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Polecat with Special Guest, The Sky Colony for Bastion Brewing Company's Summer Music Series
Bastion Brewing Company
Anacortes, WA
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Polecat with Special Guest, The Sky Colony for Bastion Brewing Company's Summer Music Series
The Summer is here and Bastion Brewing Company is excited to present a Summer Music Series that will knock your socks off! Literally! It's flip-flop weather folks! Great Music, Great Beer and Great Food accompany our outdoor music stage, so come enjoy the Summer weather with friends, family and the dog too! We'll see you there!


July 22


Polecat has traveled all over Northwest U.S., with 650 appearances and four albums in seven years. Their unique instrumentation and smart song arrangements enable them to seamlessly blend genres including Americana, celtic, rock, reggae, and world music into their sound. The general appeal of Polecat comes from their unique take on roots music and their interactive and high energy live shows.

Richard Reeves
Bassman extraordinaire, Richard started playing the low end in high school on a 5-string Warwick bass guitar. His love for African music and polyrhythmic sounds have transferred over to the blonde 3/4 size K Style upright bass he uses in Polecat. He dominates the complex changes and hits, keeps the groove thumping along with Karl's kick drum.

Aaron Guest
With many years of piano lessons in early life, Aaron gradually picked up more instruments over time and has played drums, guitars, bass, and keyboards in several bands and recordings in Bellingham. Polecat showcases his song-writing and baritone vocals, backed up with his high energy 12-string guitar playing and keyboard chops. His wide range of listening and playing makes his songs less traditional, but they still pulse with the feel of American roots music. Aaron also sings and plays guitar with Coty Hogue

Cayley Schmid
Immersed in Celtic music, dance, and culture for the better part of her life, Cayley's fiddle playing embodies the energy of that tradition and brings a whole different kind of stompin' sound to Polecat's bluegrass/americana feel. She leads a few traditionals and writes her own reels that get people up out of their seats. Her complex lines in harmony with Jeremy's guitar are some of Polecat's most exciting musical moments. Cayley also plays fiddle with Giants' Causeway and the Bellingham Ceili Club, and runs the Bellingham Folk School and the Bellingham Folk Festival

Karl Olson
An avid student of percussion for many years, Karl is an uncommonly well-rounded rhythm man, with studies and projects based on orchestral, jazz, funk, reggae, udu, and tabla drumming. His precision, dynamics, and energy keep Polecat's listeners' ears on their toes. With only kick drum, snare drum, hi-hat, and one crash cymbal, he uses an array of sticks and brushes to maximize each piece of the kit.
Karl also plays percussion with Polyrhythmics

Jeremy Elliott
Jeremy's articulate yet soulful, fast as lightning but smart guitar playing adds an undeniable spark to the band. Growing up in Georgia surrounded by some of the best roots players in the country really shows, but his style is his own. He melds rock rhythms, bluesy bends, and bluegrass lines with ease. Jeremy's song-writing and arranging is featured on several tunes, and his vocal harmonies add another layer to the Polecat sound. Jeremy also plays acoustic guitar with Crow and the Canyon


with Special Guest:

The Sky Colony

The Sky Colony's beginning in 2012 was something of a quiet, harmonic, and ethereal sound, thus coining the genre "dream folk". With changes in musicians, the remaining players held onto the same elements, but shifted toward treble, beautiful and unconventional bluegrass stylings.

Yet again, as things do, changes happened and new elements were added as players were interchanged. A kind of late 60's Bay Area sound with a taste of the southern country style of that era was brought into their arrangements.

Now, as the group explores a lineup of Kyle Findley-Meier (vocals, rhythm guitar), Ben Woods Meyer (lead guitar, vocals), Jeff Lacy (drums, vocals), Marcus Nevitt (lap steel, keys, vocals), and the soon departing Henry Smartt (upright bass), the sound shifts to a country (naturally, due to location) take on chill, tonal, harmony-infused, psychedelic strain of Americana and rock of the Kurt Vile, Allman Brothers, War on Drugs, and Dawes-influenced sort.


Bastion Brewing Company (View)
12529 Christianson Rd
Anacortes, WA 98221
United States


Music > Bluegrass
Music > Country
Music > Festivals
Other > Family-Friendly

Minimum Age: 0
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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