He sings a lot about constant travel, about making each dime count. Seattle singer-songwriter Ian McFeron tours around the world, playing nearly 200 shows a year. This weekend, he’s playing two free shows in Sandpoint (Eichardt’s Pub on Friday, Pend d’Oreille Winery Saturday at its new location). His Americana music isn’t just a documentation of a musician’s life on the road; there’s also love. It works well with his crooning voice reminiscent of James Blunt but an octave lower. Alisa Milner accompanies McFeron on strings and backing vocals.
Punk rockers from San Antonio, Texas, FEA is here to play Mootsy’s tonight. Boat Race Weekend and Team Growl take to the stage first. The show starts at 10 pm and is $6.
Portland-based indie rock turned Americana act Blitzen Trapper will be at the Bartlett. It was sold out but a limited number of tickets are available Friday on a first come, first serve basis. The show will be opened by Lonesome Shack and starts at 8 pm.
The first-ever art festival Bazaar (brought to you by the makers of Terrain) happens Saturday from 11 am to 10 pm.
The set times for the musicians that day are:
Cloak & Dagger all day
Hannah Reader 1:30 pm
Pine League 2:45 pm
Teen Blonde 4 pm
Water Monster 5:15 pm
Emby Alexander 6:30 pm
Manatee Commune 7:30 pm: Defined in real terms, Grant Eadie’s music (see video below), which he plays under the moniker Manatee Commune, would be considered misty, ethereal, dreamy electro-pop. Sometimes there’s “ohhs” and “ahhs” over beats that ebb and flow like waves. Sometimes it sounds like monkeys are squawking over foggy chords. If you want vocals, this isn’t for you. But Manatee Commune — which has only been around a little more than a year and already has been booked at the Capitol Hill Block Party and Bumbershoot — has a lot to offer the person looking to be swallowed by sound that creates an atmosphere. Now residing in Bellingham, the Spokane native comes back to Bazaar this weekend.
Mama Doll 9 pm
King Buzzo of the Melvins has some of the coolest hair around — it looks like he stuck his fingers in an electric socket. His music his pretty awesome too. Check him out Sunday night at the Hop! The all-ages show is $12 and Adam Faucett opens.