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Saturday July 1, 2017 at 7:30 PM       The Olympic Express Big Band

* * *  Note: This will be an outdoor concert, so bring your lawn chairs

or picnic blankets. * * *












The Olympic Express repertoire covers the entire collection of the classic top hits from the early 1900's to the present, including Big Band Swing, Standards, Business Man’s Bounces, Dixieland, Rock & Roll, Jazz, Motown, and Boogie Woogie.  They have that unmistakable "big band" sound created by gathering some of the finest players on the Olympic Peninsula. You won't want to miss this huge sound at our new outdoor performance space.

www.olympicexpressbigband.biz

14 member band!

Steve Lingle  - band leader and baritone sax

Signe Crawford - sax and flute

Kevin MacCartney - sax, congas

Dick Thorson - sax

Al Thompson - sax

Joey Lazzaro - trumpet

Kris Grier - trumpet

Doug Brundage - trumpet

Bonnie Booth - trombone

Angie Tabor - drums

Mark Schecter - keys

Elaine Gardner Morales - bass

Brian Douglas - guitar

Jessie Lee Spicher - vocalist


3 Snippets from a 2014 live performance at the Juan de Fuca Festival::



Sunday July 2, 2017 at 2:00 PM      Outdoor Square Dance












We are planning to host another community square dance on the grass in front of the picnic shelter again on the 4th of July Weekend.   There will be live music played by a group of musicians from Centrum’s “Festival of American Fiddle Tunes Workshop” held in Port Townsend every July.  Let's do it again!

The band:

Howie Meltzer - fiddle

Nancy Katz     - bass, banjo

Terry Weiner    - mandolin

John Hatton    - guitar

David Tilke      - caller



Friday July 7, 2017 at 7:30 PM                    Anna Coogan

on tour from New York














Coogan’s edgy and engaging live performances have been hailed as a “festival highlight” by The Times of London and “glorious” by Glasgow Metro. Boston born and classically trained in Austria, she spent her twenties in Seattle, busking among fishmongers in Pike Place Market before filling larger venues in the region. Her music has been featured on ABC TV, KEXP, the BBC, RTE 1 (Irish National Radio), and WDR 4 (Cologne, Germany). After her move to New York state in 2011, she co-wrote and toured a record with JD Foster (Calexico, Patty Griffin), and joined Americana-punk veteran Johnny Dowd on recent albums in addition to live performances at Lincoln Center and throughout Europe.

www.annacoogan.com

Song samples at:  www.annacoogan.com/music-1

with guest performer: the fantastic pedal steel player Jay Kardong

Check out Anna Coogan and Willie B's new live video of "Wishing Well" featuring the fantastic Jay Kardong on pedal steel. This was filmed at Seattle's storied Triple Door

www.youtube.com/watch?v=4c-LAHlAg8Y


Saturday July 15, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Ted Brancato returns to the West Coast












Jazz pianist Ted Brancato is a musician with four decades of experience in the music business. Since his early days, growing up in Seattle, WA, Ted has been actively performing, composing, arranging and recording music. Ted has performed and recorded with Houston Person, Ron Carter, Christian McBride, Milt Jackson, Ernestine Anderson and Paquito D'Rivera among others.    

After 30+ years of working in the New York City area, Ted released his first solo album in 2013 entitled The Next Step (Origin Records 82649).   The album contains 14 originals that span a stylistic palette from straight-ahead jazz to rhythm and blues and feature the artistry of Ron Carter on bass, Terry Silverlight on drums, and Matt Langley on sax. Ted's second album entitled Bicoastal (March 2017) contains 12 exciting new originals played by master musicians Lou Marini on sax, Lee Finkelstein on drums, Gregory Jones on bass, and Ben Williams on Trombone. Four songs on Bicoastal feature Ted's newly honed skills as a vocalist!

www.tedbrancato.com


Ted Brancato - keys, vocalist

Tom Svornich - drums

Dirk Anderson - bass


Saturday August 5, 2017 at 7:30 PM     Sky in the Road


You could say it was love at first note. When Sky in the Road founding members Daniel Rhiger and Rahmana Wiest, both singers and musicians since childhood, met they were providing back-up vocals and instrumentation for another local singer/songwriter. It quickly became apparent that there was magic in this "harmonic convergence" and Dan and Rah, as they are known by their friends, soon became musical partners and eventually life partners.

