Click to hear a few of our 2014 selected artists:
Reggie Garrett & the Snake Oil Peddlers:
Stacy Jones Band:
Madrona School Advanced and Elementary Orchestras
All types of music played by 53 K-8th graders; directed by Victoria Nelson.
Madrona School Band and Jazz Band
Upbeat music and jazz performed by 42 K-8th graders; directed by Matt Edwards
Meadowdale Middle School Choir and Jazz Choir
Jazz, pop, classical, and more from 120 7th and 8th grade singers; directed by Kathy Miller.
Meadowdale Middle School choirs average about 25 performances a year for community events. They are supported by a wonderful group of parents and school staff. In 2013, the Jazz Choir took second place at the Columbia Basin College Jazz Festival
Meadowdale Elementary School Marimba Band performs upbeat original and world music on a variety of xylophones and hand percussion. This group of 5th and 6th graders from the Edmonds School District is led by Meadowdale Elementary music teacher Teresa Catford, who also directs Youth Marimba Workshop, offering community marimba band classes beginning fall 2014.
Nick Drummond is a songwriter and performer based in Seattle; his recent collaborations include the duo, Impossible Bird, and the hit Seattle acoustic rock band, The Senate, both of which have performed to enthusiastic crowds in previous years at the Edmonds Arts Festival. Seattle Weekly writes that Nick Drummond’s performances are “An absolutely stellar combination of upbeat alt-folk that’s mesmerizing and radiates talent.” Nick has performed at numerous Northwest venues including: Triple Door Musiquarium; Yakima Brewery; Mt. Si Festival; Party at the Pier in Vancouver, B.C.; Everett Waterfront Concert Series; Jazzbones in Tacoma; the Leavenworth Ale Fest; and many more. www.nickdrummond.com
With blended sax and fiddle, reggae and soul, Adrian Xavier’s music attempts to cross social and cultural barriers while giving his fans steady grooves to dance to including elements of world fusion, folk, soul, dub, jazz, rock, and hip-hop. A Seattle native, Adrian and his band have been a fixture in the Pacific Northwest for over a decade, headlining and performing at festivals like Bumbershoot, Hempfest, and the conscious Culture Festival; plus performing and sharing the bill with a wide range of other artists such as the Black Eyed Peas, John Legend, Sean Paul, Katy Perry, Kanye West, Public Enemy, and more. www.adrianxavier.com
The Stacy Jones Band continues to blow fans away with their hybrid blues/rock/soul high-energy, genre bending performances. Amazing vocals, incredible musicianship, outstanding songwriting, and powerful, dynamic arrangements – it’s easy to understand why Stacy and her band are captivating the crowds and gathering new fans worldwide. The band is the winner of the 2010 Best Female Vocalist and the 2009 Best New Band awards from the Washington Blues Society, and performs at many venues and festivals throughout the Northwest. With many fans in the Edmonds area, the Edmonds Arts Festival is thrilled to have them play again at this year’s event. www.stacyjonesband.com
Barclay Shelton Dance Centre
Established in 1929, Edmonds’ own dance company and academy presents dance theatrics performed by twenty-five 14-21 year-old dancers under the direction of Leanne Shelton and her co-directors Nicole Cox and Stacie Brown. The Center continues to carries on the tradition of quality teaching and recital performances, and grow steadily through their dedication to quality, a superb staff of dance teachers, and loyal behind-the-scenes volunteer workers. www.barclaysheltondance.com
With songs as vivid as feature films, Seattle Alt-Folk band The Winterlings take listeners on unexpected journeys through flooded barns and cedar forests, chemistry labs and ferries crossing Puget Sound. Featuring 3-part harmonies, acoustic and electric guitars, violin, banjitar, ukulele, bass and percussion, The Winterlings build bonfires of sound to dance and dream beside. Their latest album THE ANIMAL GROOM hit #6 on the Roots Music Report Folk Chart. www.winterlings.com
Playing in the genre of urban acoustic folk soul and based in Seattle, Reggie Garrett has been performing throughout the Western U.S. and Canada for a number of years performing mostly original songs. He expresses a unique urban strain of acoustic folk music incorporating a number of diverse influences including Latin rhythms, blues, gospel, Celtic, and more. Reggie’s sound has strong rhythmic underpinnings, beginning with his almost percussive guitar style; his singing reflects the folk/rock/gospel traditions with which he grew up.
