Concerts in the Park: Trolls Cottage

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Name: Concerts in the Park: Trolls Cottage
Date: August 30, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM PDT
Event Description:
Trolls Cottage is hypnotically simplistic; music soaked in lyrical contemplations.   The energy this band brings to a performance is exhilarating and most certainly compels the audience to get up and dance.  With intoxicating genre-bending music and lyrical depth, Trolls Cottage has withstood the test of time. Nearly twenty years after their inception, Trolls Cottage returns to the Island for their first public show on Vashon in four years.

Sometime in 1997, Earl Clay was going to college in Bellingham and roommates with Matt Bain, Jacob Bain’s brother.  Jacob started playing guitars with Earl around that time – he didn’t even know that Earl played the drums at this point.  Jacob had this battery powered alarm clock with a cassette player on the top of it.  He immediately wanted to record some of the stuff he and Earl were coming up with.  Next time Earl came to the Island for the weekend, Earl and Jacob went down to the oil docks and while looking across at the city lights, they made this little four-song recording.  It was just fun and in the moment at the time, without vision…but it was really the start of something much bigger.  Earl took the tape up to Bellingham and over the next year whenever Jacob would visit, all his friends and comrades that he had come to know on the college scene up there were totally blowing Earl and Jacob up like it was the next best thing.

Fast forward to 1998 where Trolls Cottage was dubbed the name after a small cottage, deep in the woods on the island, where the group rehearsed. In the coming years they would be playing to capacity crowds at live music clubs and festivals in Washington State and beginning to extend their reach across the West Coast.  And then there were the notorious house parties on Vashon and up in Bellingham…legendary you might say.

Trolls Cottage released two live CD’s and four full-length studio CD's, the last one in 2008.  

While they mostly stuck to larger clubs around Seattle and neighboring cities, Trolls Cottage also completed several West Coast Tours that included shows in British Columbia, California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and the Hawaiian Islands. Over the years, Trolls Cottage has shared the stage with many international acts such as Lucky Dube, Culture, Natural Vibrations, Eek A Mouse and Clinton Fearon at festivals such as Bumbershoot, Folklife, Feather River Festival and Island Earthfair.

There’s so much Island history attached to this band – the stories, the family of friends that are drawn to this experience and the music that played such a big part of so many people’s lives that grew up here on the Island. 

Don’t miss this one, it’s going to be one of the biggest family reunions Vashon has ever seen.
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Ober Park, Vashon, WA.
Date/Time Information:
Thursday, August 30th, 7-9pm.
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Free admission.
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