Taste of Music Aug. 16-18 in Snohomish
Three-day blues festival rocks downtown stages
SNOHOMISH - The annual three-day Taste of Music festival is going to be a “family-friendly rock explosion,” event organizer Jay Clements said last week.
The blues, jazz, funk festival takes place Aug. 16-18 at the Carnegie Building in downtown Snohomish.
The main stage at the Carnegie will have an open beer and wine garden, which will allow participants to move freely around the main stage area with their beverages instead of having to stay put behind a rope.
The 2013 lineup includes Michael Shrieve, the original drummer for Carlos Santana, who Clements said is one of the acts he’s most excited to see. Shrieve was the youngest musician to play at Woodstock and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. At Taste of Music, he’ll be performing with his newest band, Spellbinder, a group that consists of Seattle musicians playing a blend of rock and jazz.
Mayor Karen Guzak said she is excited to welcome the festival to the city again and is an old friend of featured musician Shrieve.
“It’s a great time with fabulous music and the celebration of the blues,” Guzak said. “I’m looking forward to the blues and rock bands lighting up the city with the magic of music.”
A lot of the bands will be playing blues-centric music, Clements said, with a little rock, funk and jazz blended in.
The festival will culminate in a blues competition on Sunday presented by the Washington Blues Society where 12 acts will be competing for the opportunity to represent the area in a blues competition in Memphis, Tenn.
The performers will have been participating in festivals all over Washington and will play in Snohomish on Sunday as a sort of grand finale, Clements said.
The music and drinks are a lot of fun, but the idea behind the festival is really to get people to come to downtown Snohomish and see what it’s all about, Clements said.
“It’s just going to be fun for all ages to pay a small amount to watch some bands play and enjoy music in a small town,” Clements said. “It’s really supporting a small town which is really cool and that’s why we’re doing this. The whole thing is to promote downtown and to get people into the shops and restaurants and bars and get people more exposed to Snohomish.”
The cover fee is $5 per person per day for the main stage. This is the first year the festival isn’t free, Clements said.
“It’s been rough being a nonprofit, and every year (the festival) has operated at a loss,” he said. But the price is still low enough that he hopes it won’t affect attendance.
“I hope to see you all there,” Clements said.
Main stage at the Carnegie Building:
• Friday, Aug. 16 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
• Saturday, Aug. 17 noon to 8 p.m.
• Sunday, Aug. 18 noon to 8 p.m.
• Busker Stage (open mic format), sponsored by The Hawthorne Pub, located at the gazebo on Avenue A and First Street, Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
• Stewart’s Place Tavern, 709 First Street, Saturday and Sunday noon to 6 p.m.
• The Oxford Saloon, 913 First Street, Saturday and Sunday noon to 6 p.m.
• 907 Grill & Lounge, 907 First Street, Saturday and Sunday noon to 6 p.m.
• Rock City Café, 1101 First Street, Saturday and Sunday noon to 6 p.m.
The event is sponsored by Historic Downtown Snohomish. Festival details and lineup at www.historicdowntownsnohomish.org.
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