Harefest is returning to Canby on Friday and Saturday, July 12-13, for its ninth incarnation. Organizers are amping up the experience with three stages, nonstop music and "glamping" sites, so you won't "want to miss a thing."
The 1980s tribute band festival for persons 21 and older is presented by J-Fell Presents and The Wild Hare Saloon; it takes place in Canby's backyard at Pat's Acres Racing Complex.
This year's event features 22 Northwest tribute bands performing the music of Journey, Aerosmith, Guns N' Roses, Heart, Eagles, Beastie Boys, Def Leppard, AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Judas Priest, Blondie, Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Loverboy, Foreigner, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Motley Crue, Whitesnake, Pat Benatar, Dokken, Bruce Springsteen and The Cult.
"This isn't just great musicians covering the work of legendary artists," said Harefest Emcee Bozyk. "These are tribute bands dedicated to recreating the experience of seeing those legends in their prime. These performers have 'studied the tape' and give attendees the opportunity to suspend disbelief for a short time and see a full-production concert featuring songs that deserve to be experienced in a live performance setting.
"They're not trying to fool anyone," he added, "just have a great time with a great crowd."
Inside the venue, music will go nonstop on two stages, according to co-organizer Jason Fellman of J-Fell Presents. When one stage finishes, the other one starts up.
"More music for the buck," Fellman said.
New this year, organizers are adding a third stage in a tree grove outside the venue with performances on Saturday, July 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The "Field Stage" and associated "Rock N Roll Bazaar" are free admission. No festival ticket is required. The only cost is the $10 parking.
"While the primary purpose of this new area is to give the approximately 1,400 overnight attendees something super fun to do Saturday during the day, it's also a great way for folks around the area to come by to get a taste of what Harefest is all about without having to purchase a festival ticket," Fellman said.
Three acts will perform on that outer stage, including Fortunate Son (Creedence Clearwater Revival), Lucky Town (Bruce Springsteen) and Jukebox Heroes (Foreigner).
Harefest has been referred to as "adult summer camp," with food from 10 vendors; beer, cider and wine; VIP areas; a merchandise tent; and overnight camping available at the racing complex located along the Pudding River.
While the RV sites are all sold out, there are still tent-camping sites and glamping sites available (just two glamping sites left) at harefest.com.
The glamping area consists of 10 bell tents, strategically placed to create a village of fans who want to do Harefest in style. They are weather-resistant, spacious bell tents furnished with a queen air mattress (with optional upgrade to foam mattress), bedding, lanterns, end tables, a mirror, rug and other comfort elements.
Harefest gates open at 5 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are available at harefest.com/tickets/ at a cost of $49-57 for one day or $147 for both, including tent camping. VIP tickets and other accommodations are available as add-ons.
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