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Continuing the Labor Day tradition of free live roots music at Timberline Lodge, Timberline has again teamed up with Boyd Coffee Company and Mt Hood Brewing Company to host an all day mountain music festival on Monday, September 4, 2017.

Timberline Labor Day Mountain Music FestivalThe 2017 Timberline Mountain Music Festival features a dynamic selection of some of the finest young string bands currently recording and touring the folk, bluegrass, and Celtic scene. If you know their music, you know what we’re talking about. If you haven’t heard them yet, you are in for a real treat!

Admission is free to the Timberline Labor Day Mountain Music festival. Enjoy Timberline’s food and beverages and bring an instrument to join in the jams led by the Taborgrass Players on “Pickin’ Patio.”

Music rain or shine – 12:30 to sunset.

Event Information: 503-272-3134

EAT & DRINK at the Timberline Mountain Music Festival

On the back patio near all the action, we’ll have food and snack tents, a Boyd’s Coffee Cart, and a Mt. Hood Brewing Co. beer and wine garden. Timberline’s other Mt. Hood restaurants will be open during the festival as well. Cascade Dining Room – BIG breakfast and lunch buffets, casual fine dining for dinner (reservations required for dinner). Ram’s Head Bar – family-friendly food and drinks with a view. Blue Ox Bar – this hidden gem has killer pizzas, cocktails, and beer. Wy’East Cafe – grab & go salads, sandwiches, and snacks.

No dogs or picnic lunches please.

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  • It is infectious and joyful, soulful even. ...This enthusiastic energetic band is confidently, assuredly, proving to live audiences that thoughful songwriting can be a "joyful 'belly full'." Get yourself some.

    Ed Malachowski, No DepressionQuote about Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys
  • ...the band actually emerged fully formed, possessing a certain savvy that assures their ability to stand apart in a crowded field of nu-grass contenders. It also assumes that while The Way Down Wanderers may have only just begun their musical journey, they’ve come quite far already.

    Lee Zimmerman, Relix MagazineQuote about The Way Down Wanderers
  • The Railsplitters are talented, with well-written songs and spot-on instrumentation. This album is a nice addition to the ever-growing progressive bluegrass field.

    John Goad, Bluegrass TodayQuote about The Railsplitters
  • Even though his music is tinged with humor, Carl Solomon's songs have the earnest approach of their Appalachian and country/western/folk roots.

    Laurie Sonnenfeld, KBOO 90.7 FMQuote about Carl Solomon
  • Ultra-talented Irish performers .....freshness and finesse bordering on magical...

    Earle Hitchner, Music Writer, Wall Street JournalQuote about We Banjo 3
12:30 p.m. CARL SOLOMON

carl solomonPortland’s own Carl Solomon will open the show at 12:30. This local singer-songwriter accompanies himself on guitar and delivers riveting “slice of life” songs steeped in soulful folk, roots, and blues. Carl performs in the storyteller tradition, and delivers tales well worth listening to.


lindsay lou and the flatbellysOriginally from the shores of Lake Michigan and now based out of Nashville, Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys will take the stage at 1:00 p.m. Their sound is an eclectic mix of country and bluegrass tinged Americana music featuring the talented musicianship from the Flatbellys, and of course Lindsay’s lovely vocals.


the way down wanderersThe Way Down Wanderers, also from the Midwest, is professionally trained but brings a gloriously loose jam-band vibe to their lively stage show. This five piece modern Americana string band draws in their crowd with fine musicianship and then captivate them with soulful, stirring instrumentals, harmony singing, and foot-stomping sing-alongs. The Way Down Wanderers take the stage at 2:15 pm.


the railsplittersThe Railsplitters innovates with skillful playing and a powerful stage performance. They’ve remained true to the roots of bluegrass music while simultaneously unleashing tradition and taking bluegrass to new heights…and to new audiences. Banjo player Dusty Rider’s songs propel the group’s original sound while Loren Stovall’s lead vocals are like butter. Hailing from Colorado, they were the winner of the 2013 Rockygrass Band Competition and have gained serious attention on the festival circuit ever since. Dig ‘em at 3:30 pm.

5:00 p.m. WE BANJO 3

we banjo 3All the way from Galway, Ireland, our headliner band, We Banjo 3 will thrill you! Innovation is also a hallmark of this fine group. By blending traditional instruments and the stylings of bluegrass and Celtic music, they have developed a sound and style that has been referred to as “Celtgrass.” Lee Zimmerman writing for Elmore Magazine said it best, “It’s as if Punch Brothers, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, and the Chieftans all got together for a battle of the bands but decided to pool their resources instead.” Enough said. We’re in for a great music festival. Wear your dancing shoes! We Banjo 3 should take the stage around 5:00 pm and play into the sunset.

Some of the Great Performers Who Have Played at the Timberline Labor Day Mountain Music Festival Over the Years…

John Gorka – Kelly Joe Phelps – Slaid Cleaves – Jimmy LaFave – Tom Russell – Lloyd Jones – Sarah Lee Guthrie – Johnny Irion – Eliza Gilkyson – Bryan Bowers – Dave Moore – Chris Knight – Moe Dixon – Mary Flower – Ray Wylie Hubbard – Kate Power – Steve Einhorn – Pat Donohue – Alex DeGrassi – Dave Carter –Tracy Grammar – Bill Morrissey – Mary McCaslin – Cheryl Wheeler – Jackstraw – Curtis Salgado – Terry Robb – Seamus Eagan – Peter Yates – Craig Carothers – Dan Hicks – Steve Forbert – Dave Mallett – Bill Staines – Kat Eggleston – Andrew Calhoun – Tom May – David Rea – Steve Young – Gordon Bok – Kieran Kane – Kevin Welch – Claudia Scott – David Francey – Spencer Bohren – Don Edwards – Misty River – Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem– Geoff Muldaur – Fritz Richmond –  Hugh Moffatt – James Talley – The Acoustic Guitar Summit – Tish Hinojosa – Barbeque Orchestra – Aengus Finnan – James Keelaghan – David Wilkie & Cowboy Celtic – Steve Seskin – The Sam Hill Bluegrass Band – Larry Wilder – The Sawtooth Mountain Boys – Nina Gerber- Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum – Katy Moffatt – Radaslov Lorkovic – The Freak Mountain Ramblers – Andrew Hardin – Bob Frank – Peter Rowan – Rita Hosking – The Great Northern Planes – Broken Top – The Barn Birds – The Black Lillies – Monocle Band – Nora Jane Struthers – Cahalen Morrison & Eli West – John Lilly – Liz Longley – Darlingside – Jonathan Edwards – Eric Kallio – Jackstraw – Caitlin Canty – Sam Baker – Marley’s Ghost