Barefoot, sleeveless and sweaty, Whiskey Shivers frontman and fiddle master Bobby Fitzgerald never stops smiling on stage. "All right! Let’s kick this thing in the face!” he barks, as the band tears into their stringed instruments at breakneck speed. It's almost impossible to watch him perform more than a song or two without cracking a smile yourself. His exuberance is contagious, and it bleeds through into the music. Whether they're playing at a backyard house party in Texas, a punk-rock dive bar or a sprawling country music festival, crowds take notice. People put down their phones, pick up their drinks and start dancing. “Whiskey Shivers isn't just the five of us on stage, it’s everybody in the room," Fitzgerald says. "We try to bring everybody into the moment and get them to realize there's no wall between us and the crowd. We're all in this together, and we're all here to have a good time. We'll do our best to facilitate it, but it takes all of us to make it happen. When you start to feel that, you can't help but feel a little attachment and become invested in the show. You realize, 'Oh, I'm here to have good time too!’”
This Seattle-based funk band will tear the roof off of any venue where they lay down their beats. The group brings an old school flavor to the genre that birthed some of music’s greats. From throbbing, syncopated base lines to funky flourishes and versatile vocals reminiscent of the King of Pop, Down North knows how to lay down the boogie.
Yak Attack will make you dance. Founded in Portland, OR in 2013, the live electronica quartet has been making waves in the local scene and expanding its fan base regionally in its short history. Rowan Cobb (bass), Dave Dernovsek (keys) and Devin Weston (drums) combine skilled playing with live looping and effects, resulting in expansive sonic terrain and heightened peaks well beyond the capabilities of most live trios. In 2015, the group added Nick Werth (percussion/xylosynth) to the Yak herd. Nick is a fantastic musician and human being who also performs as solo hip-hop/loop artist GALAXE, and has opened up a whole new dimension of sound and live performance elements for the band. Electronic and traditional genres including house, breakbeat, downtempo, jazz, and funk, tight compositions seamlessly blended with improvisation, and frequent contributions from guest musicians define a typical Yak show. The band released its first full-length album in 2015, “Real World Conditions”, and will soon be bringing its unique mix of live chops, electronic techniques, and monkey noises to a venue near you.
Trout Fishing in America
Currently based in NW Arkansas, Grimwood and Idlet first teamed up in Houston, TX as members of the folk/rock band St. Elmo's Fire. Grimwood left a promising classical music career as bassist for the Houston Symphony and Idlet had been through a variety of rock and folk bands. Before the breakup of St. Elmo's Fire in 1979, Grimwood and Idlet began performing on the side as a duo. An impromptu event in the late '70s, had a profound effect on their career: they were asked to perform at a grade school. Since then, performing and recording for children has been a major focus of TFIA's music. Trout Fishing In America has received 25+ national awards including 4 Grammy nominations and 3 INDIE Album of the Year Awards. They've been featured on the "Today Show", NPR's "All Things Considered", "Morning Edition", "World Cafe", "Mountain Stage" and "Dr. Demento."
"...embody a kind of goofball gestalt at odds with the sugary-sweet format of so much other music for the younger crowd...also perform unabashedly sentimental and wickedly funny songs for grown-ups, with an unexpected emotional punch." (New York Times)
Eight Dollar Mountain
Southern Oregon Bluegrass Quintet Eight Dollar Mountain Blends Driving Rhythms, Smooth Vocal Harmonies, And A Rockin’ Good Time. Eight Dollar Mountain serves up high-energy, traditionally-inspired bluegrass for audiences up and down the West Coast. Their hard-driving rhythm pulls you onto the dance floor, with a clear, purposeful sound reflecting the roots of mountain music, blues, and old time country. Eight Dollar Mountain sounds familiar, like the tunes coming from grandpa’s back porch, yet their energy carries the bluegrass tradition into the 21st century.
Since coming together on a foggy mountain top in 2010, this hard-working group has released three albums, Wild River Country (2010), and Riverboat Gambler (2012), and Tied to the Tracks (2014). Their original songwriting and arrangements blend whitewater-fast rhythms, tasteful vocal harmonies and plenty of low-end groove for a live performance that is sure to get crowds dancing and hollering for more. The band is based in Ashland, OR.
Eight Dollar Mountain is Darren Campbell (guitar), Stuart Green (banjo), Phil Johnson (mandolin), Joe Porto (bass), Mark Lackey (dobro).
