Huichica Music Festival—the boutique music, wine, and food festival started in 2009 in Sonoma, California, by Gundlach Bundschu Winery's Jeff Bundschu and Fruit Bats' Eric D. Johnson—has announced the lineup for the fest's first-ever installment in Walla Walla, Washington.
In recent years, Huichica has partnered with (((folkYEAH!))) Promotions and expanded from its California origins to include a fest in the Hudson Valley, New York, but 2019 marks its first event in the Pacific Northwest.
Huichica Walla Walla takes place September 13 and 14, and will include performances by Yo La Tengo (performing two sets), Allah-Las, Destroyer (solo), Purple Mountains, Robyn Hitchcock (performing two sets), Moon Duo, Fruit Bats (solo, performing two sets), Waxahatchee, Titus Andronicus, Howlin Rain, the Minus 5, Lia Ices, Madeline Kenney, and Marisa Anderson. That's a pretty impressive lineup for a debut festival.
Tickets went on sale today, and cost $150 for the two-day affair, with upgrades also available. As far as libations and sustenance go, "Wines from Gundlach Bundschu, Sleight of Hand, Echo Echo, Underground Wine Project, and the Walla Walla Community College Viticultural Department will be available for purchase, in addition to craft beers and farm to table fare from the region’s finest purveyors. Provisions and activities from lifestyle and outdoor partners will also be available." The event is all ages.
It all goes down at Stella's Homestead in Waitsburg, Washington, a small town in the Walla Walla Valley about 25 minutes northeast of the town of Walla Walla. All told, it's a roughly four-hour drive from Seattle. Huichica Walla Walla arrives during a changeup of Pacific Northwest music festivals, with big events like Sasquatch! getting canceled, but new events like THING starting up.