Seattle Met photographer Lucas Anderson joined the crowd gathered at the bus stop at 10th and Pike on Saturday—some 80-odd people who had no idea where they were going, when they would return, or how they would all fit into the VW bus parked nearby. Details, details. That’s part of the allure of the JanSport Bonfire Session: a free summer concert ’round a campfire for a select few brave enough to board a bus to who-knows-where. You just had to be among the first 125 to queue up at 10th and Pike; your spirit of adventure would be rewarded. Local roots rockers the Moondoggies were waiting in the woods somewhere to welcome you with a beer, a burger, and a little night music.
Around 6pm the VW (along with two Gray Line buses) started shuttling people northeast to a private residence near North Creek, tucked away in the trees. The stage was set beneath strands of twinkle lights, and the Moondoggies launched into an hour-long set on one of the warmest, clearest evenings one could recall this summer. They wrapped up with an acoustic session around the campfire, the glow of the blaze lighting the banjo and three-part harmonies filling the shadows. They saved the S’mores for last.
Check the slideshow by Lucas above for more from the Bonfire Session.