Delivering a one-two punch of anthemic pop writing and stadium-ready rock showmanship, clear parallels exist between Seattle artist Kitt Bender and such relevant acts as Sting, U2, and Phil Collins. After earning his degree in music technology and composition, Bender released three albums, touring nationally in their support, and gathering a loyal following on his YouTube channel. His latest album, Out of My Mind, is independent in the extreme with each track penned, each instrument performed, and the album as a whole produced and engineered by Bender himself. www.kittbender.com
Easy Company plays your favorite songs from Elvis to Jason Mraz, but they’ve got a secret advantage! Their band members have toured (and some still do) with original artists such as The Beach Boys, Chicago, Stevie Wonder, Roy Orbison, Neil Young, Jethro Tull, Tina Turner, Deep Purple, John Mayall, Led Zeppelin, Jerry Lee Lewis, Kenny G, Charlie Rich, Eddie Money, Heart, and many more. And, although band members have traveled the world making music, their home base is right here in Edmonds. Strong supporters of their community, the Edmonds Arts Festival is excited to have the Easy Company Band play again at this year’s event. Make sure to join them for fabulous music and a whole lotta fun! easycompanyband.com
Since 2003, The Side Project has been playing across the NW, letting us live vicariously through their soul-lifting notes and heart-wrenching lead vocals from Suzie Bradford. Influenced by artists like Sarah McLachlan and Ben Harper, they’ll make you fall in love again with your favorite song and open your heart with a soulful original. Their rendition of “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” has been featured nationally and internationally, on the hit shows “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing with the Stars.” They are thrilled to be back at the Edmonds Arts Festival! www.tspband.com
For some 20 years, the Meadowdale Middle School Jazz Band has won praise and admiration from Edmonds residents who have heard them playing their brand of energized jazz. Each year this talented group of 8th graders receives rave reviews from audience members at the Edmonds Jazz Connection, the Edmonds Arts Festival, the South County Senior Center, and all the regional jazz festival s they attend. Under the direction of Bruce Laven, these fabulous young musicians get their listeners tapping their toes, clapping, and even dancing to a selection of great jazz tunes and old favorites, always leaving folks wanting more!
Cole Holland is an independent writer, producer, and performer from the Seattle area, and is a life-long classically trained pianist. He is CEO Native Samurai Records, having over a dozen well-known artists signed to the company. Cole’s music fuses classical, hip-hop, and electronic styles together creating an exciting original and multicultural sound, and he is known for delivering electric family-friendly performances that bring originality, creativity, and positivity through the fusion of musical sounds. His music is known throughout the region from having three world premieres at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony.
The Edmonds-Woodway High School (EWHS) Jazz Ensemble has established itself as one of the Northwest’s premier high school jazz groups and a key part in the successful Edmonds-Woodway Music Department. They are past participants in the Essentially Ellington Contest in 2003, 2007, and 2010, and most recently in 2013. The Ensemble has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, and Disneyworld. Directed by Jake Bergevin. www.ewhsmusic.com
Avenue B Jazz Quartet was formed five years ago by four incredible Jazz Musicians from the Edmonds Woodway High School Jazz I Band. These four local Edmonds musicians play a special blend of classic Jazz and several other Jazz genres including fusion and funk. They write their own songs as well. Over the years they have played all around the area, including at Egan’s Jazz house in Ballard, Tula’s, Bake’s Cafe, Romeo’s Restaurant in Edmonds, and playing weddings and other local gigs. All of the four members were a big part of the two recent EWHS trips (2009 & 2013) to Essentially Ellington in New York City. The original band members graduated from EWHS and now are in colleges with 3 of the 4 studying music. www.sites.google.com/site/avenuebjazzquartet/
This teen jazz trio with Kyle Brooks on tenor sax and clarinet, Jackson Mindt on bass, and Anthony McIntosh on guitar, have been performing at several Northwest venues. Band members participated in the Essentially Ellington Competition in New York with the Edmonds-Woodway High School Jazz 1 Band. These musicians have jammed with top professionals in the Northwest and New York. You will certainly appreciate their talent as they perform upbeat jazz favorites.