Matt Crowley/The AS Review
This weekend on May 14 and 15, EndFair, one of the most anticipated events on campus, will be bringing 11 acts over two days to Western’s Fairhaven Residence Complex.
EndFair is an annual music festival hosted by the Fairhaven Residence Hall. Acts from years past include Common Market, No-Fi Soul Rebellion and Go Slowpoke, but this year’s lineup looks to up the ante with its own medley of folk, pop and even comedy.
At 6 p.m. on Friday May 14, Briana Marela, The Raggedy Anns, The Dead Parrots Society and Mighty Tiger will provide entertainment until around 11 p.m. that night. At 2 p.m. on Saturday May 15, Caulfield and His Magic Violin will kick off the second day of music, followed by Eclecticity, The Nextdoor Neighbors, Naomi Punk, LAKE, SAADI and Macklemore. All shows will take place in and around the Fairhaven Residence Complex and are free.
EndFair is not only here to entertain, however; money raised from the event through donations will go to the Slum Doctor Programme, an organization that seeks to provide support and services for people in Africa who are living with AIDS.
EndFair used to be a one-day festival with only a handful of bands and the turnout was far from impressive. Last year, an expanded lineup and appearances by local favorites such as Common Market attracted a much larger crowd, setting the stage for this year’s festival.
Seattle/Olympia native Briana Marela is set to kick off this year’s festivities. Marela began recording in 2007, releasing her first EP, “Stuck in a Rhythm,” early that year. Marela focuses primarily on folk and pop, letting her delicate voice float over guitar notes and half-time percussion. Marela’s voice is certainly capable of the zany folk tone used by artists like Kimya Dawson and it occasionally shows through. But her singing voice is most definitely a focal point in her music and it will be interesting to see how it translates into a live show.
Marela will be followed by The Raggedy Anns, an energetic group based out of the Northwest that specializes in a strange hybrid of pop, rock and swing. Utilizing abrupt changes of pace and the croon of lead singer Tom Beecham, The Raggedy Anns have begun to make quite a name for themselves in the Seattle area, appearing on KEXP and a few end-of-year lists in 2009. For a little old and a little new, The Raggedy Anns are a must-see.
EndFair will provide more than just music: The Dead Parrots Society, Western’s own improv comedy group, will follow The Raggedy Anns.
Closing out the first night will be Seattle indie rockers Mighty Tiger. Much like The Raggedy Anns, Mighty Tiger brings an air of nostalgia to their music while at the same time coming across as fresh and new. The group has received glowing reviews from multiple local publications, including The Stranger. Based on their music, Mighty Tiger will be a perfect high energy end to the first day of the festival.
Opening the second day of festivities will be Caulfield and his Magic Violin, followed by Eclecticity. Based out of Anacortes, the four-piece of CAHMV has primarily specialized in shows in and around the Anacortes and Bellingham area. Their pop-rock sensibilities and jam band guitar solos will provide the perfect backdrop for an afternoon of festivities.
Following them will be Northwest natives The Nextdoor Neighbors, whose unique electro-drone sound will provide something fresh for festival goers. The female duo released their first album, “Magic vs. The Machine,” under Bicycle Records and are currently playing shows around the Washington area.
Rounding out the two-day festivals will be Naomi Punk, LAKE, SAADI and Macklemore. All four bands bring something to the table: Naomi Punk has the lush, full sound to make EndFair heard from across town; LAKE, who recently played at the Yellingham Music Festival, is arguably one of the most popular bands at EndFair and is sure to draw a large crowd; SAADI’s often ambient blend of piano and electronic music could provide one of the more visceral experiences of the weekend; and festival-closer Macklemore, currently on a US tour, will fill much of the same role Common Market did last year, providing plenty of beats and rhymes to lead students into a spring Saturday night.
Each and every band at EndFair has something to share, so enjoy! After all, you can’t beat the price.