Sky in the Road has released several CDs including, "Time Travels", "Celtic Gypsy", "Where Everything is Music" and their 1996 debut, "Sky in the Road". Their recordings have received airplay in major markets such as Boston, San Francisco and Portland and on numerous college radio stations nationwide.


www.skyintheroad.com



Song samples at:  www.reverbnation.com/skyintheroad/songs

Saturday August 19, 2017 at 7:30 PM     Michael Stephen Rivers













Like fresh bread out of Love's kitchen, Michael Rivers' songs come ready to nourish. He performs in churches, coffeehouses, and small concert halls around the Pacific Northwest and Midwest United States. Michael studied singing and songwriting at Berklee College of Music and earned a B.M.E. from Valparaiso University. Currently he works as solo performer, a vocal coach, and as the director for the Peninsula Men's Gospel Singers. Michael and his wife Nan and their children live in Port Angeles, WA

www.michaelstephenrivers.com


Saturday September 2, 2017 at 7:30 PM       SeaStar













Since their beginnings in 2007, SeaStar's music has been described as both "timeless" and "authentic". From dusty Americana postcards, to Celtic anthems with hints of bluegrass and old-time, to passionate ballads, and award winning story songs, SeaStar takes their audiences on a musical journey of history and tradition. Fae Wiedenhoeft's (pronounced Wee-den-hauft) powerful vocals carry contagious, original, melodies and deliver singable choruses that will keep you singing for hours after their shows. Fae's finely crafted compositions and velvet voice are loved and revered by many across the globe. Her songs tangle truth, whimsy, and the passions of the human heart together in a beautiful escape from the ordinary.


www.weareseastar.com


Song samples:  https://seastar1.bandcamp.com



Saturday September 9, 2017 at 7:30 PM    Band of Lovers













“It’s a golden road trip,” Kate Bee wrote of the debut album from Band of Lovers. Her words reflect the band’s lifestyle, as well- born on the road in the fall of 2013 and living and touring full-time in their self-converted 1997 Dodge van, the music they write strongly echoes their way of life.

“Few songs are sweeter than ‘Tennessee’…” said Christian Carvajal of the single off of the band’s full-length independent release ‘the Coast’ (Feb. 2015). The album has sold over two thousand copies and debuted on local and public radio stations around the country, including NPR affiliates HPPR, WPR, KUWR, KXCI, and WRUR.

With a modern take on folk sound and pop structure, their songs draw inspiration from the stories and landscapes of North America. They’re currently touring and preparing for the release of their upcoming sophomore album, recorded in Woodstock, NY.

www.bandoflovers.net

 Song samples at:  www.bandoflovers.net/music


Saturday September 16, 2017 at 7:30 PM       Katie Kuffel


Katie Kuffel grew up in the Pacific Northwest, where she pursued performance and songwriting after being trained in both cello and piano. Her lyrics are steeped in nuance and tackle concepts like femininity, mental health, and the complexity of emotions. Balancing whimsy and self-awareness, playful music and thoughtful lyrics, her alt-pop/blues tone coupled with her strong, rich voice is sure to leave its mark.



www.katiekuffel.com


Song samples at:

www.katiekuffel.com/music



Saturday October 7, 2017 at 7:30 PM                  Beth Wood

Beth Wood is a modern-day troubadour and believer in the power of song. Her exceptional musicianship, crafty songwriting, and commanding stage presence have been winning over American audiences for eighteen years. Beth’s music is soulful, organic, intelligent, barefoot, high-energy communication of joy.

Beth Wood began her musical journey in Lubbock, a high plains Texas town with a uniquely rich musical heritage that includes Buddy Holly, Natalie and Lloyd Maines, Mac Davis, and Joe Ely to name a few. When she wasn’t dodging tornadoes and dust storms, Beth was studying classical piano, violin, harp, and voice and contemplating the greatness of her Dad’s record collection. With big dreams of becoming a musician, Beth left west Texas to study voice and piano at Brevard College in North Carolina. A detour from her classical studies led her to Austin, where she picked up a degree in literature and a guitar. Beth began writing her own songs and quickly discovered a feeling of musical freedom that she has been hooked on ever since. Eighteen years, thousands of shows, nine albums, three cars, and numerous awards later, Beth has never looked back.

