The original stencil art of Edith Macefield's now-famous house by Curtis James.
Macefield Music Festival rises where ReverbFest fell
Where one Ballard-based music festival falls, another one starts.
Earlier this summer, Seattle Weekly announced that they would not be continuing it's annual ReverbFest due to declining year-over-year ticket sales and revenue.
In an explanation on Seattle Weekly, Mark Baumgarten (Correction: We accidentally misspelled it as Michael Baumgartner, because apparently we have Republican state senators on the mind) wrote, "A publication can endure the bleeding for some time, but when a pattern of declining ticket sales becomes apparent, a choice must be made. Try harder, or try something different. Unfortunately tickets sales for Reverb have been flagging over the past few years. Even last year, when the October sun was uncharacteristically shining brightly overhead and the lineup was solid, the festival found itself in the red. Likewise, sponsorships had become more and more difficult to secure in an increasingly crowded field of festivals."
But now the festival is coming back to life under the management of Organizer Kwab Copeland and his collaborators Michael Stephens, Drew Church, and Hannah Levin. They redubbed the festival as the Macefield Music Festival, which will take place on Oct. 5 at 4 p.m. This of course is in honor of Edith Macefield, the stubborn elderly woman who refused to give up her house to make way for the Ballard Blocks development, even after being offered a million dollars. (Copeland, Stephens, Church and Levin all sport the Macefield tattoo, featured in this video by Caffe Vita.)
Music will be played at all of the regular venues, including The Tractor Tavern, The Sunset Tavern and Conor Byrne Pub, with two other supporting venues, Hattie's Hat and Hazlewood. Also, as an added treat, soon-to-be brewery Bad Jimmy's is listed as a sponsor, probably offering a taste of some of their Ballard-brewed beer.
Here's the full press release from the organizers:
Programmed by veteran talent buyer Kwab Copeland and inspired by the fiercely independent spirit of Ballard’s legendary “refuse to sell” resident, Edith Macefield, the MACEFIELD MUSIC FESTIVAL is a lovingly curated event that combines young, up-and-coming artists with seasoned scene stalwarts, reflecting the richness of Seattle’s local music community across a wide spectrum of genres. From the aggressive and angular punk clamor of Constant Lovers and the Intelligence, to the warm Americana of the Ganges River Band and Davidson Hart Kingsbury (celebrating his record release!), to the progressive hip hop of and Keyboard Kid and Vox Mod’s imaginative electronica, the October 5 event will be an affordable way to explore the current landscape of Seattle music while celebrating the steadfast attitude of the dearly departed Ms. Macefield.
Produced through the collaborative efforts of Copeland, Michael Stephens, Drew Church, and Hannah Levin (all of whom share tattoos of Macefield’s iconic house and produce memorable private events at Underwood Stables), the festival’s tone was set instantly when Church mused that it could be named after the woman they all admired. “When Drew suggested the name ‘Macefield Music Festival,’ it really resonated that Edith Macefield's name inspires people, especially people in Ballard to do things on their own terms,” explains Copeland. “I hope we are able honor her memory by offering up a fantastic event owned an operated by the community of Ballard!”
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