Veteran Taste performer has seen its growth

Edmonds’ own Scott Lindenmuth has played more than 25 times
By Brian Soergel | Aug 10, 2017
Courtesy of: Scott Lindenmuth Scott Lindenmuth
Scott Lindenmuth

Where: A Taste of Edmonds, Sixth Avenue North and Bell Street
When: 1-2:30 p.m. Friday
Tickets: Free with $5 Taste admission, free for kids 12 and under
Information: www.tasteedmonds.com, 425-670-1496

 

Scott Lindenmuth has seen A Taste of Edmonds evolve from a small street festival to today’s three-day extravaganza, an event that draws people from all reaches of Puget Sound.

But Lindenmuth doesn’t just attend the Taste – he’s on the other side of the stage, a guitarist who has played more than 25 times there. He’s performing again this year, from 1-2:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, on the Main Stage.

How far back does he go? As far as you can go, it turns out.

“I played at the first A Taste of Edmonds,” said the 61-year-old, who moved to Edmonds at age 7 and has lived here ever since. “I was playing solo guitar at Quintana Roo Restaurant, which was on the corner of Third and Dayton. The owner, Chris Matt, told me about a festival he was putting together and asked if I would play at it.”

That first festival was held on Fifth Avenue South in 1983.

Today, the festival boasts numerous bands on two stages.

“As a performer, I like the huge stage with high quality sound and lighting,” Lindenmuth said. “Having played most of the major festivals in the Northwest, A Taste of Edmonds is at the top of the list and rivals any other. I always look forward to playing there.”

Lindenmuth, now working on a new CD on his Dark Streams Records label, earned a bachelor’s degree in jazz and classical guitar from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. He describes his music as jazz fusion, as he plays arrangements of jazz standards and original music.

His influences?

“I saw the Beatles when I was 10. Led Zeppelin four times, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, the progressive rock of Yes and King Crimson, John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra and Pat Metheny.”

All of his influences listed are present in his sound. He and his band will perform a variety of sounds and styles from soft acoustic to heavy, overdriven electric music, the latter where sound is altered.

Expect many Lindenmuth fans watching him when he works his magic on the guitar, but undoubtedly some new ones who will marvel at his technique. Some of them may even be past or current students – he’s been teaching technique since 1975.

Past students have included members of Metallica, Nirvana and Soundgarden.

Lindenmuth has a busy schedule, but always enjoys staying home for the Taste.

“It has been amazing to see A Taste of Edmonds grow from a very small event,” Lindenmuth said, “to what it is today.”

 

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