Festival Season is not only reserved for summer months, as we experienced in Leavenworth two weekends ago. Complete with a diverse lineup of bands, delicious food, crafty cold weather cocktails, and a leisure games tournament, Timbrrr! Winter Music Festival is a warm experience to look forward to in the lull of late January. We shacked up in the charming Evergreen Inn, which had cute red doors at the entry of every individual A-frame room. The lack of lobby made us feel like we were in an understated and cozy log cabin resort on a ski hill. The best part was, it enabled frequent outfit changes, being only a one block walk from the main indoor music festival venue. Leavenworth, the festive Bavarian style town is full of pleasantries and nice people. They know how to have fun too. We weren’t the only ones rockin’ onesies and sampling all the bar menu had to offer!
The Festival started off with a Seattle hip hop duo, and went through every genre ranging from indie rock, to electronic, to funk and soul. There was an impressive representation of musical artists, both female and male, with a diverse set of ethnic backgrounds. There was also a diverse crowd, and it felt very uplifting to be meeting, drinking, talking, and dancing with beautiful people from all walks of life. We met some friendly people and saw some inspiring live music.
The Leisure Games | A definite highlight. This was a highly organized tournament of party games ranging from bean bag toss, to ladder ball, to hammernailin’ and plinko. The company operating out of Leavenworth, is called The Leisure Games, and are a really nice couple that we were honored to meet. Who knows, they may even make an appearance at one of our Spokane events in the future! All the games were manned by enthusiastic volunteers who kept score, and gave us tips on how to win. The tournament winners walked away with some pretty sweet prizes too.
Food and Drinks | We were impressed by their unique offerings! They had some great Vegetarian options which can be hard to find at a festival, and some things we have never even tried before – delicious and filling lentil pies being my favorite find, and mac and cheese dumplings also made the top of the list. Their Bar menu was small but nicely curated and creative, with new twists on Hot Toddies and Mules, good beer, and boozy coffee. Not to mention the shotski experience, a benchmark feature of a solid winter bar.
Band Highlights | For us, the highlights included Seattle band, Crater, fronted by a duo of fierce females delivering a contemporary dreamscape electronic pop. Another major highlight was the funky 60s/70s soul organ trio that we had already seen at The Bartlett on Thursday, called Delvin Lamarr Organ Trio, or DLO3, who lit up the stage again on Friday night delivering those authentic funky soul jams. The Dip – a seven piece soul funk band featuring three members of Beat Connection, is a highly energetic band with an old soul that rocked our worlds! The Thermals killed it too – our necks still hurt from throwing our hair around too hard.
Timbrrr! supplied us with lasting memories in the form of great merch. It was so beautifully designed and reasonably priced that we couldn’t help ourselves. They also were pretty generous with giveaways, and our coatcheck ended up including a pile of awesome swag by the end of Saturday. Speaking of capturing memories, their professional green screen photo booth was on point! Of course we took some photos too. Check them out here!
Props to a modestly sized festival for providing big fun. We will be back!