Local and national talent will shine at No Depression Festival

No Depression, the roots, alt.country and Americana website that was formerly a magazine, is hosting its second annual No Depression Festival at Marymoor Park Saturday. Last year’s festival was one of my favorite concerts of the year’s festivities could exceed last year’s amazing show which is why you should make a trip to Redmond this weekend.

Headlining the night will be the Swell Season, a band perhaps best known for their work on  the soundtrack for the film Once. The group’s music should be the perfect way to cap a sunny summer day in the park. While technically the Swell Season are headlining, not to be overlooked is the legendary Lucinda Williams who will take the stage in the time slot prior to the Swell Season.

The Swell Season and Lucinda Williams? See, I told you it was going to be a great festival.

Of course it wouldn’t be a local music festival without some emphasis on local talent and this year’s No Depression Festival features some of the best rootsy and Americana artists Seattle has to offer. Ballard’s The Maldives will be the first band of the day, taking the stage around 1:30 and if you haven’t seen this nine-piece country rock crew you are seriously missing out on some of the best local music being made today. Also on the local tip is Sera Cahoone, a Sub Pop artist who at one point was a member of the highly influential Carissa’s Weird (the band that spawned Band of Horses and several other notables). The highest profile local band on the bill is the Cave Singers. The band, which features former Pretty Girls Make Graves member Derek Fudesco, has been making waves in the indie rock (well, indie rockish I suppose) scene since the release of 2007’s Invitation Songs.

If the local talent combined with Lucinda Williams and the Swell Season isn’t enough to get you to Marymoor Park, Alejandro Escoveda and Chuck Prophet are also a part of the bill.

Tickets for the second annual No Depression Festival cost $41 in advance and $46 at the door and can be purchased here. Marymoor Park is located at 6046 West Lake Sammamish Parkway NE in Redmond.

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