Timberline Mountain Music Festival features roots music at sky level
The hills will be alive with the sound of music at the 2017 Timberline Mountain Music Festival on Labor Day at Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood.
The music fair on Monday, Sept. 4, features roots music at the best price — free. The lodge invites folks to enjoy Timberline's food and beverages and encourages attendees to bring an instrument to join jams led by the Taborgrass Players on the "Pickin' Patio."
The event will run from 12:30 p.m. to sunset, rain or shine, and will feature string, folk, bluegrass and Celtic bands. Timberline asks that dogs be left at home, and no picnic lunches are allowed.
Portland musician Carl Solomon will open the show at 12:30 p.m. The singer-songwriter accompanies himself on guitar and delivers "slice of life" songs steeped in soulful folk, roots and blues styles.
Next up will be Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys, who will take the stage at 1 p.m. The Nashville-based band performs an eclectic mix of country and bluegrass-tinged Americana music featuring Lindsay's vocals.
"The foundation (of the music) is laid with mandolin and the other instruments, and Lindsay floats on top like a baby angel with her pure vocal style," said Mark Lavengood, who plays bass, mandolin and dobro guitar with the group.
"We're super-excited to get back to Portland," Lavengood said. "The music scene is pretty incredible. The whole Pacific Northwest ... we've been coming back, because people are so welcoming."
Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys have a crowded touring schedule that Lavengood said keeps the band sharp. The "music evolves from show to show. There is a tightness you get from playing shows all the time," he noted.
The Way Down Wanderers will bring a loose jam-band vibe to their lively stage show at 2:15 p.m. This five-piece modern Americana string band boasts fine musicianship and soulful, stirring instrumentals, harmony singing and sing-alongs.
The Railsplitters will begin their set at 3:30 p.m. The Colorado group has remained true to bluegrass roots. Banjo player Dusty Rider's songs propel the group's sound while Loren Stovall's lead vocals are described as smooth as silk.
All the way from Galway, Ireland, headliner band We Banjo 3 will wrap up starting at about 5 p.m. and play until about sunset. The ensemble's sound has been called "Celtgrass" because it blends traditional instruments and the sounds of bluegrass and Celtic music.
Timberline promises plenty of good food to go with the music. Timberline will have food and snack tents around the back patio, a Boyd's Coffee Cart and a Mt. Hood Brewing Co. beer and wine garden.
Timberline's other restaurants also will be open during the festival. Cascade Dining Room features breakfast and lunch buffets. Reservations are required for dinner. Ram's Head Bar will serve up family-friendly food and drinks with a view. Blue Ox Bar has pizza, cocktails and beer. Wy'East Cafe features grab-and-go salads, sandwiches and snacks.
Timberline Lodge is at 27500 E. Timberline Road. For more information call 503-272-3134.