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2018

Sunday July 1, 2018 from 2:00 -4:00 PM     Square Dance on the Grass













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.  This will be the 3rd year in a row.  Let's do it again!


The band, the 'Coyley Coyotes'

assembled by John Hatton


Saturday July 7, 2018 at 2:00 PM     Outdoor Concert / Dance  !!













Caribe Steel Band

Blending lively instrumental arrangements featuring Caribbean Steel Pans and crowd-pleasing vocal songs, Caribe will warm your soul and lift your spirits with the sounds of the Caribbean: reggae, calypso, soca, samba and even your favorite pop tunes – with an island twist!

Enjoy dancing on the grass to this lively music, or just listen in our outdoor seating.


 https://www.facebook.com/CaribeSB/

Video samples at: https://vimeo.com/album/4494397


Sunday July 15, 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 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 1, 2018 at 7:30 PM        Mark Pearson













Mark Pearson got his professional start with The Brothers Four in 1969. He began singing with Mike McCoy when they met at the University of Washington in 1965. Through the years Pearson has continued to develop an individual style both as a singer and as a songwriter.

www.markpearsonmusic.com


Hear samples from his latest album, Gratitude, Grit, and Grace (2017)  at:

www.amazon.com/Gratitude-Grit-Grace-Mark-Pearson/dp/B073Q81X5C



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 October 6, 2018 at 7:30 PM    Sky in the Road












Rahmana Wiest - East Indian harmonium (reed-organ)

Dan Rhiger - guitar, bouzouoki

Olivia Duffy - mandolin, fiddle

Maria Olaya - guitar, box drum


Daniel Rhiger and Rahmana Wiest have assembled four of the best talents in Portland to build a unique multi-instrument and multi-voice folk group. You are going to love the full sound and pleasing harmonies that they have created.

Sky in the Road has released several CDs including, "Time Travels", "Celtic Gypsy", "Where Everything is Music" and their 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



Sunday October 21, 2018 at 3:00 PM                                                           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


Sunday November 4, 2018 at 3:00 PM      Slipshod

Matt Snook (dobro and banjo) and Steve Blanchard (guitar and mandolin) formed Slipshod in 2012 out of a common background of playing Bluegrass music. Now, as a duo, they have incorporated music from Gordon Lightfoot, Norman Blake, Simon and Garfunkel, Tim O’Brien, and more. They play a mix of originals, familiar melodies and dynamic instrumentals. Their harmonies and unique vocal interpretations add to their precise instrumental talents. Audiences all around the Northwest enjoy this band's humor and energetic musical style.

www.slipshodmusic.net


Sunday November 18, 2018 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, stomp boards, 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 2, 2018 at 3:00 PM

            Squirrel Butter  

Squirrel Butter, husband and wife duo of Charlie Beck & Charmaine Slaven, started performing together after meeting at a music festival in 2005.  Sharing a deep love of traditional music, they explore the genres of old-time, early bluegrass, blues, country, & cajun while adding their unique perspective to these traditions and threading these influences into their original compositions.  Multi-instrumentalists, they play banjo, guitar, fiddle, steel guitar, step-dance, and sing in harmony.  Occasionally, Squirrel Butter appears with guest musicians to form a trio or quartet. Currently both members of honky tonk project, The Lucky Shots, and were also half of venerable string band, The Tallboys.  They are anchors of the old-time music, honky-tonk, & square dance communities in the Pacific NW and beyond.


www.squirrelbutter.com


Sound samples at:

https://soundcloud.com/squirrelbutter


Sunday December 16, 2018 at 3:00 PM           Kathryn Claire
















Kathryn Claire has spent years cultivating her own style and approach to music as a violinist, guitar player, singer, and songwriter. Strong fundamentals from her classical and traditional music background combined with improvisation has made her a favorite at venues, festivals and institutions around the world. She has toured and performed extensively in the US, Japan, India, Holland, Belgium and France.

In her latest album "Bones Will Last," musician and composer Kathryn Claire has created a unique collection of songs and instrumental compositions. With her violin and voice at the forefront, Kathryn is supported by Zak Borden on mandolin, Allen Hunter on upright bass, and Don Henson on piano.

www.kathrynclairemusic.com



2019

Sunday January 13, 2019 at 3:00 PM


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.


