It’s three days of American roots music, and this year it’s happening in one spot.
The second annual Wild Coyote Country and Americana Music Festival, organized by Everett Music Initiative, is Oct. 10-12 at Scuttlebutt Taproom & Brewery in Everett.
The three-day festival features 14 local, regional and national acts, including Everett’s Kevin Murphy of The Moondoggies and the Snohomish bands Edmund Wayne and Fretland.
Wild Coyote celebrates folk, country, blues, rock and gospel. The festival will also have a petting zoo and a chicken poop bingo.
“Our goal is to branch out,” said Ryan Crowther, founder of EMI, whose flagship event is the Fisherman’s Village Music Festival held in May. “It gives a bird’s-eye view of the Americana theme in one weekend.”
Out-of-town acts will kick off the festival Thursday. Then, on Friday, Snohomish’s Fretland will perform. Fretland, fronted by sisters Hillary Grace and Kara Belle Fretland, play Americana folk-rock with touches of blues and country. Also in the band are Kenny Bates, Kyler Barnes and Jake Haber.
Fretland’s first EP was recorded live at Hillary’s Monroe home. The band began working on a full-length album in May after exceeding a $12,000 Kickstarter goal.
A mix of local and nationally touring acts will play Saturday, including two Nashville acts: Lauren Morrow, a singer who was named one of Rolling Stone’s top 10 new country artists, and Teddy and the Rough Riders, a country rock ’n’ roll band.
Snohomish alt-folkies Edmund Wayne also will perform Saturday. The band’s psychedelic and roots rock style has earned them comparisons to Radiohead and Andrew Bird. Band members are Curt Krause, Liam Barksdale, Aaron O’Neil, and Dave Trump.
“We like that there’s something emotional and artistic that audiences can connect with,” Trump said. “It’s not just something avant-garde. It’s something approachable.”
The band’s first EP was recorded in 2012 at The Farm at Swan’s Trail, which is owned by Krause’s parents. Their first full-length album, “Can’t Remember When,” was released in 2015. One of the songs on the album, “I Want To Be The Lighthouse,” was featured in Netflix’s 2019 film, “Paddleton,” starring Ray Romano and Mark Duplass.
Kevin Murphy, performing solo Saturday, fronts the Everett band The Moondoggies, which was formed more than a decade ago. Its many local gigs over the years included the 2018 Summer Meltdown in Darrington, where it was the only local band to take the stage. The band’s sound has been described as Pink Floyd meets Crazy Horse with a rainy Northwest vibe.
Evan Thompson: 425-339-3427, firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @ByEvanThompson.
If you go
The Wild Coyote Country and Americana Festival is Oct. 10-12 at Scuttlebutt Taproom & Brewery, 3314 Cedar St., Everett.
Admission for Thursday is free. Friday only and Saturday only tickets are $20 each. Early bird tickets for both Friday and Saturday are $30. Children 12 and younger get in free. More at www.thewildcoyote.com.
Wild Coyote Americana and Country Music Festival
6:30 p.m.: The Band Van Dog
7:30 p.m.: Darci Carlson
8:45 p.m.: Ross Cooper
10 p.m.: Roselit Bone
6:30 p.m.: Massy Ferguson
7:45 p.m.: Caitlin Sherman
9 p.m.: Fretland
10:30 p.m.: Hyways
4 p.m.: Dean Johnson
5 p.m.: Kevin Murphy, of the Moondoggies
6 p.m.: Edmund Wayne
7:15 p.m.: Lauren Morrow
9:45 p.m.: Teddy and the Rough Riders
11 p.m.: Brent Amaker DeathSquad