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Huge music festival promises something for everyone

Everett band The Moondoggies are among the headlining bands for the Fisherman's Village Music Festival

EVERETT — Music will ring in the streets of downtown Everett May 16 and 17 for Everett’s biggest splash in the music scene yet – a two-day, four-venue, genre-defying music festival with almost 70 bands.
The Fisherman’s Village Music Festival is meant to be uniquely Everett by taking Everett back to its maritime roots.
The festival features “some good rock n’ roll,” a little bit of hip-hop, some Rhythm and Blues and a smattering of “electronic driven pop,” said Ryan Crowther, a co-founder of the Everett Music Initiative, which is putting on the show with radio station KEXP.
The festival’s headlining acts feature almost all local giants: The Moondoggies, Fly Moon Royalty, La Luz, Gardens & Villa and The Grizzled Mighty.
Everett’s local scene is well represented by bands Fauna Shade, I Will Keep Your Ghost and Preacher’s Wife.
The lineup is even going international as British electronic R&B artist Chad Valley is flying in to perform.
One way or another, there’s probably a band in there for everyone.
If you listen to KEXP independent radio, the lineup may excite you, Fauna Shade’s guitarist and singer Scotty Smith said.
Crowther found when he moved here that Everett had “a surprising lack of live music,” so he took matters into his own hands and founded the Everett Music Initiative two years ago. Since then, they’ve brought Seattle bands to Everett and worked with local Everett bands to give them their breaks in the city.
The trio of friends behind the Everett Music Initiative recently opened their own venue called The Cannery at 2820 Oakes Ave.
The venue and the music festival were two big goals for Crowther and friends when they started EMI.
The festival features four locations: The Historic Everett Theatre, Kroakers, The Cannery and an outdoor stage in the parking lot of Rubatino.
Smith’s band Fauna Shade took second place in this year’s Sound Off! Competition at Seattle’s EMP Museum.
As an Everett native, he’s very excited for the festival. When he was growing up playing music in Everett, “there was nothing.”
“It’s a big show for us,” Smith continued. “I think I died and this is our heaven.”
Crowther learned that there was not a demand for nightly shows in Everett, but the market for occasional high-profile shows was there.
He’s spent the last two years bolstering the Everett scene to realize his largest goal: The Fisherman’s Village Festival, which emulates a weekend music festival in the vein of SXSW.
“South by Southwest was one person bringing a festival to Austin and it spun out of control,” Crowther said. He hopes other venues and musicians in the area will plan big shows for that weekend as well to give out-of-towners the full Everett experience.
Since Saturday’s music starts at noon, Crowther hopes fans will explore downtown before the music starts.
He’s estimated the show will bring half a million dollars into Everett’s economy.
Tickets for all four venues are currently on sale for $65, but will soon rise to $75.
All-ages tickets for the outdoor stage and Historic Everett Theatre are on sale for $50. 
More show information and the full lineup is available at (opens in new window).


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