Jimi Hendrix tribute rocks Concerts on the Green on July 22

July 15, 2014

Randy Hansen brings his ongoing tribute to Jimi Hendrix to the Concerts on the Green stage July 22 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, come early to stake out your spot.

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Aaron Crawford rocks Concerts on the Green tonight

July 15, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. July 15, 2014

Aaron Crawford, one of the Pacific Northwest’s fastest rising country singers, hits the stage July 15 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.

Crawford, a solo artist from the Northwest, is bringing a new sound to the music scene, blending country with melodic rock. He released his debut album, “Modern Day American Dream,” in October.

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Find a toe-tappin’ good time at Concerts on the Green summer series

July 1, 2014

After 18 years, David Harris feels he’s got a pretty good feel for the pulse of Issaquah when it comes to the city’s music scene.

As the scheduler of musical talent for the annual Concerts on the Green series, Harris knows it takes more than a bar band to draw a large crowd to the lawn in front of the community center on a Tuesday night.

“We’ve got a broad, variety of music, most of it danceable,” he said. “I’ve found, over the years, Issaquah likes to dance, to get their feet tapping.”

Wally & The Beaves perform classic and contemporary rock Aug. 19.

Wally & The Beaves perform classic and contemporary rock Aug. 19.

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Join the band on Make Music Day June 21

June 10, 2014

Someone has to make music and it might as well be the whole community.

For the second year in a row, the Downtown Issaquah Association will lead the city to join the rest of the world in International Music Day on June 21. With festivities highlighting the talents of the community, the day will offer plenty of opportunities to listen to and make music.

Photos by Greg Farrar Above, David Harris (left) plays a bongo drum with Emma Erhardt (left) and Bella Evans, during an all-instrument flash mob performance of ‘Louie Louie’ in 2013 on the City Hall steps for Issaquah Make Music Day in honor of International Music day

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Above, David Harris (left) plays a bongo drum with Emma Erhardt (left) and Bella Evans, during an all-instrument flash mob performance of ‘Louie Louie’ in 2013 on the City Hall steps for Issaquah Make Music Day in honor of International Music day

“It’s going to be pretty significant,” DIA Executive Director Karen Donovan said. “We’re going to have over 25 bands in seven outdoor locations, four regular venues and six nontraditional spots.”

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Salmon Days stage renamed for David Harris

September 3, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 3, 2013

The Salmon Days Festival’s mainstage will bear the name of an important Issaquah legend beginning this year.

David Harris

David Harris

The David Harris Rainier Boulevard Stage honors the man that has dedicated 30 years to the annual event.

Harris, a member of the Issaquah Hall of Fame, has long overseen much of anything that has to do with musical entertainment in this town. That includes organization of the music for both Salmon Days and Concerts on the Green.

Catch summer’s final Concert on the Green Tuesday

August 26, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 26, 2013

Enjoy the last of summer’s free, family-friendly concerts from 7-8:30 p.m. Aug. 27 on the lawn of the Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S.

Hairstorm will perform ‘80’s rock while the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah provides on-site concessions. Crowds start gathering as early as 6 p.m., so arrive early to grab a spot.

The event does not allow alcohol or pets.

Concerts on the Green are presented by the city Parks & Recreation Department and the city Arts Commission, in collaboration with the Kiwanis Club. This final concert for the summer is sponsored by Cascade Water Alliance.

Let your creative energy flow at Chalk Art Festival

July 23, 2013

Issaquah is about to get a bit more colorful, thanks to the annual Chalk Art Festival.

This year, the festival, sponsored by the Issaquah Arts Commission, will hit the sidewalks around the Issaquah Community Center on July 30. From noon to 5 p.m., anyone can show up and create some art.

By Greg Farrar Audry Sammons (right) and her dad Bill show off their chalk-colored hands after working together on a work of sidewalk beauty during the 2012 Chalk Art Festival.

By Greg Farrar
Audry Sammons (right) and her dad Bill show off their chalk-colored hands after working together on a work of sidewalk beauty during the 2012 Chalk Art Festival.

According to Amy Dukes, the arts coordinator for the commission, most of the participants are elementary school age, although kids and adults of all skill levels come out to draw. Many are there just to doodle, while some come with a fully formed idea in mind, complete with sketches and outlines.

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Concerts on the Green series features diverse lineup

July 2, 2013

Hairstorm

Hairstorm

Music will play on the community center green again this summer as the city and the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah bring back the 17th annual Concerts on the Green series beginning July 9.

For eight weeks, different bands will bring a variety of performances and sounds for the free and family friendly occasion, regarded by many as an event special to Issaquah.

“We do have a great lineup this year,” said Jera Gilmore, the city’s event coordinator who has helped set up the concerts for the past nine years. “There is a lot of diversity. It’s kind of been a focus for us.”

In the interest of involving as many people as possible to enjoy the music, the Parks & Recreation Department has made a special effort to bring as much variety as possible in the acts that will perform. Gilmore said organizers strive to find good tribute and cover acts that can engage a large number of people. Bands listed on the schedule range from a Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute act to a Latin fusion group.

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Violinist electrifies Concerts on the Green

August 14, 2012

The devil may have gone down to Georgia for a fiddle battle, but electric violinist Geoffrey Castle is bringing his talents to the summer Concerts on the Green stage Aug. 21 at the Issaquah Community Center.

Picnicking kicks off at 6 p.m., so be sure to bring a blanket. The music fills the air from 7-8:30 p.m. As many as 500 revelers attend, so be sure to come early to stake out your spot.

Since his earliest days performing on the streets of New York City and in Paris, Castle has honed his craft, breaking the barrier of audience expectations for the electric violin. His signature sound has even been sought after by the likes of music groups Heart, Buddy Miles and Alan White, of Yes. Learn more about Castle at http://geoffreycastle.com.

The concert series, now in its 16th year, is at 301 Rainier Blvd. and is 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 hot dogs and hamburgers.

The 2021 Concert on the Green series wraps up Aug. 28, when Seattle band Magic Bus revisits the sounds of Woodstock and the ’60s.

As always, the concerts are free, but donations will be accepted.

85th Street Big Band jives up the Concerts on the Green

August 7, 2012

Break out your dancing shoes when the 85th Street Big Band swings onto the summer Concerts on the Green stage Aug. 14 at the Issaquah Community Center.

Picnicking kicks off at 6 p.m., so be sure to bring a blanket. The music fills the air from 7-8:30 p.m. As many as 500 revelers attend, so be sure to come early to stake out your spot.

The 20-piece 85th Street Big Band features swing favorites from the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s made famous by the likes of Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman. Check out their playlist at www.85thstreetbigband.com.

The concert series, now in its 15th year, is at 301 Rainier Blvd. and is 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 hot dogs and hamburgers.

Be sure not to miss six-string, electric violinist Geoffrey Castle at the next concert series event Aug. 21.

As always, the concerts are free, but donations will be accepted.

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