EVERETT — Are you a blues fan? More hip hop? Is indie-rock your vibe? Do you feel emotion while singing folk songs on country roads?
Everett’s annual Fisherman’s Village Music Fest announced its lineup Monday, outlining an array of genres that will bring Everett to life May 19-21.
Headlining the festival are American hip-hop trio Digable Planets; Portland songwriter Haley Heynderickx; Austin Black blues band Joe Lewis & the Honeybears; Seattle-based indie band Deep Sea Diver; and SYML, an indie pop project born in Issaquah.
About 50 groups from here and across the country are expected to help celebrate the festival’s ninth consecutive year.
“It’s definitely a bigger and more expensive lineup than ever before,” Everett Music Initiative organizer Ryan Crowther told the Daily Herald.
A $99 wristband will get you three days of music at two outdoor stages and four venues in downtown Everett: the historic Everett Theater, the Black Lab Gallery and Bar, Lucky Dime, and the Garage by Tony V.
Daily passes will also be up for grabs. And locals who just want to “dip their toes” into the festival, Crowther said, can still take advantage of its free night market, where food trucks, art vendors and a beer garden are open to the public.
The event will also mark EMI’s 10th anniversary. The initiative began in 2012, trying to bolster the city’s music scene and attract touring bands to play in Everett.
“When I walk around town, it’s like, ‘Yeah, there are local bands. They’re here and they’re playing music,'” Crowther said. “But what’s the quilt of this scene? How can it be put together better, to have real representation and resources for the groups?”
Since its inception, EMI has hosted over 400 shows and now considers Fisherman’s Village its flagship event.
Everett bands featured this year include punk band Bad Optics, alternative rock band Clothing Optional and singer-songwriter Sylvi. Local bands Steel Beans and I Will Keep Your Ghost are also on board.
Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears
Hailing from Austin, Texas, this band’s soul will be perfect for the festival, Crowther said.
“Everett is such a blues town,” he said.
When booking the festival, Crowther said he wanted to “keep Everett” while thinking outside the box and bringing in bands the locals haven’t heard.
Frontman Joe Lewis learned to play the guitar while working at an Austin pawn shop, according to Songkick. In 2017, the group’s album “Backlash” was No. 3 on the Billboard Top Blues Album Chart.
deep sea diver
This three-piece Seattle-based indie rock band has made a name for themselves on the Northwest music scene over the past 10 years. Frontwoman Jessica Dobson (vocals, guitar, keyboards) is joined by Elliot Jackson (guitar, synth) and Peter Mansen (drums).
“Impossible Weight,” the band’s third full-length album, was voted KEXP Seattle Listeners’ Best Album of 2020.
Formed in 1987, this Brooklyn-based hip-hop group won a Grammy for their first hit single, “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat).” Their 1993 debut album, “Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space)”, was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. The trio are known for their nicknames: Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler, Mariana “Ladybug Mecca” Vieira and Craig “Doodlebug” Irving. (Fun fact: Butler is originally from Seattle.)
The Portland-based singer-songwriter-guitarist’s debut album, “I Need to Start a Garden,” has been met with critical acclaim.
“Often she simultaneously draws delicate melodic tendrils and driving bass beats from her instrument,” Olivia Horn wrote in a 2018 review of the album for Pitchfork.
Lavender Country’s 1973 self-titled album is considered the first gay-themed album in country music history. The group has been featured in pride events throughout the Pacific Northwest, including the first city-sanctioned event in Seattle in 1974.
After a decades-long hiatus, the group has returned to the music scene in recent years. In February, they released their first new album in 50 years, “Blackberry Rose.”
Wristbands and tickets can be purchased at the festival site or on the day of the festival.