The musical entertainment for the four-day San Juan County Fair, August 16-19 is set. Here are the acts.
Music headliners include:
Kuinka (Formerly Rabbit Wilde) on the MAIN stage
8 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 16
A reinvention rather than a refutation, the name Kuinka comes from the Finnish for “how”; how does a band bristling with spirited creativity continue to evolve artistically and challenge themselves while staying true to their own roots? For Kuinka, the answer comes in the form of a release, a giving over to the muse, and a joyful acquiescence to faith in their cumulative virtuosity as songwriters regardless of genre or instrumentation.
The Fabulous Rhythmatics
8 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, August 17 on the MAIN stage
The Fabulous Rhythmatics are a five-piece dance band, playing mostly blues and rhythm & blues music. The Rhythmatics are: James Barkshire on vocals and guitar; Roger McGilvrey, drums; Steve Keys, vocals, guitar and harmonica; Michael Adams, vocals and bass guitar; and Teddy Deane, saxes & flute. Make no mistake --band members have some serious musical history under their belts. The boys hail from the Midwest and Canada as well as the Left Coast, and have spent many years gigging all over North America.
The Olson Bros Band (country rock from Olympia) -
8 to 10 p.m. Friday, August 18 on the MAIN stage
The Olson Bros Band burst onto the country music scene in 2013 winning the Lake Fair Battle of the Bands and a national country songwriting contest with their song Sunrise which earned them a trip to Nashville where they were introduced at The Grand Ol' Opry. The band originated in Olympia and is lead by singers and songwriters Luke and Isaac Olson. They are currently playing shows all over the Northwest and Nashville, and had over 50 shows on their 2016 summer schedule including an opening gig for Craig Morgan, country music festivals, weddings, concerts in the park, and Wineries. The Bros have recently been enjoying a little time on the radio waves throughout Washington for their new single "Dangerous" and are also known for their energy on stage and sweet vocal harmonies.
Seattle’s own ecstatic ensemble Industrial Revelation
8 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, August 19 on the MAIN Stage
D’Vonne Lewis (Drums), Evan Flory-Barnes (Bass), Josh Rawlings (Keys) & Ahamefule J. Oluo (Trumpet), Industrial Revelation is a supergroup that defies convention. They’re jazz, they’re postjazz, they’re neo-soul, they’re rock ’n’ roll, but most importantly, they are masters of creating passionate music. Lewis descends from multiple generations of serious musicians; Oluo has played with Hey Marseilles; Flory-Barnes, who has composed symphonies, recorded with Macklemore; and Rawlings has toured with Allen Stone and Macklemore. Their live shows are sweat-inducing jams with big horn crescendos, rapid bass solos, lightning strikes of keys and rolling-thunder drums.
Other singers and bands include:
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16:
Campbell Miller - 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 16 on the Main Stage
From the Pacific Northwest comes rising Country Music singer, Miller Campbell. Named one of the Next Women of Country Music, Miller is quickly rising through the Seattle Country ranks. With her soulful blues background and rock history, she brings a unique edge back into female country performance. Gritty, captivating, and energetic Miller entertains with a show like no other.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 17
The Fruity Rebels - 3:30 p.m. Thursday, August 17 on Community Stage
Who needs a genre when you can make people dance? Cory Mahler – Bass Kat Dyer – Vocals, Tambourine Kefa Crow – Lead Guitar, Vocals Mirrah Stoller – Trumpet, Trombone, Vocals Nick Gorfkle – Vocals, Guitar Phil Allison – Drums
Anja Claire - 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, August 17 on the Main Stage
Anja Claire is a songstress & a songsmith, a siren with a cello, and often a guitar, entrancing crowds with an always-morphing ensemble of amazing regional musicians. She sings hauntingly sweet songs that evoke emotions to those that happen to be in earshot.
Crow Valley String Band - 6:30 p.m. Thursday, August 17 on Main Stage
The Crow Valley String Band is a family of musicians (Tashi, Kaj, Rachel and Jim) from Orcas Island that perform a variety of original and traditional tunes and songs that cut across several genres from Bluegrass to Groove. With a varying combination of fiddle, mandolin, guitar, upright bass, and voice, this lively group will move your soul and get you onto your feet. The Crow Valley Family String Band has delighted audiences at festivals, concerts, schools and contra dances from Washington State to Scotland.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 18
Rocky Bay Band 6:30 p.m. Friday, August 18 on the Main Stage
Island based, the Rocky Bay Band has been keeping the Bluegrass/Americana tradition alive on the island for the past 15 years. High energy solos between mandolin, banjo, guitar, the thunder of upright bass and great vocal harmonies express their love of playing and performing.
Mikus 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. Friday, August 18 on the Community Stage
Mikus brings a unique blend of instrumental & electronic trip-hop compositions, which encapsulates a wide spectral range within the Electronic genre. Mikus brings to you an eccentric sound & form with original loop-based beats, Jazz & Hip-hop influenced structure. As a solo performer Mikus uses a form of computer based sequenced music called Controllerism. With the hands on abilities to perform and effect his original instrumentals.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 19
Irthlingz Duo 1:30 p.m. Community Stage
The Irthingz Duo, Sharon Abreu & Michael Hurwicz, from Orcas Island, bring rich harmonies, guitar, fiddle, bass, and a healthy dose of humor to their performances, seasoned with passion for taking care of our natural environment. Their repertoire includes originals, well-known favorites and sing-alongs.
Johnny and the Moles is a tuba-driven, good times funky band from Seattle. They combine original songs and unique interpretations of covers to create a style all their own that is steeped in jazz, blues, pop, and the funky music of New Orleans.
Born in the bed of a truck and raised in a tiger's den.
Singing good ol' music to stomp your feet and raise a drink to!
This is old time rootsy bluegrass with a punk rock punch.
Moonshiner music you could dance under a burning still to.
Kimya Dawson 6 p.m. Main Stage
Kimya Dawson is a Grammy winning, platinum selling singer songwriter most widely known for her work on the JUNO soundtrack and her former band, The Moldy Peaches. She has released 6 solo albums, including a children’s album “Alphabutt”. She has been featured in Rolling Stone, Spin, Entertainment Weekly, NY Times, NME, Q, AOL, etc. She has performed live on the View, at the Independent Spirit Awards, TED/Boulder, was invited to perform on Sesame Street, and also performed at the REM Tribute at Carnegie Hall. Kimya’s new solo album “Thunder Thighs” was self released October 18, 2011 on her own imprint Great Crap Factory. The album features guest performances from Aesop Rock, members of the Strokes, Mountain Goats, Forever Young Senior Citizen Rock and Roll Choir, Kimya’s 5 year old daughter Panda, and many more.
Brograss from 6:15 to 7 p.m. on the Community Stage
Brograss is an accomplished brotherly duo raised in a small rural island community nurtured by musical mentors of all ages. With a love for Bluegrass harmonies and drive, Tashi Litch and Kaj Litch masterly perform a lively mix of traditional and original acoustic music on mandolin, guitar, fiddle, and voice. They represent the next generation of artists with youthful energy and occasional irreverence that adds excitement and flare to music so attractively familiar. Their first CD as the duo Brograss will be released in August 2017.
They have shared the stage with some of their favorite artists such as Brandi Carlile, Liz Carroll, Doyle Lawson, Daryl Anger, Clay Ross & Matuto, Tim Connell, and their dog Tazz. In 2015 they performed for TEDx
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