Diverse sounds to converge for Jubilee
Joseph Mountain Jubilee
When: Friday and Saturday
Details: Eight bands perform at various venues
Fireworks and a band will shake the lake, and downtown Joseph will be buzzing with the fourth annual Joseph Mountain Jubilee coming Friday and Saturday to Joseph.
The event is bigger than ever, said Festival Director Tammy Kruger.
“I’m getting musician and fan inquiries from all over, Portland, Boise, Spokane,” she said.
The Independence weekend extravaganza will feature local, regional and national “mountain-country-roots-a-billy-grass” music at multiple venues in Joseph. A side bonus is Joseph Mountain Jubilee falls between Dulcimer Week in the Wallowas and Wallowa Fiddle Tunes Camp. Talent and audiences from these two long-running music camps, sponsored by the Wallowa Valley Music Alliance, are also expected to be an integral part of Jubilee.
“We thought we’d feature music from those two camps at the festival, try to bridge it all together,” Kruger said.
Jubilee gets started with two concerts on Friday. The Dakota Brown Band, an alternative soul/pop/rock from Pendleton, will rock the soul at Embers Brew House from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The Mountain Dulcimer Extravaganza featuring Karen Mueller, Steve Eulberg, Heidi Muller and Bob Webb will play at Josephy Center for Arts and Culture from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, the Jubilee shifts into high gear. Music events run from 11 a.m. to late at night.
It all starts with Saigon County, a Wallowa County band with an Americana style, playing at the Wallowa County Farmers Market from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Homemade Jam continues the momentum, playing old-time music at Red Horse Coffee Traders from noon to 2:30 p.m.
John Weed and Isaac Callender, Wallowa Fiddle Camp instructors, play an old-time, swing, Celtic, bluegrass blend at The Local Loaf from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Bart Budwig, a Moscow, Idaho, transplant to Enterprise, will play at Mutiny is Brewing from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Colton Elwood Haney from “Bitterroot” will play a solo set presenting his new CD and will be joined by friends at Mutiny is Brewing from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
There are two headliners Saturday night.
The first, Bread and Circus, an original rock band from Boise, plays jam music at Josephy Center for Arts and Culture, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Libations will be catered by Lear’s Main Street Pub and Grill.
The second, Moonshine Mountain, a high-energy, six-piece Americana style band from Whitefish, Montana, plays foot-stomping music at the Wallowa Lake Shake the Lake stage at the foot of the lake from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. prior to the fireworks show and at the Stubborn Mule from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.
The event is held on the first Saturday of July, which this year just happens to fall on the Fourth. It got started when Kruger had a discussion with one of the bar managers in town.
“We wanted to have a downtown one-day music festival where people can walk around the streets of Joseph and listen to music everywhere,” Kruger said. “We’ve had a lot of cooperation and excitement around it with all the different downtown venues.”
This year, for the first time, Kruger joined forces with the Wallowa Valley Music Alliance.
“They’ve helped with everything from graphic art to grant writing and organization,” she said.
Kruger said there’s a big reward for all the hard work.
“It’s just fun to watch people smiling and dancing and being appreciative of the music,” she said. “And it’s not totally altruistic. I’m a music fan, and I enjoy it myself.”
Much of the music at Joseph Mountain Jubilee is free or just a few dollars. For up-to-date information on bands and other festival details, visit www.josephmountainjubilee.com, find the event on Facebook, or contact Kruger at 541-398-0582.