Edmonds musician, radio DJ behind May 6 concert to benefit youth music

Michael McMorrow

By Allison Pascoe

Edmonds musician and WARM 106.9 radio DJ Michael McMorrow believes that music has a strong impact on the lives of young students. That’s why McMorrow is organizing Synergia Northwest 2011 – a concert that will benefit youth music programs across Washington state – at 8 p.m. next Friday, May 6 at Seattle’s Moore Theater.

The concert will raise money for Music Aid Northwest’s “Music Matters,” an initiative aimed at funding  music education programs through the sales of a new Washington State license plate.

Seattle band Queensryche is among the headliners at Synergia Northwest next Friday at the Moore Theatre.

Compared to last year’s show, which was held in Tacoma, Synergia “will be more involved,” McMorrow said, with a range of artists from high school and college performers to professional musicians. Performers include Queensryche, the Synergia Northwest Orchestra with Pacific Northwest rock recording artists including Grammy award-winning drummer Alan White (formerly with Yes and John Lennon) and his band WHITE, Heart by Heart with Steve Fossen (a founding member and original bass player for Heart), Brendan Hill of Blues Traveler, Geoffrey Castle and Scotty Olsen, plus special performances by the Seattle Seahawks Blue Thunder Drum Corp and Seattle’s Kokon Taiko. In the future,  McMorrow hopes to make Synergia Northwest an annual event and is looking into taking the concert on tour.

Tickets are on sale at Tickets.com, in person at the Paramount Theatre box offices (M-F 10 a.m.-6 p.m)., 24-hour kiosks located outside The Paramount & Moore Theatres, charge by phone at 877-784-4849 or online at STGPresents.org.

Those purchasing Golden Circle seats will receive a reserved seat in the first three rows with access to a pre-show meet and greet with musicians, a poster for autographs and a photo opportunity.)

A military discount is available to all current and retired military and their families. A special password can be requested for online ticketing only by contacting Operation Military Family at [email protected]

My Edmonds News intern Allison Pascoe is a Marysville native who will graduate from the University of Washington this June with a degree in Communication and English. Allison’s free time is often spent with friends, playing tennis, soccer or waterskiing.


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