Month Flat Week

8th Annual Swing Dance

Saturday, February 11, 2017 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Returning to Anacortes from their enthusiastically received appearances at the Depot last February and at Seafarer’s Park in July, Seattle’s upbeat, six-piece Good Co band performs Dixieland classics and electro-swing hot dance numbers.

When: Sat., Feb. 11, 7–9:30 pm; doors open at 6:30 pm
Where: Depot Arts Center, 611 R Ave., Anacortes
Admission: $5 suggested donation for adults; youth under 18 free
Entertainment: Good Co – 20’s style Dixieland jazz & electro-swing band
Refreshments: Snacks & water included; soft drinks, wine & beer available for purchase

Jazz at the Library

Sunday, February 12, 2017 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Clave Gringa is a Seattle-based Latin jazz ensemble showcasing the compositions of Ann Reynolds (Ann-ita). Ann draws on many different Cuban music and dance styles in her compositions – from the European influenced danzón and chá to the Afro based rumba and 6/8 folkloric rhythms. Ann Reynolds – piano and vocals; Daniel Barry – trumpet; Steve Smith – percussion; Dean Schmidt – bass.

Admission is free, but seating is limited at the library.

Swing Dance at Senior Center

Saturday, February 18, 2017 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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A-Town Big Band plays energetic swing music at the Senior Center, 1701 22nd St. Free for all ages. Hosted by Anacortes Public Library Jazz Committee and Library Foundation’s Manieri Endowment Fund. Sat., Feb. 18, 7pm at the senior center

Questions? 360-293-1910 or library.cityofanacortes.org.

Acoustic Music in the Library

Sunday, February 19, 2017 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Soft background music performed on our baby grand piano or the musician's own acoustic instrument. Experienced musicians interested in playing should inquire at the Circulation Desk. 3rd Sunday, Feb. 19, 2 – 2:30pm & 3rd Tuesday, Feb. 21, 6 – 6:30pm at the library.

Acoustic Music in the Library

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Soft background music performed on our baby grand piano or the musician's own acoustic instrument. Experienced musicians interested in playing should inquire at the Circulation Desk. 3rd Sunday, Feb. 19, 2 – 2:30pm & 3rd Tuesday, Feb. 21, 6 – 6:30pm at the library.

The Great Jazz Trombonists

Friday, March 17, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Music educator Vince Fejeran presents the first program in a series devoted to jazz history from the perspective of individual instrumentalists. In this program, Vince follows the development of jazz trombone style and technique through history, highlighting the most important contributors and illustrating with recordings from the Library’s Manieri jazz CD collection.

A similar talk in early April will feature jazz guitar.

Vince is a long-time member of the Anacortes Public Library Jazz Committee as well as the booking agent for the Second Sunday Jazz series held at the Anacortes Library and the Heart of Anacortes. He oversees the Skagit Community College jazz program, is an active trombone player with many local bands, and directs the Skagit Community Band.

Free and open to the public.
Questions? 360-293-1910 or library.cityofanacortes.org.

Fri., Mar. 17, 7pm @ Anacortes Public Library

Hitting on the Six

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Hitting on the Six: a History of Jazz Guitar

Guitarist Steven Dolmatz discusses the history of jazz guitar from its beginnings in the 1920’s to today’s practitioners. He covers the development of guitar technique and innovation over time, complete with recordings of classic milestones of great players from Eddie Lang, Charlie Christian and Django Reinhardt to Wes Montgomery, Emily Remler and Bill Frisell. This event is sponsored by the Anacortes Library Foundation Manieri Endowment. 

Tues., April 4, 7pm at the library.

2nd Sunday Jazz

Sunday, April 9, 2017 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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The Overtones perform a free, live jazz concert at the Library. Visit jazzatthelibrary.com for details. This event is sponsored by the Anacortes Library Foundation Manieri Endowment. Sun., Apr. 9, 2 – 3:30pm at the library.

Swing Dance at Senior Center

Saturday, April 15, 2017 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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A’Town Big Band plays energetic dance music at the Senior Center, 1701 22nd St.; free for all ages! This event is sponsored by the Anacortes Library Foundation Manieri Endowment. Sat., April 15, 7pm at the Senior Center.

