Known for their high energy performances and quality original music, Diggin Dirt has quickly made a name for themselves up and down the West Coast. With influences from James Brown to Bootsy Collins, to Steel Pulse, and Orgone their music comes out funky with a strong Reggae flavor. As they continue to expand their reach and grow their reputation, you will be able to say “I saw those guys at SummerFest!”.
Trout Steak Revival
Since winning the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival it has been a great ride for Colorado’s Trout Steak Revial. Defined more by expressive songwriting and heartfelt harmonies rather than any one genre, Trout Steak Revival crosses over and blends the bounds of folk, indie, bluegrass, and roots evoking its own style of Americana. With five band members all contributing unique lyrics, lead vocals, acoustic instrumentation, and harmonies, Trout Steak Revival delivers memorable tunes to an energetic fanbase that grows hand-in-hand with the band. Do not miss this opportunity to see this band that is fast becoming the most revered Colorado string band.
The last few years have been good to Moontricks, mostly because they leave no audience unsatisfied. Their Festival credentials alone are impressive, energizing stages such as Shambhala, Evolve, Joshua Tree, and Atmosphere Gathering to name a few. The 2017 Kootenay Music Awards Artis of the Year, this duo blends electronica with live elements such as harmonica, banjo, and guitar. Every performance is richly unique to wherever their inspiration takes them and the crowd ignites in them, together, getting high on the vibes and lost in the music.
45th St Brass
It looks like a brass band, but it doesn’t quite sound like one. The style comes more from funk, soul and sometimes hip hop, but having a drum and sousaphone core means that the groove comes first—it often drives song forward—and everything else is built on top. Over the years, 45th St Brass has been made up of some of the best horn section players in the northwest. Now the band features the “electrifying vocals” of Annie J up front, giving it a wholly unique sound and broad appeal.
Them Coulee Boys Allegedly founded at a bible camp, and born in the back valleys of Western Wisconsin, Them Coulee Boys craft a brand of Americana that blends punk, bluegrass, and rock & roll. Somewhere underneath the energy, the exuberance, the wit, and the passion of Them Coulee Boys lies a heart. It's a heart filled with sincerity, honesty, and the will to make the world a better place. This heart is not only evident in every song, but also in Them Coulee Boys as a whole. These songs are meant for dancing, for excitement, but are also for thought, and for the quiet moments. Them Coulee Boys seek to balance the high with the low, the happy with the sad, and the love with pain. It's how we live our lives, and they make music that reflects that.
Honeysuckle is a progressive folk act that blends older influences and traditional instrumentation with modern effects and inspiration. Comprised of Holly McGarry (Sandpoint native), Benjamin Burns, and Chris Bloniarz, this Boston based band can frequently be found performing across the country, playing alongside bands like The Ballroom Thieves, Boy & Bear, Kitchen Dwellers, Sam Moss, The Western Den, John Craigie, Damn Tall Buildings and others.
Breadbox Spokane’s favorite jam band will be gracing the Forest stage on Saturday night! This 5 piece, lead by the one and only Lucas Brookbank Brown, will keep the energy going late into the night on Saturday with their quality blend of Pacific Northwest jam grass. Do not go to bed early!!!
Sandpoint’s favorite band returns to Sandpoint SummerFest!!! A stand-up bass, mandolin and guitar come together from different backgrounds to create a unique sound. Americana, mixed with a little bluegrass and blues and whatever else is conjured up for the evening performance is what makes BareGrass tick. John (bass), Luke (mandolin) and Jared (guitar) all write their own songs and enjoy performing in and around the Sandpoint, Idaho area.
Brendon Kelly Trio
With roots in Rustbelt sensibilities, Western North Carolina tradition, and the Pacific Northwest wilderness spectacular, Brendan Kelty has cultivated a soulful sound drawn from gritty travel, wilderness living, and personal relationships; simple real and honest.
Big Phatty and The Inhalers
A Big Phatty and the Inhalers show offers a wide variety of music, blues, rock, and swing. This Sandpoint favorite is comprized of Steve Rush guitar, Ali Maverick Thomas drums, Pam Burns violin, Denis Zwang sax, flute, and Ian Gaddie lead guitar.
John has been performing his unique style of eclectic music around the Northwest for 12 years and has a very wide range of influences. He has been part of many diverse projects and has provided guitar accompaniment and production assistance for other northwest recording artists. John has drawn from his experience as a supporting musician to develop his own style of original music.
Boulder Creek Bluegrass Band
Foot stomping', toe tappin', get yer Mama dancing' bluegrass music from the mountains of Western Montana. Fire up the wagon and come party with Dave Blackburn, Billy Powell, Wayne Rau, and Richard Young.
The Wildcrafters is a down home folk fushion trio with strong bluegrass roots that resonate into your being from the Selkirk Mountains of North Idaho they call home. Just like their name suggests they harvest and craft their songs from the wild places of nature, soul and living life. Two sisters blend their sweet harmonies in songs gathered and written by all three of these wildcrafting folk, down from the mountains to share their love of music and playing from the heart.
Gypsy Diva's Dance Troupe offers a blend of unique styles, costumes, music and expression that touches their audience at the level of soul. Each dance carries an energy or theme that is expressed through the choreography, and is rooted in the shifts they are feeling and as well as what they want to see in the world. Gypsy Diva's is made up of local women dancers from Sandpoint and are delighted to be a part of Summer Fest sharing their most recent work.
Cole and the Thornes
Mountain-reggae gypsy infused soul band, Cole & The Thornes of Bozeman, Montana began with an infectious restlessness, a ukulele, and a heart engraved with longing adventure. This funky eclectic group is known for their playful horn melodies, islandy ukulele, and sultry, empowering vocals.
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