Northwest String Summit returns

String-band festival in North Plains is heaven for fans of acoustic music

By Jenny Wasson / The Bulletin

There aren't many places where you can hear the unique mating call of peacocks and some of the country's greatest pickers in the same vicinity.

That is, unless you head to the 12th annual Northwest String Summit at Horning's Hideout near Portland.

Hosted by the Yonder Mountain String Band, the popular music festival returns July 18-21 to North Plains. Located 20 miles west of Portland, Horning's Hideout is home to a muster of peacocks; approximately 35 adult birds meander through the grounds.

The 2013 lineup includes Leftover Salmon, Keller and The Keels, David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Greensky Bluegrass, Black Prairie, Danny Barnes and Darol Anger. In addition, the festival has a full lineup on its Northwest Local Stage @ Cascadia Acoustic Coffeehouse and the Further Bus Tweener Stage.

“This year we are going into our 12th String Summit, and we are delighted to refocus our programming on strings and acoustic music, the foundation of the festival,” said event promoter Skye McDonald in a news release. “While there is plenty of pickin' and singin' at this year's 'Strummit,' when the clock strikes midnight, there are surprises in store that will ensure a huge rockin' dance party that is sure to get the trees shaking and the peacocks howlin' along with the crowd!”

Four-day passes are currently $180, plus a service fee, through July 17, which includes primitive camping and limited parking. (Tickets rise to $195 the day of the show.) Three-day passes (Friday through Sunday) are currently $155 in advance and $175 day of show. To purchase tickets and for more information on the festival, visit www.stringsummit.com.

For a sneak peak at the “magical” String Summit experience, the festival is also hosting the world premiere screening of its official documentary “Turn Left at The Peacock” on July 17 at McMenamins Bagdad Theater & Pub in Portland. The event features live performances by Danny Barnes, Sugarcane and Benny “Burle” Galloway. Tickets are $12. For more details, visit www.stringsummit.com/movie.