Before the main stage comes to life each year on Sunday morning, Reverend Deb Englhardt opens the doors of the museum to all comers to go on a spiritual journey. A normal component of most societies, this gospel service is just that. Aided by music legend blues historian and fellow Seattleite, Joel Tepp, they combine message and “real” gospel music to start the day with a spiritual boost.
Becoming more and more popular every year, this experience takes believers and non-believers alike through the “roots of the blues” as it all began. Joel is amazing and Deb has a lot to say.
It’s well worth checking out this year!
This local All-Star band caused such a stir last year, we decided to bring them back. Winners of the KISM’s “Road to Rockstar” competition in 2014, these talented musicians bring a fresh, new flavor to R&B. Everywhere they play, they receive rave reviews and are becoming a top selection for fairs, festivals, and private functions.
The Blokes are a collection of the best in the 4th Corner: Johnny Brewer on lead guitar and vocals, front man Warren Meier on vocals and acoustic guitar, Denny Segel on bass, Tim Maloy on drums, and Tim Kraft on keyboards. These guys are making a huge name for themselves. Playing almost every weekend somewhere or another. Their rich mix of Blues, R&B, Reggae, Roots, and Rock and Roll make these talented musicians a crowd pleaser each and every time. Great songwriting, world-class musicianship, and entertaining stage persona combine to make each performance one to remember.
Mount Baker fans made their voices load and clear! The Naughty Blokes are back!
Clearly one of the most gifted musicians ever to come from the Northwest, Chris and his tight band continue to grace the Mount Baker stage. Every year, Chris brings evidence of his incredible future with his incredible vocal skills and blistering guitar. We’re proud to be the platform for Chris’s sure-fire success in the music industry.
It’s no surprise that Chris has caught the eye of other significant members of the National music community. We’ve seen the friendship and collaboration between another fan favorite, Hamilton Loomis. Most recently, Chris has formed a relationship with one of Nashville’s top performers and record producers, Eric Heatherly. Chris has spent the past year recording and producing his latest album with Eric, “Show Me Where to Sign.”
Fan response after their performance a few years ago was amazing for this legendary Portland band! Their original, unique brand of Blues/Rock is a one-of-a kind musical experience. We hope you’re ready for some “Crime a Billy”!
The Strangetones are no ordinary band. Combining a “youthful” enthusiasm with many years of professional experience, the Strangetones put their unique and original stamp on American roots music. It’s the sound of Fender amps set up at the crossroads of the blues, rockabilly, surf, and R&B. It’s the sound of Slim Harpo meets Link Wray, Magic Sam meets Wanda Jackson, and Howlin’ Wolf meets the Mod Squad. It’s the sound of raw meets tight.
On guitars, the Strangetones feature the lovely and charismatic Julie Strange, and Suburban Slim with Julie also providing stunning vocals. That big, fat groove of the Strangetones comes from one of the finest rhythm sections around. Bass player Andy Strange and drummer Andy Gauthier lock in with a driving force coming from decades of time spent playing together. Mr. Strange also spices up the mix with some low-down harmonica, baritone and bottleneck guitar, and heartfelt vocals. Augmenting their astounding musical energy are their own dance troupe, the glamourous (as if Julie herself doesn’t provide enough glamour) “Volcano Vixens.”
Every sense is taken to new heights during each Strangetones performance! The band provides the sound, the Vixens provide the entertainment, the crowd energy is up to all of you. Better get ready to rock!
Hailing from southwest Ohio, Noah has been immersed in the blues and mesmerizing audiences since he was a teenager. The Band, formed in 2009, is comprised of Noah on guitar and vocals, Rob Thaxton on bass and drummer Brian Aylor. In 2015, Noah received the “Best Guitarist” award at the IBCs and the band won “runner up” in the competition.
Since then, Noah has been playing numerous festivals and club dates all across the country. This year, the band also saw the release of his debut album, “Mystic Mud.” The Cincinnati Blues Society picked Mystic Mud as Best Self-Produced album of the year. This release was also presented a “Jimi Award” for Best Blues/Rock album of the year by Blues 411.
Based on literally dozens of emails, Popa Chubby is back! His performance in 2015 left fans wanting more. Well, here he is in “living color”!
This year, Popa Chubby, born Ted Horowitz, marks 25 years rockin’ the blues as “Popa Chubby.” Over the course of a career that began in 1994, he has been a force to be reckoned with on the guitar, and his tempestuous, soulful playing has never been more powerful. An imposing figure with a shaved head, tattooed arms, a goatee, and a performance style he describes as “the Stooges meets Buddy Guy, Motorhead meets Muddy Waters, and Jimi Hendrix meets Robert Johnson,” Popa Chubby is an endearing character who is one of the genre’s most popular figures.
If you weren’t here last year to see Popa’s incredible performance, you’re in for a treat! If you were, call it desert!