The Beatles' Shea Stadium concert will always be remembered for Ringo's flaming drum set, George's 20-minute stand-up routine, and the backward rendition of "I Me Mine" that summoned Paul back from the dead. Attend a concert with just as many mind-blowing moments with today's Groupon: for $23, you get a ticket to the No Depression Festival, featuring Swell Season, Lucinda Williams, and Cave Singers on Saturday, August 21, at Marymoor Park in Redmond.
As the go-to source for Americana and roots music, No Depression magazine curates its own festival to showcase both well-established and up-and-coming folk acts. This year's festival is headlined by the dulcet Dublin tones of The Swell Season, consisting of Irish musician Glen Hansard and Czech singer and pianist Markéta Irglová, who starred together in the Academy Award–winning 2007 indie-musical Once. Other acts include acclaimed singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams, Seattle indie-folk rockers The Cave Singers, and Alejandro Escovedo—winner of No Depression ’s "artist of the decade" for the '90s. Tickets are general admission, so arrive when the gates open at noon to secure a close-up spot on Marymoor Park's two enormous grass lawns, ensuring that the artists can pointedly ignore your request that they play the entire score of The Muppet Christmas Carol.
Now in its second year, the No Depression Festival began with rousing success in 2009, when Iron & Wine and Gillian Welch played to a sold-out crowd. This is also the second year that the show is presented by the Seattle Theater Group, a non-profit dedicated to spreading a vibrant, diverse selection of art, music, theater, and film to the Emerald City's environs. Revel in the earthy, AutoTune-free sounds of folk's best artists and find the musical inspiration to compose your 401(K)-funded concept album with today's Groupon to the No Depression Festival.