 www.bethwoodmusic.com



Sunday October 15, 2017 at 3 PM  Claudia Nygaard with Moe Dixon

STRADDLING THE FENCE BETWEEN FOLK AND COUNTRY

on tour from Nashville















With a voice as warm and smooth as amber honey and impressive for both its power and intimacy, Claudia Nygaard delivers songs that are heartfelt, humorous, scrappy, and sensual. And so are the stories in between them. She is a captivating storyteller, with a twinkle in her eye that makes everyone in the audience think she is sharing a secret with them alone. Emotionally fearless, she shares her deepest sorrows with a rare vulnerability and tenderness one moment, then a quick wit and an outlandish, irreverent sense of humor the next.


www.claudianygaard.com



Sunday October 29, 2017 at 3 PM  

Danika Holmes featuring Jeb Hart on guitar

on tour from Nashville













She's a songwriter who was almost a doctor. He's a guitar aficionado who owns and operates his own guitar instruction company. Together they form the duo Danika Holmes and Jeb Hart, a soulful combination of acoustic pop and blues that hits the heart with their blended talents. Touring throughout the US, UK and Europe, the duo gets recognition for their captivating live performances.

Genre :  Pop, Acoustic, Americana

www.danikaholmes.com

Song samples at:  https://soundcloud.com/danikaholmes




Sunday November 5, 2017 at 3:00 PM         The Rain City Ramblers


















A Seattle original Americana string band playing country, roots, bluegrass, and old-time music.

Daniel Ullom - mandolin, lead vocals

Forrest Marrowitz - bass, harmony vocals

James Horbett - guitar, vocals

www.raincityramblers.com

Sound samples at: https://soundcloud.com/raincityramblers


Sunday November 19, 2017 at 3:00 PM     Matinée

The Honey Whiskey Trio











The Honey Whiskey Trio explores harmony in folk, bluegrass and any melody that catches the ear. Through their powerful, yet sweet harmonies, body percussion, haunting melodies and vitality on stage, Honey Whiskey Trio captivates and moves audiences. These storytellers in song found their roots in vocal jazz, all singing in Pacific Standard Time, CSU Long Beach’s award winning vocal jazz ensemble, though at different times. This foundation in jazz gives Honey Whiskey Trio an inherent flexibility to their sound, allowing them to change and adjust their tone to best fit the mood of each song.

www.honeywhiskeytrio.com



Sunday December 3, 2017 at 3:00 PM     Matinée

Jaspar Lepak



















Jaspar Lepak (pronounced JAS-per LEE-pack) is a folk/Americana songstress whose remarkable gift for melody is only surpassed by her poetry. A child of the Sonoran Desert, her songs are deeply influenced by the many places she has called home: Tucson, Minneapolis, Durban, and currently Seattle. Sweeping across landscapes with an emotional depth that is extraordinary, her lyrics expose a brave vulnerability while her clear, pure voice touches the heart.


www.jasparlepak.com



Sunday December 17, 2017 at 3:00 PM     Matinée

Eric Lambert












Eric Lambert impresses audiences with his original elixir of feel-good Americana infused with bluegrass, blues, rock, & soul. His authentic sound is an eclectic blend that knows no boundaries. A 2015 Chicago Music Awards winner, Eric is well-regarded for his enthusiasm, visible joy, earthy voice, and precision licks.

Renowned as a flatpicking guitarist, Lambert fronted the Henhouse Prowlers band for several years. Currently, Lambert performs solo as well as teamed up with other stellar musicians—he’s a standout crowd-pleaser. Eric is also a sought-after teacher who gives lessons at Down Home Guitars in Frankfort, IL as well as on DVD via TrueFire.com.

www.ericlambert.com


2018

Sunday January 7, 2018 at 3:00 PM           Matinée


Ranger & the ‘Re-Arrangers’



















Seattle Gypsy jazz band Ranger and the “Re-Arrangers” evoke the spirit of a Paris cafe and the raucous energy of a Gypsy campsite with their unique twist on Gypsy jazz. “At the heart of their sound is Ranger Sciacca's sweet violin playing… his sense of melody and daring improvisations” (World Rhythm Webzine). The band’s repertoire includes swing standards, traditional Gypsy melodies, the music of Django Reinhardt, and Ranger Sciacca's unique originals.


