There’s a twice-yearly music festival that goes on at Sun Banks Resort near Banks Lake. It features a lot of independent rhythm and blues musicians and it’s really fun! They have one of the festivals the weekend before Memorial Day and another one the weekend after Labor Day. I went to both of them a couple years back and they were both great.
It’s not a costly show or anything but I haven’t had weekends off the past couple years so I haven’t been able to go back. Finally, I got a job that gives me every weekend off and I can actually go out there again, which I’m really excited for. I can’t wait to go to the Sun Banks Rhythm and Blues Festival this year!
This summer marks the 15th anniversary of the Sunbanks Resort Rhythm and Blues Festival. Nearly every May and September, the resort sponsors several days of quality music. Patrons come from all over the Northwest to listen to some extraordinary acts. The talent pool is so great that the festival has been named the Best Blues Festival in the Northwest two years running.
Personally, I intend to take the family along with me for four days of music and sunshine. The kids may not be familiar with all the tunes yet, but by the end of the weekend I’m sure they’ll both be clamoring for guitar lessons. (I just might be willing to oblige).
Blues festivals have been around for many years. Debuting in 1973, the San Francisco Blues Festival is the longest running, blues festival in the United States. Blues festivals were created to educate the public about the history and music of blues.
Here in Washington, we try to educate as well as entertain in the same way. The Sunbanks blues festival, is one of the most amazing festivals that you will attend. There are so many different types of bands that perform. The atmosphere is truly astonishing. It’s low key but still has just the amount of energy. The scenery is amazing. I highly recommend anyone to take part in this amazing event.
When it comes to spring break, finding an affordable and rewarding activity for students can be a challenge. Many students may want to look closely at a hiking or camping outing for some healthy fun away from school during the upcoming break. For those on seriously tight budgets day-hiking along one of Banks Lake’s trails is a cheap and practical way to enjoy the outdoors without committing to a potentially costly trip.
By researching the area before you head out for your hike is a great way to find the routes that can be hiked in a single day. Planning ahead also gives you some time to collect the proper gear or to put together a group of friends to share in gas and other expenses. Whatever you choose to do, Banks Lake outdoor activities are endless. There’s a little something for everyone at this scenic getaway in Central Washington.
One of the highlights of living in Pacific Northwest is the vast assortment of Washington festivals and events constantly taking place. In the next few weeks alone, there will be the Bite of Seattle and an immense outdoor exhibition put on by the Bellevue Art Museum. My favorite festivals, however, are those that center on music.
During the summertime, the state plays host to dozens of music events—from the Sasquatch Festival and Bumbershoot, to the Sunbanks Blues Festival. Not only do these festivals feature music artists, but they also typically feature comedians, painters and other artists. No matter what your taste, there is always some world-class entertainment on the horizon.
Twice a year, the Sun Banks Rhythm and Blues Festival brings musicians and music lovers to the idyllic shores of Banks Lake. The 2010 spring edition is fast approaching, and the time to make your reservations is now. Beginning this Thursday, the Festival will run through Sunday, with each day chockfull of top tier blues entertainment.
The Festival attracts musicians from around the state and country, and this year’s spring festival features notable names such as The Moss Brothers, Hamilton Loomis and the Neil Rush Band. Not only will you get to take in some of the most renowned blues musicians, but you will also have the vast Eastern Washington landscape at your disposal. Go on a hike, take a leisurely kayak trip or just lounge around the shore of Banks Lake.