Blues, Bluegrass, Country, Folk, R&B and Jazz

It’s time for the small-town countryside Americana festival

By Jillian Chandler
Photo courtesy of Kelly Hughes
Article provided by Gig Harbor Living Local

Mark your calendars for August 18 for the second annual Olalla Americana Music Festival! With its roots in blues, bluegrass, country, folk, R&B and jazz, this is a music festival the entire family of all ages will enjoy.

Held at South Kitsap Southern Little League Ballfield (5795 Hovgaard Road in Olalla), gates open at 10am with the music starting at 10:30am and continuing until dusk.

This year’s guest host is Cindi Rinehart from Seattle’s long-running talk show “Northwest Afternoon” on KOMO-TV. Cindi, who is a two-time Emmy Award winner, will bring a bundle of personality and pizzazz to this year’s Festival.

Food and craft vendors will be on site, along with a beer garden, berry pie contest and auction, and attendees will have the chance to buy cds directly from the musicians after they perform! To add to the family friendly atmosphere, there will be a variety of activities for kids including face painting, giant bubble-making and the popular Children’s Parade.

“This year we’re adding an Artists Alley to our vendor lineup,” says Kelly Hughes, public relations for the Festival. “This will feature fine artists and local authors. The Artists Alley will also feature a Mermaid Photo Booth where people can pose with a mermaid and snap pics on their phones to share on social media. And we have more bands this year, too, including Ava Adams, Mark Kroos, Uncle Bonsai, Junkyard Jane, Daring Greatly, Tammy Frost Trio, Jim Valley Project, Dodgy Mountain Men, Downtown Mountain Boys, and Billy Shew and the Spanktones.”

Last year’s event welcomed about 800 people, and this year they are expecting even more. Thanks to the venue, it will still be a comfortable experience with room to move—or even to get up and dance to the music! Tickets are priced $24 for general admission with kids 10 and younger free. Parking is an additional $4. You can find more information, including discount ticket information, at

“Our event benefits the Olalla Community Club which, in turn, contributes to several local groups including the Little League and the NW Quilting Guild,” says Kelly. “We’re especially excited to be partnering with Olalla Vineyard and Winery who will be contributing special prizes for our raffle.


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