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Summer Music Festivals

The sounds of summer

Northwest Guardian

Published: 01:46PM June 14th, 2018
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Seattle-based indie folk rock band Fleet Foxes is scheduled to perform during the annual Bumbershoot music festival at the Seattle Center Aug. 31 - Sept. 2.

No matter what genre one prefers, there’s a summer music festival in the Pacific Northwest to help dance, rock or groove the days away.

South of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the 24th annual Olympia Experimental Music Festival offers a bit of every style of music — done up a bit differently — with performers from Florida to Texas, the San Francisco Bay Area, South Korea and Canada coming out to play.

That festival runs at the tapas restaurant Octapas, 414 East Fourth Ave. in Olympia, Friday to Sunday, with additional bands and performers across the street at Olympia’s Artesian Well Commons.

The Olympia Experimental Music Festival was created by former Olympia resident Jim McAdams, who moved to Portland 15 years ago. He continued to keep the festival going because it was such a big success, he said.

“Personally, I get excited about the festival because it’s really magical,” McAdams said, adding the event really “created itself.”

It began with one cross-country, electronic and flute performer contacting him about a venue to play in the South Sound. McAdams received a wealth of requests from other local performers and those across the country.

Music at the festival ranges from a percentage of noise music to quiet and pretty, he said.

“(We’re offering) anything that pushes the boundaries of any style of music,” McAdams said.

This year, McAdams is coordinating the Artesian Well side of the festival. Ashley Shomo, curator and co-organizer of the event, is in charge of the Octapas side.

Shomo began as an attendee at the festival in 1997, when she first moved to the Olympia area. She has since performed her own vocal, layered track stylings a few times there, under the stage name of Cyclo Psycho.

Many of the performers at this year’s event will be new to the festival. Shomo said she attempted to bring in many of those who either hadn’t played at the festival in a while or not at all.

“I wanted to shake things up a little,” she said. “We’ve got everything from a wall of noise to very minimalist and spacious acoustics.”

The daytime events are family-friendly, but the evening concerts are for ages 21 and older, Shomo said.

“All of our performers truly appreciate the opportunity to share their music,” she said. “We’ll have a bowlful of earplugs for the louder ones.”

Music is scheduled Friday from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday from 1 p.m. to midnight and Sunday from 1 to 4:30 p.m. A donation of $5 or more is requested on Friday and Saturday; Sunday is free. For more information, visit

Several other music festivals are scheduled across the Pacific Northwest in the coming months, including the annual Pain in the Grass music festival at the White River Amphitheatre, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Road in Auburn.

That festival takes place Aug. 24 to 26 and features several name rock classic performers, from Slayer and Alice in Chains to Prophets of Rage, Stone Temple Pilots, Anthrax and Prophets of Rage. More information and tickets are available at

The Timber Music Festival at the Tolt-McDonald Park in Carnation, Wash., is July 12 to 14. It offers several community activities, from painting classes and board games to kayaking and hiking, as well as a lineup of music, including: Car Seat Headrest, Kyle Craft, Thao, Naked Giants, Brothers from Another and Polyrhythmics. For more information, visit

In Seattle, the Capital Hill Block Party is set for July 20 to 22 and features headliners — Father John Misty, Dillon Francis, Brockhampton, Cashmere Cat, Bully and Ryan Caraveo. For more information, visit

The annual Bumbershoot at Seattle Center is scheduled Aug. 31 to Sept. 2. Entertainment is yet to be finalized, but more information is available at

For those preferring a drive south to Portland, Ore., there’s Music Fest NW’s Project Pabst, at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Southwest Naito Parkway, Aug. 26 to 27 from 1 to 10 p.m.

That event is for ages 21 and older and features a lineup including — Iggy Pop, Beck, Die Antwoord, Nas, Spoon, Father John Misty, Fidlar, Whitney, Lizzo, Pup, San Fermin, Filthy Friends, Frankie Cosmos, White Reaper and Noname. Tickets are available at or at the gate.