Music at the Port Townsend Farmers Market has a longstanding and rich history, going all the way back to when the market was located in a gravel lot in downtown Port Townsend behind city hall. The tradition continues today at the Uptown Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market. Starting in June, 2019 there will also be weekly music at the Chimacum Sunday Farmers Market.
Opening Day on April 6 in Port Townsend features a tradition that goes back 15-years: Kristin and Otto Smith on fiddle and concertina with their band the Tremont Revelers. The noontime set break on Opening Day will feature a guest appearance by the Lowest Pair, a banjo duo from Olympia. Also appearing early in the market season will be the legendary Canote Brothers at the second market, the Mexican songs and melodies of Tres Piedras in early May, and a special performance by Seattle’s Cast Iron Maidens later in the month.
Here in Jefferson County, we consider the presence of high-quality music at the farmers market to be a gift from our musicians. Encouraging market musicians and spreading the word about upcoming performers is one direct way to support the market and market music. The farmers market provides a modest stipend to performers. Because we ask musicians to limit activity to the stage area, we encourage market customers who enjoy the music to tip the musicians. Our market musicians always work to lift our spirits, and good music can bring rays of sunshine even when the weather is not cooperating (please consider tipping a little extra if it’s a rainy day).
Notes for Performers on Market Logistics and Scheduling
There is high demand for market performance slots. Nonetheless, we endeavor to ensure all past market performers get a chance to play. For touring or local performers with late-breaking opportunities to appear, we may offer ‘feature slots’ when a guest performer takes the stage during a break (with the consent of the primary act). In other words, don’t hesitate to contact the Music Coordinator if you have any ideas at all.
Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Markets offer limited stage/sound support under the music canopy. An authorized market sound tech will assist with setup and soundcheck using a four-channel mixer and some dynamic microphones. The Chimacum Farmers Market also provide a music canopy and limited sound reinforcement options (there is a mini system with a few inputs). Music at the Chimacum Farmers Market is self-service unless otherwise requested. Although there is often technical support at the market, each musical act is ultimately responsible monitoring it's own sound, and for bringing any required seating, tip jar, or signs.
We ask that market performers arrive a half-hour early for performances: 9:30 am on Saturdays and Sundays.
For acts requiring sound reinforcement, please send basic tech requirements in advance to facilitate setup on market day. Please know that we ask musicians and audience alike to refrain from political/electoral activities within the market’s boundaries.
Thanks for supporting the Jefferson County Farmers Markets! If you have questions or concerns please feel free to email Music Coordinator, Matt Sircely: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you Sponsors!
Thanks to the generous contributions of community partners, JCFM is offering a stipend to performing musicians at the Port Townsend and Chimacum Farmers Markets this season. Music at our markets is brought to you by: the Port Townsend Arts Commission, Fountain Chiropractic, and Peninsula Credit Union. We are still seeking additional sponsors to support music at the market this season. Please contact Market Director, Amanda Milholland, if you are interested in learning about sponsorship opportunities.