2nd Sunday Jazz

Sunday, May 14, 2017 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Holly Pyle & Dmitri Matheny Jazz Quintet perform a free, live jazz concert at the Library. Visit jazzatthelibrary.com for details. This event is sponsored by the Anacortes Library Foundation Manieri Endowment.

Sun., May 14, 2 – 3:30pm - at the library

Mr. Tambourine Man

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Musician and entertainer Paul “Buck” Stierle returns with this popular performance of Bob Dylan’s early years, 1962-1974. Buck focuses on Dylan’s early hits, such as “Blowing in the Wind,” “Don’t Think Twice,” “The Times They Are a’ Changing,” and many more, including “Like a Rolling Stone,” voted #1 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest songs of the 20th century. The performance traces Dylan’s progress through folk music, protest song, folk rock, and rock-n-roll to country rock and Christian music.

Wed., May 17, 7pm  - at the library

A Brief Cultural History of the Saxophone

Friday, May 19, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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From Marching Bands to Modern Jazz: A Brief Cultural History of the Saxophone
After its invention in 1846, the saxophone had an interesting and unlikely trip to its current place as a cultural icon in popular music. Learn about its inventor, Adolphe Sax, the artists who gave it a voice, and the music it helped make famous. The evening will include a display of vintage and modern instruments, a historical lecture, and chance to hear some of the famous players in action. The presenter, local musician John Anderson, has performed throughout the Pacific Northwest and has been featured on recordings by Trish Hatley and other Northwest artists. The presentation is sponsored by the Anacortes Library Foundation Manieri Endowment.

Fri., May 19, 7pm - at the library

Music from Hungrytown

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Renowned folk duo Hungrytown performs a selection of their timeless compositions, all with gorgeous vocal harmonies. Their music has received extensive radio airplay worldwide and has appeared on several television shows including Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, IFC’s Portlandia, and Netflix’s Lady Dynamite.

Wed., May 24, 7pm - at the library

Whatcom Chorale and Whatcom Chorale Sinfonia

Sunday, June 4, 2017 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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The Whatcom Chorale and Whatcom Chorale Sinfonia, Deborah Brown, conductor and artistic director, present the powerfully beautiful and moving German Requiem by Johannes Brahms, featuring distinguished soloists Sherrie Kahn, soprano, and Charles Robert Austin, bass.  

Sunday June 4, 3 p.m., Bellingham High School Theater, 2020 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, WA.  

Adults $20, Students and Seniors $15, under 18 $5.  Tickets available at Bellingham Food Co-op downtown and Cordata stores, Village Books Fairhaven and Lynden, and Everybody's Store; online at www.whatcomchorale.org, and at the door.

For more info:  Phone: (360) 747-7852 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2nd Sunday Jazz

Sunday, June 11, 2017 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Ranger & the "Re-Arrangers" perform a free, live jazz concert at the Heart of Anacortes, 1014 Fourth St., an outdoor venue. Visit jazzatthelibrary.com for details. This event is sponsored by the Anacortes Library Foundation Manieri Endowment. Sun., June 11, 2 – 3:30pm at the library

Music Soothes the Soul

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Anacortes Arts Commission members present Art, Therapy and Wellness, an “Arts for All” program. Join Commission members in exploring how art affects our health, minds and creativity through journaling, writing, drawing, enjoying music and laughing. In this segment we explore the art of music and how it plays an important part in our well-being. 

Art, Therapy, Wellness: Music Soothes the Soul - Wed., June 14, 7pm at the library

Deception Pass Park Concert

Saturday, July 1, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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American Roots Music Series Presents 133D National Army Reserve Band, General's 7 Dixie Band at Deception Pass State Park. The 133D Army Band is a diverse group of musicians and ensembles, which serve the community and represent the Washington National Guard to audiences across the state. Members of the band range in age from their late teens to mid fifties and represent a wide cross section of our community. With music educators and professional musicians, students and other career professionals, the 133D Army Band is diverse in its professional composition. Come listen to this talented band while enjoying the park! Meet at the West Beach Amphitheater.