-- Violin

-- Rhythm Guitar

-- Bass

-- Percussion

-- and more!


www.rangerswings.com


Sunday January 21, 2018 at 3:00 PM           Matinée

Hollis Peach














Hollis Peach weaves evocative, somewhat mischievous and somewhat enigmatic stories in the American vernacular of song and story.  This unassuming, yet highly original duo is currently touring in promotion of their debut release, “Sometimes We Feel the Same”. Founding members of the rootsy folk orchestra Patchy Sanders, songwriter and guitarist, Dan Sherrill along with his singing partner, Jacqui Aubert, create a finely nuanced musical pairing.

www.hollispeach.com

Song samples at:  https://soundcloud.com/hollispeach


Sunday February 11, 2018 at 7:30 PM

            Squirrel Butter  

Squirrel Butter performs traditional and original music influenced by Appalachian, early country, jugband, and blues artists from the late 1800’s through 1950’s.

Recently featured on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, Squirrel Butter is pleased to announce the arrival of their new album, Chestnuts!


www.squirrelbutter.com


Sound samples at:

https://soundcloud.com/squirrelbutter



Sunday February 18, 2018 at 3:00 PM  Matinée

Lake Toba













Lake Toba is an old timey duo with rich harmonies over beautiful instrumentation on guitar, banjo and mandolin (no, not all three at the same time), and haunting original songwriting by Kyle McGonegle and Liat Tova. They unravel a new story in each song with clear and heartfelt singing that exposes the emotion hidden in the verse. Their tight instrumentation brings each song to another level, as the pair breathes together, not just in their harmonies, but also through their instruments. Don't miss a chance to see Lake Toba live; the pair invites listeners into their world with warm conversation like old friends.

www.laketobamusic.com



Sunday March 4, 2018 at 3:00 PM  Matinée         The Debutones




















The Debutones excel at bringing to light hidden gems of acoustic roots-based songs with compelling stories and beautiful melodies––some country, some folk, and some bluegrass. The ‘Tones’ love and command of the music they play come through in every song, delivered with their signature vocal harmonies and stellar instrumentals.


Debby Nagusky and Don Share had been singing duets for over two decades when three of the Pacific Northwest’s finest musicians joined them, and they became the Debutones. Their repertoire took on an entirely new feel, with these three's musical ideas and instrumental and vocal virtuosity giving the songs new life, depth, and intensity. Adding to Debby and Don's vocals and guitar work are Greg Glassman, vocals and bass; Julian Smedley, vocals, violin, and viola; and Bob Knetzger, Dobro and banjo.


www.debutones.com


Sunday March 18, 2018 at 3 PM -  A Matinée

Scott Cossu


















Scott Cossu is an internationally known composer, pianist and recording artist. Scott was up front when New Age was just beginning over 30 years ago.  He was one of the first Windham Hill Artists to join with founder Will Ackerman and Alex de Grassi, in their new label out of Palo Alto, California.  Scott signed onto the label the same day as Michael Hedges and they both joined George Winston who was just new to the label himself. In those early days, Scott toured with his label mates as they forged the way for the many artists that would follow in that genre.


Scott's most recent album "Safe In Your Arms" (2015) is nominated for the 2016 Zone Music Award for Best Piano Album – with Instrumentation.


www.scottcossu.com



Saturday April 7, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Tim Bertch, Guitarist Extraordinaire

www.timbertsch.com


Tim Bertsch is truly a professional musician who has mastered and combined many styles on this versatile instrument. He is very pleasing to hear and to watch. So be prepared for an evening of extraordinary guitar music from an expert guitarist/harp guitarist who can switch between jazz, flamenco, classical, blues and gypsy music.

Plus he can do magic on a rare harp guitar that blends the sounds of two instruments.


Music Samples at: www.timbertsch.com/musical_offerings




Sunday May  6, 2018 at  3:00 PM             Cello Mania















from Bainbridge Island

Cello Mania is a group of advanced cello students and adult cellists whose love of the instrument has brought them together. Listen to the rich, dark, vibrating sound of multiple cellos playing folk, classical and popular pieces. Cello Instructor, Priscilla Jones organizes the group. Enjoy the music and learn some secrets about the world of cello too.


