If you go
What: Timbrrr! Winter Music Festival
Artists: Hey Marseilles, Telekinesis, The Moondoggies, Radiation City, The Lonely Forest, You, Me & Apollo, Cataldo, Battleme, Hannalee, Barna Howard, more to be announced.
Where: Leavenworth Festhalle
When: Jan. 10-11
Tickets: $45, $85 includes admission to the Timber! Outdoor Music Festival July 24-26 in Carnation, Wash., a discounted one-day ski lift ticket at Stevens Pass is an extra $50.
The promoters behind Doe Bay Fest created a new music festival in Leavenworth meant to get music fans outside to explore the environment and the surrounding community.
The Timbrrr! Winter Music Festival will bring some of the hottest acts in the Northwest indie music scene — including The Moondoggies, Hey Marseilles and Telekinesis — Jan. 10-11 at the Leavenworth Festhalle.
But, if the community waits any longer to buy tickets, they might miss out. Only a few hundred tickets are left since they went on sale Oct. 22. The capacity is 1,400. So far, most of the ticket holders seem to be from the Seattle area. Less than 20 tickets could be traced back to the Wenatchee-Leavenworth area, promoters said.
“We definitely want to bring a music festival that brings out the local community, too,” said Kevin Sur, an event organizer with Artist Home.
Timbrrr! Winter Music Festival is the second of two similar festivals created by Artist Home this year. Timber! Outdoor Music Festival brought about 2,000 people to Carnation in July.
Artist Home is a Seattle production company best known for Doe Bay Fest, a big weekend for KEXP-style music on Orcas Island every August that’s quick to sell out. That’s where Wenatchee couple Scott and Jenny Erickson met several of the bands they booked for Caffé Mela, such as Ravenna Woods and Cumulus, over the last few years.
Sur said the independent music scene sparked by the Ericksons and Caffé Mela is half the reason Artist Home chose Leavenworth to host the new festival.
“There’s a kindred spirit with what we’re doing in the larger festivals and what’s happening at Mela with Scott and Jenny,” Sur said. “It’s really blossomed into this community there.”
The outdoor scene at Leavenworth sealed the deal, he said. During the day, festival-goers are encouraged to snowshoe, nordic ski, tube at Ski Hill or get a deal on ski lift tickets at Stevens Pass.
“Aesthetically it’s this gorgeous winter wonderland,” Sur said. “It’s hard to think of a cooler setting for that time of year.”
For those who stay in town, the festival will host free coffee-house shows at Munchen Haus and Icicle Brewing Co. with some of the smaller, acoustic acts like Portland singer-songwriter Barna Howard and Hannalee, a trio from Seattle.
In the evenings, the Festhalle will open up for the bigger, louder bands for a night of indie and folk rock with bands like Hey Marseilles, an six-piece ensemble from Seattle, and another night dedicated to heavier rock, including The Moon Doggies and Battleme. Sur said he plans to add more bands to the lineup and announce the schedule later this year.