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:
- Experience playing live.
- Experience drawing fans.
- Professionalism in their promotion and presentation.
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:
- Is the act well crafted?
- 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.
Please make initial contact via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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.
December 11 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
“If the Rolling Stones camped with Howlin’ Wolf and Billy Gibbons on trucker speed for the weekend with a fuzz pedal, this would be its precious procreation.” – No Depression
Guitarist, singer, harmonica player, and songwriter MARK PORKCHOP HOLDER is a founding member of the seminal Tennessee punk rock blues band The Black Diamond Heavies.
HOLDER plays the blues, and his music is the sound of the truth. He has traveled around the world and the US, and played at festivals, clubs, in the streets, at churches, in public toilets, army surplus stores, and in a mental hospital or two. After more than a decade of struggling with depression and addiction, he has finally come back home, in Chattanooga TN, and assembled a first rate power trio, featuring Travis Kilgore on bass and Doug Bales on drums.
December 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Forest has been a nationally touring musician since he was 18 years old. As a one man band, he is currently pioneering a genre called Americana Blues, drawing influences from roots music across the U.S. His voice blends the high lonesome sounds of Hank Williams and Townes Van Zandt with gruff baritone vibrations akin to Tom Waits and Johnny Cash. His banjo, harmonica, and voice combine to create a soulful and unique sound.
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!
January 19, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Gypsy jazz musicians from around Puget Sound will celebrate Django Reinhardt’s 107th birthday with an evening of music at the Treehouse Cafe on Bainbridge Island. The party, from 7 to 10 pm, will be hosted by local gypsy jazz band Ranger and the ‘Re-Arrangers’, and will include several guest soloists.
January 27, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
John Wies’ musical personna stretches widely. When he is not the front man for his Tom Waits Tribute band, The Bleeding Romeos, he is passionately propogating his own songs with his trio, Weiswald. The band incorporates Waits’ off-beat syncopation and moody rants into a more rhythmic groove. with Wies’ percussive guitar playing, percussionist Mike Young on everything but the kitchen sink (oh wait, that too!) and the versatile upright bass of Lee Whalen.
John has also taken the stage in far flung places such as Japan and Korea, had his work showcased in Alaskan theatrical performances, and gotten air-play on Mongolian radio. John
February 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Gossamer Strings is a folk music duo from Eugene, Oregon with rich harmonies over beautiful instrumentation on guitar, banjo and mandolin. Haunting original songwriting by Kyle McGonegle and Liat Tova Lis. They unravel a new story in each song with clear and heartfelt emotion and voice. This close pair breathes together, not just in their harmonies, but also through their instruments.
Brittany Newell and Johnny Fitzpatrick are old time music practitioners in Seattle, WA. Brittany primarily plays fiddle, and back up guitar, and Johnny primarily plays banjo and guitar, with a knack for square dance fiddling.
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.
March 17, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
You know when you cover Tom Waits you’d better bring everything but the kitchen sink. Check that: bring the sink too. And a plunger. The Bleeding Romeos bring the whole kitchen.
John Wies’ percussive guitar playing style and guttural vocals establish the foundation. Performing locally as a soloist and in various bands including his own Weiswald (Treehouse fans loved him last fall!) he brings a serious yet playful Waits persona that works perfectly to set this apart from just another tribute project. John has also taken the stage in far flung places such as Japan and Korea, had his work showcased in Alaskan theatrical performances, and gotten air-play on Mongolian radio.