BANDS IN TOWN: Winterstock at the Lincoln
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Three great local string bands whoop it up at the historic Lincoln Theater

How is it that we have so many great string bands here in NW Washington?  Just lucky I guess.  Three of them converged on Mount Vernon, Feb. 13 to fill the 1920’s vintage theater with a superb mix of folk, rock, bluegrass, and a whole lot more.

The Scarlet Locomotive– This Bellingham based duo features Arielle Luckmann on fiddle and Ted O’Connell on acoustic guitar and mandolin.  Aside from playing in the band, Arielle is an organic farmer, and Ted is a fiction writer.  They describe their music as

Moody and fun, dark and light, edgy and classic.

The Sky Colony– The band was formed in 2012 as a trio of two guitars and drums. They describe themselves as “Dream Folk from the Pacific Northwest.” The themes of their songs include, dreams, travel, and psychedelia. Musical influences are listed as:

 Fleet Foxes, Iron and Wine, the Allman Brothers, and Neil Young.

Their members now include Kyle Findley-Meier (rhythm guitar and vocals), Ben Meyer (lead guitar and vocals), Jeff Lacy (drums and vocals), Marcus Nevitt (lap steel, synth, and vocals), and Henry Smart (bass).

Polecat– This band has been a Northwest favorite for years.  With a line up of Richard Reeves on bass, Aaron Guest on guitar, keyboards and vocals, Cayley Schimd on violin, Jeremy Elliott on guitar and vocals, and Karl Olson on percussion, Polecat generates alot of sound.  You might hear any of these generas of music during their performance:

Americana, celtic, rock, reggae, and world music

At the end of the night, all the performers gathered for an all star jam


Thanks again to the Lincoln for bring together this amazing group of musicians.  We’re looking forward to covering this event next year.




Entertainment Writer Mark Perschbacher…A man who will cross great barriers to find exceptional music, art, food, and beer.  Mark is a long time Skagit County resident, Skagit Art Music Mark Perschbachercontributor to, and supporter of local arts.



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