Makin’ music with the masses

June 25, 2015

by Greg Farrar Alan Clark (right) and Fred Hopkins, with the band Fred Hopkins and Friends, perform classic rock ‘n’ roll, including the tune ‘Runaway,’ for an audience at Pedestrian Park at Front Street and Sunset Way on June 21, the first day of summer.

by Greg Farrar
Alan Clark (right) and Fred Hopkins, with the band Fred Hopkins and Friends, perform classic rock ‘n’ roll, including the tune ‘Runaway,’ for an audience at Pedestrian Park at Front Street and Sunset Way on June 21, the first day of summer.

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Car show, Make Music Day are both June 21

June 17, 2015

Sometimes, the stars align to bring together two things to make one memorable union, from love-struck youths Romeo and Juliet to food pairings surf and turf.

Issaquah residents will be the beneficiary of a quirk of the calendar, when two of the Downtown Issaquah Association’s biggest events of the year fall on the same day.

The car show Fenders on Front Street is always on Father’s Day, which just so happens to fall on June 21, the same date for the annual Music Day.

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Local songwriter wins in competition, will play at music day

June 17, 2015

Issaquah songwriter Glenn Lestz has won honorable mention for his song “The Clock” in the International Songwriting Competition. It won in the Novelty/Comedy category.

Glen Lestz

Glen Lestz

The competition received more than 18,000 entries from more than 118 countries, according to a news release from the International Songwriting Competition’s. Winning honorable mention was “no small achievement,” the release said.

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Celebrate International Music Day June 21

May 30, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 30, 2015

Issaquah is making music June 21, in celebration of International Music Day.

The annual event celebrates the importance of music through free, open and accessible events. Listen, dance and make music from 1-5 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Pedestrian Park — The Redondoes, strum ukulele band, Greasy Spoon,
  • Northwest Alder Street — Eastside Music Co.,
  • Music and Arts lot — teen performers from Kaleidoscope School of Music, special guests,
  • Confluence Park — LocoMotive, FIVESTAR, Nolan Garrett, The RumSkullz and more.

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Popular Wine Walk adds Author Fest

April 28, 2015

The fourth annual Downtown Issaquah Association Wine Walk series continues May 1.

The association’s first Friday event is from 6-9 p.m. and features samples of regional vintners, live music, art exhibits and demonstrations, and snacks, all within easy walking distance along Front Street.

This month, the association is collaborating with the Issaquah Library and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association for the first annual Author Fest. The new feature kicks off in the library meeting room with the following schedule: Read more

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ArtWalk season continues in downtown Issaquah tonight

August 1, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 1, 2014

Get your walking shoes on and head to Issaquah ArtWalk tonight.

Now in its 13th season, the free event from 6-9 p.m. invites visitors to watch live demonstrations by some of the region’s best artists in several venues throughout downtown Issaquah.

ArtWalk features up to 50 talented artists in media ranging from jewelry and photography to paintings and metal work.

To keep your toes tapping while strolling between venues, there’s also the following live music:

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ArtWalk season continues in downtown

July 29, 2014

Issaquah ArtWalk is from 6-9 p.m. Aug. 1.
ArtWalk features up to 50 talented artists in media ranging from jewelry and photography to paintings and metal work.
There’s also the following live music:Singer/songwriter Nolan Garret, Issaquah Library (rock ’n roll, sophisticated pop, blues and grunge/garage rock)

  • Kaleidoscope School of Music, Historic Train Depot (rock)
  • Larry Murante, 6-7 p.m. and 8-9 p.m., Hailstone Feed Store (folk rock)
  • Elemental Belly Dancers, 7-8 p.m., Hailstone Feed Store
  • Gauche, Issaquah Bicycle Shop parking lot (melodic rock)
  • Jim Thompson, Coho Computer (music of The Doors)
  • Open Mic, Music and Arts (call 392-1000)

Participants can find event maps at the Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N., or online at www.downtownissaquah.com.

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Car show to take up all of Front Street

June 10, 2014

Close down an entire city street, line up vintage rides from end to end and pack the sidewalks with classic car aficionados, and you get one of downtown’s most popular events — Fenders on Front Street.

The annual car show, hosted by the Downtown Issaquah Association, returns for its ninth year June 15, bigger than ever. Executive Director Karen Donovan said the show set an attendance record last year with about 10,000 visitors.

Unlike specific car shows, anyone with a classic ride may register to sign their car up, even the day of the event. Donovan said they may have to cut off signups by 11 a.m., depending upon the number of participants. Go to www.fendersonfrontstreet.com/registration to learn more about signing up.

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ArtWalk returns June 6 to downtown

June 3, 2014

Who says 13 is unlucky?

The Downtown Issaquah Association’s annual ArtWalk returns June 6 for its 13th season, after having successfully transformed the city’s main corridor into the Eastside’s premier arts destination.

Karen Donovan, Downtown Issaquah Association executive director, said ArtWalk remains as popular as ever after 13 years.

By Greg Farrar A sign points the way to the next venue hosting an ArtWalk event in downtown Issaquah.

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A sign points the way to the next venue hosting an ArtWalk event in downtown Issaquah.

“It’s just a great place for families to come down to check out the art and the live music, and kids activities with painting,” she said.

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Don’t miss the season’s last Wine Walk May 2

April 29, 2014

The Downtown Issaquah Wine Walk, hosted by the Downtown Issaquah Association, is from 6-9 p.m. May 2.

Enjoy live music, art displays and demonstrations, snacks and local boutique wines poured in various tasting locations on Front Street. The shops and restaurants are open to the general public during Wine Walk and all ages are welcome.

Tickets for the wine walk, for adults only, are $25 in advance or $30 at the event and include 10 one-ounce drink tokens. Bring your own glass. Check-in is at 6 p.m. at Hailstone Feed Store, 323 Front St. N.

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