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. Robert Burns Night with Celtic Magic

    January 28 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Celebrate the Scottish Bard’s birthday with CELTIC MAGIC! Music, authentic HAGGIS CEREMONY, pipes, tartan and toasts.

  2. Django Reinhardt’s Birthday Party – featuring Ranger & The “Re-Arrangers”

    February 4 @ 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.

  3. The Press Gang with Hanz Araki

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

    THE PRESS GANG perform the instrumental dance music of Ireland on fiddle, accordion, and guitar. And now with the addition of Hanz, the whole globe has opened up! Based in Portland, Maine, The Press Gang has become popular over the past four years for their skillful playing and deep understanding of the music–and for their humorous stage presence. Featuring longtime Bainbridge favorite Hanz Araki.

  4. Knucklehead

    March 11 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

    Kitsap County’s longest running, and still hottest classic rockers bust up The Treehouse. From AC/DC to ZZ Top, with even a little Snoop Dog and Johnny Cash thrown in, these guys are the Real Deal!

  5. Redshift

    March 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!

  6. Mark Porkchop Holder & MPH

    March 16 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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    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.

  7. Tom Waits Tribute: The Bleeding Romeos

    April 1 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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  8. Gorst Riders

    April 6 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

    Tim McGovern from Knucklehead and a pal on Slide Guitar team up for this unplugged duo covering classic rock and outlaw Country hits such as Ghost Riders in the Sky, Johnny Cash, Waylon & Willie, Hank, the whole chain gang. Something to do on a Thursday night after you’ve scraped the grill and replaced the oil filter. It’s FREE, and probably won’t kill ya.

  9. Redshift

    April 9 @ 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. LeRoy Bell & His Only Friends

    April 15 @ 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.

  11. The Lowdown Drifters

    April 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

    A focus on musicianship and the universal themes of love, loss and hard living define the staples of the Lowdown Drifters, given shape by vocalist Big John Cannon’s distinctive gritty roar. This country / Americana band from Stanwood, WA brought together in 2015 elements of older bands around a love of honest and expressive songwriting, ala Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash. Freshened by intonations of Ryan Bingham and Jason Isbell, this band strikes the right balance, sending crowds away satisfied!

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    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!

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    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!

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