The Jessica Lynn Band

Friday, July 7, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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On February 24, 2014, Jessica released her first single for London Tone Music, Calling Me Home, as part of their 52×52 label launch. Produced by Geoff Ott at London Bridge Studio, it’s a song inspired by how comfortable she feels in the Pacific Northwest. Between the familiar landscape and the fact that her music has been so well received by so many, Jessica wrote a beautiful country love song to her new home.

https://www.jessicalynnmusic.org/

At Seafarers Park. All Concerts free to the public.

Johnny “Bulldog” Tristao

Saturday, July 8, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Johnny “Bulldog” Tristao is on lead vocals and rhythm guitar. For the last two decades he has been the lead singer for Creedence Clearwater Revisited touring all over the world.

Larry Mason is on guitar, vocals, and drums and has toured Europe and the US with The Brandos. Larry also plays guitar and sings with Broken Banjo. Kevin Johnson plays lead guitar and sings as well as producing Johnny Bulldog’s records. Kevin has been head of sound engineering at Microsoft and was the sound technician on the television shows “Sell This House” and “Hoarders”. Kevin also plays and sings with Broken Banjo.

Garey Shelton plays bass and is an in demand player in the Pacific Northwest. He has worked with countless successful acts including James Brown, Danny O’Keefe and Jesse Colin Young. He has played on hundreds of CD’s and produced a Grammy-winning record with Eric Tingstad.

Johnny Bulldog is comprised of four seasoned musicians that perform as an acoustic act featuring the music of The Beatles. In the second set, when dancing is called for, they plug in and rock with tunes from Credeence, Wilson Picket and other legends.

All Concerts free to the public. At Heart of Anacortes

Obe Quarless and the Caribbean Connection Steelband

Saturday, July 8, 2017 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Obe Quarless is a dynamic entertainer and steel pan musician. Obe was introduced to the steel pan as young child by his father, a musician from the native country of the steel pan—the twin-island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. His affinity for music came from growing up in the shadow of his father’s calypso band, The Islanders, and playing music with his father and three younger brothers. A classically trained musician, Quarless holds a degree in percussion from Whitworth University. He brings a wide range of musical influences to his steel pan performances.

https://www.facebook.com/ObeQ.Music/

7 p.m. at the Deception Pass State Park Amphitheater between West Beach and North Beach. Free to all.

Second Sunday Jazz

Sunday, July 9, 2017 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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A’Town Big Band is Skagit County’s own popular big band.  Providing lots of energy, they play the Big Band music of Stan Kenton, Count Basie, Maynard Ferguson, Bob Curnow, Buddy Rich, and more.

The Heart of Anacortes is an outside venue, so please dress for the weather.  In the case of rain, this performance will be canceled.  Free admission. Part of the Anacortes Public Library Manieri Jazz Endowment.

At Heart of Anacortes. Free

Skagit Swing Band

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Skagit Swings Band's 18 musicians include 5 Saxophones, 4 Trombones, 4 Trumpets, 4 rhythm instruments (piano, bass, guitar & drums), and a great vocalist. We all belong because we enjoy music. At Seafarers Park. All Concerts free to the public.

Dusty 45s

Friday, July 14, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Seattle's Dusty 45s have inspired and fired up crowds for almost two decades. They deliver their rockin', high-energy music at full throttle, keeping fans on their feet and begging for more. The group melds styles ranging from Country Twang to Jump Blues and Surf to R&B, all while adding Dixieland and jazz elements. The finished product is a sizzling sound uniquely their own.

Food vendors: Vagabond, Lopez Island Creamery, Vivi's Kitchen, NW Coffee and Espresso and NaeNae Tasty Hotdogs.

At Seafarers' Memorial Park, All Concerts free to the public.

The Fieldboats

Saturday, July 15, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Fieldboats are a rock and roll band from Lopez Island in the beautiful San Juan Islands.

They enjoy creating all original songs with a northwest americana groove.

The Fieldboats recently released an EP that was recorded and produced on Lopez Island. It includes four songs and is available for preview, free download, and for sale at: https://fieldboats.bandcamp.com/releases

All Concerts free to the public.

