To the Editor — July 23, 2015

July 23, 2015

Concerts

Thanks to everyone for these wonderful, free events

I am writing to say thank you to the Issaquah Parks Department, Issaquah Arts Commission, Kiwanis Club of Issaquah, all of the sponsors and especially organizer David Harris for providing our community with the excellent Concerts on the Green series at the Issaquah Community Center.

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Concerts on the Green schedule features the people’s choices

July 2, 2015

Every year, the lineups for Issaquah’s Concerts on the Green have some sort of overarching theme. For the 19th season, organizer David Harris thought he’d try something different — let the audience decide.

“At the last concert from last year, I asked the crowd to let me know what bands they’d like to see or see again,” Harris said. “Most bands this year, then, are ones the audience would like to see. A majority are ones they asked to see again.”

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2014 remembered for what went away

December 31, 2014

Annexations, retirements, plastic bags, development, a looming school closure, retail marijuana, bank robberies, the Concerts on the Green series, and business and occupation taxes made the list of the top 10 news stories of the year in Issaquah.

Here are those stories, in no particular order:

Klahanie-area annexation issue moves to Sammamish

Issaquah residents voted no, for the second time, on the city of Issaquah annexing the Klahanie area. The King County Growth Management Planning Council then unanimously approved the idea to move the Klahanie area from Issaquah’s Potential Annexation Area to Sammamish’s.

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Issaquah’s David Harris wins Newcastle Diamond Award

December 3, 2014

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce honored Issaquah resident David Harris, and other top community members, at its 2014 Diamond Awards ceremony Nov. 20.

By Greg Farrar David Harris (left) beams as he receives the Mayor’s Award from Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri during the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce Diamond Awards on Nov. 20.

By Greg Farrar
David Harris (left) beams as he receives the Mayor’s Award from Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri during the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce Diamond Awards on Nov. 20.

Harris received the evening’s top honor — the Mayor’s Award, presented by Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri.

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BrickHouse Show Band to play Issaquah’s 150th concert

August 19, 2014

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.

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Off The Press

July 29, 2014

And now, the rest of the story

David Hayes Press reporter

David Hayes
Press reporter

Over the years here at The Issaquah Press, I’ve been privileged to interview some fascinating people. Thinking back, however, some interesting tidbits from these interviews didn’t make the story. So, I thought I’d share three of my favorite looks behind the scenes of what can unexpectedly happen during a routine story assignment.

The first was a feature about a group of families that were homeschooling their children. Homeschooled children undeservedly earn a bad reputation as being not socially well adjusted or being underserved by learning from home. On that day, when I arrived at the home they took common lessons from, a group of six or eight were playing a friendly game of soccer in the front yard. Looked pretty socially adjusted to me.

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Concert On The Green

July 29, 2014

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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

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

“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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Music Man

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.

By Greg Farrar David Harris (right) looks on as Mungo Jerry performs on the Rainier Avenue Stage during the 2009 Salmon Days Festival.

By Greg Farrar
David Harris (right) looks on as Mungo Jerry performs on the Rainier Avenue Stage during the 2009 Salmon Days Festival.

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