Do you like classic rock cover bands? Do you like them enough to camp out and endure two full days in the hot Skagit sun? If so, Strutzfest should be a veritable Woodstock. (Okay, you dont have to camp, although theres financial incentive to do so.) The festivals Saturday night closer is Hells Belles, Bremertons popular and durable all-female AC/DC cover bandbut thats just the icing on the cake. Before the Money Talks, youll be treated to acts covering Heart, ZZ Top, Neil Diamond, Jimi Hendrix, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, as well as more all-encompassing outfits like the Beatniks, Magic Bus, Strutz, and the Davanos. The late guitarist Joe Shikany played in many of these bands, and died in a freak windstorm accident a couple weeks after performing in the inaugural Strutzfest last summer. This years sweaty, beer-soaked meatfest will be dedicated to Shikany, widely regarded as one of the local bar-band scenes true princes. Its about the only type of homage Shikany would have wanted for himself.
Fri., July 31, 3:30 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 1, 11:45 a.m., 2009