Enjoy the classics at green concerts
June 30, 2009
By Chantelle Lusebrink
What could be better than spreading out a blanket and chilling to good tunes under the summer sunshine?
If you’re up for a rockin’ good time, without traveling far, Concerts on the Green is your solution.
For 13 years, the city has sponsored the concerts at the community center, with family friendly tunes and great hits from days past. This year’s lineup should rival that, according to David Harris, the event’s organizer.
“I think it’s about bringing families and people together,” he said. “It’s about bringing the community together.”“I think this sort of brings out the best in Issaquah,” said Anne McGill, the city’s parks and recreation director. “There is a lot of socialization and visiting. It is a generational event and you can watch a lot of childhood memories being made.”
Each week, a local music band will play and you can hear a different sound each week.
There’s truly something for everyone — big band classics from the Portage Bay Big Band; a trip with the Magic Bus, who will play some of your favorites from Woodstock; and the Dusty 45’s, playing rockabilly favorites. Jump on the Soul Train with Soul Purpose, who will groove the night away Aug. 11.
There’s plenty of room to dance on the lawn in front of the community center, so go ahead and try your hand at the sprinkler; break out your best running man; and show off that famed mashed potato.
“What we try to do is to get a variety of entertainment that pleases a wide variety of people, so everyone can have a good time,” Harris said. “People, when they get home (from work), want lively music. They want to dance in front of the stage and have fun.”
Harris will be there busting out a few moves himself, once the classic rock beats start thumping, he said.
As for McGill, “Well I’m a grandmother, so I would probably do the two step,” she said.
Unfortunately, unlike last year’s Concerts on the Green, there won’t be a show in the Issaquah Highlands because of funding this year, Harris said.
“We not only rely on the Arts Commission for funding, but rely on other sponsors, and with the economy it’s been a little harder,” he said.
The group does collect donations from the public during the concert, he said. Those have helped sustain the program and could potentially help it grow.
Despite being unable to have concerts at other city parks, Harris said the community center is a great location because it can fit a lot of people, it’s in the center of downtown, close to restaurants and other local bars and businesses, and it has a fair amount of parking.
So, put on your boogie shoes, pack a picnic (sans alcohol), grab your loved ones and the kids — but leave Ruffles and Fluffy at home — and get ready to rock the night away.
If you go
Concerts on the Green
7 p.m. Tuesdays
July 7 – Aug. 25
Community center lawn, 301 Rainier Blvd.
4 July 7 Bean Barry Delights: 1950s rock classics
July 14 Portage Bay Big Band: Big band classics
July 21 Black Velvet 4: Pop, rock and more
July 28 Nearly Dan: Steely Dan tribute
Aug. 4 Magic Bus: 1960s rock and Woodstock hits
Aug. 11 Soul Purpose: Powerhouse soul band
Aug. 18 Dusty 45’s: Rockabilly
Aug. 25 Shelly and the Curves: Danceable pop music hits
Reach Reporter Chantelle Lusebrink at 392-6434, ext. 241, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com.