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Seattle, Portland bands to headline Bear Fest 2013


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Seattle’s Pearl Django will return for a third appearance at Bear Fest when they roll out their brand of classic jazz at the Nolan Center on Thursday, July 25.

The entertainment lineup for Bear Fest 2013 has been announced and includes two groups from the Pacific Northwest, notably Portland, Ore. and Seattle, Wash.

Opening up the festivities will be the returning musical act of Pearl Django, a Seattle-based jazz group that melds the unique style of Belgian guitarist Django Reinhardt and French violinist Stephane Grappelli.

The quintet’s music has been compared to the pre-World War II era “Quintette du Hot Club de France,” though with modern sensibilities and instrumentation.

The group played during Bear Fest’s inaugural event in 2010. They...

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