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Initiative brings more live music to downtown Everett

  • River Giant will play at a 21-and-older show Saturday at the Anchor Pub on Hewitt Avenue in Everett.

    River Giant will play at a 21-and-older show Saturday at the Anchor Pub on Hewitt Avenue in Everett.

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By Steven Graham
Special to The Herald
  • River Giant will play at a 21-and-older show Saturday at the Anchor Pub on Hewitt Avenue in Everett.

    River Giant will play at a 21-and-older show Saturday at the Anchor Pub on Hewitt Avenue in Everett.

Back in March I wrote a post for the What Radio? music blog at Heraldnet about the current state of the music scene in Everett.
The focus of that post was to ask why more bands from the Pacific Northwest don't consider Everett a viable option for playing shows and expanding their fan base.
Some of the feedback I received was from musicians in the area who said a large part of why they don't play in Everett simply because they had never been asked to.
Now people are starting to ask.
Shortly after that post I met Ryan Crowther and Sean Straub, two people as passionate about bringing more quality, live music to downtown Everett as I am, and we decided to start the Everett Music Initiative (I should note that I am involved in this project but I am not being paid for it).
We all have strong ties in Snohomish County and in the music community and believe that together we can work to coordinate a consistent flow of great bands to downtown Everett.
"Our goals are to not only bring PNW bands to the City of Everett but to provide access to great music locally for the City of Everett and greater Snohomish County" Crowther said.
Since the first show in May, the Everett Music Initiative has been working to accomplish those goals by holding a monthly show at the Anchor Pub on Hewitt. The bands that have played these shows have been from Everett, Marysville, Seattle and even one from Montana. The crowds at these shows have been large and enthusiastic.
The next Everett Music Initiative show will be the Experience Everett after party for the Everett Craft Beer Festival on Saturday.
The bands performing are The Mad Caps and River Giant. This show will be 21+ and will be held at the Anchor Pub on Hewitt. The event will get going right when the beer festival ends with music starting about 9:30 p.m.
The Mad Caps are set to headline. This two piece, bluesy rock duo is made up of Ted Rader and Jon Real who just moved to Seattle together from Las Vegas. They haven't been here long and have already built a great buzz in the local music scene.
River Giant is a Seattle based folk-rock band that has been picking up momentum as of late thanks to the release of their excellent self-titled debut album. They will open the show. Even though River Giant front man Kyle Jacobson is originally from Lake Stevens and works in Snohomish, the band has never performed in Everett.
This will be the fourth show put on by the Everett Music Initiative and more announcements will be coming soon about future shows with more great bands from around Puget Sound.
For more information about the Everett Music Initiative or to inquire about having your band perform at one of these monthly shows, go to or visit the Everett Music Initiative page on Facebook.
Steven Graham writes the What Radio? blog for
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