Pacific Northwest Music Festivals 2018

This week, Rifflandia Festival revealed its 2018 lineup featuring Hey Ocean!, Current Swell, Blitzen Trapper, and others, but before that September fest happens, many more acts will take to festival stages around the Pacific Northwest.

Here’s a list of some of the multi-artist festivals and outdoor shows in Oregon, Washington, Alberta and BC.
(Note: not all the festivals have their artist line-up announced but genre and some featured artists are listed where available)

Sasquatch! – George, WA May 25 – 27, 2018 – Multi-Genre – Bon Iver, The National, Modest Mouse, David Byrne, Tyler, The Creator, Ray Lamontagne…

Deer Lake Park

Deer Lake Festival Lawn – Deer Lake Park, Burnaby BC – Rock/Pop/Blues  – Bon Iver(May 26), Vance Joy(June 30), Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival (August 11), Portugal The Man/Broken Social Scene(September 1), Ms Lauryn Hill(September 14), Ben Howard(September 20)

Malkin Bowl Concerts – Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park, Vancouver BC – Rock/Pop/Blues – Tash Sultana (May 24), King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard(June 5), Xavier Rudd(June 9), The Head & The Heart(September 18)

Sled Island Music & Arts Festival – Calgary, AB June 20-24, 2018– Multi-Genre – Dirty Projectors, The Flaming Lips, Deerhoof…

Victoria International Jazz Festival – Victoria, BC June 22 – July 1, 2018 – Jazz – Macy Gray, Dee Dee Bridgewater & The Memphis Soulphony, Jameson Ross…

Vancouver International Jazz Festival – Vancouver, BC June 22 – July 2, 2018 – Jazz – Macy Gray, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, Bonobo, The Jerry Douglas Band…

Waterfront Blues Fest – Portland, OR July 4 – 7, 2018 – Blues – George Thorogood & The Destroyers, The Mavericks, Beth Hart, Ruthie Foster…

FVDED in the Park – Surrey, BC July 6 – 7, 2018 – Electronic/ Dance/Pop – Future, Kygo, Kascade…

Calgary Stampede Virgin Mobile Stampede Series – Calgary, AB July 6 – 15, 2018 – Country – Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley

Harrison Festival of the Arts – Harrison Hot Springs, BC July 6 – 16, 2018 – World/Folk/Rock – Buffy St Marie, Chilliwack, Shari Ulrich, Bobs & Lolo…

Vancouver Island MusicFest – Comox Valley, BC July 13 – 15, 2018 – Folk/Rock – Arlo Guthrie, Passenger, Ry Cooder, Walk off the Earth…

Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Vancouver Folk Music Festival – Vancouver, BC July 13 – 15, 2018 – Folk – Ry Cooder, Neko Case, Rodney Crowell, Carol Pope…

The Phillips Backyard Weekender – Victoria, BC July 20 – 22, 2018 – Keys N Krates, Reggie Watts, The Revolution, Kelis…

Capital Hill Block Party – Capital Hill, Seattle, WA July 20 – 22, 2018 – Pop/Rock – Father John Misty, Dillon Francis, Bettywho, Goldlink…

Monster Energy Centre of Gravity– Kelowna, BC July 27 – 29, 2018 – EDM/Pop/HipHop & Sports – Zedd, Wu-Tang Clan, French Montana…

Merritt Rockin’ River Music Fest– Merritt, BC August 2 – 5, 2018 – Country – Eric Church, Dallas Smith, Brett Eldridge, Meghan Patrick…

Harmony Arts Festival – West Vancouver, BC August 3-12, 2018 – Multi-Genre – Buckman Coe, Sarah Jane Scouten, Jane Mortifee & Friends…

Shambhala Music Festival – Salmo, BC August 10 – 13, 2018 – Electronic – Dizzee Rascal, Krafty Kuts, The Funk Hunters…

Salmon Arm Blues & Roots Festival – Salmon Arm, BC August 16 – 19, 2018 – Blues/Roots – Colin James, Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Family Stone, Kym Gouchie & Northern Sky…

