October 1, 2013
David Harris is still bookin’ rock ‘n’ roll after 30 years
David Harris’s earliest recollections of Salmon Days are of the festival being more like a town parade that featured the high school band, the Issaquah Indians football team, the National Guard and a fire truck with a guest appearance by JP Patches and Gertrude.
Little did the British expatriate know that in fall 1970, just a year after moving to Issaquah, he’d soon have a hand in shaping the town’s music scene for decades to come.
The 26-year-old had uprooted his wife and two children from southern London to take a job as an engineer with The Boeing Co. in 1965.
“I remember getting on the plane and literally not knowing where we were going,” Harris said.
October 1, 2013
After 30 years of booking musical acts for the Salmon Days Festival, David Harris has made contacts with more than 450 bands. To mark the anniversary, Harris is calling in some favors and assembling a final festival act to remember — The Northwest All Star Salmon Jam.
The act will fill the final time slot Oct. 6, from 4:30-6 p.m., and Harris said he’s already been given the green light to go long, if necessary. That’s a good thing, too.
The All Star band will actually cycle through 25 of the Northwest’s most renowned musicians, including vocalists Larry Strobel and Christy Wheeler, guitarists Roger Wheeler and Ron Smevik, and drummers Alan White and Rich Nalum, to name a few.
September 10, 2013
It was an interesting turn of events that brought the group White Knuckle Ridge together.
About four months ago, Chris Hilkey had a gig to play in Snohomish, and he tried to get in contact with Luke Breider, a fellow musician and childhood friend. Earlier that day, Breider and co-worker and band mate Matt Forbes had a disagreement with a former band member, and left that group.
“I’ve known Luke since we were little kids,” Hilkey, guitarist and vocalist for White Knuckle Ridge, said. “We grew up together in North Bend.”
“We all three got in that room on that Saturday, and it basically instantaneously sparked,” Breider, who plays drums and other percussion, said.