Calaca Kings bring the funk to concerts series

July 29, 2014

The 14th annual outdoor concert series at Pine Lake Park continues July 31 with The Calaca Kings.

The concerts in the park are from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 28.

There is plenty of lawn space, so you can bring your own picnic basket. There will be barbecue dinners and ice cream for sale. No alcohol is allowed.

Three generations of Doughtys (Fred, son Andrew and grandson Jordan) bring together a smart compilation of perfectly mixed genres that appeals to all ages. They feature some of the Northwest’s top performers in their lineups. Performing with them July 31 is Tiffiny Theis, a prolific writer and guitarist with “a sweet and silky voice of an angel.”

Pine Lake Park, 2401 228th Ave. S.E., has limited parking. Parking is also available at Discovery Elementary School and at the Pine Lake Park & Ride. A free shuttle is available to and from the park & ride. No dogs are allowed on the shuttle.

Learn more at www.sammamish.us/events/concertsinthepark.aspx.

Waving the baton

June 3, 2014

Dorothy Hay completes 25 years with Issaquah Singers

When Dorothy Hay takes the director’s stand at the Issaquah Singers annual concert for the public June 7, it will mark 25 years of directing the choir.

The concert at Sammamish Presbyterian Church is free, though donations for support of the group will be accepted.

By David M. Boss Bob Quindt (left), on the trumpet, and the Issaquah Singers crack up as conductor Dorothy Hay makes a joke during a concert in a previous year to celebrate the Fourth of July.

By David M. Boss
Bob Quindt (left), on the trumpet, and the Issaquah Singers crack up as conductor Dorothy Hay makes a joke during a concert in a previous year to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Hay said the concert title, “Snapshots,” comes from the hope that songs will bring back pictures for the audience from their past: pictures from the likes of “Naughty Lady of Shady Lane,” “In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening,” “Crawdad Hole,” “In The Garden” and others.

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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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Salmon Days finale features all-star band

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.

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White Knuckle Ridge fuse divergent styles into outlaw country

September 10, 2013

It was an interesting turn of events that brought the group White Knuckle Ridge together.

About four months ago, Chris Hilkey had a gig to play in Snohomish, and he tried to get in contact with Luke Breider, a fellow musician and childhood friend. Earlier that day, Breider and co-worker and band mate Matt Forbes had a disagreement with a former band member, and left that group.

“I’ve known Luke since we were little kids,” Hilkey, guitarist and vocalist for White Knuckle Ridge, said. “We grew up together in North Bend.”

By Rod Gingrich White Knuckle Ridge — Matt Forbes, Luke Breider and Chris Hilkey (from left) — performed at the Hobart Flea Market Aug. 4 atop the trailer of a semi.

By Rod Gingrich
White Knuckle Ridge — Matt Forbes, Luke Breider and Chris Hilkey (from left) — performed at the Hobart Flea Market Aug. 4 atop the trailer of a semi.

“We all three got in that room on that Saturday, and it basically instantaneously sparked,” Breider, who plays drums and other percussion, said.

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