Chinook Fest launched in 2012 by Yakima-based musician and entrepreneur, Cody Beebe, and his bandmates Eric Miller, Aaron Myers and Joe Catron (The Crooks). Their idea was to give back to the community which had provided unconditional support of their music, as well as the notion that the area they called home deserved to experience the same new and high quality music they’d come to know over their 10+ years as touring musicians.
What began as a small, one-day gathering of 250 people at Jim Sprick Community Park at the base of the Cascade foothills, has blossomed to a multi-day festival of nearly 2000 people occupying 25+ acres.
Our team has grown too, but our foundation remains the same; to be passionate about music, connecting people and creating memorable experiences. Our goal is to maintain an intimate and unique experience for our festival goers, artists and community members and to showcase Yakima Valley and the natural landscape around us. Our mindset is not to be “the cool kids on the block,” just to execute a five-star experience that is valued throughout the region and keeps you coming back year after year. So if you see us in the trenches at Chinook Fest, don’t hesitate to say hello. Tell us what you love, tell us what we could change, because it’s all about bringing you the best music and introducing you to the best things our state has to offer!
VISIONARY | CREATIVE DIRECTOR
DAWN M. GARDNER
FESTIVAL DIRECTOR | TALENT BUYER