Anacortes is known for its thriving music scene, including home-grown bands The Lonely Forest, Spoonshine and River Talk.
All year, local venues like the Rockfish Grill, H2O, The Brown Lantern and the Guemes Island General Store rock with live music and some of your musicians. The Swinomish Casino & Lodge has a wide range of musicians that play Friday & Saturday nights for their Main Stage Music experience. For a local-centric vibe, tune into the Anacortes Music Project and follow them on social media!
In summer, Seafarers’ Memorial Park, the Farmer’s Market at the Depot, and The Heart of Anacortes amp up the ambiance with inviting outdoor stages. Sometimes there’s a cover, but usually it’s free with beverages and savory bites available for purchase. At Seafarers’ Memorial Park all one needs to do is bring a chair or a blanket and some goodies to snack on.
Whatever vibe of music you’re into, Anacortes has it.
Cover bands – check!
Jazz or Blues – check!
Uptempo Americana – check!
High Energy Country – check!
Annual festivals also host musicians. In June, the Vela Luca Croatian Dance Ensemble performs at the Waterfront Festival. In August, the Anacortes Arts Festival highlights local and regional talent and schedules bands throughout the day at three different stages, which makes it easy for anyone to find music that speaks to your musical soul. In October, Bier on the Pier showcases musicians from various corners of the Pacific Northwest, focusing on high energy Americana. And, in December Geoffrey Castle’s Christmas Celebration packs the house with his Celtic song, dance and electric violin.
Come to a rather unexpected place to hear live music – the Anacortes Public Library! The cornerstone of their entertainment efforts is the “2nd Sunday” Jazz at the Library series. On the 2nd Sunday of each month from 2 to 3:30 pm, there is a live performance by a local jazz group in the meeting room at the library.
originally written July 9th, 2014 — updated June 25th, 2018