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. Marley’s Ghost

    May 25 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    On the heels of The Woodstock Sessions, its rootsy collaboration with producer Larry Campbell to celebrate the band’s 30th anniversary, Marley’s Ghost returned to the studio with Campbell to continue the chemistry. The result is a joyful and resonant album of gospel roots featuring the band’s trademark multi-part harmonies, to be released in 2017. The revelation, though, is just how strong and unswerving Marley’s Ghost stays centered on doing American music proud.
    An eclectic aggregation composed of singer/multi-instrumentalists Dan Wheetman, Jon Wilcox, Mike Phelan, Ed Littlefield Jr. and Jerry Fletcher – the band can sing and play anything with spot-on feel, from roots to rock, blues to bluegrass, gospel to stone country, which is what they’ve been doing – to the ongoing delight of a fervent cult that includes many of their fellow musicians – throughout their first quarter century as a working unit. Their trademark multi-part harmonies never cease to captivate, whether on record or in live performance.

  2. Cedar Teeth

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

    Cedar Teeth hails from the Cascade foothills of Colton, Oregon. For many years, they’ve made music in a shed at the edge of an ancient forest. In many ways, the musicians are the trees. Picture Nickle Creek meets The Band, or maybe The Grateful Dead meets Wilco.

  3. Iain Weigert & Caitlin Anne Webster

    June 2 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Choice fingerpicking, pedal steel guitars, and lush arrangements of sorrowful poetry characterize Iain Weigert’s sound. A former Bainbridge Island resident, Iain Weigert hails from Los Angeles, by way of New Orleans, by way of the Pacific Northwest.
    There’s a casual honesty to Caitlin Anne Webster that wavers somewhere between romantic and brutal, delivering truths of longing, love, sex and the hardships of modern living. The soulf

    ul Los Angeles singer-songwriter brings an easy swagger to her personal blend of blues and Americana — as documented on her debut EP, 2015’s Black Moon — focusing often on those universal themes that revolve around our lives like the lunar cycle.

    Now a mainstay in the L.A. music scene, Webster credits the

  4. Bear Market Riot

    June 10 @ 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!).

  5. Uncle Bonsai

    June 17 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    With just three voices and an acoustic guitar, Uncle Bonsai presents a dizzying array of intricate vocal harmony. Their songs, dark and hilarious at times, just as often delight with moments of insight and beauty.
    Imagine Tim Burton hijacked the Andrew’s Sisters, or The Indigo Girls seated on a cross country bus next to Leonard Cohen. Odes to under-achievement, the dejected, the outsider, the black sheep. Rapid fire lyrics about first-world problems, the afterlife, and holidays with the family. Uncle Bonsai’s songs are almost one-act plays or short stories, resisting strict pop, folk, or singer-songwriter categories.
    Now in their 35th year, Seattle native Uncle Bonsai is a Seattle Institution!

  6. Redshift

    July 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!

  7. Wood & Wire

    July 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    It’s been five years now since Wood & Wire sprouted out of the rich musical soil of Austin, Texas. They’ve cut their teeth at national festivals like Merlefest and Austin City Limits, and set the country on fire with their unique hybrid of tight, original bluegrass.

    In this tightly defined genre, Wood & Wire’s “band-style” ethos and clean traditional song crafting, so often associated with their Texas home, permeate their sound. That said, what comes out of the Wood & Wire blender is also something entirely its own. Tony Kamel — leader singer, guitarist, mover, shaker, and primary songwriter — brings his material to the group in a raw form and once shaken and stirred, the results are inimitable. “I think I’m most proud of how we’ve developed our sound together,” says Kamel. “It feels great to step on stage feeling like we’ve really found our own style.”

  8. Ray Wylie Hubbard Friday Aug 4

    August 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

    Ray Wylie Hubbard started his journey as a folk singer in his native Oklahoma before falling in with the wild and wooly outlaw Texas country scene of the ’70s — in large part by way of penning the immortal “Up Against the Wall (Redneck Mother),” which Jerry Jeff Walker recorded. After riding a decade-long career resurgence into the national spotlight with 2012’s acclaimed The Grifter’s Hymnal and his first ever appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman (“I didn’t want to peak too soon,” quips Hubbard, 68), the iconoclastic Texas songwriter is back to continue his hot streak with The Ruffian’s Misfortune — his 16th album. From his humble beginnings as an Oklahoma folkie in the ’60s to his wild ride through the ’70s progressive country movement, and onward through the honky-tonk fog of the ’80s to his sobriety-empowered comeback as a songwriter’s songwriter in the ’90s, Hubbard was already a bona fide legend by the time he really found his groove right at the turn of the century.

  9. Ray Wylie Hubbard Saturday Aug 5

    August 5 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

    Ray Wylie Hubbard started his journey as a folk singer in his native Oklahoma before falling in with the wild and wooly outlaw Texas country scene of the ’70s — in large part by way of penning the immortal “Up Against the Wall (Redneck Mother),” which Jerry Jeff Walker recorded. After riding a decade-long career resurgence into the national spotlight with 2012’s acclaimed The Grifter’s Hymnal and his first ever appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman (“I didn’t want to peak too soon,” quips Hubbard, 68), the iconoclastic Texas songwriter is back to continue his hot streak with The Ruffian’s Misfortune — his 16th album. From his humble beginnings as an Oklahoma folkie in the ’60s to his wild ride through the ’70s progressive country movement, and onward through the honky-tonk fog of the ’80s to his sobriety-empowered comeback as a songwriter’s songwriter in the ’90s, Hubbard was already a bona fide legend by the time he really found his groove right at the turn of the century.

  10. The Suitcase Junket

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

    Artist, tinkerer, tunesmith, swamp Yankee, Matt Lorenz is a one man salvage specialist singing into the hollow of a guitar gleaned from a dumpster, slipping a broken bottleneck onto the slide finger, railing on a box of twisted forks and bones, rocking till every sound is ragged at its edges.

  11. Redshift

    August 13 @ 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!

  12. Ray Bonneville

    August 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    The first thing he did was live an amazing life. The kind of Steinbeck novels.

    Next, like any great author, he just sat with it. Listened deep within.

    Until the songs, like a great novel, finally emerged. When they did, they were born fully grown; mature, graceful, and familiar. That’s when Ray Bonneville, now in his forties, began performing.

    With that rare combination of poetry and groove, like Greg Brown or Bruce Cockburn, Bonneville brings you more soul than a 12-piece funk band. With little more than the alternating bass of his thumb and a harmonica like Louis Armstrong’s trumpet, Bonneville will lull you to sleep in a land of rhythm and blues.

  13. Redshift

    September 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!

  14. 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!

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

  18. 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!

  19. 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!

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