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The Labor Day Mountain Music Festival has been moved inside due to inclement weather. Join us in the Main Headhouse for a memorable show!

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 September 5, 2016.

TLMMF2016_flyerwebThe festival. traditionally set up in the lodge’s historic outdoor amphitheater, is one of Timberline’s ways of giving back to the community and celebrating the wonderful mountain setting. This year’s lineup promises powerful performances from some of Americana music’s leading contemporary artists.

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,” set up in the Barlow Room.

Music rain or shine – 12:30 to sunset. While there is rain in the forecast this week, it is expected to clear up by the weekend. On Labor Day during the festival, the forecast at Timberline is mostly sunny with a highs in the mid-50s. Click here to stay up to date on the weather forecast.

Event Information: 503-272-3134

EAT at the Timberline Mountain Music Festival

On the back patio near all the action, we’ll have food and snack tents and a 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. 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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    David Bowling, & seattlepi.comQuote about Marley's Ghost
  • In a voice that sounds like a stretch of sun-scorched Texas terrain — that is to say, coarse and unruly, possibly overgrown with cedar brush, yet all the more beautiful for its roughness — Baker instills his third album with gravity and levity, never shying away from a hard truth or a good joke. Often, he shows, they’re the very same thing.

    Stephen M. Deusner, CMT EdgeQuote about Sam Baker
  • A mixture of Americana, roots rock and pure country, this is as good as it gets...fine songs, quality performances by the musicians participating and deft songwriting.

    Rob Ross, PopDoseQuote about Caitlin Canty
  • With precise, nimble picking and a continually forward-thinking outlook, Jackstraw breathe young life into old-time bluegrass via their tightly strung, hollow-bodied wooden instruments, and imprint a fresh Pacific Northwest stamp on a well-worn, pleasingly familiar sound.

    The Portland MercuryQuote about Jackstraw
12:30 p.m. ERIC KALLIO

eric kallio bwFirst up at 12:30 p.m. is Mt. Hood’s very own Eric Kallio. This local singer-songwriter accompanies himself on guitar, Dobro, and National steel guitar. He will share with us some songs inspired by his life here on Mt. Hood. As full-time caretaker of the Reed College Cabin in Government Camp, Kallio finds lots of quiet time to hone his skills as an excellent picker, and he finds inspiration for his songs by being close to nature. He will be singing songs from his debut CD, Glass Wood & Steel.

1:00 p.m. JACKSTRAW

jackstraw musicA favorite on the bluegrass scene, Jackstraw will be kicking it up a notch at 1:00 p.m. as they return by popular demand to Timberline with their brand of “Northwest Mountain Music.” Jackstraw, who hails from right here in Oregon, is a perennial favorite on the summer festival circuit all over the nation. This five-piece band possesses a powerful and cutting edge blend of originals, bluegrass standards, old timey sounds, and classic honky-tonk country. We figured it was time to get them back on the Timberline stage so they can share some songs from a new (their 7th) CD that will be released this summer. Here is a clip from their 2013 appearance at the Pickathon Festival.


caitlin canty musicIt is our special pleasure to present one of Americana music’s rising stars, singer-songwriter Caitlin Canty, performing at 2:15 p.m. Born and raised in Vermont, Caitlin is now based out of Nashville, and is in high demand on the concert and festival circuit. Her 3rd and breakthrough album, Reckless Skyline, was released this past January to rave reviews. It is a powerful collection of 12 songs that features great musicianship and her smoky vocals on a blend of country ballads, blues, folk, and catchy tunes like the irrepressible “Get Up” (featured in the clip below), which is nominated for Song of the Year by the International Folk Music Awards. She is currently on tour with Darlingside, a band that gave us a stand-out performance here last year. We are thrilled to have attracted Caitlin to perform here as she travels en-route to the Sisters Folk Festival.

3:30 p.m. SAM BAKER

Sam Baker 2Sam Baker will appear as a trio at 3:30 p.m. Sam’s music is poignant and powerful. Hailing from West Texas, complete with its cowboy sensibilities and a strong sense of individuality, he is also imbued with a larger world-view. With a personal near-death story of tragic loss at the hands of a Shining Path terrorist bombing in Peru in 1986, Sam’s music is powered by an enduring sense of purpose, and thoughtful insight into what it means to be human. His poetic lyrics have a strong literary element that ring true. In what is a refreshing enigma, his performances are not necessarily powered by particularly skillful musicianship, but they are captivating nonetheless. His raw delivery is emotional and straight from the heart. He leaves his audiences wanting to hear more, and sometimes speechless. A Sam Baker performance can be transformative. His latest CD, Say Grace, was named “One of the Top 10 Country Albums of 2013” by Rolling Stone Magazine. Here is a clip from a highly anticipated (not-yet-released) DVD.

5:00 p.m. MARLEY'S GHOST

Marley's GhostMarley’s Ghost will bring it all home for us at 5:00 p.m. This crowd-pleaser band is a festival favorite all over the country. Hailing from the Seattle area, they capture the uplifting sounds of West Coast Americana music perhaps better than any other band. We have wanted to present them at Timberline for a long time now. The six-piece band of seasoned musicians is celebrating their 30th anniversary with a tour de force album, The Woodstock Sessions, helmed by Grammy Award winning producer Larry Campbell. Known for his artful work with Levon Helm and Bob Dylan, among countless others, Campbell guides the Ghost’s dig into its garden of deep roots to uncover a host of hidden gems. Featuring their trademark multi-part harmonies and multi-instrumental skills, the band’s 11th album is a resonant road trip through America’s past set firmly in the present. Here is a recent performance on the nationally syndicated radio broadcast show, e-Town.

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