Marysville Brew and Cider Fest features country and rock

MARYSVILLE – Step aside Donnie and Marie.

The Marysville Brew and Cider Fest April 6 will have its own version of a little bit country, a little bit rock-n-roll.

The Marysville-Tulalip Chamber of Commerce fundraiser will feature the Harvey Creek Band of Arlington and Aardvarks United of Marysville-Everett.

In previous years, the event has featured an out-of-area band. “But we’re all about promoting local,” chamber president Jesica Stickles said Wednesday. “We wanted an upbeat sound with songs everybody knows and can dance and sing along to.”

The concept is working. She said 108 tickets already have been sold, almost double compared with last year.

Vendors so far include: Scuttlebutt, Diamond Knot, 5 Rights, Whitewall, SnoTown and Wander breweries; for cider there’s Winsome and 2 Town; and for wine Pasek Cellars. Stickles said based on feedback from previous events she hopes to add another winery or two. “Wine to add variety,” she said.

The Harvey Creek Band has been performing for about 10 years. Their influences include Zac Brown Band, Little Big Town and Sugarland.

The six-member band includes performers who can play a number of instruments, but their biggest strength is vocal harmonies. They have played all over the area, including: The Evergreen State Fair, Quil Ceda Creek Casino, The Hidden Vine, and they are regulars at Loco Billy’s Wild Moon Saloon in Stanwood.

Aardvarks United is a classic rock band that has been together about 2 1/2 years. They are known for playing a wide variety of danceable music. Crowd favorites include a medley of disco songs, along with a trio of hits by the Cars. For this gig they will perform some new songs, from “1999” by Prince to “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond, to “American Girl” by Tom Petty to “Whip It” by Devo. The most-modern song the four-member group plays is “I Gotta Feeling” by Black-Eyed Peas, but most of their songs are from the era between “Long Cool Woman” by the Hollies to “Dancing With Myself” by Billy Idol.

That band has performed often at The Brick in Roslyn, and also has played at the Marysville Sunrise Rotary Shrimp Boil and for various events at the Opera House.

The Harvey Creek Band will open the event from 4-5:30 p.m. with Aardvarks United going from 6-8 p.m.

Food is being provided by Bleachers Restaurant at Cedarcrest Golf Course.

Each attendee will receive a 4-ounce souvenir glass. Vendors will fill the glass up to five times. Additional tastes will be three for $5.

Cost is $30 if purchased by the end of this month. In April and at the door, if there are any tickets left, the cost will be $35.

Designated driver tickets are $10, and include food and bottled water.

To get tickets online, go to marysvilletulalipchamber.com and follow the prompts.

Upcoming concerts

March 24: The Not-Its

April 6: The Harvey Creek Band and Aardvarks United

April 18: The Buckaroosters

April 27: Leroy Bell and His Only Friends

May 11: Always…Patsy Cline

May 16: Rondo Swing

May 31: Pearl Django

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