PORT HADLOCK — The Townsend Bay Music Festival will return for a second year Saturday, bringing a full day of Americana, blues, jazz, and genres in support of the programs at Bayside Housing & Services at the Old Alcohol Plant.
The music festival at the Old Alcohol Plant, 310 Hadlock Bay Road, will boast two stages, with continuous music from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Tickets are $25 to see all six bands; admission will be $10 for children 6 to 12 year old. Children 5 and younger will be admitted free. Attendees will receive a wristband at the gate and have in/out privileges.
There will be two outdoor stages; the festivities will move inside in case of inclement weather.
Blankets and chairs are welcome and chairs will be available onsite.
Outside food is allowed but organizers ask attendees to leave their coolers at home.
Spirits Bar & Grill will offer barbecue specials for sale in addition to the regular menu.
Dogs will be allowed on leashes. Carpooling is suggested.
Local music mainstay (and member of Lost in the Shuffle) Gerry Sherman helped found the Townsend Bay Music Festival in 2018 and has put together a line-up that includes The Hounds of Townsend (featuring award-winning blues artists John “Greyhound” Maxwell, Jon Parry, Sean Divine and Guy Quintino), Stringology (acoustic jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt with some Bossa, Latin and other surprises), Jim Oliver & Dirk Anderson (jazz), Lost in the Shuffle (blues standards and originals), and Anne-O & Her Band (Americana and covers from the ’60s and ’70s), according to a press release.
Sherman said he pulled some strings to book the headliner — his daughter, Caitlin Sherman — from Seattle.
She has been featured on National Public Radio and played with Evening Bell and Slow Skate bands before embarking on a solo career.
Sherman has been described as a “Northwest rocker trapped in the body of a honky tonk angel with the voice of a classic torch singer.”
Old Alcohol Plant’s artist in residence, Gary Nisbet, will do a live painting demonstration throughout the day. The piece will be auctioned off at Bayside’s autumn gala, From the Ground Up, on Sept. 28.
Bayside opened in 2016 and has since transitioned 32 clients into permanent housing while providing more than 17,000 bednights to people who would have otherwise been unsheltered or living in unsafe conditions.
Bayside has been expanding its programs, and thanks to a recent grant from the Vintage Gratitude Giving Circle, can now accept families.
Festival attendees will have an opportunity to learn more about Bayside’s programs and to donate to the cause, if they wish.
The Townsend Bay Music Festival is presented by Sound Community Bank and Jefferson Healthcare hospital.
Additional support was provided by Autoworks, Good Man Sanitation, Active Life Physical Therapy, Port Townsend Brewing Company and the Chimacum Farmstand.
Bayside employs a unique partnership with the Old Alcohol Plant to master lease hotel rooms that are provided on an extended-stay basis to low-income individuals and families facing homelessness, along with other supportive services.
Priority is given to families, seniors, veterans, and low-income workers who need housing to retain employment.
Bayside offers personalized case management that includes assistance with filling out housing applications, scheduling and transportation for medical appointments, and navigating other social services that are related to independent living and securing long-term housing.
Anyone interested in volunteer or board service with Bayside is encouraged to contact Managing Director Aislinn Palmer at [email protected].