Artist Home is getting a well-deserved reputation for putting on great music festivals that highlight host communities and beautiful natural surroundings.
From the Timber! Festival in Carnation to the Doe Bay Festival on Orcas Island, Artist Home’s festival organizers have targeted areas that offer attendees a chance to do more than just see a stellar lineup.
They’ll try to replicate that success this weekend with the Timbrrr! Winter Music Festival in Leavenworth, Chelan County, with The Moondoggies and Hey Marseilles headlining an impressive neo-folk roster.
While Leavenworth is farther from Seattle than Carnation, festival organizer Devon Leger said the idea is the same: to get people out of their comfort zones into exploring a community and natural environment they might not be familiar with.
Leavenworth, Leger said, “kind of converts to another place in winter,” as skiers and snowboarders descend into town to enjoy Stevens Pass and Leavenworth Ski Hill. Both places will be offering discounted lift tickets to festival goers, as will several inns and hotels.
The enormous Festhalle will serve as the main stage, while the Icicle Brewery and Munchen Haus will host artists during the day.
“Those aren’t really planned as stages of the festival so much as things you can discover when you’re walking downtown and exploring during the day,” Leger said.
Temple Echoes gets the festival started Friday afternoon, with Joseph Giant, The Lonely Forest, and You, Me & Apollo giving way to first-night headliner The Moondoggies, who released their third album, “Adios, I’m a Ghost,” last August.
During the day Saturday artists like singer-songwriter Barna Howard and quirky folk trio Hannalee will play at local establishments. Nighttime stragglers will want to hurry back to see Radiation City, Telekinesis and Hey Marseilles close the festival.
While Leger said he’s hoping for the full winter experience, expect cold weather but hardly arctic conditions. Temperatures in Leavenworth are expected to climb to the low 40s by the weekend.
One big change from Timber!, which brought droves of families out to Carnation in late July, is that the winter version is strictly adults only. With bars hosting artists during the day and a “hot toddy happy hour” inside the Festhalle starting at 4 p.m. each day, it makes sense that the kids are going to be at grandma’s this weekend.
“They’ve got all these innovative recipes that they’ve figured out for the hot toddy bar,” Leger said.
Timbrrr! Winter Music Festival
4 p.m.-midnight Friday and 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday at various venues in Leavenworth, Chelan County; $45 (timbermusicfest.com).