The Fieldboats are a rock and roll band from Lopez Island in the beautiful San Juan Islands. They enjoy creating all original songs with a northwest americana groove. The Fieldboats recently released an EP that was recorded and produced on Lopez Island. It includes four songs and is available for preview, free download, and for sale at: https://fieldboats.bandcamp.com/releases

At Heart of Anacortes, 4th St. & “O” Ave., All Concerts free to the public.

Bays Family Irish Band

Saturday, July 15, 2017 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Randal Bays is well known in the worldwide Irish music community as a fiddler and guitarist, and he has performed with many of the great Irish musicians of our time, touring North America, Ireland and Europe. Joining Bays are his wife, Susan Waters, on fiddle and vocals, and his sons Willie and Owen Bays on Irish flute and concertina. They are following in the tradition of family music-making in rural Ireland, going back hundreds of years and continuing to the present day. Family groups such as the Bays Band often play for dances, parties, wakes and gatherings of all kinds, in addition to appearing at concerts and music festivals.

www.randalbays.com/famband.html

7 p.m. at the Deception Pass State Park Amphitheater between West Beach and North Beach. Free.

Jazz Underground

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Jazz Underground is a Seattle-based group that plays contemporary big band jazz. Their repertoire includes music from the libraries of Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, and Duke Ellington, as well as music by jazz greats like John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, and Charlie Parker. In addition, the group performs music by local composers and arrangers, including original tunes by members of the band.

At Seafarers Park. All Concerts free to the public.

Rivertalk

Friday, July 21, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Rivertalk, our beloved Skagit Valley band, together since the early 90’s, flowed from being a drum circle howling at the moon into a 12 piece band featuring Jan Foster, our incredible vocalist. We play lots of original music, World Beat, Reggae, Ska and Rock. We have many new originals to share with you. Rivertalk band members and fans have loved and supported one another for years. We delight in the magic that happens when we play together. When we get rolling, the energy is positive, infectious, and spirals upwards.

Food vendors: Vagabond, Lopez Island Creamery, Vivi's Kitchen, NW Coffee and Espresso and NaeNae Tasty Hotdogs.

At Seafarers Park. All Concerts free to the public.

The Popoffs

Friday, July 21, 2017 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Every Day until July 22, 2017

Are you ready to be entertained? Are you looking for a high-energy party band that combines great musicianship, an energetic stage show and great song selection? The Popoffs is your answer.

The Popoffs are on a mission to fill dance floors everywhere. Playing hits from the 60’s 70’s 80’s 90’s & today.

The Popoffs are a very versatile band, playing clubs, festivals and corporate events. The Popoffs have entertained kids of all ages and a reunion of the class of 1960. The Popoffs also have one the premiere vocal lineups in the northwest.

The Popoffs are committed to keeping everybody dancing and having a good time all night long.

At Swinomish Casino.

The Hoe and the Harrow

Saturday, July 22, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Hoe and the Harrow tills up a style unique to our surroundings. At times drawing from the traditional sounds of Folk, Americana, and Roots Music, yet muddled with a layer of punk and grunge reminiscent of early Seattle Sound. Once harvested these lyric-driven melodies serve as food for the soul and spirit. Solemn, haunting and steeped in the rich river valley and maritime culture of their home.

At Heart of Anacortes, 4th St. & “O” Ave., All Concerts free to the public.

Squirrel Butter

Saturday, July 22, 2017 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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The Squirrel Butter duo performs traditional and original music influenced by Appalachian, early country, jug band and blues artists from the late 1800s through the 1950s. Charlie Beck plays fiddle, banjo and guitar, and Charmaine Slaven plays fiddle, guitar—and clogs while she sings. Their harmonies are infectious—and so is their energy.

www.squirrelbutter.com

7 p.m. at the Deception Pass State Park Amphitheater between West Beach and North Beach. Free.

The Popoffs

Saturday, July 22, 2017 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Every Day until July 22, 2017

Are you ready to be entertained? Are you looking for a high-energy party band that combines great musicianship, an energetic stage show and great song selection? The Popoffs is your answer.

