Annual Walla Walla Guitar Festival Coming in March

It’s going to be the party of the year at the 13th Annual Walla Walla Guitar Festival on March 8, 9, and 10. Don’t miss out on three days and 30 acts in 13 venues, all within walking distance in downtown Walla Walla, the heart of Washington Wine Country.

The weekend will showcase blues, rock, jazz, funk and Americana music from across the country. This year’s event will feature the multi-award-winning Rick Estrin and the Nightcats, Chicago Farmer and the Fieldnotes, the Laurie Morvan Band, and a reunion of Too Slim and (the original) Taildraggers, plus a ton of regional and local favorites.

It all begins Thursday, March 7, with Shaman’s Pre-fest Jam at the VFW, hosted by Mike Mendoza and Diego Romero.

The official opening is Friday, March 8, with Chicago Farmer and the Fieldnotes, bringing you top-notch midwestern americana, live at the festival’s Opening Concert in the Marcus Whitman Ballroom. followed by the multi-venue Kick-Off Party, featuring RB Stone and the Stacy Jones Band at the VFW, and Bridge of Sighs and the Vaughn Jensen Experience at the Eagles Lodge.

Saturday performances kick off at noon with the Acoustic Showcase at the VFW, featuring Lori Tyler and Shannon Richardson, followed by the Large Show with Coyote Kings w/Tiphony, the Laurie Morvan Band and our headliners, Rick Estrin and the Nightcats. Next is the multi-venue Guitar Crawl featuring Too Slim and the Taildraggers’ Reunion with Too Slim, Tom “Stomp” Brimm and John Cage, plus the Billy Blues Band, Joel Astley, Diego Romero, and the Wasteland Kings.

The Tarwater Allstar Jam begins at midnight, where you’ll get to hear players from all the acts mixing it up, hosted by Vaughan Jensen.

Sunday music begins at the Gospel Brunch with music from Gary Winston’s Real Deal Gospel, followed by Jazz at the Fest, hosted by Michael Agidius.

Added to all this will be shows in bars, restaurants and tasting rooms in downtown Walla Walla all weekend long. In other words, you’re invited to a sensational party with great food and drink and some of the best music known to man. The 13th annual Walla Walla Guitar Festival is going to be a large time!

The best way to enjoy the festival is with a $175 weekend pass, a $140 Friday and Saturday all-music pass, or the Saturday all-music pass for only $95, all available online at Lodging and festival packages and tickets for individual shows are also available.

2024 Guitar Festival Acts

Rick Estrin and the Nightcats; Chicago Farmer and the Fieldnotes; the Laurie Morvan Band; Taildraggers Reunion (Too Slim, Tom Brimm & John Cage); Joel Astley; the Stacy Jones Band; RB Stone; Coyote Kings w/Tiphony Dames; Diego Romero; Lori Tyler & Shannon Richardson; Syco Billy’s String Band; Bridge of Sighs; the Wasteland Kings; Billy Blues Band; Mike Mendoza & Feedback; Real Deal Gospel; Vaughn Jensen; Michael Agidius (Jazz at the Fest); Campbell Davis; Trey Rose; Jake Lorang; Connor Hubin; Joanne “Jo Jo” Morland; Lance Smith; Stranger Things; Maryann Petri; Makaylee Smith; Sarrah Lynne; Doug Morasch; Sexter Holman.

2024 Guitar Festival Venues
The Marcus Whitman Ballroom; VFW 992; the Walla Walla Eagles Lodge; Marcy’s Bar & Lounge; AK’s Mercado; Nocking Point; House of Smith; Public House 124; Henry Earl Estates; Kontos Cellars; Goose Ridge Tasting Room; Plumb Cellars; Big House Brew Pub; the T-Post Tavern.

2024 Guitar Festival Tickets & Info