The third annual Seattle Acoustic Festival is happening in the last weekend of August 2016, featuring 3 days of singing, strumming and plucking, filled to the brim with infectious rhythms, passionate songwriting, and rich harmonies. The Seattle Acoustic Festival is returning to the All Pilgrims Christian Church, in the heart of Seattle, and centrally located in Capitol Hill near the new light rail station.
By popular demand, the organizers have expanded their event to a three-day celebration with inspired performances by some of the most talented artists, bands, singers, and musicians in the region.
Some of the featured performers include: Lonely Mountain Lovers, Gabriel Wolfchild, Danny Newcomb, Shelita Burke, Tobias the Owl, Kim Archer, Dark Hip Falls, Aaron English, Debbie Miller, and many more.
Elijah Dhawan, the driving force behind both the Festival and London Tone Music’s lo-fi folk band, Tobias The Owl, says the motivation behind the festival is simple. “We want to provide a bigger, more public event to recognize artists and names from our region that have a more intimate sound,” He explains. “These are also musicians that the organizers love and are inspired by. This is going be a wonderful event.”
Local music application GigTown has joined Seattle Acoustic Festival as a sponsor for 2016 and is allowing fans to “Tip the bands for free” by checking in on the app. GigTown is paying local artists for each check in, a program that has paid out over $60,000 to musicians since starting in late 2015 and has been a “total win-win” according to GigTown CEO Andy Altman.
Dhawan says they originally created SAF to highlight some of the local, more lo-fi, and indie acoustic groups that are duos, trios, etc and play in more intimate settings. “Sometimes it’s hard for musicians who enjoy playing more intimate settings to get attention from some of the bigger festivals”, says Dhawan. He continues, “I think that we’re the biggest festival in the region run entirely by musicians and for musicians, so we’re personally really connected to the message of spreading great music.”
Dhawan says he is a strong believer in the power of music to make the world a more beautiful place, and thinks that SAF is really a way of potentiating that power and exposing a lot of people to really great music in one location. He adds, “I personally listen to every single song that gets submitted, so I can guarantee that it’s a really wonderful collection of musicians.”
Dhawan tells us that All Pilgrims Christian Church has been a really wonderful institution in supporting the mission of the festival, now in it’s third year and expanding to add a third day.
Check out the full alphabetical lineup below. Tickets will be on sale starting on May 1st at seattleacousticfestival.com and you can stay on top of breaking festival new by following the #seaacousticfest hashtag on Twitter.
Aaron Joshua Shay
Animals of Grace
Bear the Weather
Dante and the Mirrors
Dark Hip Falls
Jim Marcotte and the Breakthrough
Kristin Chambers and the Steady Waters
Lonely Mountain Lovers
March to May
Paula Boggs Band
Shades of Static
The Secret Sea
Tobias the Owl
Wes Sp8 & The Apollo Proxy
Willow and the Wolf
Watch Science! perform live at the Seattle Acoustic Festival 2015 below.