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Weekend wrap-up: Quick notes on No Depression Festival, Grynch, Robin Pecknolo solo and Schoolyard Heroes

I had a crazy weekend filled with good drinks, good tunes and good people. Today is a travel day, which means I’ll be trekking about 150 miles east back home in a few minutes, so you won’t be getting full recaps of last weekend’s shows today. I will, however, offer up a bit of a brief rundown of what transpired on the nights of July 10, 11 and 12 with soundtracks provided by The Whore Moans, Schoolyard Heroes, Robin Pecknold, Throw Me The Statue, Grynch and others.

• The weekend started Friday night with Schoolyard Heroes at The Vera Project. I chatted up one half of the motley crew of Skeleton Army leaders over drinks before the show and, well, let’s just say the drinks fueled the night’s performance. The band performed with new guitarist Nick Cates, formerly of Three Inches of Blood and The Divorce, and as always Ryann Donnelly asserted her dominance over the throngs of sweaty, mosh drenched teens in the crowd.

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No Depression Festival to include Iron & Wine, Gillian Welch, Patterson Hood & more at Marymoor Park July 11

As reported on Ear Candy a few weeks ago, the No Depression Festival will be at Marymoor Park July 11 and with it comes a bunch of musicians who are making some of the finest alt.country and Americana music today.

The headliners for the all-day festival are Iron & Wine and Gillian Welch. Sets from Justin Townes Earle, Patterson Hood (of the Drive-by Truckers) & The Screwtopians, Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter, Jessica Lea Mayfield, a Seattle roots-music all-star revue, and Zee Avi are also on the bill.

While all of those names are worth getting excited about (in fact, I just got the Zee Avi record in the mail yesterday and now can’t wait to give it a spin) the Seattle roots-music all-star revue might be the most fun to watch. The lineup for this local roots-rock megaband includes: Star Anna, Sera Cahoone, Ian Moore, Zoe Muth, Mark Pickerel, Kristen Ward, and members of the Maldives and North Twin, backed by a core band featuring Ty Ballie, Jeff Fielder, Erik Eagle and Rebecca Young.

In full disclosure, I have no idea who those people in the core band are, but man is it going to be cool to see all of those local alt.country musicians on the stage at the same time. I hope they are given at least a one-hour set.

Tickets for the No Depression Festival go on sale Friday at noon and will cost you $45. You can read more details about the event, including artist bios by clicking here.