2017 Olympia Experimental Music Festival schedule

OEMF 2017 Full Event Info
$23 Full Freakin’ Pass   The festival pass covers the whole weekend (all five blocks of performances) at a reduced price.

You can get a FULL FESTIVAL pass for all three days (23-25 June, 2017), for $23, by clicking below:


Show Times …
— Friday, Obsidian, start at 8 p.m. —

$8 at the door

8 p.m. – Xapchyk – (pdx)
8:45 – L.A. Lungs – (oly)
9:30 – KGD – (oly)
10:15 – d.a. terence – (oly)
11:00 – King Tears Bat Trip – (sea)

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— Saturday, Le Voyeur, start at 1 p.m. —

$3 at the door, all-ages

1 p.m. – Burning Spirits – (oly)
1:45 – Cyclopsycho – (oly)
2:30 – Hammer of Hathor – (oly)
3:15 – Dolphin Midwives – (pdx)

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— Saturday, Obsidian, start at 8 p.m. —

$8 at the door

8 p.m. – Eric Ostrowski (sea) & Fischkopf Sinfoniker (bellingham)
8:45 – Wilson Shook (sea) & Dave Abramson (sea) & Greg Kelley (sea)
9:30 – Mulva Myasis (pdx)
10:15 – Existence Habit (astoria)
11:00 – Angell (pdx)

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— Sunday, Artesian Well Commons, start at 1 p.m. —

FREE, all- ages

1 p.m. – Four Dimensional Nightmare (sea)
1:45 – MK Ultramegaphone (salem)
2:30 – Kole Galbraith (sea)
3:15 – Dead Air Fresheners (pdx/oly/sea)

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— Sunday, Brotherhood Lounge, start at 8 p.m. —

$8 at the door

8 p.m. – Cop Fetish (oly)
8: 45 – K.O. SOLO (sea)
9:30 – Zach Zinn with Rebekah Zinn (ply)
10:15 – Liquid Letters (oly)
11:00 – Bortnichak Johnson Love (oly)
11:45 – oretta ynn (oly) – w/ r. carns & co.

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2016 Olympia Experimental Music Festival schedule

The Lineup for June 24th through the 26th is now set. Here it is:

You can get a FULL FESTIVAL pass for all three days, for $22, by clicking below:


Friday June 24th (Obsidian Cafe) – $8 at the door

8pm: The Giant Worm
9pm: Fidget/Mantle Duo
10pm: Amy Denio/Emily Hay (Wind Talkers – click to read MORE about this great act)!!!
11pm: Worshiprr

Saturday June 25th (LeVoyeur) – $8 at the door

8pm: Fischkopf Sinfoniker
9pm: Shoup, Horist Kikuchi Trio
10pm: Bad Luck
11pm: Miserable Monokeys
12am: Four Dimensional Nightmare

Sunday June 26, 2016 at the Artesian Well Commons (free and all ages):

4:30 PM Cyclopsycho
5:15 PM L.A. Lungs
5:45 PM Dead Air Fresheners
6:30 PM Liquid Letters


Sunday, June 26th (The Brotherhood Lounge) – $8 at the door

8:30 PM  Derek M Johnson

9:15 PM  Joshua Plague

10 PM Malaise
10:45 PM Mac Dawg

11:30 Creaturing – (feat. members from The Need, Romanteek & Wolves the Musical)




Schedule subject to change.

Saluti a Tutti! Wind Talkers in Olympia!!!

Saluti a Tutti!

Greetings & peace to everyone.

I recently enjoyed 6 glorious weeks in Rome, participating as Queen of OU, collaborating with ED MONDO and playing with La Categoria dei Pesi Variabili. along with playing solo and in collaboration with iATO Orchestra, Michael Cooper, and other stupendous musicians.  Ci sto bene a Roma.
Photos here.

The Tiptons Sax Quartet finishes our our 3-week tour of Germany, Austria and Italia in Vienna this Thursday night; it’s been one of our best tours, ever!
We caught up with many friends, and are looking forward to our Midwest Tour
in September.

