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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Upcoming Events

  1. Chris Smither – Sold Out!

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

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

  2. Shawn James – SOLD OUT!

    March 10 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

    Born in Chicago in 1986, singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist, Shawn James discovered the power of soul in music he experienced while growing up on the south side.
    Shawn James brings extreme passion to his music. You feel it in the imaginative, highly nuanced songwriting and see it in the powerful live shows where there’s never the slightest hesitation and nothing is held back. And, most importantly, you can hear it resonate in Shawn’s most powerful instrument: the unique, soulful voice that sounds like it is literally being torn out of his heart…and it is something you won’t soon forget.

  3. Redshift

    March 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

    Redshift invades the Treehouse every Second Sunday at 7pm!

    Redshift presents a mixture of jazz standards and original music that invites the audience to relax to the smooth sounds or to explore the musical depth that the music offers. Dave Bristow (piano), Kurt Bischoff (drums), Neil Conaty (bass) and Kurt Festinger (sax) all share a lifetime of professional  musical experiences and the bands’ performance reflects this, ranging through a variety of styles including original material, swing, latin, blues, ballad and fusion. The music has a polished and integrated ensemble sound, with each player contributing genuinely interesting musical content. The quartet is available for bookings in the Bainbridge Island/Seattle/Kitsap/Jefferson area.

  4. Tom Waits Tribute: The Bleeding Romeos

    March 17 @ 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.

  5. Redshift

    April 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

    Redshift invades the Treehouse every Second Sunday at 7pm!

    Redshift presents a mixture of jazz standards and original music that invites the audience to relax to the smooth sounds or to explore the musical depth that the music offers. Dave Bristow (piano), Kurt Bischoff (drums), Neil Conaty (bass) and Kurt Festinger (sax) all share a lifetime of professional  musical experiences and the bands’ performance reflects this, ranging through a variety of styles including original material, swing, latin, blues, ballad and fusion. The music has a polished and integrated ensemble sound, with each player contributing genuinely interesting musical content. The quartet is available for bookings in the Bainbridge Island/Seattle/Kitsap/Jefferson area.

  6. Gurf Morlix

    April 19 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Gurf Morlix fellow – Buffalo born, Texas bred – has provided us with countless indelible musical moments in the last 40-plus years: his exemplary guitar and production work with Lucinda Williams; his instrumental accompaniment to artists ranging from Blaze Foley to Warren Zevon; his production of watermark albums for artists such as Ray Wylie Hubbard, Robert Earl Keen and Mary Gauthier – and, since 2000, a series of eight solo records that have a singular worldview and can be both harrowing and heartening, often at the same time.

  7. Kathryn Claire & The Lasses

    April 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Kathryn Claire met The Lasses at the same place where The Lasses themselves had met two years earlier. The three girls soon found out that together, they could deliver both heartfelt ballads and foot-stomping songs with equal measures of joy and musicality. After playing several concerts together in The Netherlands and Germany in 2014, Kathryn offered to help bring The Lasses to the Pacific Northwest for their first US tour in 2015. It was a huge success and the three realized they had begun not only a strong musical collaboration, but also a network of touring between the US and Europe. Their share love of traditional and original music along with their varied backgrounds make for a thrilling live performance. This is a collaboration not to be missed.

  8. Rod Picott

    May 9 @ 8:00 pm

    Seventeen years ago Rod Picott dropped his tool belt, picked up an acoustic guitar and released his first album Tiger Tom Dixon’s Blues. The acclaimed debut put a nail in the coffin of his construction career and ignited his second career as a singer-songwriter. With his new album, Out Past The Wires, that second career reveals itself in full flame. Like much of Picott’s catalog, many of the songs on Out Past The Wires center around the lives of working people and the losses, defeats and small victories that can come hard won in a calloused world.  Picott’s eye for the revealing detail and sense of empathy has brought praise from music critics.

  9. LeRoy Bell & His Only Friends

    May 26 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

    Having performed with B.B. King, Van Morrison, Etta James, Al Green, Michael McDonald, Colin Hay, Mavis Staples, Keb Mo, Taj Mahal, Leon Russell, Sonny Landreth, Charlie Musselwhite and Los Lobos, not only has LeRoy grown as a touring artist, but the experience has given his music an edge that places him in a league of performers creating a sound that crosses many demographics.

  10. Bear Market Riot

    June 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

    In 2014 Kirk Nordby and Nick Motil met at a songwriter showcase in San Luis Obispo, CA. Over a bowl of gumbo the two conspired to busk together at the Baywood-Los Osos Farmer’s Market. Upon agreement that two beards are better than one, they became Bear Market Riot (Los Osos means The Bears).

    Bear Market Riot is “power-folk” and Americana music from California’s Central Coast. And Kirk grew up on Bainbridge Island (BHS class of 2005!).

  11. Sarah Potenza

    June 21 @ 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.

  12. Coyote Willow

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

    This duo weaves genre-crossing lines to create an extraordinary musical journey that has grown over the past years and built a loyal following at the Treehouse! In the past year they’ve opened for Shawn Mullins and Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek). The duo is a regional favorite, performing multiple venues, festivals and private events throughout the Pacific Northwest year round. Musically and lyrically, their tunes range from rockabilly to the open tuned and lyrically moving folk style,  as well as instrumentals, even gypsy jazz!  A musical journey that will have you rocking, thinking and maybe even crying. Enjoy!

  13. Forest Beutel

    August 11 @ 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.

  14. Greg Brown

    August 25 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Greg Brown certainly has little left to conquer in the music world, what with multiple Grammy nominations and an astonishingly deep songbook that’s been covered by dozens of artists (including Willie Nelson & Carlos Santana, Iris DeMent, Ani DiFranco, Gillian Welch, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Joan Baez, Victoria Williams, Robert Earl Keen, Nina Gerber, Shawn Colvin, Richie Havens, Rainer Ptacek, Tim & Mollie O’Brien, Maria Muldaur, and many more! Rolling Stone says, “a wickedly sharp observer of the human condition.”

  15. A Taste of Lynwood Returns!

    September 15 @ 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

    The Biggest Block Party and Neighborhood Celebration on Bainbridge Island is Back!

    Historic Lynwood Center, The Pleasant Beach Village and The Treehouse Café are proud to present The Taste of Lynwood on Saturday, September 15th. Stay Tuned for More Details!

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