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July 28, 2013 at 2:04 PM
Timber! Outdoor Music Festival was a giant, well-organized party in the woods. Everything from the corporate and community partnerships to the facilities on site made the weekend safe, fun and memorable.
July 28, 2013 at 1:17 PM
As the sun set Saturday on the second and final night of Timber! Outdoor Music Festival and a throng of humanity pushed toward the stage, dancing with abandon, it was clear the festival’s inaugural run had been a tremendous success.
The Helio Sequence, in the middle of a masterful closing set of pulsing, effects-laden rock, took time to acknowledge what a unique experience the festival had been.
“It is such an honor to be here,” said lead singer Brandon Summers as the crowd of around 2,000 roared its approval. It wasn’t the usual boilerplate pleasantry, and nearly every band that played during the two-day festival expressed a similar sentiment.
Held at King County’s majestic Tolt-MacDonald Park and Campground in tiny Carnation, Wash., Timber! was meant to connect families to nature and music. It did so in spades.
Whether it was the raw tribal rhythms of Kithkin, the face-melting blues metal purveyed by Hobosexual or Ivan and Alyosha’s beefed up ‘60s summertime rock that took the mainstage, young families were omnipresent. As a father and daughter headbanged along to Hobosexual’s overwhelming guitar onslaught, the spirit of Timber! took physical form.
It seemed that most festival-goers had elected to camp out, which gave the festival an especially chill vibe to match the beautiful setting provided by ancient, towering evergreens and the burbling Snoqualmie River. Being able to return to tents and relax gave people a chance to beat the heat, as the exceptionally sunny day started to zap the crowd’s energy.
While Timber! organizer Kevin Sur said part of the event’s goal was to introduce people to new music, there’s nothing quite like a pair of Northwest rock veterans to get a crowd re-energized. Janet Weiss and Sam Coomes banged out a raucous set that included Coomes diving into the crowd with his guitar for an impromptu solo. They played with the loose confidence and joy that comes from a partnership that spans 20 years.
Chicago’s Fruit Bats did a great job reading the crowd’s energy and erred on the side of playing uptempo, danceable numbers like “Legs of Bees,” which had nearly everyone up and moving. Eric D. Johnson’s piercing, helium vocals worked as an effective contrast to the band’s steady folk-rock crunch.
It was a perfect set-up for the Helio Sequence — a sublime choice to close things out on the mainstage.
If you missed Timber! this year, you’re in luck. Sur said that the success of this year’s event has guaranteed that Timber! 2.0 will fall sometime next summer. For additional images of Saturday’s main stage bands, click here.
-Owen R. Smith, on Twitter @inanedetails
July 27, 2013 at 10:04 AM
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. (more…)
July 23, 2013 at 5:21 PM
You might think that creating another music festival to tempt Washingtonians this summer would be overkill.
After all, Capitol Hill Block Party is happening this weekend, and so are Jazz Port Townsend and an all-day smooth jazz festival at Chateau Ste. Michelle; country extravaganza Watershed is just around the corner; and Bumbershoot is set for the end of August.
However, the Timber! Outdoor Music Festival aims to do something a little different — namely get folks outside enjoying nature. The festival is a partnership between Artist Home Presents, which also presents the much smaller Doe Bay Festival, and King County Parks, which hopes to draw a big crowd for its inaugural run this Friday and Saturday at Tolt MacDonald Park in Carnation.
“Last winter King County Parks approached me about bringing music into their parks in the town of Carnation,” said festival organizer Kevin Sur, who started to put Timber! together just six months ago. “It’s just the perfect venue for what we do.”
While the Capitol Hill Block Party will feature heavyweights such as the Flaming Lips, Girl Talk and Dirty Projectors, don’t sleep on Timber’s lineup. There will be plenty of familiar names, such as Portland’s Helio Sequence, Quasi and Fruit Bats.
However, it’s the bands that aren’t as familiar that drive the festival’s philosophy.
“We tried to not just have the most popular names filling out our lineups,” Sur said. “We had over 400 bands submit to play Timber! and we listened to every single one. About half of our lineup we reserved for bands that are relatively unknown. It’s a big part of what we do and a big part of what we’re known for.”
Relative unknowns include protest singer Vikesh Kapoor, Pablo Trucker and Jenn Ghetto, who will be performing her haunting indie pop songs as “S.”
In between listening to music, Sur said he hopes attendees take advantage of the community atmosphere organizers hope to foster. Camping is a big part of Timber! and everything from $20 campsites for tents to $1,000 yurts that sleep up to a dozen are available.
The festival can accommodate up to 2,000 fans (Doe Bay caps out at 1,000). But, says Sur, consumer comfort is the priority.
“We’ve learned through our events that what people talk about most after aren’t things that happened on the stage but things that happened off the stage, those little quiet moments in between,” Sur said. “We’re trying to create a full immersion into nature and all these things that we ourselves love.”
Timber! Outdoor Music Festival: 4:15 p.m.-12:45 a.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-11:50 p.m. Saturday at Tolt MacDonald Park, 31020 N.E. 40th St., Carnation; $45 for two days.
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