Stephanie Anne Johnson, a Tacoma soul and R&B artist, is in the line-up for a new music festival produced by the island organization, Tip the Scales (Courtesy Photo).

Stephanie Anne Johnson, a Tacoma soul and R&B artist, is in the line-up for a new music festival produced by the island organization, Tip the Scales (Courtesy Photo).

Music festival will bloom on Maury Island

The lineup, presented by Tip the Scales, will include award-winning musician Stephanie Anne Johnson.

Tip the Scales Events will present its first music festival at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at 6605 S.W. 240th Street, on Maury Island.

The three-act lineup will include Stephanie Anne Johnson, an award-winning Tacoma-bred soul and R&B artist who was featured on the 2013 season of “The Voice.”

Seattle rock band Boxcar Tourist will also perform. In this band, islander Jeff Minzel is joined by bandmates Ryan Glant, Dave Thurston, Eyal Schwartz and Sean Dolstad.

Saint Ophelia, a local alternative folk-rock band will round out the bill. The band is fronted by singer and songwriter Joseph Panzetta and vocalist Rebekah Kuzma, backed by Dan Tyack on steel guitar, Wesley Peterson on drums and Chuck Keeler on bass. The band is known for its blend of vocals, musicianship, and original songs written in a wide range of styles.

The presenting group, Tip the Scales, was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 2018 by artist and designer Carolyn Shilling Gill, singer-songwriter Kat Eggleston and bassist Michael David Marcus. The group is dedicated to paying musicians a guaranteed, fair wage at house concerts and other intimate settings, and raising awareness about equitable pay for musicians.

Past concerts have included ones by the Maggie Laird Trio, Carter Castle and Bill Davie, folk legend Claudia Schmidt, singer-songwriter Jennifer Stills and a songwriters “in- the-round” evening with Steve Itterly, Susan Lewis and Paul Dally. Another event featured three masters of American fingerstyle guitar, Steve Davison, Peter Janson and Tracy Moore.

The festival has a suggested donation of $30, to be collected upon entry to the event. Food trucks will be parked at the festival, but attendees should bring their own beverages and seating.

To make a tax-deductible contribution to Tip the Scales or offer your home as a venue for future concerts, email kat@

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