Ambleside Park

Rock Ambleside Park – West Vancouver, BC – August 17 – 19, 2018 – Classic Rock – Loverboy, Little River Band, Trooper, Nazareth…

Cumberland Wild– Cumberland, BC August 18 – 19, 2018 – Rock – Elliott Brood, Five Alarm Funk, The Pack AD, Bend Sinister…

Bumbershoot Festival – Seattle, WA  August 31- September  2, 2018 – Multi-Genre – J.Cole, The Chainsmokers, SZA, Fleet Foxes…

Skookum Festival – Vancouver, BC September 7 – 9, 2018 – Multi-Genre – The Killers, Florence + The Machine, Metric, Stereophonic…

Rifflandia Festival – Victoria, BC September 13 – 16, 2018 – Multi-Genre – Daniel Caesar, The Zolas, The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer…

PACIFIC NORTHWEST MUSIC FESTIVALS 2017

The Coachella Music and Arts Festival is underway, ushering in the 2017 Music Festivals season.

Sasquatch! Festival is coming up on the US Memorial Day weekend, starting off the festival season in our corner of the continent.

Here’s a list of some of the multi-artist festivals in Oregon, Washington, Alberta and BC.
(Note: not all the festivals have their artist line-up announced but genre and some featured artists are listed where available)

Sasquatch! – George, WA May 26 – 28, 2017 – Multi-Genre – Frank Ocean, Twenty One Pilots, Change the Rapper, The Head & The Heart, MGMT, The Shins

Concerts in Deer Lake Park

Deer Lake Festival Lawn – Deer Lake Park, Burnaby BC – Ongoing Summer Long – Rock/Pop/Blues  –  Jack Johnson, Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival.

Malkin Bowl Concerts – Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park, Vancouver BC – Ongoing Summer Long – Rock/Pop/Blues – Father John Misty, Midnight Oil, Spoon, John Butler Trio, Fleet Foxes

Concerts at Malkin Bowl

Victoria International Jazz Festival – Victoria, BC June 23 – July 2, 2017 – Jazz – Mavis Staples, Kandace Springs, Ziggy Marley

Vancouver International Jazz Festival – Vancouver, BC June 22 – July 2, 2017 – Jazz – Seu Jorge, Branford Marsalis with the VSO, Ziggy Marley

Sled Island Music & Arts Festival – Calgary, AB June 21-25, 2017– Multi-Genre – Shonen Knife, DJ Quik, Low, Mike Watt, MONO

Tall Tree Music Festival – Brown’s Mountain, Port Renfrew, BC – June 23 – 26, 2017 – Multi- Genre – Tokyo Police Club, Cave Singers, Jon & Roy

Waterfront Blues Fest – Portland, OR June 30 – July 4, 2017 – Blues – 30th Anniversary – Chris Isaak, Jos Stone, Booker T Stax Review

FVDED in the Park – Surrey, BC July 7 – 8, 2017 – Electronic/ Dance/Pop – The Chainsmokers, Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign, Dillon Francis 

Calgary Stampede Virgin Mobile Stampede Series 2016 – Calgary, AB July 7 – 16, 2017 – Country – Johnny Reid, Brooks & Dunn, Alabama, Usher & The Roots, Jeff Foxworthy & Larry the Cable Guy

The Phillips Backyard Weekender – Victoria, BC July 7 – 9, 2017 – TBA

Harrison Festival of the Arts – Harrison Hot Springs, BC July 8 – 16, 2017 – World/Folk/Rock – Buckman Coe, Stephen Fearing, Coco Jafro, Colin Linden

Pemberton Music Festival – Pemberton, BC July 13 – 16, 2017 – Multi-genre – TBA

Vancouver Folk Music Festival – Vancouver, BC July 14 – 16, 2017 – Folk – 40th Anniversary – Ferron, Archie Roach and more TBA

