Northwest LoveFest shines love light on some top local artists

In less than a week, some of the hottest music artists will grace several stages at the beautiful Magnuson Park for Northwest LoveFest 2012. There will be over 45 local and regional bands, tethered hot air balloon rides, two beer gardens, open mic contest, teen dance team competitions, over 50 nonprofits showcases, and more. The festival takes place over three days next weekend, June 30th through July 1st, with a kickoff party happening on Friday, June 29th featuring The Stax Brothers, Global Heat, 20 Riverside, Down North and Cazuela de Condor.

Featured performers include JC Flow, Star Anna and the Laughing Dogs, Marcus Eaton, NoRey, The Young Evils, Impossible Bird, Perry Acker, Ben Union, Carson Henley, Tess Henley, Caspar Babypants, and a host of others.  

Like the Nothwest itself, NWLF offer a very diverse selection of musical genres. (See lineup below.) The organizers have a real passion for music and have volunteered their time and energy to put together the stellar bill, as well as sponsors, vendors, and events which will contribute to a fun, community-building festival.

Something unique about NWLF is that this festival is not-for-profit. The organizers’ primary objective as a nonprofit organization is to bring like-minded people together to celebrate community through music and art. From the NWLF website, “This does not apply to just citizens and artists but also to the nonprofits that serve the various needs within our community as well.”

Over the past two years, Northwest LoveFest has shown support for nonprofits by providing free booth spaces to share their message. “We believe the participation of nonprofits add depth and bring an overall positive experience to the festival. To further our commitment and support our fellow nonprofits, LoveFest is starting a new program for 2012 that now offers financial support (25% to 50% of advanced ticket price) to our nonprofit partners.”

If you like great Northwest music, then three days of hot sounds from a robust lineup of artists doin’ their thing for a noble cause sounds like a pretty cool way to spend a weekend to us!

Here’s the full 2012 Line-up:
JC Flow
Carson Henley
Tess Henley
Star Anna and the Laughing Dogs
Lions Ambition
Marcus Eaton
Eclectic Approach
Perry Acker
Brad Loomis & The Resonance
Entwine by Design
The Young Evils
Tommy Simmons
Crown Point
Impossible Bird
Ben Union
Redwood Son
Elbow Coulee
20 Riverside
Ayron Jones and The Way
Julia Massey & The Five Finger Discount
Verlee for Ransom
Sebastian Clark
Cazuela De Condor
Levi Ware
Judd Lewis & The Loose Cannons
Kate Lynne Logan
Curtains For You
Afraid of Figs
The Local Strangers
Fox and The Law
The Angry Orts
Down North
The Georgetown Orbits
Black Diamond
Matt Brown
Smokey Brights
The Dramantics
Whiskey Syndicate
Joshua W. Scott

And, for the first time, LoveFest will have a children’s show featuring

Caspar Babypants
Sing with Señor
Recess Monkey

There will also be a kids activity area, featuring arts, crafts, and activities, along with free bouncy houses and more.
General Admission: $15

  • Includes: Both Days of Festival (Sat & Sun)

VIP Admission: $60 ($120+ value)

  • Includes: Both Days of Festival (Sat & Sun)
  • Limited Edition Festival Poster
  • 2 Drink Tickets
  • VIP Area
  • LoveFest T-Shirt
  • Kickoff Party Access (June 29th, Friday)
  • Afterparty Access (June 30th, Saturday)
  • & More TBA

To purchase tickets, go to

Visit the Northwest LoveFest Facebook Page . 

Not only is he a multi-media journalist, he is also an accomplished musician. He is the founder of SMI and drives the creative look, feel and branding for the publication. His years of writing, arranging, and performing live music in a variety of genres inform his ability to communicate the message and the mechanics of music. Roth’s work on SMI reflects his philosophy that music is the universal language, and builds community. He believes it has the power to unite people of every race, religion, gender, and persuasion.