In late 2010 the conversations I had with Pickwick guitarist and co-songwriter Michael Parker were often about Doe Bay Fest. As far as Parker was concerned, if Pickwick made it on the 2011 Doe Bay Fest lineup, he would count that a successful year for Pickwick. This modest goal reflected just how tough years of developing Pickwick had been up until that point. The pursuit of music had been a humbling lesson from day one in Seattle. But shortly into the new year as their shows swelled to sell-out proportions at places like the Tractor, the Crocodile and Columbia City Theater and Pickwick had to reprint 7″s, it was clear their time spent was finally paying off and this was a very modest goal. A booking at Doe Bay Fest would prove to be simply the first of a string higher profile bookings in summer and fall that would include Bumbershoot, City Arts Fest, MusicFest NW in Portland, and now to round out the year, a headlining bill at the newly reopened Neptune Theater (capacity 999) in Seattle.
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