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July 27, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Timber! gets off to family-friendly start Friday


Pablo Trucker’s Brian Wagner shreds during the band’s set at Timber! Outdoor Music Festival Friday evening. Photo by Owen R. Smith.

Lost amid the crush of 100 bands descending on Capitol Hill this weekend is Timber! Outdoor Music Festival, an entirely different sort of affair for those looking for a change of pace from the bustle of urban life.

Driving out to the tiny town of Carnation, Wash., population 1,823, it’s easy to feel the stress of the city leave your body. By the time you pass Remlinger Farms, you’re in another place altogether: pastoral, calm, beautiful.

There might not be a more suitable venue for an outdoor music festival than King County’s Tolt MacDonald Park, a hidden jewel that many urbanites might never take time to visit. It’s nestled in a grove of ancient, towering evergreen trees and accessible to festival-goers only by a swinging suspension bridge spanning the Snoqualmie River that sways tenuously when more than a couple folks are on it.

It’s not that the music didn’t matter Friday night. Things got off to a little bit of a late start and bands played out of order, but for a festival in its inaugural run, those small hiccups are more than excusable.


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