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Olympia Acoustic Festival 2016

Homegrown festival is just the right size

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There's no shortage of music festivals in western Washington, but true music festival bliss is finding a festival that's not too big, yet not too small. A festival that hones in on the music that speaks to your soul. A festival that recognizes what the residents of a community need and want, and serves that up in spades.

The Olympia Acoustic Festival is just such a music happening, filled with just what it sounds like - acoustic jams of all stripes.

Now in its fourth year, the Olympia Acoustic Festival strives to become a little more diverse, fulfilling and musically delicious than in previous years. This year features not only more bands on stage, but also a new and larger venue - The Eagles Ballroom and Social Club.

"The festival features amazing talented individuals whose passion is for making great music," said event organizer Paul Mauer. "All of us work very, very hard on making the best songs, doing the best performances on those songs all year. This event is a showcase of what the Pacific Northwest and beyond has to offer and a stage for the rich diversity of music from this region. Also, its just one hell of a kick in the pants!"

The fest will feature two stages, each with a full lineup of musicians starting around 1 p.m. and continuing on well into the p.m. hours. If you've attended previous years, this year's Olympic Acoustic Festival will be quite a bit larger, yet Mauer is pleased that the feel of the event has stayed very grassroots, organic and - in technical terms - very Olympia.

"The previous years have had a rich, diverse lineup of everything from funky folk ‘science' to the soulful grunge-infused R&B of Shawn Smith," Mauer said. "This year, I think the music gods blessed us with some heady singer-songwriter vibes. We have some amazing new faces this year plus some of your old favorites. We are very pleased to announce the inclusion of David Bazan of Pedro the Lion, who will be headlining the festival this year in the ballroom. But we have some amazing new singer-songwriters such as Jesse Noll, Matt Olin and longtime Pacific Northwest songstress and friend Mary Lydia Ryan."

Of course, what are tunes without a few tasty treats upon which to nosh? The bar will be open in the Social Room downstairs at The Eagles Ballroom, and Mauer is working to bring in Southbay BBQ and Ashtown Brewing to host special food and drink sections in the ballroom.

The Olympia Acoustic Festival takes place at The Eagles Ballroom and Conference Center, 116 Legion Way SE, Olympia, from noon to 11 p.m. March 19. Tickets are $12 in advance at EventBrite ( or $15 at the door. For Eagles members, tickets are $10 the day of the event. For more information, visit or Olympia Acoustic Festival is an all-ages event.


Ballroom Stage
1:30 Aaron Willsie Band
2:30 Mary Lydia Ryan
3:30 Anna Gordon
4:30 March to May
5:30 The Cloves
6:30 Paul Mauer and the Silence
7:30 Eleanor Murray
8:30 Tobias the Owl
9:30 David Bazan

Lounge Stage
1:00 Scott Askew
2:00 Ali Marie
3:00 Brenda Xu
4:00 Ryan Ayers
5:00 Jesse Noll music
6:00 Willow And The Wolf
7:00 Matt Olin
8:00 Toney Rocks
9:00 Cooper Stoulil
10:00 Nat Lefkoff
11:00 David Johnson
Midnight Scott Taylor

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