If you haven’t already purchased your weekend passes for Chinook Fest, quickly becoming in its second year the preeminent Roots Rock/Americana festival in the Pacific Northwest, you’re out of luck. Weekend passes are sold out, so are Saturday day passes. A limited number of Friday and Sunday tickets are still available.
For those of you who have your tickets, you’re in for quite a weekend. The 2nd annual Chinook Fest is once again being held in Jim Sprick Community Park in Naches, WA. This setting will serve as a weekend getaway for everyone who attends. When festival founders and headliners, Cody Beebe and the Crooks, first envisioned Chinook Fest, they envisioned it as a way to get together with all their music friends and acquaintances after a summer on the road. While this sophomore incarnation certainly still serves that purpose, it’s evident that Chinook Fest angles to turn into something more.
Last year’s festival featured two days of music and nineteen musical acts. This year features three days of music and over thirty acts. They have mixed it up this year with acoustic sets in the round featuring Nick Foster, Fysah w/ Greg Floyd, Daniel Blue (of Motopony) and more.
The lineup is amazing with Northwest favorites up and down the bill including: Patrick Foster and the Locomotive, The Horde and the Harem, Yogoman Burning Band, Eternal Fair, Ben Union, Polecat and Kris Orlowski fresh off playing Bumbershoot two weeks ago.
I have to say the biggest surprise to me this year was the addition of Lee Oskar to the lineup. For those who aren’t familiar with Oskar, he is a harmonica master who has played with the greats. He joined WAR at the same time as Eric Burdon and crosses many genres including rock, funk, blues and jazz. I have witnessed Lee Oskar play twice so far, once with Pinetop Perkins and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, and once with Magic Dick from the J. Geils Band. Both performances were amazing. Look for him to take the stage a few times over the weekend. My bet is he will join Blake Noble and add some harp to his didgeridoo-soaked blues. I’m also betting on Lee joining Patrick Foster and the Locomotive as well as some others including those crooked headliners.
Cody Beebe and the Crooks have been touring relentlessly since the release of their exceptional second album, Out Here. Expect to see guests galore on stage, as most of the musicians who helped out on the album will be in attendance. Portland one-man band Tim Snider will show up on violin and Blake Noble will contribute to the Pearl Jam flavored beginning to “Never Too Young.” Fysah has to join Cody for the duet on “Dangerous,” the best and funkiest track on the album.
Chinook Fest is a full-service festival. In addition to the great music all weekend, festival goers can look forward to great food from local vendors, a variety of craft beer and wine, and maybe even some of that Crooked Red I’ve heard about.
Chinook Fest is 21+ and just a reminder. . . there are still a very limited amount of Friday and Sunday tickets left.