Folk is Back in Town with ‘Birds on a Wire Mini-Fest’!


Remember back in Spring of 2010, when Pullman had the most incredible folk-music festival you had ever seen? Well, get ready to welcome back some great folk-rock artists. Stereopathic and The Belltower Concert House & Venue are bringing Birds on a Wire back to you; Mini-Fest style!

That’s right, over a span of 8 days there will be 5 amazing shows lined up!

Check out the full schedule:

9/25 – The Moondoggies w/ Cody Beebe & The Crooks, New Lagoon
9/27 – Vetiver w/ Mon Cheri, The Horse Thieves, Nate Esway
9/28 – Cataldo w/ Cassowaries, Cooper Trail
10/1 – Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter w/ Alameda, Terrible Buttons
10/2 – The Wandas w/ (TBD), Ironwood Run

Some of you might be wondering who these bands are, and where they’re from. No need to fret, we’re going to give you the lowdown on all these fantastic bands coming your way!

The Moondoggies are an insanely good folk band out of Seattle, WA. They played our last Birds on a Wire Festival and are back to kick off the Mini-Fest. KZUU’s own advisor and Pullmanite singer/songwriter extroadinare, Dan Maher will be starting off the night with a pre-show. You don’t want to miss him! Alumni Cody Beebe & the Crooks join the lineup as well as new local super-band New Lagoon featuring Ted Powers (Yarn Owl), Luke Taklo (Moss Campions), Sean Knox (Buffalo Death Beam), and singer/songwriter Bart Budwig.

If you love REAL American folk then you’re not going to want to miss Vetiver. This show could possibly be the steal of the entire mini-fest. Vetiver is a band who often works with Devandra Banhart and Joanna Newsom. If you haven’t checked out their new album ‘The Errant Charm’ give it a spin. Spokane bands: The Horse Thieves and Mon Cheri will be opening along with Nate Esway, a California singer/songwriter.

Where to start with Cataldo? Let’s see..he’s a Moscow-born native! Oh, and his new album ‘Prison Boxing’ is probably one of the best albums of this year. It’s being released today, September 20th.

Jesse Sykes new album, “Marble Son” came out in August and has won over the likes of the New York Times and Spin magazine. Her unique vocals take psychedelic rock to a complexity reached by very few others. Also playing are Alameda from Portland and 7-piece americana/folk band, Terrible Buttons from Spokane.

The Wandas will close out the mini-fest with local favorite Ironwood Run. Although The Wandas are probably one of the least known bands in the whole festival, they are by no means a weak finish. Also sporting a new album, these Boston Natives have been compared to the likes of Wilco and herald high acclaims from USA Today and The Boston Globe.

If you’re interested (which you should be by now) you can purchase a mini-fest pass for $25 in advance, or $30 at the door. Doors open at 7 PM for all shows, music starts at 8. Single night tickets can also be purchased. Tickets and the full schedule are now available online at belltowerpullman.com.

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