We know they will provide quality music rooted in Americana and Bluegrass. We also know their love of our environment makes them a perfect partner for KEEN! Their team is passionate about music and nature and it is their goal, like ours, to bring those two things together. We both want to give festival goers the best, most memorable experience, and in turn, nurture appreciation for the special nature of central Washington and the Pacific Northwest.
Old Salt Union is a string band founded by a horticulturist, cultivated by classically trained musicians, and fueled by a vocalist/bass player who is also a hip-hop producer with a fondness for the Four Freshmen. It is this collision of styles and musical vocabularies that informs their fresh approach to bluegrass and gives them an electric live performance vibe that seems to pull more from Vaudeville than the front porch.
Bootleg Sunshine have “a mean violin player… their sound is so diverse and distinct that one moment you’ll hear bluegrass you’re moving your feet to, and the next second you’re pondering if you’re catching hints of Afro-Cuban rhythms in the same song. #musicnerdproblems”
-Seattle Art Museum
The Dodgy Mountain Men sling a home-brewed Montana Stompgrass that goes down smooth but packs a bite, mixing the rhythms of bluegrass, the soul of the blues and the energy of rock 'n' roll with a plethora of other musical traditions to create a diverse electro-acoustic experience. The group's genre-bending experimentation and passion for American roots traditions weave together to emphasize their lyrical storytelling, creating a musical frontier rife with empty mason jars, outlaws, gypsy women and cold Montana storms.
"This is music for a hammock near a river, with a cold lemonade on a hot day. This is music for driving alone in the middle of the night. This is music that's easy to listen to but hard to shake afterwards." - The Yakima Herald
"A cultured blend of alt country and Americana that rings of rustic small towns and makes the listener feel warm and at home."
there's never been a gathering of such talent in Ellensburg. And to top it off, there's great craft beverages and handy food