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.
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…
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.
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…