Vancouver Island MusicFest – Comox Valley, BC July 14 – 16, 2017 – Folk/Rock – Barenaked Ladies, Emmylou Harris, Bruce Cockburn, Rita Coolidge, Stephen Fearing

Capital Hill Block Party – Capital Hill, Seattle, WA July 21 – 23, 2017 – Pop/Rock – Diplo, Wolf Parade, Lord Huron, Mykki Blanco

Monster Energy Centre of Gravity– Kelowna, BC July 28 – 30, 2017 – EDM/Pop/HipHop & Sports – Snoop Dogg, Marshmello, ScHoolboy Q

Merritt Rockin’ River Music Fest– Merritt, BC August 3 – 4, 2017 – Country – Aaron Pritchett, Brett Kissel, Kacey Musgraves, The Band Perry, Toby Keith, Willie Nelson & Family

Shambhala Music Festival – Salmo, BC August 11 – 14, 2017 – Electronic – A-Trak, The Orb, Stanton Warriors

Salmon Arm Blues & Roots Festival – Salmon Arm, BC August 17 – 20, 2017 – Blues/Roots – Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, Five Alarm Funk, Frazey Ford, Ricky Scaggs & Kentucky Thunder

Rock Ambleside Park – West Vancouver, BC – August 18 – 20, 2017 – Randy Bachman, April Wine, Honeymoon Suite, Glass Tiger, Platinum Blonde.

Atmosphere Gathering – Cumberland, BC August 18 – 20, 2017 – World/Electronic – Dirty Radio, Neon Steve, Half Moon Run, DJ Shub

Motion Notion – Golden, BC August 24 – 28, 2017 – EDM – Datsik, Avalon, Dirtyphonics, Minnesota

Bumbershoot Festival – Seattle, WA September 1-3, 2017 – Multi-Genre – TBA

Rifflandia Festival – Victoria, BC September 14 – 17, 2017 – Multi-Genre – 10th Anniversary – TBA

Pacific NorthWest Music Festivals 2016

Deer Lake Park
Deer Lake Park

The first weekend of Coachella Music and Arts Festival is in the books and creating a big buzz on social with surprise performances by artists, celebrity spotting in the crowd and an amazing line-up of music on stage.

Sasquatch! Festival is coming up in May and kicks off the music festival season in our corner of the continent.   Here’s a list of some of the multi-artist festivals in Oregon, Washington, Alberta and BC.
(Note, not all the festivals have their artist line-up announced but genre and some featured artists are listed where available)

Sasquatch! – George, WA May 27 – 30, 2016 – Multi-Genre – Florence & The Machine, The Cure, Disclosure, Major Lazer, Sufjan Stevens, Leon Bridges, Jamie XX

Deer Lake Festival Lawn – Deer Lake Park, Burnaby BC – Ongoing Summer Long – Rock/Pop/Blues  – Alabama Shakes, The Cure, Weezer & Panic At The Disco!, Burnaby Blues Festival.

Victoria International Jazz Festival – Victoria, BC June 24 – July 3, 2016 – Jazz – Joe Jackson, case/lang/viers, Gregory Porter, Tedeschi Trucks Band

Vancouver International Jazz Festival – Vancouver, BC June 24 – July 3, 2016 – Jazz – Joe Jackson, Lauryn Hill, Sarah McLachlan, Legendary Downchild Blues Band

Sled Island Music & Arts Festival – Calgary, AB June 22-26, 2016 – Multi-Genre – Guided By Voices, Peaches, Built To Spill, TOPS,

Tall Tree Music Festival – Brown’s Mountain, Port Renfrew, BC – June 30 – July 3, 2016 – Multi- Genre – Mother Mother, Current Swell, Shad, Hollerado

Waterfront Blues Fest – Portland, OR July 1– 4, 2016 – Blues – Maceo Parker, Los Straitjackets, ZZ Ward, Grace Love & The True Loves