The Popoffs are on a mission to fill dance floors everywhere. Playing hits from the 60’s 70’s 80’s 90’s & today.

The Popoffs are a very versatile band, playing clubs, festivals and corporate events. The Popoffs have entertained kids of all ages and a reunion of the class of 1960. The Popoffs also have one the premiere vocal lineups in the northwest.

The Popoffs are committed to keeping everybody dancing and having a good time all night long.

At Swinomish Casino.

A-Town Big Band

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Founded in January of 2013 in Anacortes, Washington, the "A'Town Big Band" is Skagit County's newest big band. Providing energetic melodies and rhythms as versatile as its members, "A'Town Big Band" plays everything from swing to samba, and ballads to blues. A'Town Big Band performs the music of Stan Kenton, Count Basie, Maynard Ferguson, Sammy Nestico, Bob Curnow, Buddy Rich, and more.

At Seafarers Park. All Concerts free to the public.

The Naughty Blokes

Friday, July 28, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Thea Hart of "What's Up" Magazine says in her review "The Naughty Blokes boldly rocked through fun toe-tapping tunes, sweet riffs and smooth progressions galore in their energetic and well arranged set. The group easily caught the ear and the interest of every one present. They brought well balanced brit rock featuring confident and clear guitar work and ear catching vocals. This is the kind of music you turn up when you hear it on the radio."

The Blokes' blend of catchy tunes, soulful vocals, soaring guitar hooks and a strong rhythm section, along with a fun stage presence, guarantees a good time for all!

Food vendors: Vagabond, Lopez Island Creamery, Vivi's Kitchen, NW Coffee and Espresso and NaeNae Tasty Hotdogs

At Seafarers Park. All Concerts free to the public.

SeaBear’s Diamond Anniversary Concert

Saturday, July 29, 2017 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Featuring Three-Ish and Hamilton/Cox

Anacortes original artists Three-ish started by playing with friends at a local open mic. Sometimes there’s three, sometimes there’s only two and often instruments are rotated. With the “ish” there’s always room to grow. Bailey the awesome aussie loves to howl along during practice sessions. Music includes originals and covers, which are conceptualized into their own style. Three-ish incorporates guitars, 3 part vocal harmonies, violin, and rhythm into their folk-indie sound that they’ve shared across Skagit county. Current Band Members consist of Valerie Teske, Daniel Ver & Channing Waage. Find more information here:

Hamilton/Cox is a musical relationship that began in Gospel/Contemporary Christian. Ten years later, we have taken our unique blend of roots jazz, blues, reggae, and rock to the streets. We love to sing together. We love to engage our audiences. We love to honor the traditions of music for the masses.

At Heart of Anacortes, 4th St. & “O” Ave., All Concerts free to the public. 

Suggested donation – $10 to benefit the Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group

La Famille Leger

Saturday, July 29, 2017 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Always popular at Deception Pass!  The Leger Family includes patriarch Louis Leger on accordion; his wife, Barbara, on guitar; son, Devon, on fiddle; and daughter-in-law, Dejah, on piano. Le?ger hails from New Brunswick and is steeped in the music of French Canada. The family also plays their feet—les pieds. The rhythmic patterns of their feet keep the music in time. The whole family plays, sings and dances together—and soon the granddaughters will join in.

www.lafamilleleger.com

7 p.m. at the Deception Pass State Park Amphitheater between West Beach and North Beach. Free.

The Walrus

Thursday, August 3, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The band’s vocally rich and intricate arrangements include songs by the Beatles, Queen, the Jackson 5, the B-52s, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Tom Petty, The Police, Roy Orbison, Jefferson Airplane, Heart, The Trammps, CSNY, Talking Heads, Aretha Franklin, and many others

The Walrus is made up of five seasoned professionals who care about making every event and performance fun, smooth and enjoyable for all. All band members sing, enabling the band to perform songs most cover bands would never think of even trying, such as Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” 

In Mount Vernon, on  the Riverwalk. Every Thursday from 6pm to 8pm

Arts Festival Music

Friday, August 4, 2017 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Main Stage on 3rd Street has a dynamite lineup of diverse sounds from around the world.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM    Romanian Folk Dancers – Folk Dancing
12:15 PM – 1:00 PM    Jacob Navarro – Original Fusion of World Music
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM    A Town Big Band – Swinging Big Band Jazz
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM    Knut Bell and The Blue Collars – Pacific Northwest Americana
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM    Chance McKinney – Award Winning Country Rock

The Jazz Stage is located between 9th and 10th Streets next to the Reunion Wine Bar at the south end of the Festival. 

