Live Tonight: The Quiet Ones, Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Fest, Timber Fest, Chatham County Line

After 10 years and a handful of releases each better than the last, The Quiet Ones officially call it quits tonight. That’s not to say the band’s primary members—including brothers John, Chris, and David Totten—are leaving the music scene altogether; you can find combinations of them in at least seven other Seattle-based groups, including Friends and Family, Scriptures, and Brighter Waters. But the time has come to say goodbye to one of Seattle’s most straightforward indie-rock bands—one that could nail an obscure R.E.M. cover as easily as it invokes the spirit of Pavement in a song like “Terrestrial Chains”—and this send-off with friends promises to be a good time. It’s an amicable decision, after all, says John. “We’re super-excited to party with everyone.” With BOAT, Marty Marquis (of Blitzen Trapper). The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-4618, thecrocodile.com. 8 p.m. $8 adv. GWENDOLYN ELLIOTT

Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival There was a time when appreciation for bluegrass as an art form was limited to dedicated Appalachian devotees and in-the-know country-music enthusiasts. That time is far gone indeed. In the past decade or so, bluegrass has become more recognized in the larger popular-music landscape, and has really taken hold in the Pacific Northwest, as evidenced by the continued success of this annual fest at the Gorge. This year’s event is bigger than ever, with a keen blend of larger well-known acts like James King and John Reischman, along with Northwest heavyweights like the Great Northern Planes and Sam Hill. Through Sunday. Skamania County Fairgrounds, 710 Rock Creek Dr., Stevenson, Wash., columbiagorgebluegrass.net. Festival pass $55.50; single-day pass Thurs. or Sun. $15, Fri. or Sat. $35. CR

•In only its second year, the Timber Outdoor Music Festival has established itself as a fully immersive experience that moves beyond your typical music festival. Sure, you get a chance to see an awesome lineup (including Damien Jurado, Horse Feathers, Charles “the Screaming Eagle” Bradley, and J. Mascis) in an intimate environment, yet there’s something more to it. Embedded within this great festival is the mission to combine music, family, community, and a love of nature. With an array of outdoor activities and camping, this is a celebration not only of the arts, but of pure awe for our Northwest landscape. Camping is highly encouraged, so air out that moldy tent from the basement. Through Saturday. Music starts 4 p.m. Thurs. Tolt-MacDonald Park, 31023 N.E. 40th St,, Carnation, Wash., timbermusicfest.com. Passes start at $20; camping pass extra. STIRLING MYLES (Watch seattleweekly.com/reverb for Morgen Schuler’s take on the festivities.)

•As bluegrass goes, few states—except maybe Kentucky—have offered the hotbed of string-burners that North Carolina can claim. Just off the top of my head, burning up the scene right now are the irrepressible Avett Brothers; Steve Martin’s exceptional backing ensemble Steep Canyon Rangers; and Chatham County Line. Led by the warm vocals of frontman Dave Wilson, this quartet sounds like Wilco jamming in a cabin somewhere in the Blue Ridge mountains, with high four-part harmonies and catchy melodies that dip equally into pop and traditional string-based forms. Bring your dancing boots. 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599, tractortavern.com. 9 p.m. $12 adv./$14 DOS. GE

 
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