Press "Eight Dollar Mountain have created a fertile space for bluegrass to grow in the Pacific Northwest, continuing to help lift the coastal fog with bright string band songs" – The Alternate Root
"There’s so much consistently good material here by the members—featuring fine lyrics and melodies, engaging characters, and compelling situations—that it’s hard to single out the best ones. Just get ready to travel on highways or railroads, enter penitentiary walls or family kitchens, and encounter lovers and pioneers and hobos" – Bluegrass Unlimited “The group plays with a nice groove and energy, and it’s just plain fun to listen and dance to…you can tell by listening to them that they love what they do.” - Jefferson Monthly
Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds The daughter of Ezra Idlet of the Grammy-nominated Trout Fishing in America, Dana Louise is a new songstress astonishing audiences with her vibrant, melodic vocals, adept finger-picking and cool sound. Now touring her debut album, she is joined by the Glorious Birds — Adams Collins (vibraphone and 5-string banjo), Ezra Idlet and Keith Grimwood (Trout Fishing in America/guitar, percussion and bass). Drawing from jazz and bluegrass, carrying a contemporary beat, the sound is roots-rooted flung-into-the-future folk. Dana Louise & the Glorious Birds work to leave their audiences glowing with the magic music can bring: genuine human connection. “Dana Louise is something special…nothing short of magical.” Doug Treadway for Nightflying
Dodgy Mountain Men
Dodgy Mountain Men sling a home-brewed Montana stompgrass that goes down smooth but packs a bite, mixing the rhythms of bluegrass, the soul of the blues and the energy of rock 'n' roll with a plethora of other musical traditions to create a unique electro-acoustic experience. The group's genre-bending experimentation and passion for American roots traditions weave together to emphasize their lyrical storytelling, creating a musical frontier rife with empty mason jars, outlaws, gypsy women and cold Montana storms. Add three distinct voices, a pension for sonic exploration and live performances that build to a fever pitch,and you've got a concoction that will make moonshiners proud and compel dancers to wear out the soles of their shoes.
Three brothers that were separated at birth were finally reunited after years of searching for each other. The meeting was nothing short of miraculous and the result of that meeting is BareGrass. Baregrass is a three piece acoustic americana band that plays original material that occasionally extends into improv jams. The three brothers invite you to share in their love for music.
American Laboratory Theatre
American Laboratory Theatre is an international school of theatre practice founded by Jesús Quintero in 2005 in Miami, Florida. Based in Sandpoint, Idaho since 2012, our artistic and cultural community exists to use various art forms as a tool to educate, inspire and entertain through workshops, theatre training, and performance events.
Gypsy Diva's Dance Troupe
Gypsy Diva's Dance Troupe offers a blend of unique styles, costumes, music and expression that touches their audience at the level of soul. Their most recent themes have been connected to inspirations from the elements, embodying water, earth, fire and this spring 'air'. Gypsy Diva's is made up of local women dancers from Sandpoint and have held a core of 6 with a rotating 3-5 women, and usually includes a mother-to-be. Having been a troupe for over 7 years, the Diva's have built loving relationships and a devotion to this ancient art of dance. The Director Brietta Leader co-choreographs with Hallie Owen and Titina VanHoorn and views being a member of a dance troupe as another gateway for expansion, calling it a 'spiritual practice'. The Gypsy Diva's are delighted to be back at NW Yoga Feast sharing their most recent work.
Breadbox "Singing songs around the fire in the shadow of the moon, the constellations are the ceiling of our outdoor living room..."
BREADBOX is the most recent collaboration fronted by multi-instrumentalist Lucas Brown. Brown, a fixture of the Spokane jam-band scene, composes tunes which touch on blues, funk and bluegrass traditions while maintaining there own distinctive style. BREADBOX delivers thought provoking lyrics and catchy grooves in a style that will sure to have you shaking your bones.
Harold's IGA is a different band with each performance. Named after a defunct grocery store in North Idaho, this indie folk rock band doesn't take itself too seriously. The songs written by front man Ben Olson are all wildly different, fluctuating from folk melodies to indie rock ballads to electronic fugues. They defy easy classification. There is a delightfully different sense of weirdness with each track, with a raw honesty and sense of fun with the lyrics. Some are melodic and thoughtful, others syncopated and pedal-driven, still others with an infusion of Northwest cowboy. Think rural hilljacks who grew up listening to Radiohead and Neil Young in the backwoods while drinking cheap whiskey and ducking their rent payments.
Harold's IGA features Ben Olson on guitar, vocals and keyboard. Cadie Archer on ukulele, banjo, keyboard, glockenspiel, musical saw, backup vocals and slide whistle. Josh Vitalie on drums. They are sometimes joined by Holly McGarry on guitar and harmony vocals, Jenna Bowers on violin and Matthew Weatherman on flugelhorn.
And don't forget..........EARTHWORM!
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