Bands. Beer. Barbecue. Baseball.
Everett radio DJ Henry Yarsinske says it can’t get any better, especially when it’s all about Everett.
The second annual AquaSox Brewfest — before the first pitch Aug. 9 at Everett Memorial Stadium — will include entertainment by Everett bands Greet the Sea and Oliver Elf Army.
For $35, you get an upper box seat game ticket, all-you-can-eat barbecue, a souvenir beer glass, six 5-ounce pours from local taps and tunes suitable for all ages.
If you already are headed out to see outstanding AquaSox minor league players Eugene Helder, Johnny Adams, Andres Torres, Joseph Rosa and David Banuelos battle the Spokane Indians, be sure to upgrade your ticket to include the brewfest, which is sponsored by Everett’s Independent Beer Bar.
Yarsinske runs the radio show “The Stereo Wire” on pubic radio station KSER (90.7 FM). In its sixth year of broadcast, the show caters to the alternative music scene in Snohomish County. Yarsinske also has hosted several music shows at the Anchor Pub. He knows his music. Greet the Sea and Oliver Elf Army (Yarsinske is its occasional bassist) have played Everett Music Initiative’s Rock the Boat and Fisherman’s Village Music Festival.
“For me, baseball and music are my two biggest passions,” said Yarsinske, who worked as a sports clerk at The Herald for a time. “This mashup of the Everett music scene and the AquaSox is a unique local experience that, to my knowledge, hasn’t happened before.”
A recent graduate of the Washington State University’s Everett marketing program, Yarsinske did an internship with the AquaSox. Alex Clausius, the promotions guy in the AquaSox front office, agreed with Yarsinske when he suggested that adding music to the team’s brewfest would be a good idea.
“Our main mission is to get more people out to games to have a good time,” Clausius said. “Live music brings that energy you can’t get anywhere else. Kennelly Keys Music of Everett was willing to bring out the sound equipment, Henry knew the bands and I said, ‘Let’s do it.’ It’s just something cool.”
Yarsinske put out his feelers to see who wanted to play for the brewfest.
“The Everett kids in Greet the Sea love baseball, so that was a no-brainer to get them,” he said. “And then Mary and Martin Adams (whose son Oliver is now 9) of Oliver Elf Army were into it, too.”
Mary Adams, the drummer, said she and her husband, the guitarist, love going to AquaSox games.
“We are big fans and we joke that we are Everett to the grave,” Adams said. “We were delighted to be asked to play. Our fans can expect us to perform our music from the past year, and maybe we will pull out a cover or two.”
Brewfest beers to be featured include those from Scuttlebutt, At Large Brewing, Mac and Jack’s, Pyramid, Fremont and others.
Brewfest has to be a success this year for the AquaSox to do it again next year, Clausius said. “I would love to make this an annual thing. Hey, baseball, beer, barbecue, bands … what’s not to like about that?”
6 p.m. Aug. 9, Everett Memorial Stadium. The game starts at 7:15 p.m.
For more information or to order tickets, call the AquaSox front office at 425-258-3673 or go to www.aquasox.com.