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Chinook Fest spotlight: The W Lovers

The W Lovers

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Each day leading up to Chinook Fest, Friday through Sunday, we'll highlight a different act from this year's lineup including today's spotlight band, The W Lovers.

This Seattle duo (and occasional full band) is a great reminder that the term "easy listening" doesn't always have to be pejorative. The W Lovers are easy listening in the best way, not because their songs are saccharine or unchallenging but because they're accessible and just, well, pleasant. They feel lived-in and comfortable, if a bit world-weary.

This is music for a hammock near a river, with a cold lemonade on a hot day. This is music for driving alone in the middle of the night. This is music that's easy to listen to but hard to shake afterwards.

The W Lovers' Chinook Fest set is scheduled for 4-4:40 p.m. Friday.

Tickets for Chinook Fest are $95 for the weekend; $35 for Friday, Sept. 9; $65 for Saturday, Sept. 10; and $20 for Sunday, Sept. 11. Only the Sunday program is all-ages; Friday and Saturday are 21 and older only. For information visit The event takes place at Jim Sprick Park, 13680 State Route 410.

Watch every day until the festival for more Chinook Fest spotlight bands, and make sure to pick up a copy of Thursday's On magazine for more coverage, a complete schedule and our picks for must-see bands.

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