The Sunbanks Festival is a four-day, semiannual music festival located against the backdrop of Banks Lake near Grand Coulee Dam at the beautiful Sunbanks Lake Resort in Electric City, Washington. The prestigious event was founded in 1995 and is now celebrating its 20th anniversary. It is a six-time Washington Blues Society B.B. Award recipient for “Best Music Festival” in the state, and features local, regional, national, and international artists. Sunbanks offers a diverse selection of rhythm & blues, rockabilly, funk, roots rock, Americana, singer songwriters, and more.
This year’s event starts on Thursday evening, September 10, with acoustic music in the Cantina, followed by three days on the main stage with a backdrop of awe-inspiring scenary of the lake framed by the foothills.
Performing this year will be Sugaray Rayford Band, The 24th Street Wailers, Too Slim & The Taildraggers, Little Bill Trio, Bump Kitchen, Daniel Castro Band, Robbie Laws Band, Hillstomp, Sammy Eubanks, Rod Cook, Virgil Brown & The Wired Band, Wasteland Kings, Robin Barrett & Coyote Kings, Massey Ferguson Band, Rafael Tranquilino Band, The Skiffs, Steve Cooley & The Dangerfields, Junkyard Jane, Ruby Flambe, Sister Madame, and Emily Aldridge & Matt Stoops.
Festival-goers can enjoy a variety of accommodations; tent camping, RV sites with full hook-ups, rustic cabins, as well as one, two, and five bedroom villas with all the amenities of home. The resort also features a boat launch and moorage, miniature golf course, and beach access behind the stage with views that rival music festivals far and wide. The lodge features a restaurant and bar, and also houses a boutique, general store, a TV/ lounge area, and an espresso cafe. Massage therapy is available by appointment.
The Sunbanks Festival is a 21 and over event, and pets are not permitted. Information on tickets and lodging can be found at sunbanksfestival.com.