Music on the Streets returns with variety of acts

June 29, 2010

By Staff

Issaquah’s best-kept secret is back.

Polly Blomster plays her tambourine while performing ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ June 26 with the Blues Studebakers, at the Front Street and Sunset Way pedestrian park during the first week this summer’s Music on the Streets schedule. By Greg Farrar

Music on the Streets, commonly known as MOTS, is coming to Issaquah for the fourth year in a row.

An offshoot of ArtWalk, a local success for the past eight years, MOTS is a fun, cultural live music event designed to draw people to downtown Issaquah.

This summer it will take over Front Street from Pedestrian Park, between JaK’s Grill and Mandarin Garden restaurant, to Stage 195, 195th Front St. N., in front of Stella and artbyfire.

From June 24 until Sept. 24, nearly 50 live music acts will perform every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening. Every event is free to the public.

The idea was born from the huge popularity of musical acts that performed at ArtWalk. This year, some of the artists performing at MOTS will also perform at ArtWalk.

“It helps keep the area alive,” Events Director Michael Johnson said. “It’s fun and it brings a vibe and atmosphere to Issaquah.”

All of the music is kid friendly, making the mini concerts perfect events to attend as a family.

Unlike other summer concerts, MOTS is ideal for passers-by to come and go as they please.In fact, many people who drop by are those who happen to stumble upon it as they are getting dinner, visiting the library or are just driving by. Regardless, all are pleasantly surprised by the music.

“I’ve seen people sitting at stop lights in their car who miss a light because they are listening to the music,” Johnson said.

He encourages those who come to watch to turn the experience into a fun night out with friends or family.

“Come down before and get dinner,” Johnson said. “Make an evening out of it.”

A wide variety of talent will hit the stage this year. Some acts to look forward to are folk rock, pop artist Tiger Zane, who has played at MOTS every year, acoustic soul singer Sarah Christin, and acoustic rock artist Nick Drummond.

On Thursday and Friday evenings, the show starts at 6:30 p.m. On Saturdays, it will begin at 4 p.m.

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