Amateur musicians enjoy intimate setting of Open Mic Night

August 25, 2015

NEW — 6:15 p.m. Aug. 25, 2015

Not everyone can walk on-stage before a crowd of thousands to perform their favorite songs.

For those musicians who wish to start smaller, limiting their jitters to a more intimate audience, there’s Issaquah’s Open Mic Night.

“It’s a different concept, especially for some people who have never performed in public before or younger people who get nervous, have a desire to see if they have what it takes to go down the road to perform in a nonthreatening environment,” said Bob Brock, who heads up the event after taking over for founding members Doug Browning and Fred Hopkins.

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Task force tries to answer, ‘What is downtown vitality?’

August 22, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 22, 2015

For months now, they have been billed as the Olde Town Vitality Task Force, a coalition consisting of business owners, residents, community leaders and others involved with downtown Issaquah in one way or another.

They have toured the downtown, talked with business owners and met with city officials. But they still have one major question that needs to be answered.

“What does ‘vitality’ mean for downtown?” Andrea Snyder, the city’s economic development manager, asked.

Snyder has been acting as city liaison with the task force, named by Mayor Fred Butler.

Cori Walters, a task force member, spends most of her time as executive director of the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank. She said the task force has been looking at a little bit of everything: streetscape, color palettes, permitting, city code, signage and parking.  Read more

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Gas Station Blues series signs off with The Stacy Jones Band

August 19, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 19, 2015

The Stacy Jones Band headlines the Aug. 20 finale for the summer Gas Station Blues series.

The performance is from 7-9 p.m. at the Hailstone Feed Store (historic Shell station), 232 Front St. N.

The Downtown Issaquah Association-sponsored event, in partnership with the Washington Blues Society, also features a beer garden and barbecue by Bardsley.

The concerts are free and open to all ages. Read more

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Gas Station Blues series welcomes Randy Norris and Jeff Nicely tomorrow

August 12, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 12, 2015

The summer Gas Station Blues series continues Aug. 13 with duo Randy Norris and Jeff Nicely .

The performance is from 7-9 p.m. at the Hailstone Feed Store (historic Shell station), 232 Front St. N.

The Downtown Issaquah Association-sponsored event, in partnership with the Washington Blues Society, also features a beer garden and barbecue by Bardsley.

The concerts are free and open to all ages. Read more

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Downtown Issaquah group to receive hefty funding increase

August 8, 2015

UPDATED — 1:05 p.m. Aug. 11, 2015

The Issaquah City Council’s unanimous decision Aug. 3 to take part in a so-called Main Street Tax Credit program should translate to $90,000 in extra funding for the Downtown Issaquah Association.

In total, DIA funding should jump to a total of about $230,000 from it present level of about $120,000, said Karen Donovan, DIA executive director.

“Of course, we’re very excited about it,” she said.

The first step will be hiring a full-time staff member. Having a full-time person is a requirement of the tax credit program, Donovan said. Read more

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ArtWalk returns again tomorrow night

August 6, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 6, 2015

The Downtown Issaquah Association’s ArtWalk returns Aug. 7.

Visitors are invited to meet local business owners, enjoy live music, watch artists in action, shop and dine in downtown Issaquah.

ArtWalk features talented artists with art ranging from jewelry and photography to paintings and metal work. There will also be kids’ art activities sponsored by artEAST and Artitudes.

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Gas Station Blues series welcomes Nick Vigarino tomorrow night

August 5, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 5, 2015

The summer Gas Station Blues series continues Aug. 6 with Nick Vigarino.

The performance is from 7-9 p.m. at the Hailstone Feed Store (historic Shell station), 232 Front St. N.

The Downtown Issaquah Association-sponsored event, in partnership with the Washington Blues Society, also features a beer garden and barbecue by Bardsley.

The concerts are free and open to all ages.

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Gas Station Blues series welcomes Kevin Selfe and Allen Markel tonight

July 30, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 30, 2015

The summer Gas Station Blues series continues July 30 with Kevin Selfe and Allen Markel.

The performance is from 7-9 p.m. at the Hailstone Feed Store (historic Shell station), 232 Front St. N.

The Downtown Issaquah Association-sponsored event, in partnership with the Washington Blues Society, also features a beer garden and barbecue by Bardsley.

The concerts are free and open to all ages.

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Gas Station Blues Concert

July 29, 2015

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Gas Station Blues series welcomes Rod Cook and Mark Riley tomorrow

July 22, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 22, 2015

The summer Gas Station Blues series continues July 23 by welcoming Rod Cook and Mark Riley.

The performance is from 7-9 p.m. at the Hailstone Feed Store (historic Shell station), 232 Front St. N.

The Downtown Issaquah Association-sponsored event, in partnership with the Washington Blues Society, also features a beer garden and barbecue by Bardsley. The concerts are free and open to all ages.

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