Doe Bay music festival announces first seven acts

Orcas Island music festival gets in motion with indie heroes

The Long Winters

Last year (its second year in existence) the Doe Bay Music Festival blew up as big as a festival that can only handle 700 attendees can blow up. David Bazan, the Long Winters and the Lonely Forest (who recently signed to Chris Walla's new label) headlined during two of the most refreshing days of music all summer (for me at least).

So, it was with great anticipation that I waited for the announcement of this year's lineup, knowing full-well that I would be headed to Orcas Island for both kinds of R and R on the weekend of August 13 and 14 — no matter what. Yesterday, I found at least a portion of my soundtrack when organizers announced seven acts confirmed for the weekend. And I must say that I am pleased and surprised, two of my favorite emotions.

Overall, the festival isn't shying away from repeating some of last years success (Hey Marseilles, Drew Grow), while bringing in some City Arts favorites (Grand Hallway, Shenandoah Davis) and a couple of great unexpected acts (Fruit Bats, THEE Satisfaction). We are certainly hoping for a few more big draws to play on the two intimate stages at the Doe Bay Resort, but this is a good start. Get your tickets now or you might miss out on the best fest of the year. Check out the full press release below:

It started in 2008 as a private party on an island, but in 2009 the “little festival that could” became a more perfect festival that the Seattle Weekly even noted could “out-festival Sasquatch!”. Doe Bay Fest 2009 was the sold out event that merged a diverse lineup of the west coasts best known bands (The Long Winters, David Bazan) with previously unheard of but impressive bands; was named as one of Sound on the Sounds’ favorite shows of 2009, and set the stage for a bigger and better event in 2010.

Doe Bay Fest rises above normal festival claustrophobia with its communal sense that this is how music is meant to be presented. Doe Bay is on the southeast corner of Orcas Island, quietly tucked in a 40 acre forest with a panoramic view of the Puget Sound peppered with nearby islands; a special experience year round, but a greater experience for Northwest music fans looking for an excuse to get away without missing the great music that keeps them in the city. If last year’s festival was in fact any indication of what this year might bring, come August 13 and 14 the large resort space should be beaming with just 750 ticketholders and musicians who rarely gather in such a beautiful and relaxing environment.

Doe Bay Fest will announce artist confirmations in the coming months with festival headliners to be released at a later date.

This first batch of announcements includes:

Fruit Bats
Grand Hallway
Portland Cello Project
Drew Grow & the Pastors’ Wives
Shenandoah Davis
Hey Marseilles