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…

Whitecaps FC return to BC Place

Whitecaps FC v Portland Timbers – BC Place Stadium – October 2, 2011

Pre-game entertainment provided some of the few exciting moments in a lacklustre Whitecaps loss

When BC Place Stadium intially opened in 1983, Vancouver Whitecaps of the North American Soccer League played the first sporting event in the stadium, against North West rivals Seattle Sounders.  Following the Friday grand opening BC Lions game, Sunday afternoon saw the current MLS Whitecaps FC make their debut at the newly renovated BC Place Stadium. 
Taking on their other North West rivals, Portland Timbers, the

Whitecaps "Southsiders" supporters enjoy seats right down to pitch level

Whitecaps put on a great opening show for the sell out crowd of 21,000 fans.  The normally cavernous stadiums upper bowl was hidden behind a row of cable suspended sails, creating an intimate setting for an afternoon of football.  The addition of soccer specific seating brought the fans closer to the action as additional seating brought the seats right down to pitch level on the west end and south sides of the stands.  

Whitecaps take their historic debut kick-off at the new BC Place

The exciting pre-game show featured the usual drumming in of the players, anthem singing, flags and fireworks.  A contingent of junior players lined the field and kicked dozens of comemorative balls into the stands and boosted the fans in anticipation of the game ahead.  The pre-game also included 15 year old Branden Tomash scoring the ceremonial first goal on the Bell Pitch at BC Place.  Unfortunately, this was the only goal the local fans would celebrate as the Timbers beat the ‘Caps 1-nil.

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.