This past week, the Tiptons made 2 new recordings in Austria.  First, we recorded in the beautiful Tebes Studio in Salzburg; it will be released in September.  We also recorded our concert in a Benedictine Abbey, in collaboration with the 30-person choir Michaelbeuern Abtei Stiftschor in Dorfbeuern, near Salzburg.  The Tiptons + Choir CD should be ready in time for  the holidays.

We’ve spent many long days in the van; I’ve been teaching the band the dialect of ‘ab’, which makes us laugh & time flies by like nobody’s business!
Tip-tons = T-ab-ip  t-ab-tons.
Sax = S-ab-ax
Quartet = Qu-ab-ar  t-ab-et
I’m starting to upload photos here.

Friends!  I’ll be in Seattle for June; on Sat June 4 Kultur Shock is playing a double bill at the Sunset Tavern with my lovely Ama Trio, to kick off our summer touring season (Balkans/Europe from 1 July  – 15 August), and to welcome Mario Butkovic back into the band, and to celebrate my birthday!

The inventive and hilarious flautist and singer Emily Hay will soon be coming
up to the Northwest; we have named our long-standing duo WIND TALKERS.
We will be playing 2 concerts and recording a CD at LITHO studios in Seatle;
check details below!

Hugs to all.


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Sat 4 June: Seattle
KS @ Sunset Tavern
Our 6-week Summer Tour will start with a celebration of Mario’s return and Amy’s birthday.
My most delicious group
Ama Trio will open up!We released 2 powerful songs with Bosnian rapper Edo Maajka!
Video of Sloboda
Video of Staza Manjine

Check on our summer tour dates on the
Kultur Shock website


Sat 11 June:
Once Festival

Amy Denio:
solo accordion & voice
Festival Produced by Jason Webley!
Tickets: http://hereatonce.bpt.me/Fri 23 June: OLYMPIA

(Emily Hay & Amy Denio)
@ Olympia Experimental Music Festival

Sat 24 June: SEATTLE

(Emily Hay & Amy Denio)
@ Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center


Discography on BANDCAMP


Please consider a CONTRIBUTION to the 2016 OEMF (Olympia Experiemental Music Festival)!!!

The 22nd OEMF is going to be here before you know it!  As with every festival, we need your assistance in order to pay our players, expenses for the venues, and all the other things that go with putting together a major event like this!  Please click the link below to make your support known for this long-running musical adventure!!!  We do NEED your help!!!


You can watch the video from right here, if you’d like:

2016 Merchants supporting OEMF

Here are all the merchants who have supported the festival to-date for 2016:


funkfuzz ad


olyphant ad

Rainy Day Records



Old School Pizza


Danger Room Comics



Boomerang Records

boomerang ad

Olympia Autohaus



Costume Atelier Masque & Pettycote

Costume Atelier Masque & Pettycote Music fest ad

Olympia Food Co-op

Olympiafoodcoop ad

Folks – please be sure to VISIT these merchants and purchase something from them – their support is a BIG part of what has allowed this great festival to continue for so many years!!!

NOTE to merchants:  If I have used the wrong link, and you prefer a different one – please EMAIL me right away with the correct link and I will get it changed!!!   rotcod@rotcodzzaj.com

The HISTORY of this great festival!

This will be the HISTORY area for the OEMF.  Much more will be posted here as it is researched (nothing yet, but there soon will be)  Scroll DOWN to find what we’ve collected from various net sources! 

If ANYONE has the lineups for the 1st and 2nd OEMF events, please email them to me at the address below!!!

p.s.  I am slowly making my way through pages that Aerick Duckhugger posted up (quite some time back), adding those schedules into our pages, and getting links for those bands that were on the schedule… if you see a band on any one of the schedules that is without a link, and you know what it should be… please email it to me at rotcod@rotcodzzaj.com

Thoughts from Jim McAdams (one of the original organizers)!!!