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM    TIME3JAZZ – Fresh Interpretation of Jazz Standards
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM    Seabreeze Jazz Band – Jam Session Jazz
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM    Joan Penney – Eclectic Jazz Vocalist
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM    Nearly Dan – Dynamic 12 piece Steely Dan Tribute Band

The Port Stage is located at the north end of Commercial Avenue next to the Waterfront Pub

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM   Fidalgo Danceworks – Youth dance performance
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM    Sundae & Mr Goessl – Retro Jazz
3:30 PM – 4:45 PM    Jessica Lynne – Country Music with Spunk
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM    Bobby Holland and the Breadline – Up-tempo, diverse Blues
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM    Commander Mojo & The Horns of Discontent – Northend party band

Arts Festival Music

Saturday, August 5, 2017 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
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The Main Stage on 3rd Street has a dynamite lineup of diverse sounds from around the world.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM    Romanian Folk Dancers – Folk Dancing
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM    Aloha Danny – Aloha Guitar Fun
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM    Wishbone Alley – Lively blend of Swing, World Beat and Latin
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM    Miller Campbell – Anacortes Country Sweetheart
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM    John Van Deusen – Hooky & Slick Pop

The Jazz Stage is located between 9th and 10th Streets next to the Reunion Wine Bar at the south end of the Festival. 

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM    Eugenie Jones Quartet – Jazz with a Rhythmic & Silky Tone
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM    Pearl Django – Gypsy Jazz and New Metropolitan Swing
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM    Gail Pettis – Soulful Jazz Singer
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM    Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra – Jazz Standards and Latin & Brazilian Jazz

The Port Stage is located at the north end of Commercial Avenue next to the Waterfront Pub

10:30 PM – 12:00 PM    ALKI Jones – Americana/Roots-Rock
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM    Saeed Abbas & The Gye Nyame Ensemble – West African Drumming & Dancing from Ghana
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM    Fantasy Band – Favorite Hits from the 70’s & 80’s
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM    Dodgy Mountain Men – Home-brewed Stompgrass

Arts Festival Music

Sunday, August 6, 2017 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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The Main Stage on 3rd Street has a dynamite lineup of diverse sounds from around the world.

10:15 AM – 11:00 AM    Uke Jam Session – Tribute to Richard Mitlyng
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM    Marcia Kester – Rock & Country
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM    Ebb Slack & Flood – R&B, Funk and Reggae
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM    Old Town Tonic – Current & Cool Folk Music

The Jazz Stage is located between 9th and 10th Streets next to the Reunion Wine Bar at the south end of the Festival. 

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM    Trish Hatley Quartet – Swinging Jazz
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM    Island Jazz Quintet – Jazz Originals and Standards
3:45 PM – 5:00 PM    Kareem Kandi – Original and traditional Jazz and Blues

The Port Stage is located at the north end of Commercial Avenue next to the Waterfront Pub.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM    Wren & Della – Circus Act
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM    The Side Project – Sultry Pop
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM    Shaggy Sweet – Rockin’ Covers

The Naughty Blokes

Thursday, August 10, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Thea Hart of “What’s Up” Magazine says in her review “The Naughty Blokes boldly rocked through fun toe-tapping tunes, sweet riffs and smooth progressions galore in their energetic and well arranged set. The group easily caught the ear and the interest of every one present. They brought well balanced brit rock featuring confident and clear guitar work and ear catching vocals. This is the kind of music you turn up when you hear it on the radio.”

The Blokes’ blend of catchy tunes, soulful vocals, soaring guitar hooks and a strong rhythm section, along with a fun stage presence.

August 10 in Mount Vernon on the Riverwalk. Thursdays 6-8 pm.

