Submitted by: Terhi Miikki-Broersma of the Lynden Music Festival

The Lynden Music Festival is back! After a year of taking off to consider other options, the people have spoken and told us to bring it back. This year we are concentrating on more Country music. We have some talented folks from Nashville coming in this year.

Rachele Lynae is sure to impress. Photo courtesy: Lynden Music Festival.

Our mission has always been to celebrate the musicians who are from Lynden but making their career somewhere else and this year we are happy to bring Heather Cole and Rachele Lynae who attended Lynden Christian School. They will host Writers Round on Thursday from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at JAC and entertain us at Steak House 9 on Friday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m.

Also appearing with Heather and Rachele is Nashville singer Keenan Date. His strong abilities as a writer, guitarist and vocalist are quickly becoming known all over Nashville. He is a regular at some of Nashville’s top clubs like The Stage, Legends Corner and Aj’s Goodtime bar.

A boogie woogie kid, himself, Matthew Ball is returning to the Lynden Music festival from Michigan. A nationally touring artist, Matthew performs New Orleans and Swing favorites from the 20s, 30s and 40s. His performances are described as “awesome,” “crushing” and “fantastic!” Matthew will be appearing at the Jansen Art Center during our opening ceremonies at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday Oct 10, as well as on Thursday Oct 11 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Jansen Art Center Piano Lounge.

We are excited to start off the festival with an a cappella/harmony workshop. Mount Baker Toppers and Momma’s Boys from Seattle will assist the school district music department in teaching the aspects of ensemble harmony and preparing for the performance on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the new Lynden Middle school.

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