Doe Bay Festival 2011

Pickwick at Conor Byrne open mic @ Doe Bay Cafe

“….Americans have an inability to relax into sheer pleasure.Ours is an entertainment seeking-nation, treatment but not necessarily a pleasure-seeking one….This is the cause of that great sad American stereotype- the overstressed executive who goes on vacation, click but who cannot relax…But is it such a bad thing to live like this for just a little while? Just for a few months of one’s life, is it so awful to…nap in a garden, in a patch of sunlight, in the middle of the day, right next to your favorite fountain? And then to do it again the next day?”- Elizabeth Gilbert in Eat, Pray, Love

If you have trouble relaxing, then Doe Bay is the place for you to find relief.  This isolated treasure of a place on Orcas Island is home to the annual Doe Bay Music Festival, now in its fourth iteration.  For two days, indie folk bands (and some other genres) and music fans take over Doe Bay for a weekend of enjoying each others’ company and music.  This year’s festival, which sold out in 3 minutes without a lineup announced, saw acts The Head and the Heart, Pickwick, Ravenna Woods, and Campfire Ok headlining.

See a small collection of photos below, with the full set on Flickr.  Also, my review of the festival is published on Guerrilla Candy.

Suzi Pratt is a Seattle event, food, and travel photographer available for hire. She is also a contributing writer at Digital Photography School and runs a blog teaching others how to start a photography business.
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