Alan White will rock Newcastle Days with his band, White

August 31, 2010

White will close out Newcastle Days with an hour-and-a-half performance Sept. 11 in Lake Boren Park. Members are (from left) guitarist and bassist Steve Boyce, keyboardist Jonathan Sindleman, singer Robyn Dawn, drummer Alan White and guitarist Karl Haug. By Jerry and Lois Photography

What would you think if you found out the guy down the street used to play music with John Lennon?

Start wondering. Drummer Alan White, who spent the past 38 years with the band Yes, has jammed with Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Hendrix.

His local band, White, will close this year’s Newcastle Days festival with an hour-and-half set at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 11. Read more

This rock icon no longer a risky Venture

April 6, 2009

Don Wilson, co-founder of The Ventures (left), with his son Tim Wilson, of Issaquah, holds his award from the 2008 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. By Jim Feehan

Don Wilson, co-founder of The Ventures (left), with his son Tim Wilson, of Issaquah, holds his award from the 2008 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. By Jim Feehan

Don Wilson is celebrating 50 years of recording rock ’n’ roll — but don’t expect him to slow down anytime soon.

In fact, the 76-year-old co-founder of the seminal rock band The Ventures is about to embark on a worldwide tour, beginning this week in Seattle.

Coincidentally, The Ventures and fellow Northwest band The Fabulous Wailers will release an album, “Two Car Garage: Fifty Years of Rock and Roll.”

Wilson and members of the Wailers spoke at a news conference March 31 at Seattle’s Edgewater Hotel.

Last year, The Ventures were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with officials recognizing The Ventures as “the most successful instrumental combo in rock ’n’ roll history.” Read more

Patriots video wins battle of the bands

March 6, 2009

Liberty High School’s marching band video in the KZOK Battle of the Bands included this scene. Contributed

Liberty High School’s marching band video in the KZOK Battle of the Bands included this scene. Contributed

The Liberty High School Marching Band has won this year’s KZOK Battle of the Bands competition. The Patriots marching band topped 43 other high school bands in Western Washington to claim the grand prize of $10,000.

“I felt the students did a great job of performing the piece and I thought our video went the extra mile to really entertain the viewers,” said Phil Donley, Liberty band director. “ Once we got past the text-voting stage of the contest, I thought we had a very good chance of winning, but you never know what other people are going to think.”

Donley said the band is forming a student committee that will be used to help sift through the ideas that have been coming in regarding how to spend the money. Read more

Tribute bands take center stage at festival

October 1, 2008

Liberty High School drama students entertain parade spectators in costumes from their production of ‘Seussical the Musical’ in the 2006 Grande Parade. Liberty High School drama students entertain parade spectators in costumes from their production of ‘Seussical the Musical’ in the 2006 Grande Parade.

The Issaquah Salmon Days Festival is renowned for four things — the salmon, the arts and crafts, the food and the entertainment.

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