Hey Marseilles ::: photo by Josh Lovseth
Here it is friends, the final Doe Bay Session from 2010. We’ll have a whole new series of Sessions come fall from this August’s Doe Bay Fest, but we hope you’ve enjoyed our inaugural series as much as we have.
Last but certainly not least, our final session was actually one of our most memorable ones. After waiting impatiently on the picnic table outside of our yurt, Hey Marseilles decided they couldn’t wait any longer for late drummer Colin Richey to make his way down the trail and they began their session without him. Pulled down the trail by the strings and accordion swells of his bandmates, Colin bashfully joins the band using the picnic table as a drum, never missing a beat after his arrival.
You can see Hey Marseilles tomorrow at noon for Free at the Harbour Steps as part of the Out to Lunch concert series.
The Head and The Heart & the Doe Bay All-Star Choir
Last night 300 lucky Doe Bay ticket holders were told who they’d be seeing on Orcas Island in August and the last name announced was of this year’s headliners, The Head and The Heart. As the evening’s emcee Hannah Levin pointed out, the band is currently on their way to play Bonnaroo, a festival attended by 80,000 people, while this August Doe Bay Fest attendees will get to see the band with 800 friends.
Last year, as the sun set on the festival and the San Juans, we were lucky to be treated to a performance by The Head and The Heart and an All-Star chorus of Doe Bay guests including Drew Grow & the Pastors Wives and Kelli Schaefer, with about 20 people and we’re so excited to have one last video to share with you from that meant-to-be moment.
We’ll be sharing two more Doe Bay bonus sessions in the coming weeks from Hey Marseilles and Drew Grow and the Pastors’ Wives, as we prepare to shoot another round of sessions this August!
Speaking of Doe Bay videos …. check out this video of Drew Victor filmed waiting for the ferry for Doe Bay Fest this August. Man, we miss summer already.
You can see Drew next Wednesday at The Triple Door, where he’ll be opening for Grand Hallway. But if you want to see him, buy your tickets ASAP, this show will certainly sell out.
Seth Schaper at Doe Bay ::: photo by Dylan Priest
It should be pretty clear by now that Doe Bay Fest has a special place in our heart here at Sound on the Sound. As we’ve told you countless times and attempted to show you through videos, that place and weekend is pure magic. But few things have captured that magic and the beauty of the place and festival than local photographer Dylan Priest’s photos from this year’s festival. Dylan spent his first Doe Bay Fest faithfully snapping away, capturing the intimacy and joy of the festival, as well as the jaw-dropping beauty of the place in portraits and candid shots.
Through the month of November, 20 of Dylan’s favorite photos from Doe Bay will be hanging at The Bourbon Bar at Columbia City Theater. This Saturday he’s celebrating the opening of the show with a party from 6 to 9pm, where he’ll also be streaming some of his videos from the fest, including (I assume) some late night sing-alongs around Sound on the Sound’s picnic table. If you went to Doe Bay this year, we promise, Dylan’s photos will take you right back and shouldn’t be missed. Fans of photography, even if you weren’t at Doe Bay, you should come on out and see shots by one of Seattle’s best up-and-coming photographers.
“Sometimes I am amazed. Sometimes I do forget. What a gift to be free. What a gift to be me. To hear music from the next room, to hear music from the next room…”
If any words or lyrics sum up Sound on the Sound’s experience at Doe Bay or our lives in general, its those sung by Tomo Nakayama in a brand new song we were lucky enough to capture on film one sunny Sunday in August. (As well as one hell of a Tom Waits cover.)
And if you wondered whether you might find another “Raindrops” caliber song on the next Grand Hallway record, I submit this yet-to-be-titled song as a worthy successor.
The Doe Bay Sessions – Grand Hallway from Sound on the Sound on Vimeo.
“Oh what a gift to be born, what a gift to be alive.”
The Head and The Heart – Rivers & Roads (A Doe Bay Session Extra) from Sound on the Sound on Vimeo.
A month ago The Head and The Heart stood on a cliff-side at sunset and sang this song to us, tonight (and tomorrow) they’ll sing the same song on the stage of The Paramount. We couldn’t be more proud or less surprised.
After their Paramount shows it will be rivers and roads between Seattle and the band. They’re heading out on a West Coast tour this Friday with Fences. For our readers outside of Seattle, check out the full tour schedule below.
Kelli Schaefer ::: photo by Abbey Simmons
My favorite part about writing is when I have to do very little of it. If you are one of the few that passes the time reading my words, I know you can agree wholeheartedly. This is one of those occasions. Let wordsmiths around the world rejoice.
