‘n’ roll is still very much living with a vengeance in Seattle. The two-man powerhouse consists of Ben Harwood (guitarist, vocalist, professional hair swinger) and Jeff Silva (drums, looking-stoic extraordinaire).”
SSG Music‘s Nick Hilden also had this to say about Hobosexual: “The duo’s heavy, distortion driven garage sound portends the eminent collapse of mass produced music while calling out a rallying cry for underground bands to fight ‘the Man’ by staying pure to their origins and remaining, well, underground.”
It’s true, seeing Hobosexual for the first time live will be a turning point in your rock n’ roll concert going – sometimes bands will exemplify the entire atmosphere of their genre and these two are natural born rockers. To see them at Slack Fest this weekend will certainly be an envious event.
Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers are proudly releasing their latest EP Old Gold on July 24, and will most likely be featuring some of those songs at the Slack Fest stage.
Headlining the festival will be beloved The Moondoggies. Here are a few words about them by SSG Music‘s Jessica Kaminski: “If you aren’t familiar with The Moondoggies, their name might conjure visions of drum circles ripe with patchouli. Seattle’s beloved The Moondoggies are a far cry from a hippy jam session. Carefully crafted and fresh as a spring breeze, their alt-Americana is a local staple that is spreading like wild fire. The Moondoggies just wrapped touring with the Head and the Heart and a flurry of headlining dates.”
Slackfest is far from the only outdoor event going on this beautiful July weekend. The West Seattle Summerfest is celebrating it’s 30th year with a 3-day extravaganza of food, crafts, kid’s activites, and (of course) live music, with a number of notable bands performing today:
|Gunn and the Damage Done||Saturday||California||12:00-12:45|
|Rat City Brass||Saturday||Alaska||12:00-1:00|
|C-Leb and the Kettle Black||Saturday||California||1:15-2:00|
|The Less Than Equals||Saturday||California||3:45-4:30|
|The Tom Price Desert Classic||Saturday||California||7:30-8:15|
First up at noon will be two very different Seattle Bands. Gunn and The Damage Done play a mixture of guitar-dominated rock and country, with a little bit of a Texas roadhouse feel. Their most recent album is Bury My Heart, and a number of songs can be streamed here. Meanwhile, Rat City Brass will be at the Alaska stage, performing their fun horn-driven instrumental pop, which is inspired by Herb Alpert and Tijuana Brass.
Next up will be two blues-influenced performances. C-Leb and the Kettle Black are a 3 piece band (drums, guitar, and harmonica) with a gritty blues energy and strong vocal delivery. Lonesome Shack are a two-man band who play dance-oriented blues with a low-fi sound which summons images of 78rpm vinyl spinning on a vintage gramophone. Their musical influences range from older blues recordings to the more recent Fat Possum Records artists such as Junior Kimbrough.
Following Lonesome Shack on the California stage will be The Less Than Equals, a project of Tripwires front-man John Ramberg and Kurt Bloch, who perform songs by the Equals, a British 60’s pop/reggae band that featured a young Eddy Grant. After that, Seattle’s The Chasers will perform a set of loud and raw rock and roll:
The DT‘s go on at 6:15 with a catchy mix of 70’s hard rock and 60’s soul influences, with singer Diana Young-Blanchard belting out the vocals, followed by the furious psychedelic garage rock of The Tom Price Desert Classic.
Closing out the early evening will be a reunited Alcohol Funnycar and Pierced Arrows. Alcohol Funnycar features members of 7-year B*tch and The Gits and was active during the early 90s before breaking up after producing two albums and an EP that combined the melodic punk of bands such as Husker Du with the “grunge” Seattle sound of the time. The hard garage rock sound of Pierced Arrows will finish things for Saturday.