We are just returning for the Folk Alliance Region West Conference. We are amazed that the volunteers running the conference can make it so smooth. It was held at the Bellevue Hyatt this year and it will be held there next year Oct 5 to Oct 8. In 2018 it will be held in Los Angeles.
We got to help out a bit. I did some of the paperwork related to booking the New Voices Showcases. Joanna and I helped out with the Green Room during the Saturday night Official Showcase. I escorted musicians to and from the stages while Joanna guarded the instruments, purses, equipment. I also participated in the Speed date like event where the musicians do a 90 second pitch to venues. I got a few dozen CDs out of that and briefly met lots of musicians. I got to meet Patrice O’Neill of Uncle Bonzai. She is also the Wintergrass artistic director.
We met some wonderful musicians and renewed our acquaintance with many others as well as other house concert hosts. I met Tim Noah who has the Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater in Snohomish. www.thumbnailtheater.com.
Some of the musicians we met that impressed us were:
Andrew Goncalves from Portland – we hope to book him someday
Orville Johnson – we definitely want to introduce him to our audience.
A few of the folks we really liked: Scott Cook from Alberta Canada, Karl Smiley from Summit OR, Uncle Bonsai, Carey Appel, Robert Blake from Bellingham, Kate Brown from Pasedena CA, Melaney Devaney from Iowa, Otter Creek from Salt Lake City, Freebo from Hot Springs CA, Avery Hill from Portland OR, Jasper and Kale Lepak from Seattle, Rita Hosking and Sean Feder from Davis CA, JW McClure from Everett WA. I am sure there were more but I can’t think of more.
We added our name to a few house concert venues that were unknown to us. Baker Enterprises in Edmonds WA and The CAPE House Concert Series in Cannon Beach,