Salmon Days named top festival in Washington

March 16, 2010

For the second consecutive year, the Salmon Days Festival reeled in — pardon the puns — a boatload of awards, including the top festival honor in the state, event organizers announced last week. Read more

Come to Bumbershoot with us!

September 4, 2009

NEW — 6 p.m. Sept. 4, 2009

We won’t let a rainy forecast dampen our spirits at Bumbershoot — and we want you to join us at the music fest.

Join The Issaquah Press (www.twitter.com/issaquahpress) and reporters Warren Kagarise (www.twitter.com/wkagarise) and Tim Pfarr (www.twitter.com/timpfarr) on Twitter as they tweet to the beat. Watch out for musings, photos and other snippets as the reporters roam the festival grounds in the shadow of the Space Needle.

Issaquah’s own Modest Mouse is a headliner at Bumbershoot. The indie rockers will close the festival Monday night.

When Modest Mouse takes the stage, follow The Press for even more about the homegrown act.

We want to hear from you, too. Issaquah folks with Bumbershoot plans: Talk to us — or, more specifically, tweet at us. We want to know what you like about Bumbershoot, what you don’t and which acts you’re psyched for the most.

Follow us to Bumbershoot

September 1, 2009

Get ready to rock Labor Day weekend. Follow The Issaquah Press to Bumbershoot, the three-day music and arts festival at Seattle Center. Issaquah indie rockers Modest Mouse will close the festival Sept. 7. Read more

From basement band to Bumbershoot headliner?

February 9, 2009

Schoolboy Gutbuster (from left) Kevin Atkins, 17, Jeff Stillwell, 17, and Bryan King, 16, rehearse in the utility room of Atkins’ Preston home. By Greg Farrar

Schoolboy Gutbuster (from left) Kevin Atkins, 17, Jeff Stillwell, 17, and Bryan King, 16, rehearse in the utility room of Atkins’ Preston home. By Greg Farrar

Deep within the bowels of Kevin Atkins’ Preston home is a small, cramped space housing the water heater and the furnace. There’s just enough room left over in this 10-foot by-10 foot room to fit a drum kit, a couple of amps and two mic stands. 

It’s the perfect spot for Atkins and friends Bryan King and Jeff Stillwell to rehearse songs for their band, Schoolboy Gutbuster. And what cosmic power brought these lifelong buddies from three different Issaquah School District high schools into one musical group?

“We have a whole group of friends who’ve been into music,” Atkins said. “All the others have been with bands.”

“Yeah, we were the only ones not in a band yet,” Stillwell added. Read more

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