(photo courtesy of Michael Wright)

(photo courtesy of Michael Wright)

Gobblefest: a rocking good show for a good cause

Kick off the season of giving right at Poulsbo’s Slippery Pig for Gobblefest on Nov. 2 from 6 p.m. to midnight. All proceeds from the charity rock show and auction will go toward Fishline’s food bank.

Gobblefest began 10 years ago in Kirkland, on the founder and local musician, Brian Feldtman’s, 50th Birthday.

“I told my wife I wanted to play a show, for one night with every band I have ever been in,” Feldtman said.

“We got about 11 bands to come, from as far south as San Diego to as far north as British Columbia. We had so much fun we decided to do a similar thing the following year, except rather than on my birthday, which is in December, we decided to do it in November and we had the idea of trying to get people to donate money to Northwest Harvest, which is the local food bank in Kirkland. Just seemed like the perfect time of year, so we gave it the name ‘Gobblefest,” Feldtman said.

Gobblefest came to the Slippery Pig for the first time about four years ago by the recommendation of Feldtmans former bandmate Michael Wright. Wright had been scouting out locations for Gobblefest that were closer to home for himself and Feldtman.

“The Slippery Pig is just such a natural venue for something like this. It’s all ages, they have great food and drinks, a preset stage and sound system so its really just plug and play for us and the bands that participate,” Feldtman said.

Over the course of the last three years, Gobblefest has grown to three shows a year in three locations, Kirkland, Poulsbo, and Bainbridge Island. The proceeds of which all go to local food banks such as Northwest Harvest, Fishline and Helpline House.

“One of our traditions is to sell two sets of beads for $20, people have a lot of fun with that,” Wright said.

Other auction items include a signed guitar from one of the bands or a chance to sing a song on stage with a band.

“Last year a kid from one of the bands, his parents bought the signed guitar for him and he played it that night and still plays it today,” Feldtman said.

Feldtman’s band Rock Steady and two other bands, The Howling West and Organic Gold will be playing at the Slippery Pig on Nov. 2. But there’s a twist. Rock Steady has invited 10 singers from all over the northwest, including two popular Poulsbo singers to participate as well.

Gobblefest starts at 6 p.m. and goes until Midnight Nov. 2 at the Slippery Pig. The goal for Saturday’s event is $4,000.

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