BrickHouse Show Band to play Issaquah’s 150th concert

August 19, 2014

By Staff

The BrickHouse Show Band brings a decade worth of hits to the Concerts on the Green stage Aug. 26 at the Issaquah Community Center.

Picnicking kicks off at 6 p.m.; bring a blanket. Music is from 7-8:30 p.m. As many as 500 revelers attend, so come early to stake out your spot.

The high-energy dance band performs virtually every style of music. A group of three vocalists backed by a powerful rhythm section will perform hits from decades of music.

The concerts, at 301 Rainier Blvd. S., are presented by Issaquah’s Parks & Recreation Department and the Issaquah Arts Commission, in collaboration with the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah. Kiwanis sells refreshments during the show, including hotdogs and hamburgers.

The performance marks the 150th show in Issaquah’s Concerts on the Green series. The concerts were created after organizers of the Issaquah Community Center grand-opening gala searched for their next project. Then-Issaquah Parks Manager Anne McGill came up with the Concerts on the Green name, longtime organizer David Harris said in an email.

With nothing in the city budget for concerts, Harris contacted local businesses for assistance and received help from the Issaquah Arts Commission to make the music happen.

Guitar Slim kicked off the annual summer tradition July 15, 1997, surrounded by a crowd of only 40 or so attendees.

Issaquah’s summer concert series was the first of its kind in the area, but the idea has since spread to neighboring municipalities across the Eastside.

“Ours here in Issaquah are still the premier concerts, as most any band who has performed for us will tell you,” Harris said.

The concerts are free, but donations are accepted. The money is put toward the next season of concerts.

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