Line-up Announced for 25th-ever Olalla Bluegrass & Beyond Festival
Kick the City off Your Shoes™ one last time – Aug. 20 at the Olalla Little League Field
(OLALLA, WA) Organizers have pulled out all the stops with the line-up for the 25th Olalla Bluegrass & Beyond Festival on Aug. 20.
Headliners Trout Steak Revival will fly in from Denver, Colorado with their special style of bluegrass music. “They were a smash hit at Wintergrass this past February,” said festival founder Charlee Glock-Jackson. “The audience loved them so we figured we should bring them back to the Northwest and introduce them to our Olalla audience.”
Another Wintergrass hit, Rabbit Wilde, from Bellingham, is also in the line-up. “They have wonderful, youthful energy and they’re all stellar musicians,” Glock-Jackson added.
Also from Bellingham, Hot Damn Scandal will make an encore appearance after getting a standing ovation at last year’s festival.
Other performers include Danny Barnes, winner of this year’s Steve Martin banjo prize; Slocan Ramblers from British Columbia; FarmStrong Country – Sequim; Rural Delivery, the “hometown band” from Port Orchard, Bremerton and Silverdale and the Eclectic Cloggers a troupe of dancers who have been “Kicking the City off their Shoes” at the Olalla festival since Year One.
While the focus of the day is clearly on music, there are also old time crafts demonstrations, food and craft vendors and kids activities, including a parade around the ball field.
Added attractions this year are a display of skulls of local wildlife, courtesy of Gig Harbor’s Harbor WildWatch and guided nature walks along nearby Olalla Creek led by Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife staff.
Added to all the fun and music is Olalla’s famous berry pie – and plenty of it. “’Olalla’ means ‘place with many berries,’ so every year we have a berry pie contest and lots of homemade pie for sale,” said JoAnn Smith who coordinates the pie contest. “People come from far and near for a slice or two of our pies. Well that, and the music of course.”
The festival takes place at the South Kitsap Southern Little League complex. Proceeds go to local good-works organizations including the PTA, Little League, food banks and music programs at several schools. The primary beneficiary is the Olalla Community Club which maintains the 116-year old community hall.
“We’re especially grateful to this year’s sponsors for their support of our festival,” Gig Harbor resident and long-time volunteer Ed Johnson said. Thanks to the Tides Tavern, Peninsula Light Company, Kitsap County,Tim Williams, attorney; Olalla Vineyard & Winery and individual contributors.
Gates open at 10am; music starts at 11am and continues til dusk on the following schedule:
11am Slocan Ramblers
Noon Eclectic Cloggers
12:45pm Berry pie contest and auction
1pm Rural Delivery
2pm Hot Damn Scandal
3pm Kids parade
3:30pm Danny Barnes
4:30pm FarmStrong Country
5:45pm Rabbit Wilde
7pm Trout Steak Revival
WHAT: 25th-Ever Olalla Bluegrass & Beyond Festival
WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 20, 11am-dusk
WHERE: South Kitsap Southern Little League Field – 5795 S.E. Hovgaard Road
TICKETS: Adults –$20; seniors and active military – $17; ages 13-18 – $15; 12 & under – free. Advance discount tickets at BrownPaperTickets.com.
INFO: olallabluegrass.com or call 253-857-5604