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Bainbridge Bluegrass Festival returns July 28 | Kitsap Week

BAINBRIDGE — The Bainbridge Bluegrass Festival returns after a one-year hiatus, July 28, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., at historic Battle Point Park.

Jeff Hemmat, a Starbucks employee by day and erstwhile event planner in his off-time (, resurrected the festival and said it will “step out in its newest, liveliest and best incarnation ever.”

Hemmat said the original festival died after its fourth year because of lack of funds and waning volunteer enthusiasm.

Hemmat brought the festival back to life with a lineup that includes the Clumsy Lovers, The Oly Mountain Boys, Side Saddle, and Abby Mae and the Homeschool Boys.

Other festival features: 17 artisan and service vendors, five food vendors, a beer garden, a children’s play area, and an arts and crafts exhibition area. A free shuttle service will provide rides between the festival and the Bainbridge ferry terminal.

Admission is $10; children 12 and younger get in free. Tickets can be pre-purchased at Town & Country Market and online at

Proceeds will benefit West Sound Wildlife Shelter and Bainbridge Island Special Needs Foundation.

Hemmat has a degree from the Seattle Art Institute. He was an original owner of Groove Factory Studios, which cut Candlebox’s successful demo; the creator of Caffe Infinito, a swanky Eastside art and music café that hosted acts like the Colorifics, Dexterity and VibeSpice; and he was a former roadie for Candlebox.


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