Nathaniel Rateliff took the stage at Starbelly Jam Music Festival 2011.

Nathaniel Rateliff took the stage at Starbelly Jam Music Festival 2011.

Starbelly sneak peek

Snow may still be on the ground but the line ups for summer festivals are already making their appearance.

Snow may still be on the ground but the line ups for summer festivals are already making their appearance.

Starbelly Jam Music Festival has been giving fans a sneak peak of what the summer’s show may look like, but are still going to keep a few secrets.

“We’re looking for more collaborative acts and improvisation, so I won’t tell who our last band is of the festival but it is very much a collaborative, improvisational effort, and that’s going to be fabulous,” said Starbelly’s new artistic director Lea-Rae Belcourt.

The festival has already announced that Seattles The Cave Singers, Jeff Crosby and the Refugees, Gabriel Palatchi Band and Jamie Janover will take the stage in July.

“We’re really really excited about all of the acts, but really the Barr Brothers I think right now are a very exciting, they’re just an amazingly talented band and they’re growing in profile, hugely right now. We’re really excited to have them coming,” said Belcourt.

For regulars to the festival the organizers are working on a new project called Infinite Innovations in Motion.

“I wish I could tell you more but the innovations will be surprises to the regulars of the festival,” said Belcourt. “One has to do with power and one has to do with combining art with innovation. It’s another collaboration.”

Starbelly is also making more improvements with the environmental responsibility of the festival.

Last year the event used a the Bokashi composting system, and in July they are hoping to be operating on a zero waste scenario.

“All packaging is either recyclable or compostable,” said Belcourt. “We’re also implementing the LOFT system – which is local, organic and fair trade – so as much as possible encouraging our food vendors to do loft, and the craft vendors it’s LOFT and hand crafted. So people can look for those labels on the crafts and on the food next year.”