The Weeknd headlines FVDED 2015
The Weeknd headlines FVDED 2015

FVDED in the Park – Surrey, BC July 2 – 3, 2016 – Electronic/ Dance/Pop – Jack U, Zedd, Travis Scott, RL Grime, Carnage

 

Calgary Stampede Virgin Mobile Stampede Series 2016 – Calgary, AB July 8 – 17, 2016 – Country – Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Jeff Dunham

Vancouver Island MusicFest – Comox Valley, BC July 8 – 10, 2016 – Folk/Rock – John Prine, Serena Ryder, 54-40, The Trews, Ashley MacIsaac

The Phillips Backyard Weekender – Victoria, BC July 8 – 10, 2016 – Milky Chance, Bahamas, A Tribe Called Red, The Magnificent DJ Jazzy Jeff

Harrison Festival of the Arts – Harrison Hot Springs, BC July 9 – 17, 2016 – World/Folk/Rock – TBA

Monster Energy Centre of Gravity– Kelowna, BC July 8 – 10,2016 – EDM/Pop/HipHop & Sports – Skrillex, Ice Cube, Afrojack, Machine Gun Kelly

Pemberton Music Festival – Pemberton, BC July 14 – 17, 2016 – Multi-genre – Pearl Jam, Killers, J. Cole, Snoop Dogg, Billy Idol

Vancouver Folk Music Festival – Vancouver, BC July 15 – 17, 2016 – Folk – TBA

Motion Notion – Golden, BC July 21 – 25, 2016 – EDM – Aphrodite, Bear Grillz, Govinda, Love & Light, Zodiac and more to come.

Rock The Shores – Colwood, BC July 22 – 24, 2016 – Rock – Current Swell, Jesse Roper, Jon & Roy, City and Colour, The Cat Empire, Metric, Arkells

Merritt Rockin’ River Music Fest– Merritt, BC July 28 – 31, 2016 – Country – Sam Hunt, The Road Hammers, Jon Micheal Montgomery, Dean Brody

Shambhala Music Festival – Salmo, BC August 5 -8, 2016 – Electronic – Roni Size, Krust & Dynamite MC, Alunageorge

Salmon Arm Blues & Roots Festival – Salmon Arm, BC August 19 – 21, 2016 – Blues/Roots – Dehli 2 Dublin, David Gogo, Great Lake Swimmers, Matt Andersen, Whitehorse

Atmosphere Gathering – Cumberland, BC August 19 – 21, 2016 – World/Electronic – Dehli 2 Dublin, Frazey Ford, Kinnie Starr, The Soul Rebels

Bumbershoot Festival – Seattle, WA September 2- 4, 2016 – Multi-Genre – TBA

Rifflandia Festival – Victoria, BC September 15 – 18, 2016 – Multi-Genre – TBA

 

The Dandy Warhols – Fine & Dandy

 
 
The Dandy Warhols
The Dandy Warhols

Dandy Warhols – Commodore Ballroom – December 2, 2010
The Portland OR based quartet is nearing the end of a tour in support of their current release anthology “The Capital Years 1995-2007”. Saving the west coast for the final leg they stopped in Vancouver recently to play for a sold out crowd at the Commodore Ballroom. After nearly two decades of releasing great rock they’ve amassed a great following eager for a live listen of their large catalogue.

Courtney Taylor-Taylor - lead vocals
Courtney Taylor-Taylor - lead vocals

The very varied demographic in attendance showed the mass appeal the Dandy Warhols have developed. A blend of modern and classic rock melodies you can hear and feel the influences of the Sixties era Beatles, Rolling Stones, Velvet Underground and Beach Boys. The Dandy’s aren’t about making a big show or being over indulgent rock stars it’s just well written, sung and played music for the people. The People love them, cheering enthusiastically throughout the entire set, singing along at the right moments, dancing when the moment and movement struck them. It’s refreshing to be in an audience that isn’t all hipsters who are too cool for the band or suburban burn outs just looking to get high: this was a blend of all parties, here for the common love of the Dandy Warhols.