When I did my “Doe Bay: A First Time Perspective” review, I made brief mention of Kelli Schaefer’s one song Doe Bay Session performance. It was compelling enough to wake me from my beach slumber and max out Chris Proff’s recording devices. Prior to Doe Bay, I’d only seen Kelli Schaefer join Drew Grow and the Pastor Wives on-stage at the Tractor. I never heard her sing one of her own songs by her lonesome before. I’d be lying if I told you I remembered what this song actually sounds like. Oddly enough, I remember where her fingers were on her guitar frets. Her gestures make music in my mind but there’s no audio otherwise. It was the power of her voice that woke me up. It is the power of her voice that is going to arrest your train of thought in a matter of moments. Don’t believe me? Push play. I dare you. But before you do, what are you doing right now? I’m not sure if you’re adequately prepared. Then again, are any of us ever prepared? I think we all know the answer to that one.
I try to avoid that which can only be realized in the flesh. It’s a shame. You really can’t say that about music artists nowadays. This woman right here, she’s a hurricane. She made me leave my favorite place on earth to be closer to something that humbled me in its authenticity. So, what are you doing on October 2nd? Seeing Kelli Schaefer at Columbia City Theater with Kaylee Cole and People Eating People? I think we both know the answer to that. I give you “Ghost of the Beast.”
The Doe Bay Sessions – Kelli Schaefer from Sound on the Sound on Vimeo.
Fences ::: by Tyler Kalberg
Some songs are most fully realized when listened to alone. In the company of your headphones and your regrets, these songs are sung not just to you, but for and about you. Fences specializes in such songs, intimate folk confessionals thick with remorse and unnerving pop songs whose upbeat strums belie internal anguish. Songs so bleakly honest you feel as if you’ve stumbled upon someone’s journal and into the pages they’d dare not let another soul read. Fences’ willingness to share his fragility and fuck-ups without aggrandizement is his truest strength.
So it was fitting that we had our most intimate session with Fences, lit only by the moonlight and a handful of Virgin de Guadalupe candles burning. There in that candlelight, Fences’ confessed his sins and his short-comings softly and so beautifully one couldn’t help but hope that through confession we are truly saved.
The Doe Bay Sessions – Fences from Sound on the Sound on Vimeo.
Fences self-titled debut comes out September 28th (you can pre-order the record today), he’ll be celebrating the release with a show September 23rd at The Crocodile with Campfire OK. After the break you can download “Girls With Accents” one of our favorite tracks off the record.
Drew Grow and The Pastors Wives on the trail ::: photo by Josh Lovseth
By asking bands to come and play some songs in the forest, we were asking them to strip their songs down to their most fundamental elements, to distill them into their most concentrated existence. For some bands that means a single person. For others, the emotion portrayed is more complicated than a single person can fully express.
Drew Grow and the Pastor’s Wives had to compromise nothing, in that it’s the human power of their songs that are the real strength. Amidst the boughs of 150 foot tall trees, in the middle of the trail, Drew, Seth, Jeremiah, and Kris proved they’re not simply a great rock band on stage, they’re intensely present and able musicians in any setting. The mossy surroundings would amplify the voices across the resort and deliver this Doe Bay Session to everyone as it happened, foreshadowing the incredible showing the band would deliver the following day and the larger impact their presence at the festival would amount to. It was glorious.
The Doe Bay Sessions – Drew Grow and the Pastors’ Wives from Sound on the Sound on Vimeo.
Drew Grow and the Pastors’ Wives play Columbia City Theater September 11th with Pablo Trucker and Yuni in Taxco. You can purchase tickets here and we recommend you do so early.
Watch the first Doe Bay Session with The Maldives.
The Maldives Doe Bay Session ::: Photo by Dylan Priest
There was only one way to properly begin The Doe Bay Sessions, with a band who helped Doe Bay Festival get its start: The Maldives. Seattle’s own wrangler headbangers are the only band to have played all three Doe Bay Festivals and they hold the only life-long invitation to play.
The Maldives are more than Doe Bay veterans, they also embody the spirit of community and fun that permeate the festival. Many of the most memorable moments of Doe Bay, be it the Donald Duck rap battles, slip’n'sides, or drinking tequila out of sippy cups, were organized or led by a Maldive. Thanks to their sunny afternoon session, perched atop a mossy knoll off the trail, the Maldives were certainly responsible for some of our favorite Doe Bay memories. And we are so happy we get to share them with you today.
Be sure to check back every Tuesday from now through October to see whose Doe Bay Session we share next.
The Doe Bay Sessions – The Maldives “I’m Gonna Try” from Sound on the Sound on Vimeo.
Doe Bay Sessions – The Maldives “Go Back to Virginia” from Sound on the Sound on Vimeo.