Edmonds 2018 Concerts in Park schedule released

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The Fentons perform during a 2015 concert at Edmonds City Park. (Photo by Larry Vogel)

The Edmonds Arts Commission has released its schedule for free concerts in the park on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays in July and August 2018.

The series offers something for all ages and musical tastes, from traditional folk, pop and jazz to Shakespeare and some clowning around for the kids. Sponsors for the 2018 Summer Concerts sponsors are Lynnwood Honda, Acura of Lynnwood, and The Hazel Miller Foundation. A complete calendar can be found at www.edmondswa.gov/summer-concerts.html.

 City Park Concerts

3rd Avenue South and Pine Street
Sundays 3-4 p.m.
Concerts canceled at 2:30 p.m. in case of rain

July 15, The Cliff Perry Band is a Pacific Northwest traditional style bluegrass group featuring Mary Maass on fiddle, Tom Moran on mandolin, Harley Bray on banjo, Greg Maass on Dobro, Mary Fleischman on backbone bass and Cliff Perry on guitar.

July 22, Seattle Shakespeare’s Wooden O production of “The Merry Wives of Windsor.” Shakespeare’s beloved knight John Falstaff hopes to strike it rich by pursuing two of the Windsor’s wealthy wives, but it’s the women who know how best to play the game.

July 29, Richard Allen and The Louisiana Project is a fun zydeco band experience. As a young man, Richard Allen immersed himself in the zydeco scene in his home town of Lafayette, Louisiana, playing music with some of the best musicians, including 2011 Grammy award winner Chubby Carrier. Band members include Laurie Iams, Grant Steele, CD Woodbury, Lissa Ramaglia and Nick Mardon.

Aug. 5, Global Heat formed in 2006 as a collaboration of international musicians living in the Seattle area, and is headed up by MC/DJ/b-boy Justin Murta. The group has spread its brand of the new Seattle sound—high-energy Neo-Soul/R&B/Funk—to diverse audiences in over 34 countries, including tours of Japan, Thailand, Australia, Malaysia, and Vietnam.

Aug. 12, Jazz Underground is a 20-member contemporary jazz big band. Their repertoire includes a wide variety of music from the libraries of Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Snarky Puppy, Stan Kenton, Blood, Sweat and Tears, and Charles Mingus, as well as music by jazz greats like John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, and Charlie Parker. In addition, the group performs music by local composers and arrangers, including original tunes by members of the band.

Aug. 19, The Gothard Sisters are a dynamic Celtic-roots music group, whose unpredictable and theatrical flair bring a youthful splash to classical, folk, Celtic, world and roots music with a sunny, optimistic style.

Aug. 26, Scott Lindemuth Group is considered a front-runner in contemporary instrumental music. Lindemuth is recognized an accomplished musician, credited for being one of several guitarists shaping the future of electric guitar in technology, musicianship, and composition. The group includes Lindenmuth on guitar, Andy Roben on keyboards, Dave Pascal on bass, and Bill Dodge on drums.

Hazel Miller Plaza lunch-time concerts

5th Avenue South and Maple Street
Tuesdays, noon-1 p.m., rain or shine

July 17Cascade Percussion Ensemble features all types of music, from baroque to contemporary. The ensemble of local musicians includes marimba, vibraphone and orchestra bells. 

July 24, Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre’s production of “Stellaluna.” Based on the children’s book by Janell Cannon, the show tells the story of a young fruit bat named Stellaluna, who learns what it takes to be a bird, a bat, and a friend. Celebrating its 45th year, Portland’s Tears of Joy Theatre is internationally recognized as one of the nation’s outstanding puppet theaters.

July 31, Choroloco is an acoustic trio specializing in “choro,” a melodic and rhythmic instrumental form of Brazilian popular music. The group performs classics of the choro repertoire as well as modern and original compositions on traditional Brazilian instruments: seven-string guitar, bandolim, cavaquinho, pandeiro, and the vibraphone.

Aug. 7, Cosmo’s Dream is a Tacoma-based Americana trio, blending acoustic musicianship with solo vocals and dynamic three-part harmonies. The trio features Gen Obata on flatpick guitar and mandolin, Steve Nebel on guitar, and Kristi Nebel on bass.

Aug. 14, The Harmonica Pocket performances feature acoustic instruments, unexpected props, hula hoops and spinning flags. Shows are sprinkled with wah-wah guitar, ukuleles, sweet vocal harmony, a looping pedal, percussion and of course harmonicas! If you’re lucky they’ll whip out their “Hinklehorns,” invented instruments which are part kazoo, part plumbing fixtures.

Aug 21, The Misadventures of Cap’n ARR is an interactive comedy performance that includes basic instruction in walking, talking and laughing like a pirate. Highlights of the show include sea creature battles, selecting a first mate from the audience and juggling oversized cannon balls.

Hazel Miller Plaza lunch-time concerts

5th Avenue South and Maple Street
Thursdays, 5-6:30 p.m., rain or shine

July 19, Rouge: Paris café music with a jazzy American twist, Rouge’s trio performs musettes to jazz, Edith Piaf to Zaz, French to English, and more.

July 26, Classic Klezmer Trio is steeped in tradition as a continuation of the original Stahlhammer Klezmer Band that began in the Lublin area of Poland, circa 1910. The current trio is Semmy Stahlhammer on violin, Isabel Blomme on cello, and Sergei Teleshev on accordion.

Aug. 2, IvyLane is the musical duo of Ivan Lee and Elaine Skeffington. Vocals and guitar deliver expected harmonies and repertoire, but the duo also has a distinctive knack for re-arranging familiar tunes with a blend likened to Lady Antebellum and Pink Martini.

Aug. 9, Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons are songster revivalists who perform acoustic blues, field hollers, fiddle and banjo breakdowns, and early jazz – music deeply embedded in our national heritage. In 2016, they earned 1st place in the International Blues Challenge’s solo/duo category and released a new album with harmonica master Phil Wiggins.

Aug. 16, Maya Soleil includes vocals, costumed African dancers, balafon, mbira, ngoma, congas, djembe, talking drum, shekere, bells, and more. Stylistic influences range from the Afro-beat of Nigeria, and Highlife music of Ghana, to the social dance music and Kalendula of Zambia and Shona music of Zimbabwe.

Aug. 23, Tiller’s Folly: Critically acclaimed, internationally travelled acoustic power trio is at the forefront of a bold new movement in progressive roots music. A Celtic group-turned-historians, this award-winning ensemble has shifted their musical focus to what might be more aptly termed Acoustic Roots Music.

Concert programs are subject to change. All concerts are accessible for persons with disabilities. Call 425-771-0230 for information. For information about the Edmonds Arts Commission, visit www.edmondsartscommission.org.

 

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