The fifth annual Northwest Psych Fest will take place August 31-September 1 at the Sunset Tavern and once again will boast strong representation from Mexican musicians. Run by Peter Koslik and Nick Arthur (with integral help from Oscar Nuñez, drummer of the Mexican band Dorotheo), NWPF has become one of Seattle's most interesting music events, culminating with last year's booking of Mexican legends Los Dug Dug's local debut appearance. This year, Guadalajara's Dorotheo, Neptuna, Mortemart, and UAY will perform, along with Jack Endino's new group Beyond Captain Orca, the Slaughter Guarantee (a new unit consisting of Zen Mother/Nordra guitarist/vocalist Monika Khot and saxophonist/keyboardist Skerik), and others. Koslik and Arthur's visuals add another layer of disorientation to the sonic hallucinations.
"It's blowing our minds we're celebrating our fifth year," Koslik says via e-mail. "We initially thought we'd be one and done, but our community just keeps growing. I think we've brought together an amazing alchemy of creative talent."
Koslik relates that Skerik and Khot formed the Slaughter Guarantee specifically for NWPF. "I truly have no idea how to describe it, but the talent involved speaks for itself. After seeing what Skerik did with Lorbo [at last year's NWPF], I have no doubt that it's destined to be wild.
"I think Neptuna represents everything Northwest Psych Fest stands for: the fearless expression of creative talent in the face of overwhelming adversity."
As excited as Koslik is for this year's Psych Fest, he also has some apprehension regarding the Mexican bands' ability to cross the border. Let's hope NWPF avoids becoming yet another victim of Trump's wrong-headed attitude toward Latinos.
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*Regarding the front room, Koslik says he's not sure which band will play on which day.
Northwest Psych Fest is premiering a new video from UAY. Their name means "wizard" in the Mayan language of Tzotzil.