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.

Black Velvet 4 plays classics at Concerts on the Green

July 31, 2012

Black Velvet 4 cranks up the classic rock for the next summer Concerts on the Green performance Aug. 7 at the Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainier Blvd.

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.

Black Velvet 4 is renowned in the Seattle area for its solid three-part harmonies, performing rock classics at outdoor concerts, corporate events, weddings and clubs. Check out the band’s schedule and music samples at www.blackvelvet4.com.

The concert series, now in its 15th year, is presented by the Issaquah 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 85th Street Big Band swings onto the stage at the next concert series event Aug. 14.

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

Seatown brings the funk to Concerts on the Green

July 24, 2012

The Seatown Rhythm and Blues Players funks up the stage with Motown and R&B classics during this summer’s Concerts on the Green series July 31 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.

Seatown Rhythm and Blues Players fan Jeff, from Milwaukee, wrote on the band’s website, “Got a chance to see Seatown in Issaquah. These guys flat out play everything. Simply one of the best Motown cover bands I’ve ever seen. If you like classic Motown and funk, you will not be disappointed.”

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.

Black Velvet 4 polishes off the rock classics at the next concert series event Aug. 7.

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

Cambalache spices up Concerts on the Green

July 17, 2012

Cambalache, one of the Pacific Northwest’s most renowned Latin and salsa bands, hits the stage during this summer’s Concerts on the Green series July 24 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.

Cambalache has been performing in the Seattle area since 1999. They have honed their act to the point they were in demand to perform for bigger venues, including the 2001 Major League Baseball All Star Game, and are in demand everywhere there’s a dancing venue. Learn more at www.cambalachesalsa.com.

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

Seatown Rhythm and Blues brings the funk (and Motown and R&B favorites) at the next concert series event July 31.

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

Chalk up a sidewalk masterpiece at summer festival

July 10, 2012

Sheama Tura, of Issaquah, draws a beach and a palm tree last year. By Greg Farrar

Issaquah’s summer tradition, the Chalk Art Festival, is coming to city sidewalks July 17.

The Issaquah Arts Commission invites artists of all ages to transform the sidewalks around the Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainier Blvd., with their masterpieces from noon to 5 p.m. that day. All the entries will be judged at 5 p.m. with winners being announced at 6 p.m. before the Concert on the Green.

The event is free. Chalk and water will be provided.

Event organizers recommend arriving early to choose a shady sidewalk spot. All space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

See a slideshow of masterpieces the day of the festival at www.issaquahpress.com.

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