Booking

 

 

The Treehouse is committed to bringing fresh and diverse music to our discerning community.

 

While we welcome local talent on occasion, our emphasis is on luring national name acts that our patrons would otherwise have to take a ferry to Seattle to see. We have worked hard and succeeded in putting The Treehouse on the touring map for many agencies and artists that have never played on the Island before, such as Greg Brown, The Moondoggies, James McMurtry, and Fred Eaglesmith!

 

While we respect grassroot folk music, there are plenty of open mics and coffee houses locally, so we do not seek to repeat that.  We are not a place for new talent to cut their teeth either—in order for us to pay our expenses, bands playing The Treehouse must demonstrate:

 

  1. Experience playing live.
  2. Experience drawing fans.
  3. Professionalism in their promotion and presentation.

 

Booking Guidelines:

 

Repeat Bookings:

 

The peculiar pool of patrons on Bainbridge is a small and discriminating one. They come out in good numbers to see acts they’ve never seen on the Island before, but once their curiosity is satisfied, they rarely come back for the same act again, unless it has been a while. Even acts that sell out their first time on the Island have been known to draw scarcely half that number if they come back to the well too often. As a result, we as a rule do not invite a band back more than once a year.  The audience simply needs time to recharge.

 

Our priorities in considering acts are basic and twofold:

 

  1. Is the act well crafted?
  2. Does it have a following?

 

Acts should have been gigging out a while, road tested. We typically get our bookings from national touring agencies, with many of our bands having support structure, road managers, publicity staff, etc., such as Amy LaVere or Fred Eaglesmith. They should be able to demonstrate their experience and music samples. Typically, if they are not professionally managed, this is done via professionally presented websites that include tour calendars, reviews, bios, music samples and reliable contact information. We read all our emails, and respond when we are interested. Please understand we get a lot of requests, so if you do not receive an answer, it probably means we aren’t interested, and please don’t take it personally.

 

Booking:

 

Please make initial contact via email at booking@treehousebainbridge.com.  Include links to your website, music samples, bio, reviews, and a calendar of recent gigs.

 

Other promotional material can be mailed to:

 

Treehouse Café, Attn: Booking

4569 Lynwood Center Road NE

Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

 

Important:

 

Due to the volume of requests, we don’t respond unless interested, and we can’t provide reasons or evaluations of a band’s merit—we are not professional managers.  While we try to be eclectic in our lineup, in the end our decisions are subjective, though not personal.

 

 

 

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  1. John Fullbright

    September 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    A plainspoken approach is part of what’s fueled this young Oklahoman’s remarkable rise. It was just two years ago that Fullbright released his debut studio album, ‘From The Ground Up’ to a swarm of critical acclaim. The LA Times called the record “preternaturally self-assured,” while NPR hailed him as one of the 10 Artists You Should Have Known in 2012, saying “it’s not every day a new artist…earns comparisons to great songwriters like Townes Van Zandt and Randy Newman, but Fullbright’s music makes sense in such lofty company.” The Wall Street Journal crowned him as giving one of the year’s 10 best live performances, and the album also earned him the ASCAP Foundation’s Harold Adamson Lyric Award. If there was any doubt that his debut announced the arrival of a songwriting force to be reckoned with, it was put to rest when ‘From The Ground Up’ was nominated for Best Americana Album at the GRAMMY Awards!

  2. Coyote Willow

    September 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

    Coyote Willow weaves genre-crossing lines to create an extraordinary musical journey that has grown over the past five years. In the past year they’ve opened for Shawn Mullins and Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek).

    Kat Hilst started playing piano at 5, graduated from Oberlin Conservatory, and once worked for the San Francisco Opera. Tim Coffey hit the road at 19, spending 20 years as a professional touring backup guitarist. His voice and songwriting drew the attention of Breedlove Guitars, who invited him to join their stable of artists.

    Kat and Tim joined forces during the recording of their first CD, ”Strings Unbound” in 2010 and recorded “The Lonely Grange Sessions” in 2012. In 2015 the band rebranded to “Coyote Willow” and be

  3. Redshift

    October 8 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Redshift is Dave Bristow on keyboards, Kurt Bischoff on drums and Neil Conaty on upright bass. All three are accomplished musicians bringing years of experience both as players and teachers to this crowd-pleasing jazz project. From standards to originals in just about any style, Redshift has garnered fans both at The Treehouse and all over Bainbridge Island!

  4. Sarah Potenza

    October 12 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Why You Should Pay Attention: After Potenza’s spellbinding blind audition yielded a four-chair turn on NBC’s The Voice, a visibly moved Pharrell Williams told her she was “giving this generation something they’ve never seen before.” Potenza is to the blues what Adele is to pop: a colossal-voiced singer who merges her old-school influences with a modernistic sound. Her new album, Monster, solidifies endless Janis Joplin vocal comparisons but also colors between the lines of Memphis blues, Nashville Americana, New Orleans funk and L.A. punk. Its lyrics are personal and personally therapeutic, as she empowers herself through tunes denouncing industry naysayers and embracing her fuller-figured, boisterous self.

  5. Brock Zeman

    October 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

    He could easily be the bastard son of Lucinda Williams and Steve Earle, with a gravelly Tom Waits voice. Over the course of 11 albums, Ottawa area singer songwriter Brock Zeman has built a reputation as a writer of great depth and passion, through his thoughtful, often personal songs. But he’s got a rough, rockin’ side as well. He puts on a powerful show that has attendees moving as much as feeling the stories he tells.

  6. Redshift

    November 12 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Redshift is Dave Bristow on keyboards, Kurt Bischoff on drums and Neil Conaty on upright bass. All three are accomplished musicians bringing years of experience both as players and teachers to this crowd-pleasing jazz project. From standards to originals in just about any style, Redshift has garnered fans both at The Treehouse and all over Bainbridge Island!

  7. Massy Ferguson

    December 2 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

    Lead singer-bassist Ethan Anderson says the Massy Ferguson is Americana that leans more toward rock than country. Think Drive-By Truckers or some combination of Son Volt and The Hold Steady. Think Springsteen’s “Greetings From Asbury Park” or “Nebraska.” Those influences, 1970s Southern rock and good-time classic rock bands like Thin Lizzy, have landed them gigs from Bumbershoot and Nashville to Iceland and England. They’ve shared stages with Tim McGraw, The Bottlerockets, Screaming Trees, and many other superstars.

  8. Redshift

    December 10 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Redshift is Dave Bristow on keyboards, Kurt Bischoff on drums and Neil Conaty on upright bass. All three are accomplished musicians bringing years of experience both as players and teachers to this crowd-pleasing jazz project. From standards to originals in just about any style, Redshift has garnered fans both at The Treehouse and all over Bainbridge Island!

  9. Redshift

    January 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Redshift is Dave Bristow on keyboards, Kurt Bischoff on drums and Neil Conaty on upright bass. All three are accomplished musicians bringing years of experience both as players and teachers to this crowd-pleasing jazz project. From standards to originals in just about any style, Redshift has garnered fans both at The Treehouse and all over Bainbridge Island!

  10. Chris Smither

    March 9, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

    “Smither is an American original – one of the absolute best singer-songwriters in the world.”—Associated Press.

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