Jim wrote this for the 3rd OEMF (thanks to Aerick Duckhugger) for this!L. Jim McAdams
By the time spring of 1997 rolled around I was getting to be pretty worn out with regard to putting on music shows. In fact by the end of the third day of the second festival, I wasn’t at all sure I would ever want to do it again. While the music was great, I was enjoying it less because of the encroaching administrative duties. Something had to change, to keep me interested, and unfortunately at that time, my interest still dictated whether it would happen or not (which was exactly what needed to change.) I delayed committing to do it at all, and finally through a series of heart to heart talks with Barbara Zelano, the Midnight Sun manager, I agreed to do it one last time with the hope that we could set up something that would continue to exist and grow long after I decided to move on. Arrington jumped in and helped immensely to pick up the slack. This was really the first year that someone besides me was completely equal in the booking, management, press, and everything else really. I commend him on his work.

We put this version of the festival together in so little time I still get dizzy to think about it. Neither Arrington nor I had an e-mail account at the time, so remembering my phone bills also messes with my stomach. Oddly, the year we did it without e-mail, was the year that this web page became an “official”voice of the festival, and we have Dick Metcalf to entirely thank for that. Working on often inaccurate notes and flyers from me, he truly brought the festival online.

We decided to go ahead and do it in April, and since May (the month of the first two fests) was a little too close, we set the dates towards the end of June. The short period of time we had to work with did not diminish our ambition. We added yet another day, moved the dates to a weekend based Thursday through Sunday format, tacked on two matinee shows, and increased out venues from one to three. We also did a program for the first time, and found the Olympia community surprisingly willing to support and sponsor us.

The opening and closing shows were still at the Midnight Sun, as well as Friday night, but the Saturday night show was at the Capitol Theater Backstage, a significantly bigger space, and the matinees were at the Arrowspace an art gallery/music venue also a short walk from the others. The first matinee was an all local showcase, and the second was the first installment of what I hope continues as annual tradition: The Improv Hat Draw, a chance for anyone who wanted to take part in the music by creating rather than just listening.

Please consider a CONTRIBUTION to the OEMF

Several folks have visited the INDIE-GOGO site for the Olympia Experimental Music Festival, but (so far) only ONE contributed…. please consider making a contribution.  All $$$ gathered will be used to help compensate the artists who play in the festival!  So, please visit and make your contribution NOW by clicking the link below (this is the UPDATED campaign link):

21st Annual Olympia Experimental Music Festival INDIE-GOGO campaign!

2015 Merchants supporting OEMF

Here are all the merchants who have supported the festival to-date for 2015:


Eastside Big Toms

Boomerang Records

Brotherhood Tavern

Danger Room Comics

Old School Pizza

Olympia Autohaus (new advertiser)

Olympia Film Society (new advertiser)

Olyphant Art Supply (new advertiser)

Rainy Day Records

Folks – please be sure to VISIT these merchants and purchase something from them – their support is a BIG part of what has allowed this great festival to continue for so many years!!!

NOTE to merchants:  If I have used the wrong link, and you prefer a different one – please EMAIL me right away with the correct link and I will get it changed!!!   rotcod@rotcodzzaj.com



2015 Olympia Experimental Music Festival schedule

The TICKET PRICES for this year’s festival are as follows:

Friday (Eagles) $5-10, sliding scale;

Saturday & Sunday (Le Voyeur) $5 and

A three-day pass for $8.00

Friday, June 26th: Eagles Club Grand Ballroom (805 4th Ave. E.):                                                              

7pm: The Giant Worm
8pm: Uneasy Chairs
9pm: Tonal Masher (aka Aram Shelton)
10pm:Samantha Boshnack Quintet
11pm: Dead Air Fresheners


Saturday, June 27th: Le Voyeur      (404 E 4th Ave)                                                                             
7pm: Long Division
8pm: Ffej
9pm:Kenny Mandell/New Art Trio
10pm:WA Trio
11pm:Bad Luck
12:am:  Wendy Atkinson



Sunday, June 28th: Le Voyeur       (404 E 4th Ave)                                                            
4pm: Fishkopf Sinfoniker
5pm: Big Tom The Lithuanian
6pm:Clifford Skele-Dunn
7pm: Knot Pine Box
8pm:Dave Luxton
9pm: The Hand of Reason