Get set to shake, rattle and roll at Pine Lake concert series

July 10, 2012

By Lillian O'Rorke

The Sammamish Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of R. Joseph Scott, performs at Pine Lake Park in 2011 during the Concerts in the Park series. File

Pine Lake Park is set to transform into a family-friendly, grooving bandstand this summer with a concert series that promises to have crowds dancing and singing along.

Organizers have been listening to music demos since the beginning of the year and all of their hard work is about to pay off. The 2012 Sammamish Summer Concerts in the Park Series starts with a bang and a few bangles July 12 when The Spyrographs are set to take the stage with their take on ‘60s pop.

“It’s fun music, really diverse and very, very upbeat. Everyone wants to dance to it,” lead singer of The Spyrographs, Cheryl Serio, said.

The vocalist in go-go boots explained that the band aims to take audiences on a tour through the ‘60s pop experience by channeling everything from James Bond tunes to Nancy Sinatra to Dusty Springfield.

“It’s a great chance to bring the kids out and see live music and cultivate the next generation of people who are going to enjoy music,” she said.

While this will be The Spyrographs’ first appearance at the Pine Lake series, Serio said she has seen pictures of past events and is looking forward to seeing all the children cutting a rug.

Lynne Handlos, recreation coordinator with the city, said this year’s selection of bands reflects Sammamish’s efforts to pick groups that are family-friendly and danceable, without being overbearing so that the event remains an easy-flowing social event.

“We tried to have cover bands this year because we know that people like to sing along,” she said. “This is the first year in a while that we’ve had tribute bands. Either you love that band or hate that band.”

She added that she thought Fleetwood Mac would please many people and that’s why its tribute band, Second Hand Newz, will take the stage July 19. The Craig Terrill Band is set to play the sounds of classic American rock July 26.

If you go

Pine Lake concert series

  • 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays
  • Pine Lake Park
  • 228th Avenue Southeast at Southeast 24th Street
  • Learn more at

On Aug. 2 the Stacey Jones Band will give the crowd a taste of Indie blues rock and Adrian Xavier Band will mix it up Aug. 9 with his take on reggae.

“Adrian Xavier is more worldly,” Handlos said. “We wanted to make sure it was quality and he’s definitely great.”

The lineup continues Aug. 16, when concertgoers will get a special treat from modern country duo Cloverdayle. The band is playing at a larger amphitheater that week and had room in its schedule to pop up to the plateau for a visit.

The Sammamish Symphony Orchestra will make its annual appearance Aug. 23. The concert series will draw to an end with a final show by Neil Diamond Tribute band Cherry Cherry Aug. 30.

“I chose Cherry Cherry as the finale for a reason,” Handlos said. “I have high expectations and they are going to meet them.”

The band’s front man, Steve Kelly, is sure she won’t be let down.

“I’ve yet to have a crowd that is disappointed,” he said.

Kelly said he has been entertaining since he was 10 years old and usually does at least three costume changes during the show.

“I’m a fan of the kids,” he said. “I focus on the children having fun so if anyone wants to join in they can.”

But the musician wants adults to let loose, too.

“We all carry so much weight around … but through music, maybe for a few hours they can forget about the mailman and the bills,” he said. “I hope that folks bring their kids out and it will be another fun time.”

The concerts are free and take place at Pine Lake Park. Bring a picnic blanket or low-backed chair. Park at the Pine Lake Park & Ride at the corner of 228th Avenue Southeast and Pine Lake Road. From there, you can walk or take the free shuttle. Dogs on leashes are allowed at the shows but not on the shuttle.

Food can be purchased from the Sammamish Rotary and Kiwanis clubs. Alcohol is prohibited.

Lillian Tucker: 392-6434, ext. 242, or Comment at

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