Museums benefit to feature Chuck Brodsky
July 2, 2013
The Issaquah History Museums are sponsoring a benefit concert to raise funds to expand the museums’ family programming.
Chuck Brodsky, a renowned singer-songwriter, will perform a selection of his lyrical and witty folk music at 7:30 p.m. July 11 in the setting of the historic Train Depot Museum’s freight room.
Brodsky, who lives in North Carolina, likens himself to a musical storyteller. He said his music is infused with a humanity, humor and emotion that resonate profoundly with his audience.
“They come to listen to every word, to get inside the songs and the stories, and they come to feel connected to a community of other folks who also crave a deeper, richer experience,” he said.
Brodsky has appeared on nationally syndicated radio programs such as “Mountain Stage,” “Acoustic Cafe,” and “River City Folk,” and has performed with numerous acclaimed artists, including Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger.
Larry Groce, of National Public Radio’s Mountain Stage program, called Brodsky “one of the finest singer-songwriters in America. There are a lot of good ones, but when it comes to the really great ones it boils down to a select few — he’s one of them.”
The concert will benefit the Issaquah History Museums’ programs and help the museums expand the history programs for youths and families. These programs are designed to allow everyone to explore community-oriented themes through fun, hands-on activities based on the history of Issaquah.
“We’re hoping to draw in some of Issaquah’s youngest residents, and get them engaged with local history through the kinds of hands-on activities that we’re able to offer during our Heritage Day celebration,” said Erica Maniez, museum director. “Getting kids interested in their community’s past is a great first step to getting them invested in the community’s future.”
Bob Brock, a longtime fan of Brodsky’s work and an Issaquah History Museums board member, arranged the concert. Audiences should expect a night full of laughter, but don’t be surprised if there are a few tears, too, he said.
“People that come are going to be entertained because he’s a great performer,” Brock said. “He’s a singer that writes about life experiences and the kinds of things that bring emotions to the surface for people.”
There are limited seats for the performance, so would-be concertgoers are encouraged to purchase tickets soon.
“It’s great to have the opportunity to help raise a few bucks, and maybe even bring a few people into the museum who’ve never been there before,” Brodsky said. “The world is moving so fast into the future, but the past is what got us here. It’s important to stop and take a look back and acknowledge it.”
If you go
Chuck Brodsky comes to Issaquah
-7:30 p.m. July 11
-Train Depot Museum
-78 First Ave. N.E.
-Purchase tickets at www.issaquahhistory.org/brodskyconcert.