Ranger Sciacca -- Violin

Mike Sciacca -- Rhythm Guitar

Neil Conaty-- Bass

Jeffrey Mosse -- Percussion

Eric Vanderbilt-Mathews -- clarinet and piano


www.rangerswings.com


Sunday January 20, 2019  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 February 10, 2019 at 3:00 PM   John "Greyhound" Maxwell




































John "Greyhound" Maxwell was born and raised in Chicago following in the footsteps of earlier blues performers like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. He is a master of acoustic fingerstyle, bottleneck slide guitar and a singer too who recently relocated to Port Townsend, Washington from San Rafael, California. His debut solo CD, “Blues For Evangeline” was honored by placing in the Final 5 in the Best Self Produced CD category at the 2016 Memphis International Blues Challenge. John has opened for such notibles as Susan Tedeschi, Roy Rogers, Maria Muldaur, Ruthie Foster, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Jon Cleary, and David Lindley. John also teaches slide guitar at the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival.


www.slowlyiturnmusic.com


Sound samples at:  www.store.cdbaby.com/cd/johnmaxwell


Videos:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpQUk84cSYc

www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQkaxQ9sIAI

www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzeO8ywi1pk


Sunday February 17, 2019 at 3:00 PM     Matinée

Michele D'Amour and the Love Dealers

high energy blues












The Love Dealers are a fun, high energy, swampy mix of blues, funk and R&B.

www.micheledamourandthelovedealers.com

The band is:

Michele D'Amour - lead vocals and songwriter

Patrick McDanel - bass and backing vocals

Ronnie Bishop - drums

Ryan Higgins - guitar


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



Sunday March 17, 2019 at 3:00 PM               Uncle Bonsai












Imagine what might happen if Tim Burton hijacked the Andrews Sisters en route to a Stephen Sondheim festival with The Beatles and Tom Lehrer in the sidecar; you'd get Seattle super-harmonizers Uncle Bonsai. With just three voices and an acousticUncle Bonsai guitar, Uncle Bonsai presents an often dizzying vocal array of intricate harmony. Their songs, dark and hilarious at times, just as often delight with moments of great insight and beauty. The trio aligns itself with the under-achiever, the dejected, the outsider, the black sheep. Densely-packed lyrics fly by in a whirr at times, and take a skewed stance on topics such as first-world problems, the creation of the universe, the afterlife, and, of course, holidays with the family. Uncle Bonsai's acoustic folk-pop songs are almost one-act plays or short stories, resisting strict pop, folk, or singer-songwriter categories. Their songs focus on the passing of time, the passing of genes, and the passing of pets - the truth of everything seemingly buried somewhere under the family tree.

www.unclebonsai.com

Videos:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxHjjkQjvws

www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCOAnq6eADM

www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9v18Y7LxGo


Saturday April 6, 2019 at 7:30 PM

The Gossamer Strings













www.gossamerstrings.com

The Gossamer Strings is a folk music duo from Eugene, Oregon with rich harmonies over beautiful instrumentation on guitar, banjo and mandolin.  Haunting original songwriting by Kyle McGonegle and Liat Tova Lis.  They unravel a new story in each song with clear and heartfelt emotion and voice.  This close pair breathes together, not just in their harmonies, but also through their instruments. Don't miss a chance to see Gossamer Strings live; Kyle and Liat invite you into their world with warm conversation like old friends.  

Sound samples at:  www.gossamerstrings.com/music

Music Videos:

www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=RzIa8aw-9kw

www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=ggZcn1LVB2c

www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=9aKpb8LVTQM

Saturday April 20, 2019 at 7:30 PM           Claude Bourbon

Medieval & Spanish blues

Guitar & Song





















This French-born guitarist was classically trained, but then delved headlong into folk, blues, jazz and rock music. Now based in the UK, he has become a world-renowned player, highly acclaimed for his finger-picking style—plucking, picking and strumming at such speed that his fingers seem to appear just as a blur. He utilizes strains of folk, western, jazz and blues through such melodic delights as the traditional English Dance, and the hypnotic works of Spanish composer, Joaquín Rodrigo.


www.claudebourbon.org


Saturday May 4, 2019 at 7:30 PM            Jonathan Doyle Swing Trio
















Clarinetist, saxophonist, composer, and arranger Jonathan Doyle lives in Port Townsend WA in the Pacific Northwest. He still spends time in Chicago, Austin TX, and on the road.

Jonathan briefly attended Depaul’s School of Music in Chicago, where he studied under Mark Colby and Susan Cook. He left school to pursue a full time career in music during the neo-swing movement of the mid-90s, playing with the Mighty Blue Kings and then the Four Charms. He has also worked with Chicago’s emerging improvisers such as Josh Berman, Jason Adasiewicz, and Design Flaw, and developed an interest in country blues and jug band music playing with the Wabash Jug Band. In 2004, Mr. Doyle moved to Austin to pursue his love of acoustic and roots music afresh. After a brief stint with the Asylum Street Spankers, he went on to freelance in Central Texas’ vibrant traditional jazz, swing, and western swing scene, playing with well-established acts such as Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel, and the Jim Cullum Jazz Band, as well being a part of many fine local bands such as Thrift Set Orchestra, Albanie & her Fellas, Stan Smith and the Jazz Pharaohs, Aunt Ruby's Sweet Jazz Babies, East Side Dandies, White Ghost Shivers, Whit Smith's Hot Jazz Caravan, The Giant Three and his own projects The Jonathan Doyle Quintet / Swingtet. His time in New Orleans introduced him to the hot jazz and traditional blues band, Tuba Skinny. And his connection to Chicago led to playing with the amazing Fat Babies as well as guitar maestro, Joel Paterson. More recently he has started performing with Naomi & Her Handsome Devils and Hal Smith's Swing Central and the Casey MacGill Orchestra!

