The recently created Macefield Music Fest is filling bars all over Ballard Saturday, paying homage to Edith Macefield, the woman who refused to sell out and give in to developers who offered her $1 million for modest home just under the Ballard Bridge. The festival was put together after the Reverb Festival was canceled after an eight-year run. It’s taking place at the Sunset, Tractor Tavern, Conor Byrne, Hazlewood and Hattie’s Hat, with bands starting at 8 p.m.
About the festival, organized with backing from the Seattle Weekly:
Produced through the collaborative efforts of Copeland, Michael Stephens, Drew Church, and Hannah Levin (all of whom share tattoos of Macefield’s iconic house and produce memorable private events at Underwood Stables), the festival’s tone was set instantly when Church mused that it could be named after the woman they all admired. “When Drew suggested the name ‘Macefield Music Festival,’ it really resonated that Edith Macefield’s name inspires people, especially people in Ballard to do things on their own terms,” explains Copeland. “I hope we are able honor her memory by offering up a fantastic event owned an operated by the community of Ballard!”
Click here for the full line-up. Partial proceeds from the festival will go to benefit MusiCares via a raffle at Hattie’s Hat tonight. Tickets are available through The Stranger and cost $10 for a wristband good for all venues.