String Summit event promoter Skye McDonald comments about the forthcoming festival, “After selling out our 10th Anniversary last year, we decided to go big and really Turn It Up To 11! In the spirit of Jerry Garcia and his unparalleled ability to cross genres, we’re celebrating his music and the various types that he was the gateway to helping many of us discover. We have several totally rockin’ electric bands, and were bringing the funk with bands such as Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe.”
Skye continues, “Unlike other music festivals, the Northwest String Summit has really come to embrace the localities of the Pacific Northwest: providing a second stage (Northwest Local Stage @ Cascadia Acoustic Coffeehouse) for tons of regional acts to showcase their tunes, having local beer providers Ninkasi brew up an exceptional specialty beer just for the festival, and food and craft vendors from all over the area make it a point to return year-after-year to serve our audience. The uniquely utopian, family-friendly energy created by the supernatural surroundings of Horning’s Hideout, the magical music made by our artists and synergy manifested in our patrons make the Northwest String Summit THE premier music festival of the Pacific Northwest and among the best in the country.”
Yonder Mountain String Band and other 2012 String Summit artists will provide tracks for the Ninkasi Mixed Summer 4-Pack’s Music Download Compilation. The brewery will also offer a discount ticket voucher in their first run of Mixed Summer 4-Packs (available starting June 1, 2012), and they’re donating two pairs of festival passes to the raffle at Eugene, OR’s “10th Annual Sasquatch Beerfest” (May 12, 2012) – a celebration honoring the life and good work of Glen Hay Falconer.
The following artisan food trucks will provide delicious food options for festival-goers: Toast, King Quesadilla, Cousin Kenny’s BBQ, Sunshine Jubilee/Merry Popsters, Get Fried Rice, Solar Shots, Pie for the People, Townshend’s Dr. Kombucha and Thai Express. Select local crafts will include Urb Age, Gypsy Chic, Mountain Air Batiks, Fester Band and many others. Northwest Local “Ninkasi Brewing” Stage @ Cascadia Acoustic Coffeehouse will serve a variety of non-alcoholic beverages, baked goods, and snacks from local favorites such as Trailhead Coffee and Voodoo Doughnuts.
Now in its 9th year, the Band Competition at Northwest String Summit reigns in some of the hottest pickers from all across the country. The competition is in line with other top festival competitions, such as Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Rockygrass, and will occur on Friday, August 10, 2012. Four bands/musicians will be chosen by a panel of judges including members of Yonder Mountain String Band and festival staffers to compete for the winning crown (each band will perform for 10-15 minutes). The winner is awarded an opening slot on Sunday, August 12, 2012, and a paid slot at the following year’s festival. The Band Competition is a single mic only set-up, and only acoustic instruments are allowed (no DIs, no drums). The application deadline has passed (April 20), no new submissions are being accepted.