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July 28, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Charles Bradley leads dance party to end Timber! Fest

Charles Bradley performs at Timber! Outdoor Music Festival on Saturday. Photo by Owen R. Smith.

Charles Bradley performs at Timber! Outdoor Music Festival on Saturday. Photo by Owen R. Smith.

Charles Bradley hugged me. Wading into a sea of  ecstatic revelers Saturday night at Timber! Outdoor Music Festival as the final strains of “Why Is It So Hard” played, Bradley cast his arms open wide, pulled me into an enormous bear hug and whispered his sincerest thanks for coming to watch him play. I stood there, as more people pushed to get their moment with Bradley, stunned. I have experienced very few things in my 20 or so years of attending concerts that have given me real pause, but that indelible moment of gratitude from an artist who had just spent over an hour killing himself on stage is something I will carry with me long after I’ve stopped writing about music. It was exactly the sort of moment that organizer Kevin Sur had hoped for when he booked Bradley, whom he called the most gracious performer he’d ever seen.


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July 18, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Timber! music fest back to rock the forest

After the success of Timber! Outdoor Music Festival last year, organizer Kevin Sur felt one emotion: a deep, abiding gratitude to everyone who had helped bring it off without a hitch.

It was a feeling that stuck with him as he chose soul revivalist Charles Bradley to top a 2014 lineup that includes J. Mascis, Damien Jurado and the Seattle Rock Orchestra. The festival runs July 24-26 and kicks off Thursday afternoon with a performance by the Shumba Marimba Ensemble.

“We felt like we had an overwhelming amount of support from the music community in making our first year a success, and that got me thinking about Charles Bradley,” Sur said.


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July 28, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Rock music in the woods: Images from Timber! 2013


Portland rock veterans Quasi took the stage for a raucous set at Timber! on Saturday. Photo by Owen R. Smith.

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.

Oh, and then there were the bands. So many great bands played. See my review here and enjoy some of the indelible moments from the festival after the break.


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July 28, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Timber! Outdoor Music stands tall its first year | Festival review

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 at Timber! Outdoor Music Festival 2013, by Owen R. Smith. The Helio Sequence, in…


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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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July 23, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Timber! Festival weds music and nature

Eric D. Johnson, main man in the Fruit Bats (Annie Beedy) 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…


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