Revamped Music on the Streets returns on new night with new lineup
July 12, 2011
By David Hayes
To lure more visitors to downtown Issaquah this summer, the Music on the Streets program returns for its sixth year, with an overhauled lineup and on a new night.
Music on the Streets was designed by the DownTown Issaquah Association as a vehicle to bring additional shoppers to downtown businesses. In previous years, musicians performed live music in various locations along Front Street on Thursday through Saturday nights. However, for the 2011 season, the schedule was truncated to one night a week at one location.
Concerts start at 6 p.m. at the Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N.
July 13: Ramshackle — ’60s dance
July 20: Undercover — ’70s and ’80s and Beatles covers
July 27: The Rainieros — Western swing
Aug. 3: Train Wreck — ’60s and ’70s dance
Aug. 10: Kellee Bradley — folk-rock, pop
Aug. 17: Sub-Motive — blues, funk, rock
Aug. 31: Peacemaker Nation — blues, jazz, hip-hop
Sept. 7: Shaggy Sweet — funk, soul
Sept. 14: Sub-Motive — blues, funk, rock.
“We weren’t getting the feet attendance at shows we were hoping to,” said Annique Bennett, DownTown Issaquah Association cultural events coordinator.
She said the feedback the association received from restaurant owners showed people were already attending musical programs at their establishments and not necessarily the Music on the Streets performances.
“They preferred attracting additional foot traffic on Wednesday nights,” Bennett said.
So the Thursday through Saturday schedule was scrapped and replaced with 10 weeks of Wednesdays at the historic Hailstone Feed Store at 232 Front St. N.
Next, Bennett enlisted the aid of local promoter and talent agent Carol Tingstad to fill out the entertainment lineup, offering a wide variety of music styles for everyone to enjoy each week. Ramshackle, Undercover and Train Wreck are all local bands; the rest are Seattle-area bands. Bennett said one signing was a special coup for Tingstad.
“Kellee Bradley, who performs folk-rock and pop Aug. 10, has opened for the likes of Steve Miller, Jo Dee Messina and Chicago,” she said.
Bennett said the location at the historic gas station should provide the perfect venue for the bands to perform, especially in inclement weather.
“The bands can set up under the overhang,” she said. “And there will be tents and canopies for the audience.”
So only in the event of torrential rains would a performance be cancelled, she said.
To complete the experience, the DownTown Issaquah Association will offer water, soda and ice cream.
“This is going to be a great series, with shows for everyone, at a venue that is bright and cheery that folks can appreciate,” Bennett said.
David Hayes: 392-6434, ext. 237, firstname.lastname@example.org. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.