Monday, August 3, 2009

My World Tuesday #43 - StrutzFest

We spent this past weekend camping in Darrington, WA at Strutzfest. This was a benefit music festival featuring 17 bands and proceeds were donated to Children's Hospital in Seattle as well as other local charities.

The festival was held on the grounds of the Whitehorse Mountain Amphitheater. This is an awesome venue.

The weather was HOT and so were the bands! We had a great time jamming to classic rock tunes over two days. The music was wide and varied, starting with songs from the 60's to newer tunes.

The festival kicked off Friday afternoon around 3 p.m. with 2 parachutists. Then it was time to rock 'n roll! If someone wasn't performing on the main stage, then a band was kicking it in the beer garden. It was a non-stop party!

Just Dropping In!

El Loco, a ZZ Top tribute band

Whiskey Creek, a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band

Friday's headliner act was Hell's Belles out of Seattle. They are an all-female AC/DC tribute band. They rocked the house and then some.

Hell's Belles - We Salute You!

Saturday's events began with the opening act at 11:30 a.m. and continued until after 2 a.m. I can't remember the last time we stayed up late two nights in a row!

Blue Tattoo

Heartless, a Heart tribute band (they were camped next to us)

My favorite band of the night was Magic Bus. Karl liked them, too, but I think it was because of their go-go dancers. They were perhaps the most polished act musically and even had a few acoustic songs including "Hotel California" from the Eagles which just so happens to be my favorite song.

Magic Bus

The final band of the night was Strutz for whom the festival is named after. It was their idea to put this event together. Props to them!

Two Members of Strutz

Like I said, it was hot over the weekend and this young man found a way to keep cool.

This guy was entertaining us all weekend. He pulled a wagon around with a bubble machine and squirt wand spraying the crowd, whether they asked for it or not. Methinks he was under the influence of something most of the time, but he was fun to watch.

There were lots of things to do for the kids, from playing under the misters to making giant bubbles.

This is our group camp. We had 4 RV's, 1 tent and a van for a total of 13 people. We had so much food between us, nobody went hungry!

Fun at Camp

What's more fun that seeing fools dancing? Seeing drunken fools dancing (none of us though)! Right on! The entire weekend was a blast and I think we will be going back next year.

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Sylvia K said...

How fun!! Great post and photos! Wish I had been there!

Have a great weekend, Sally!


Rajesh said...

The beautiful snaps clearly depict that all of the people who participated in the event had rollicking time. Great shots.

Gaelyn said...

Right on! What a great music festival. Sure brings back memories. Nice to get the old hippies together for some rock-n-roll dancing. Never too old for that.

Cezar and Léia said...

What a wonderful day, so glad to see you enjoyed it a lot!
Cool pictures and no doubt it was a fabulous show!

Luiz Ramos said...

Great camping time.
Great shots.
Love the bubble girl shot.

The Good Life in Virginia said...

looks like a fab festival...i so would have enjoyed the bands. many of the genre i love.
great capture of the huge bubble@!
a wonderful post with great captures.

James said...

Nice pictures, and with excecption of the heat it looks like a great time. Also a a great cause!

Snap said...

What great fun and for a wonderful cause! Looks like a tremendous weekend!

LadyFi said...

Wow! That looks like a great event! Love the mountains and that huge bubble is amazing!

chrome3d said...

That was an excellent festival! Quite amazing how many tribute bands there was? I would listen to the El Loco, ZZ Top rules!

That giant bubble looked like a half of a big cow. Never seen that kind of bubble before.

Jenn said...

Looks like a really fun festival. Enjoyed it too through you lovely pics.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Sally: What a great time you had. That was a fun free for all.