Everett’s Fisherman’s Village Music Festival a real treat

Seven years ago in May of 2016, I was coaxed off the couch with the prospect of food trucks in downtown Everett that were part of the third annual Fisherman’s Village Music Festival. The fest was “pay what you can“ for a wristband. They seemed surprised when we forked over $20 each. That afternoon little did I know I’d be wandering between venues for the next nine hours; well past my bedtime.

My wife and I have attended every festival since then. The fest and countless other Everett Music Initiative events have grown to shape the music I listen to and how I discover it. Artists like The Dip and Courtney Marie Andrews have launched themselves from here. Others like Deep Sea Diver, Fretland, Cataldo, Molly Parden, and the Cave Singers fill my playlists. Never heard of them? I get it. It took an uncharacteristic open mind and Fisherman’s Village to convince me.

So, May 18 through the 20 marks the 2023 festival. If you look at this year’s lineup, you might find only a few familiar names. But be brave. This event deserves our support. Buy a wristband, or simply check out the free stage (which will include the amazing Fleetwood Mac tribute band, The Little Lies.) There is also a stellar food truck lineup and a vibrant artisan night market.

Finally, I must mention and thank Ryan Crowther who is the visionary behind all of this. His efforts have supported artists, venues, restaurants and hotels in our town for over a decade.

David James


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