Alright, who else wants to fast forward to Doe Bay Fest?! We’re so incredibly excited for this years Doe Bay Fest and to spend another weekend in paradise with so many wonderful music makers and music fans. We’ve received a number of incredible submissions already, and one of the greatest aspects of organizing this festival is the opportunity we have in learning about so much great independent music that we had previously never heard of. So without further ado, here is a list of the first batch of artists for Doe Bay Fest 2010!
Portland legends The Fruit Bats were one of the first bands to approach us about playing Doe Bay Fest and did so before we even started making plans for this years festival. The Fruit Bats were VERY high on our wish list and when they came knocking on our door, I can say that some girlie screams and hi fives may have occurred.
photo by Kyle Johnson
Recently gracing the cover of City Arts Magazine, having Grand Hallway play this year’s Doe Bay Fest was a bit of a “no brainer”. They’re an amazing group with many members that have already performed at Doe Bay Fest in other bands (such as the Maldives), thus they know full well what the festival is about and it will be a joy for us to host these lovely ladies and gentlemen.
Portland Cello Project
We first heard of the Portland Cello Project when they collaborated with our very own, Friday Mile, at the Triple Door. The Portland Cello Project are a group of incredibly talented cellists who boast an outstanding repertoire as well as embrace a wonderful spirit of collaboration in which you can often find them creating arrangements of works and performing them with a regions most prized independent musicians. Past collaborations have included performances with Weinland, Friday Mile, and Mirah. Their spirit of collaboration is perfectly suited for Doe Bay Fest and you can expect future announcements on who they’ll be collaborating with at Doe Bay Fest 2010.
Drew Grow & The Pastors’ Wives
photo by Dan Muller
Drew Grow & The Pastors’ Wives performed in the much talked about “after party” with Goldfinch ending last years Doe Bay Fest. Unknown to most everyone in attendance beforehand, the band’s infectious, almost gospel like performance left all crammed into the little grange hall jaw dropped, dancing, and some were even noticeably teary eyed. To top it off, the band performed and impromptu acoustic set the next morning overlooking the Rosario straight. After making the most out of the festival last year which officially put them on the map for the NW beyond their hometown of Portland, their popularity has grown by leaps and bounds ever since and this year they will justly be gracing the main stage.
One of our mantras that we have set for ourselves is to try to not repeat the same lineup year after year so that we can give as many new bands opportunities to play Doe Bay Fest as possible. But if any band from last year deserved a mulligan, it would be Hey Marseilles. Last year the band had to play without their guitar player who broke his arm while playing frisbee and this year we want to give them a shot to actually play as a full band. Besides, they were just a riot to hang out with last year. We’re very excited to have Hey Marseilles back and are even more excited that they’ll be playing on the heels of a new record they’ll be putting out in 2010.
There has been an amazing amount of collaboration occurring in the last year between the NW Hip Hop community and Seattle’s indie rock/pop community. We felt it was vital to reach out and incorporate some Northwest Hip Hop in this year’s festivities to further promote this spirit of cross genre togetherness that has seemed to flourish so well over the last year. We are honored to host a group of THEESatisfaction’s caliber and hope to have more representatives of the NW Hip Hop community at Doe Bay Fest 2010.
Shenandoah Davis is the first of our Cafe Stage artists that we’re happy to confirm. Like last year, the cafe stage will serve primarily as a place where those playing in bands on the main stage can have a solo performance of their own or have a set for their respective side projects. Shenandoah will be the first of many artists pulling double duty at Doe Bay Fest, playing the main stage with Grand Hallway, and a solo set at our beautiful cafe stage overlooking otter cove.