Country artist Britnee Kellogg performed at the WXYZ Lounge at the Aloft Hotel in Redmond, east of Seattle. The Vancouver, Washington native played a combination of covers and original material, including her recently released single, “Gimme Some Whiskey.” An American Idol finalist, Britnee opened for Blake Shelton in July. We took a few minutes after her first set for some photos on the venue’s patio.
Raelynn – Performs @ the Main Stage, Sat. 8/4 – 5:00 PM (Photo by Kirk Stauffer @ Watershed 2016)
Watershed Festival, which began in 2012, returns to the Gorge from 8/3-8/5. Focusing on country music, Watershed gives fans the opportunity to see country acts of all levels. You want to see current superstars? They have that with artists such as Blake Shelton and Brad Paisley. Interested in up-and-comers? They got that too with artists such as Meghan Patrick and Austin Burke. And if you’re outdoorsy, you can camp, catching bands near your camp grounds. Nice! I also see you can take part in some cool activities. If you like yoga, you can do that. Do you like line dancing? You can do that, too. Looking for love at the festival? There’s even a dating game.
The Neptune was surprisingly packed for a Monday night, as chillwave pioneer Ernest Greene and bandmates took the stage as Washed Out. The white-clad trio melted into the backdrop for a series of nostalgic and psychedelic projections.
They first showcased several tunes from their 2017 visual album Mister Mellow — a funky exploration of work, ennui, and weed – before continuing with their older hits. The audience cheered at the opening bars of, “Feel It All Around,” made famous by the title sequence of the TV show Portlandia, and “Eyes Closed,” from Washed Out’s 2011 album Within and Without. Although the crowd wasn’t really the dancing type, there was plenty of enthusiastic head-nodding and hand-waving.
Los Angeles solo artist Yoshi Flower opened with a set of guitar, vocals, drum samples, and some audience participation.
Phoebe Bridgers was back in Seattle to play a sold-out show at the Crocodile Café. Backed by her four-member band dressed in white shirts and narrow black ties, she’s on the road in support of her debut album, Stranger In The Alps. Harrison Whitford opened and was also a member of Phoebe’s band.