Cody Beebe felt a big push to create another music festival in Washington that's east of the Cascades.
"There are not a lot of good music festivals on this side of the state that happen annually -- other than The Gorge," the Seattle-based musician said.
So he created the Crooked Chinook Music Festival, which runs Sept. 21-23 at Jim Sprick Community Park in the Nile Valley about 15 miles west of Naches on Highway 410.
A three-day pass costs $50 if purchased by Sept. 20. It is $60 at the gate for all three days.
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"We have so many incredible musicians who signed on to perform at this festival because they all feel the same as I do about this side of the mountains," Beebe said in a telephone interview with the Herald. "We all wanted to have a music get-together, with cool bands playing all kinds of music, and we could invite all our friends and their friends and anyone else who wants to come say goodbye to summer and hello to fall."
The True Spokes will headline the event with Cody Beebe & the Crooks.
Beebe and his four Crooks have been cranking out roots rock together since 2009 on a full-time basis, he said. The band performs about 120 gigs a year from New York to California.
The True Spokes was formerly called Flowmotion, and they created the Summer Meltdown music festival, an event each August in Darrington.
Also appearing at the festival will be Blake Noble, Aaron Daniel's One Man Banned, Whiskey Syndicate, Massy Ferguson, City Faire, Tim Snider, Redwood Son, Tommy Simmons, Tango Alpha Tango, Open County Joy, Huckle, The Higgs, Daniel Kamas, Shoot Jake, Ben Union, Josh Hoke and The Warren G Hardings.
"True Spokes is an incredible band who play a kind of mix of folk rock and jam music," Beebe said. "These guys sound really, really cool live.
"We invited these bands to our festival because, first of all, they're very good and they all fit our ideals of playing honest music that's organic with no frills. All the music will be truly timeless."
Beebe said Noble is well worth listening to because of his unique style. The Australian plays guitar, drums and didgeridoo with a style that's definitely a kick.
"Blake Noble is simply a fascinating entertainer," Beebe said.
Huckle is a San Francisco Bay Area trio who play acoustic music. The Open Country Joy quartet is a Northwest band bringing an unusual mix of funk, country and rock.
Aaron Daniel's One Man Banned is a solo act combining bebop and rhythm tracks with vocals and guitar.
Portland-based Tango Alpha Tango ranks as one of Beebe's favorites.
"They play American rock 'n' roll that has a progressive twist to it," he said. "Don't know how else to describe it."
Ben Union is a four-piece Tacoma group who play pop/rock, and Whiskey Syndicate is another quartet from Seattle who play a mix of blues, rock and grunge.
Daniel Kamas is an acoustic singer/songwriter who plays guitar and has a huge fan in Beebe.
"Daniel is without a doubt my favorite lyrical songwriter," he said. "And Tim Snider is a violin prodigy. He plays electric violin, guitar and sings. He's magical when he performs."
Redwood Son is a West Coast Americana-playing band that blends folk and country with a rock edge to it, Beebe described.
Shoot Jake is a blues/rock trio, and Massy Ferguson is a quartet of rock musicians who play Americana rock 'n' roll. City Faire is another four-piece blues and rock group, and The Warren G Hardings are a bluegrass quintet.
"This is a 21-and-older festival right now because we will have beer and wine gardens on site," Beebe said. "But we hope if this gets a good start we can change that to a family festival in the future."
Sept. 21 festivities include a shuttle service to any overnight campers who want to party with the bands at the Gold Creek Saloon in the mountains, Beebe said.
"We don't want anyone driving back to their campsites tipsy, so we'll be providing the shuttle service to and from the saloon," he said.
The music starts in late morning and continues into the late evening Sept. 22, but it ends at 2 p.m. Sept. 23.
There is no additional charge for tent camping. Recreational vehicles will be charged an additional $30 fee, Beebe said.
Tickets and more information are available at www.chinookfest.com.
* Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org