Hobosexual frontman Ben Harwood can be excused if he doesn’t recall too much from his band’s first performance at the inaugural Timber! Outdoor Music Festival in 2013.
“We drank a little bit too much beer and were out in the sun a little too much, so I’m pretty sure we played our set with heat stroke,” Harwood said, chuckling as he recalled that ear-blasting afternoon in Carnation.
Heat stroke won’t be in the equation this weekend as Hobosexual makes the journey to the second Timbrrr! Winter Music Festival in Leavenworth, Chelan County, on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 9-10. As it did last year, Timber’s wintry little brother spans three venues and features a wide swath of acts from jaunty pop punk rockers Dude York to ’60s rockers Prom Queen and Seattle rapper Sol.
The setup will be familiar to last year’s attendees. Mainstage acts will be featured in the cavernous Festhalle, while Munchen Haus and the Icicle Brewery will spotlight artists on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.
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Timbrrr! and its summertime counterpart are the brainchild of Artist Home maven Kevin Sur, who also organizes the Doe Bay Fest on Orcas Island, in August. Harwood says Sur’s festivals are defined by a focus on the festival environment as well as an ability to pick the right bands.
“He’s unbiased,” Harwood said. “It’s incredible how diverse and interesting something can get when you’ve got a guy who’s just interested solely in physical context. It really is pretty cool.”
Like Doe Bay, which Harwood assumed was about folk and roots music until he finally attended last year, the Timber festivals are unpredictably eclectic.
“I was blown away,” Harwood said. “It was everything from really loud psychedelic rock … to an instrumental acid jazz outfit. You’ve got to keep your nose to the railroad tracks and smell what’s coming down the line. That’s really the only way you can put together something as diverse as what Kevin does.”
Indeed, Timbrrr! closes with the riff-laden hard rock of Red Fang, but in just a day you can hear everything from tender indie country to sleazy heavy metal.
While there will be plenty of music (Sisters and Courtney Marie Andrews are also among the 14 bands set to play), there will also be nonmusical elements such as a hot-toddy happy hour and a viewing of the Seattle Seahawks NFC Divisional Round game against the Carolina Panthers on Saturday.
Owen R. Smith, on Twitter @inanedetails