Whether to you prefer rock, blues, country or even Irish step dancing, the Edmonds Arts Festival performance stage has you covered Friday. Here’s the entertainment set for opening day at the three-day festival. Friday hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. at the Frances Anderson Center. See our earlier story here for more festival details, and click here for a festival site map.
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
The Gothard Sisters – This dancing, fiddling, and singing Edmonds trio provides a highly energetic show with Irish step dancing, fast fiddling, and guitar. People of all ages enjoy their highly choreographed, fast-paced, and polished show. gothardsisters.com
Spirit of Ojah – Reggae, funk, highlife, and tropical – they’re all about the rhythms! This fun to watch, dynamic, world-music band from Mukilteo combines the rhythm and spirit of the ojah – fire and love – all mixed into one! myspace.com/spiritofojah
The Whole Bolivian Army – Playing in the Northwest since 1993 and currently working on production of their 9th album, this popular female-fronted, indie pop/rock group is led by husband/wife songwriter/singer team Matt and Mary Beth Kite, and backed by an “army” of musical professionals. twba.com
Carrie Clark and the Lonesome Lovers – Expressing artistry with infectious energy, this entertaining band showcases captivating rhythms and a genre bending meld of country folk melodies and old time vaudeville charms. The release of their 4th album has launched them onto stages both nationally and internationally, and made them a must-see at musical events. carrieclark.com
Easy Company – Easy Company plays your favorite songs from Elvis to Jason Mraz, but they’ve got a secret advantage! Their band members have toured (and some still do) with original artists such as The Beach Boys, Chicago, Stevie Wonder, Roy Orbison, Neil Young, Jethro Tull, Tina Turner, Deep Purple, John Mayall, Led Zeppelin, Jerry Lee Lewis, Kenny G, Charlie Rich, Eddie Money, Heart, and many more. And, although band members have traveled the world making music, their home base is right here in Edmonds. Make sure to join them for fabulous music and a whole lotta fun! easycompanyband.com
The Stacy Jones Band – Winner of the 2010 Best Female Vocalist and 2009 Best New Band awards from the Washington Blues Society, the band continues to blow fans away with their high-energy, genre bending contemporary blues/rock performances. You’ll leave this performance upbeat and ready for fun! stacyjonesband.com