As I sit here contemplating the imminent arrival of the worst windstorm to hit the PacNW in 50+ years, I think, MAN, I HATE FALL, and then I think OH WAIT, I can't hate ALL FALL because fall is when we are gifted with the weekend of glorious entertainment that is the Macefield Music Festival! Located in the Ballard 'hood in NW Seattle and run by some of the swellest cats in town, Macefield's lineup really hit it out of the park this year -- an eclectic mix of some of the most interesting local and touring acts around (including a comedy stage), spread out over three days and five venues. I was so very excited about Day Two's lineup at the Tractor Tavern that I stood in one spot in front the of stage for seven-and-a-half hours as to not lose my prime photo-shooting and music-enjoying place, much in the spirit of festival namesake Edith Macefield, who steadfastly refused to sell her tiny Ballard house to developers. She stood her ground and kept her house; I stood my ground and got you some pictures. This is how we do, in our tiny ways. Please to enjoy!
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Wild Powwers received one of the most enthusiastic responses from the crowd all night, and were a force to behold, all growly and thunderous and majestically powwerful. I see larger stages looming for them.
Wild Powwers, Macefield Music Festival, Tractor Tavern, Seattle, WA. 10/1/16 Flickr set
And to end the evening, the "closing headliner," Reigning Sound! Greg Cartwright's songs are nothing less than classic pop gems, so thoughtfully constructed with little bits and pieces that remind one of the Beatles, classic girl groups and Motown, and chicken-strut garage rock. The band was easily able to switch from thumping beats to sweet ballads, charming all.
Reigning Sound, Macefield Music Festival, Tractor Tavern, Seattle, WA. 10/1/16 Flickr set
So many thanks to absolutely everyone at Macefield, Lance Nelson, Kitty Page, and Rick Friel for deeply-appreciated bottled water, and all these incredible bands.