Margie McDonald displays some of her work. She will be among artists featured during Soundcheck.

Margie McDonald displays some of her work. She will be among artists featured during Soundcheck.

Soundcheck festival to highlight local talents

Week-long celebration begins Friday

PORT TOWNSEND — A festival highlighting Port Townsend musicians, artists and performers begins Friday.

Soundcheck was originally conceived in 2019 as a warm-up for the inaugural THING festival, the three-day outdoor celebration of music produced by the Seattle Theatre Group at Fort Worden which, this year, will be from Aug. 26-28.

Soundcheck has since morphed into a week-long celebration of locals in venues all over Port Townsend that will continue through Aug. 25.

It was created for two reasons, said Gage Pacifera, co-chair along with Dominic Svornich, in a press release: “To celebrate our local artists and performers and to give early-arriving THING attendees a proper introduction to the wealth of talent and culture here in Port Townsend.”

During the week will be live music by local bands, an instructor-led swing dance, a burlesque performance, informal artist demos, an outdoor movie, a craft beverage tour and a late night after-party, among other entertainment, Pacifera said.

“To date, Soundcheck is the only festival focused on showcasing all of our local artists in our favorite local venues,” Pacifera said.

“I saw a void of organizing where a locally focused festival should be, and I decided to step in,” he added.

Featured events, all free except for the burlesque show, include:


• Soundcheck Kickoff Party with Uncle Funk and the Dope 6 at The Castle at 7 p.m.

• Band-o-rama! at multiple venues, 5 p.m. to midnight.


• Uptown Street Fair from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

• Movie at the Library: “Encanto” at Port Townsend Library at 6 p.m.


• Community Dance with Jonathan Doyle and Friends at Tyler Plaza from noon to 3 p.m.

• Art Day at Pope Marine Park from noon to 4 p.m.

• Gallery Walk downtown and uptown from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

• Indigo Sky Productions presents: “The Dark Walk” a Bridgerton-inspired burlesque and variety show with the Sky Dancers from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Key City Theatre. General admission is $25 while premium tickets are $40.


• Vibin’ at the Bishop with Abakis and 3 Wheels Turning at the Bishop Hotel from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

• An Evening With Rikki Ducornet at The Castle at 7:30 p.m. Only 21 and older.


• Jazz Night with WEPA and Jim Nyby and F Street Band at Vintage from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Only 21 and older.

• Shattering glass: A Provocative Poetry Interlude at Key City Public Theatre Outdoors from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Mature audiences.

• Filmmaker Showcase at Key City Public Theatre Outdoors from 8:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

• Post-Show Wind-Down with Silace Amaro at Key City Theatre Outdoors from 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.


• Songwriter Showcase at Tyler Plaza from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

• Outdoor Movie: “Hook” at Key City Theatre Outdoors at 8:30 p.m.


• Concerts on the Dock with Kevin Mason, The Black Chevys, Jason Serinus, Mia Torres, Kit Stovepipe/Karla Boyett and Silace Amaro at Pope Marine Park from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

• Craft Beverage Tour, a bus tour for 21 and older from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

• Soundcheck Bus will travel all over from 2 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

• DJ Showcase featuring Mark Hardy, Johan, Adaptogen and special guests at the Cotton Building at Pope Marine Park from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Only 21 and older.

Pacifera said in 2019, he and a group of volunteers took on the task of introducing early-arriving THING-goers to the Port Townsend arts scene.

The festival focused on local music in local venues, featured a songwriter showcase and a bus that shuttled THING campers and locals between venues.

“The Songwriter Showcase was a joyous and uplifting celebration of our town’s up-and-coming musicians. The bus was a hit and was enjoyed by hundreds of people,” he said.

Along with Pacifera and Svornich, first-year organizers included Nate Malgrem, Owan Katz, Lauren and Matt of the now-defunct Phosphene, Frank DePalma, Sindi Pladsen, Sam Maynard, Chen Pollina and Kiyota Sage.

For a full schedule, and other information, see

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