Janie Cribbs and the T.Rust Band

Saturday, August 12, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Janie Cribbs and The T.Rust Band are a tight outfit with stunning seductive vocals, sizzling slide guitar and a foot tappin’ rhythm section playing a mix of originals and some unique blues standards…

Perhaps the Best Bands are the ones that wander off the road of slick Popular taste, establishing their own credo: Tell the common man’s story, sing the song with gusto and heart, play the scorching hot guitar licks with a well-oiled rhythm section…and make sure it’s “Broadcast on the Frequency of Love!”

Meet  Janie Cribbs and The T.Rust Band

The duo “Janie and Joe” are well known in their corner of the Pacific Northwest woods on Whidbey Island and Far beyond. With years of notable appearances at Festivals, Bars, Taverns and Coffee Houses, Tours and thousands of CDs sold they are now culminating the process in their current project with the T.Rust Band – “Live Music Tonight”.  
The sets feature a  “Roots – Blues and Sultry Soul Revolution”  filled with 
the Bluesy energy of  “Come to Listen, Stay to Dance!”

With threads from her Irish Folk and Celtic past as well as Blues drenched vocals from her years as one of the most memorable Blues voices in the region, (and twice nominated for vocals by W.B.A.) Janie Cribbs and her partner Joe Reggiatore  make their Own music. It’s a brand of “Freedom Music”, with nods to  The Staples Singers for that Mantra.
Joe Reggiatore, who himself hails prominently from the L.A. Rock scene, found himself on a deserted North West beach with nothing but a beat up old acoustic guitar. His rebirth into an acoustic and electric guitar-playing original  was crafted in thousands of hours of solo exploring with his many guitars in his owl-lined rehearsal/writing space.

The pair agree that living on Whidbey Island has been for them a sort of “Woodstock Experience” – a place to write, grow, expand and test the local musical waters. They find plenty of happy and agreeable folk who apparently can’t get enough, showing up regularly to sold-out and standing room only shows. With the addition of organic hand drums, percussion and full kit from Kevin Holden and the multi-instrumental talents of Dave Willis on Bass and Beyond, the Band excels live.

 

At Heart of Anacortes, 4th St. & “O” Ave., All Concerts free to the public.

Whiskey Fever @ Riverwalk

Thursday, August 17, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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About 15 years ago in a sleepy, backwater town tucked into the foothills of the Pacific Northwest, 11 year-old Jack Mattingly had an epiphany… he would be a musician. Inspired by the members of a rock band brought in as part of “career day” at Jack’s school, he began his journey.

Today, Whiskey Fever is the realization of that goal. A Rock/Acoustic/Hillbilly quartet that include, not only the former fourth grader who found is calling in music, but in a unique twist of fate, one of the original members of the band that inspired him to follow his dream.

Jack’s songwriting and story-telling is the perfect blend of heart, smarts, and humor. His musicianship, whether on guitar, banjo, ukulele, harmonica or even washboard is confident and clean. Combined with the mellow undertones of the bluegrass, rock, and folk that inspired him along the way, the music is compelling, honest, and most of all, engaging.

August 17 @ 6-8 pm at Riverwalk park Mount Vernon

Mojo Cannon @ Seafarers

Friday, August 18, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Mojo Cannon (formerly known as the Curtis Hammond Band) is a high energy 10 member R&B band from the Seattle area and was a Washington Blues Society “best band” nominee in 2008 and 2013. The band features Bob Virkelyst and Jana Swenson on lead vocals, Steve Raible on lead guitar, a talented and soulful rhythm section consisting of Jim Brandt on bass, rhythm guitarist Mark Strom, drummer Steve Thompson, and Roberrt Barbarus on keyboards, along with a stellar three piece horn section (affectionately called the 13 St. Horns) including David Bernhardt on trumpet, John Coffey on tenor and baritone saxes, and Craig "T-Bone" Daly on trombone.

At Seafarers Park.