www.jonathandoylemusic.com

Sound samples at: www.jonathandoylemusic.com/too-hot-for-socks


Sunday, June 2, 2019, at 3:00 PM                 Searson

Two Sisters from Ontario Canada























Searson has toured for well over a decade and have the confidence and drive to continue with their musical careers more than ever before. Sisters, Erin and Colleen Searson have developed their own original style of high energy fiddling, passionate vocals and step dancing.  The sisters perform on a variety of instruments throughout their live show which includes Colleen on fiddle, vocals and Ottawa Valley Step Dancing while Erin performs on piano, vocals, Ottawa Valley Step Dancing and tenor guitar.

www.searsonband.com


Saturday June 15, 2019 at 7:30 PM           Willow Steps

from Oakland, California













Willow Steps combines the folksy, introspective tunes of singer/songwriter Jesse Strickman with the angelic harmonies of vocalist Leiya Mahoney. The two longtime best friends living in Oakland, CA met working together at a local organic ice cream shop. With a shared passion for acoustic music and the instrument of voice, the musical duo formed effortlessly. After years of collaborating for fun, in January of 2015 they launched Willow Steps by releasing a debut Single and throwing their first concert to a packed venue in downtown Oakland. Since then, the band has put out two EP's, released seven music videos, performed at the Oakland Art & Soul Music Festival, toured the Pacific West Coast, threw a successful Kickstarter campaign, has been featured in the Bay Area's renowned music blogs 'The Bay Bridged' and 'SF Critic', and appeared on multiple radio stations. With a harmony-heavy modern Folk sound and simple lyrical themes of love and heartbreak, Willow Steps not only entertains but touches the hearts of listeners.

www.willowsteps.com

Song samples at:  https://soundcloud.com/willow-steps



Saturday August 3, 2019 at 7:30 PM                    Silver Lake 66















Maria Francis and Jeff Overbo define modern Americana with Silver Lake 66. With a winning amalgamation of classic country, folk and blues, their songs have been hailed by numerous publications and radio stations. It’s no wonder, either, given their knack for authentic, heartstring-tugging songwriting, impeccable harmonies and ardent guitar-playing. Together, they perform outstanding roots-laden duets following in the footsteps of Americana greats from Lucinda Williams to The Civil Wars.   

www.silverlake66.com

Videos:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Z4FjvaoTqU

www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsIqxmrXceQ

www.youtube.com/watch?v=APfWeyH5Sms


Saturday September 21, 2019 at 7:30 PM               Rupert Wates














Rupert Wates was born in London and studied at Oxford University. He has been a full time songwriter since the late 1990s, when he signed a publishing contract with Eaton Music Limited. His contract required him to write material in all kinds of styles and genres, for all kinds of artists. He worked extensively with Jazz vocalist Liz Fletcher, and wrote the album 'Blue Afternoons' (Mainstem, 2002) specially for her voice. Moving in 2001 to Paris, Wates formed his own quartet and began playing live regularly. In fall 2006 he came to the US. He is now based in New York City and Colorado. Since coming to the US, Wates has won more than 30 songwriting awards.

www.rupertwatesmusic.com





Sunday November 17, 2019 at 3:00 PM            Matinée

Don Alder

from Vancouver, Canada












Don Alder plays acoustic fingerstyle guitar with a passion that has quickly earned him a reputation as Vancouver's "best kept little secret". Don is a world-class fingerstyle guitarist with a "wow factor" that has let to multiple endorsement deals with major manufacturers and a collaboration with Greenfield guitars to produce a signature acoustic guitar- the "Don Alder G4" model.

Don currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. His unique style of playing incorporates fingerpicking with simultaneous percussion on the soundboard to create a wall of sound. He is often referred to as sounding like a four piece band. Don's music is his own unique weave of deeply textured melody and story. Lyrical and compelling, his original songs are notes of exploration - some passionate and haunting, some hard-driven, others light and teasing. In quiet pieces or pushing right to the edge, Don's phenomenal fingerstyle playing and rich voice captivate.

www.donalder.com