9 bands to take center stage in beer garden | MukFest

By Nicholas Johnson | Sep 06, 2017
Courtesy of: Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce Friday, Sept. 8, is Blue Friday in the Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce’s Beer and Wine Garden at the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival.

The musical line-up in this year’s Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival beer garden is bigger than ever with nine artists set to take the stage Friday and Saturday.

New to the line-up this year is Seattle-based Jimmy Free’s Friends as well as MachOne Jazz Orchestra of Bellevue. They’ll perform this weekend in the Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce Beer and Wine Garden.

“I'm excited to bring them to the festival,” Chamber President and COE Julie Martin said of MachOne. “They will play danceable jazz music and some classic rock/dance that we all know.”

The Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce Beer and Wine Garden is open from 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, and noon to midnight Saturday. Beginning at 5 p.m. each day, there is a cover charge of $5. Drinks (beer, wine) are $5 each.

The beer garden kicks off Friday with IvyLane (5-6:30 p.m.), followed by MachOne Jazz Orchestra (7-8:30 p.m.) and Gold Digger (8:30 p.m. to midnight).

Saturday’s line-up in the beer garden features Sheri Roberts Greimes (noon-1:30 p.m.), Black Jack Kerouac (1:30-2:45 p.m.), Jimmy Free’s Friends (3-4:45 p.m.), Kickin’ Dust (5:15-6:30 p.m.), The Charlies (6:30-8 p.m.) and The Machine (8 p.m.-midnight).

MachOne is a 17-piece swing band boasts a library of 1,500 cover songs, ranging from the likes of Queen and The Beatles to Frank Sinatra and Donna Summer, among many others. They play everything from sit-down traditional or contemporary big band jazz to popular dance and swanky swing dance tunes.

MachOne has performed at a variety of events throughout the greater Seattle region since forming in 1998. For example, they’ve accompanied John Pizzarelli, Sara Gazarek and Carmen Bradford at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.

Jimmy Free’s Friends is a four-piece American reggae band from Seattle that plays songs by the likes of Bob Marley, Muddy Waters, Sublime, Taj Mahal, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Hendrix and many more.

Lead singer Jimmy Free also plays guitar, while guitarist Pat Hewitt and bassist Mikel Rollins chime in on vocals, as well. Finally, Drummer Dave Delzotto keeps everyone on time.

Country band Kickin’ Dust, which made its inaugural appearance at the festival last year, will once again bring its country covers to the beer garden.

Kickin’ Dust is made up of Mike McIntosh (lead guitar), Meredith Peters (fiddle/vocals), Jason Jamora (bass), Bill Conger (drums), Josh Peters (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Kim Donelson (vocals), Michelle Griswold (vocals/washboard) and Dave Donelson (banjo/mandolin).

The Kirkland cover band formed in 2012 after Kim Donelson posted an ad on Craigslist.

“I hate to say it, but I put a Craigslist ad out,” she said. “I asked, ‘Anyone want to start a country band?’ That’s how it started. Within a week, we had Kickin’ Dust.”

Kickin’ Dust plays all kinds of country covers – from Little Big Town and Alan Jackson to Big & Rich and the Zac Brown Band – but gives them a rockin’ new country sound. The band also likes to “countrify” pop and rock songs.

“We don’t necessarily play the songs exactly the way they are,” Josh Peters said. “We won’t do just country. We’ll also play Eric Clapton or Lynyrd Skynyrd or John Mellencamp. We’ll add fiddle or harmonica to the songs.”

What makes the band stand out? Conger said it’s the band’s fiddle and its vocalists.

“Our harmony is probably the most outstanding thing about the group’s sound,” he said. “We have three really strong vocalists. There’s a three-part harmony on almost all of the songs.”

The beer garden will be located near the festival main stage at the Lighthouse Park band shell.

Proceeds from this year’s beer garden will go toward Mukilteo Schools Foundation grants. Last year, the chamber raised more than $2,500 for the foundation. Martin said the remainder of any profit from the beer garden goes to providing Chamber programs and services.

Blue Friday festivities will include trivia between band sets and prizes for winners.

Wear your Seahawks, Sounders, Storm or Mariner gear on Blue Friday to get in free. Military and first responders also get in free on Friday with ID.

On Sunday, the Chamber plans to show the Seahawks versus Green Bay Packers game on an 80-inch flatscreen in the beer garden. It will be the first football game of the season. Kick off is at 1:25 p.m., and there’s no cover charge.

If that doesn’t work out for any reason, Martin said the Chamber has more live music lined up for Sunday.

See the complete schedule of live music entertainment at www.mukilteolighthousefestival.com or www.mukilteochamber.org.

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