October 1, 2013
David Harris is still bookin’ rock ‘n’ roll after 30 years
David Harris’s earliest recollections of Salmon Days are of the festival being more like a town parade that featured the high school band, the Issaquah Indians football team, the National Guard and a fire truck with a guest appearance by JP Patches and Gertrude.
Little did the British expatriate know that in fall 1970, just a year after moving to Issaquah, he’d soon have a hand in shaping the town’s music scene for decades to come.
The 26-year-old had uprooted his wife and two children from southern London to take a job as an engineer with The Boeing Co. in 1965.
“I remember getting on the plane and literally not knowing where we were going,” Harris said.
October 1, 2013
After 30 years of booking musical acts for the Salmon Days Festival, David Harris has made contacts with more than 450 bands. To mark the anniversary, Harris is calling in some favors and assembling a final festival act to remember — The Northwest All Star Salmon Jam.
The act will fill the final time slot Oct. 6, from 4:30-6 p.m., and Harris said he’s already been given the green light to go long, if necessary. That’s a good thing, too.
The All Star band will actually cycle through 25 of the Northwest’s most renowned musicians, including vocalists Larry Strobel and Christy Wheeler, guitarists Roger Wheeler and Ron Smevik, and drummers Alan White and Rich Nalum, to name a few.
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.
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.