Priscilla Jones:  celloisland85@gmail.com



Saturday May  19, 2018 at  3:00 PM        Len Feldman /John Hatton

A concertina / guitar duo



















Saturday June 2, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Ted Brancato returns to the West Coast












Jazz pianist Ted Brancato is a musician with four decades of experience in the music business. Since his early days, growing up in Seattle, WA, Ted has been actively performing, composing, arranging and recording music. Ted has performed and recorded with Houston Person, Ron Carter, Christian McBride, Milt Jackson, Ernestine Anderson and Paquito D'Rivera among others.    

After 30+ years of working in the New York City area, Ted released his first solo album in 2013 entitled The Next Step (Origin Records 82649).   The album contains 14 originals that span a stylistic palette from straight-ahead jazz to rhythm and blues and feature the artistry of Ron Carter on bass, Terry Silverlight on drums, and Matt Langley on sax. Ted's second album entitled Bicoastal (March 2017) contains 12 exciting new originals played by master musicians Lou Marini on sax, Lee Finkelstein on drums, Gregory Jones on bass, and Ben Williams on Trombone. Four songs on Bicoastal feature Ted's newly honed skills as a vocalist!

www.tedbrancato.com

Saturday June 16, 2018 at 7:30 PM       March to May





















Seattle-based folk-pop duo March to May with a harp, a guitar, and rich vocal harmonies, haunting lyrics and riveting melodies, in the vein of the Swell Season, Damien Rice & the Civil Wars.


www.marchtomay.com


Darren Guyaz - guitar

Beth Wesche - harp


Official music videos:

The Navigator (2016) - www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7Jt3mnqJQo

Embers (2015) - www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKfubTm-qZk


Sound samples: https://soundcloud.com/march-to-may


Saturday July 21, 2018 at 7:30 PM              Andre Feriante









Andre Feriante is an internationally recognized, award-winning guitarist. He had the privilege of studying with the great Andrés Segovia in a Madrid master class in the 1980s and has gone on to compose for guitar and create his own sound on multiple instruments, including the ukulele, banjo, harp guitar and the charango.

www.andreferiante.com

Video sample at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DIktpuXq70


Saturday August 4, 2018 at 7:30 PM             Missy Andersen



















Born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in New York City, multiple award nominee, Missy Andersen is a dynamic and one-of-a-kind soul blues singer. Her sophomore album, In the Moment, received great reviews and ended the year on Living Blues Top 50 of 2014. She and her guitar player/bandleader/husband, Heine, maintain a busy schedule performing with her band and as a duo. The tenacious twosome’s music is noted as displaying “a musical maturity that is as entertaining as it is compelling” by PBS Australia and “the real deal” by Washington Blues Society.

A nominee of the prestigious Blues Music Awards for Soul Blues Female Artist in 2015 and 2016 as well as two-time Blues Blast Music Awards nominee, Missy was voted Best New Artist-Female in 2009 by Real Blues Magazine and her self-titled CD, Missy Andersen, also won Best Debut Album-Female that same year.

www.missyandersen.com

Sound samples at:  https://soundcloud.com/missyandersenmusic


Saturday August 18, 2018 at 7:30 PM      Sister Speak












Canadian songwriter Sherri Anne is the creative force behind Sister Speak’s moving live show and unique musical pallet that has afforded opening slots for Xavier Rudd, Chris Isaak and Air Supply among others. Through compelling vocals, rootsy yet gritty guitar stylings, and thought-provoking lyrics, Sister Speak has connected deeply with a diverse crowd of fans from around the globe. Whether performing solo or with her stellar backing band, this Taylor and D’addario sponsored-artist will surely captivate and mesmerize with her deep soul and groove-inspired music.

www.sisterspeakmusic.com

Song samples at:  https://soundcloud.com/sisterspeak


Saturday September 15, 2018 at 7:30 PM  Curtis and Loretta


On tour from Minnesota


Curtis & Loretta's music comes straight from the heart. The husband and wife duo's extraordinary harmonies and proficiency on a parade of stringed instruments create an alluring frame for their poignant original songs, and carefully chosen traditional pieces from the British Isles, America, and beyond. The current menagerie includes Celtic harp, mandocello, mandolin, guitars, clawhammer banjo, and National steel ukulele, plus a bit of kazoo, harmonica, and shakers.




www.curtisandloretta.com



Saturday ??                                                           Almost Blue

















Almost Blue is a jazz duo/trio performing jazz standards and blues -- Joanne Green, vocals; Brendon Keenan, guitar, and special guests on sax or trumpet.

www.facebook.com/Almost-Blue-790270581048424




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