Our Iconic Orcas Need You – Please Come Party with Orca Researchers and Former Trainers, Enjoy a Pint, and Make a Difference!

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This rare opportunity is being brought to you by Wild Orca, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to raising funds and support for organizations that provide non-captive education and services for the well-being of wild orca populations.


Join us in the Hales Ales Beer Garden at 6:30 for a meet and greet with
the former SeaWorld trainers featured in the documentary Blackfish,
as well as Ken Balcomb of The Center for Whale Research.

August 22, 2014

All ages

Join us for an evening of dancing, beer, and Orca conservation! Wild Orca is pleased to present the americana, stomp-grass music of Polecat with Eric Tollefson at Hales Palladium in Fremont on August 22nd to support The Center for Whale Research on San Juan Island, Washington. Your ticket funds the important Orca Survey project and conservation of the Southern Resident Killer Whale population.

Enjoy Hales Ales finest beers during the concert. Wild Orca’s raffle prizes include:

  • Round trip airfare for two onboard a Kenmore Air Seaplane to Friday Harbor to enjoy an afternoon of whale watching with San Juan Safaris.
  • A DVD of the critically acclaimed documentary “Blackfish” with insert autographed by Ken Balcomb, Howard Garrett and former SeaWorld Trainers: Sam Berg, Jeff Ventre, and Carol Ray.
  • An official “Blackfish” T-shirt.
  • A trip for you and your friends aboard the Hales Ales double-decker bus to sample the finest Hales Ales beers while touring the city.
The Center for Whale Research has studied the Southern Resident orcas  for almost forty years.
The Center for Whale Research has studied the Southern Resident orcas for almost forty years.

Ken Balcomb (War of the Whales photo).
Ken Balcomb (“War of the Whales” photo).

For almost four decades, the Center for Whale Research has conducted annual photo-identification studies of the Southern Resident orcas of the Salish Sea for the purpose of protecting this endangered population and informing both the government and the public of their ecosystem needs. The Center’s Founder and Principal Investigator, Ken Balcomb, is a pioneer of orca research in the Pacific Northwest. Without his ground-breaking work, and his tireless advocacy, we probably wouldn’t have resident orcas in the Sound and Straits today.
More at www.whaleresearch.com

 Center for Whale Research

The entertainers:


Formed in Bellingham, Washington in March 2010, Polecat has quickly established itself throughout the West, with three records and over 300 shows in three years. Their unique instrumentation is composed of Karl Olson (drums), Jeremy Elliott (electric guitar and vocals), Aaron Guest (vocals and 12-string guitar), Cayley Schmid (fiddle), and Richard Reeves (upright bass). This enables them to seamlessly blend genres including bluegrass, country, celtic, rock, and world music into their sound. “The core audience of Polecat is, well, everybody. There is a sense of mass appeal attached to Polecat for it’s unique take on bluegrass, as well as an acknowledged respect for their honest approach to their genre” (H. Nightbert, What’s Up! Magazine, June 2010).
Aside from their self-titled E.P. and full length albums ‘Fire on the Hill’ and ‘Fathoms’, one of the best aspects of Polecat is their live show. Their music celebrates life, love, and good times, and it reflects on the faces of the players and their audience. Polecat has shared the stage with several nationally acclaimed acts, including The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, Sam Bush Band, The Hackensaw Boys, The Moondoogies, Fruition and Trampled by Turtles. More at www.polecatmusic.com

Eric Tollefson

Eric Tollefson
Heart is the essence of this talented Alaska native’s charming music. His songs are a deep and satisfying exhale, as if Tollefson sings primarily to rid his ribcage of the sorrow, satisfaction and rich stories that simmer within it. His sound breathes the doleful spirit of the blues yet pulses with savvy pop sensibility, whether he’s transmitting it via a muscular electric groove or a gorgeous, gently plucked acoustic guitar.
After touring last year with Donavon Frankenreiter and Rayland Baxter, the Seattle resident started working with Justin Armstrong (Dave Matthews, Death Cab, Peter Frampton) on an album slated for release in fall of 2014. He’s cherry picked a ground shaking team of musicians from Seattle and venues in the northwest are taking notice. The result is a fresh show with a wide range of dynamics. They not only capture a room, but also give them the very thing that a lot of shows miss with their audience. Groove.


Hales Palladium
4301 Leary Way NW
Seattle, WA 98107

Minimum donation of $25 Online
$28 at the door (as available)

Located behind the Hales Ales Brewery & Pub across from Fred Meyer.

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