Food vendors: Vagabond, Lopez Island Creamery, Vivi's Kitchen, NW Coffee and Espresso, NaeNae Tasty Hotdogs

Jessica Lynne @ Swinomish

Friday, August 18, 2017 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Jessica Lynne, a sensational and rising country star and one of London Tone Music's most successful artists. Her great songwriting and singing talent combined with her drive, focus, warmth and friendliness, made her not only an instant favorite with the country music promoters and clubs in the greater Seattle area, but also with other musicians in town. Jessica loves to write and play music so much that she is known to play almost every night of the week somewhere, sometimes as the headliner, other times as support for her many musical friends. Main Stage at Swinomish Casino.

REFA Summer of Love Celebration

Saturday, August 19, 2017 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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The Rick Epting Foundation for the Arts presents their annual summer concert and fundraiser on August 19, 2017 from 5:00 – 8:00pm. This year’s theme celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love and will feature Bellingham classic rock dance band, The Walrus. Don your bell bottoms and love beads, and practice your peace signs for this psychedelic event!

This annual fundraiser and silent auction supports the Rick Epting Foundation in their mission to enhance the quality of life in Skagit Valley and surround areas through the arts with a focus on children’s art education. Come enjoy a groovy evening while supporting local arts and music programs.

One of the Northwest’s favorite bands, The Walrus has been energizing clubs, parties, weddings, and outdoor events since 1995.

In January 2015, The Walrus was selected to play for pre-game festivities at the NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field.

The band’s vocally rich and intricate arrangements include songs by the Beatles, Queen, the Jackson 5, the B-52s, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Tom Petty, The Police, Roy Orbison, Jefferson Airplane, Heart, The Trammps, CSNY, Talking Heads, Aretha Franklin, and many others. View our song list.

The Walrus is made up of five seasoned professionals who care about making every event and performance fun, smooth and enjoyable for all. All band members sing, enabling the band to perform songs most cover bands would never think of even trying, such as Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

At Heart of Anacortes, 4th St. & “O” Ave., Suggested Donation: $10

Scott Pemberton @ Guemes Island

Saturday, August 19, 2017 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Come early and enjoy the best music venue in Skagit County.

The Guemes Island General Store creates dishes from locally sourced ingredients, alongside local and regional beers on tap, plus wine. Eat in the airy dining room, outside on the patio or in the one-acre beer garden. Play a game of corn hole or a round of disc golf, or hang in the hammocks and enjoy the view of the Guemes Channel, Anacortes and beyond.

DIGS Kitchen food truck will be serving up pizza, too!

The Guemes Ferry only carries 100 walk-on passengers and approx. 22 cars each run. We anticipate a crowd for this show, so plan accordingly.

Afternoon/Evening Ferry Schedule: 4:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 8:00 p.m. 8:30 p.m., 9:15 p.m., 10:00 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 19, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm. Guemes Island General Store. 7885 Guemes Island Road

Price: $10.00 —Kids 12 & under Free

Polecat @ Riverwalk

Thursday, August 24, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Formed in Bellingham, Washington in Spring 2010,  Polecat has traveled all over Northwest U.S., performing over 400 shows in four years. Their unique instrumentation enables them to seamlessly blend genres including bluegrass, country, celtic, rock, reggae, and world music into their sound. The general appeal of Polecat comes from their unique take on roots music and their interactive and high energy live shows. At Riverwalk Park in Mount Vernon

Chris Eger Band at Seafarers

Friday, August 25, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Very few musicians are said to be extraordinary examples of excellence in any one genre of music. Even fewer can be called exceptional across multiple. When considering Chris Eger fits into the latter category as both a guitarist AND vocalist, it is no doubt an especially rare gift. From Rock and Blues, to Country, Funk and Soul, The Chris Eger Band is: REAL. AMERICAN. MUSIC.

At Seafarers Park


Food vendors: Vagabond, Lopez Island Creamery, Vivi's Kitchen, NW Coffee and Espresso, NaeNae Tasty Hotdogs

Hot Damn Scandal @ Heart of Anacortes

Saturday, August 26, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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“Hot Damn scandal performs music that seems to be carved out of the broken heart of the American dream… you feel like you have heard these songs all your life. These are your favorite boots, your lucky hat, your Saturday night shirt, Your old dog that disappeared after the rain” – Scott Casey

“It’s as if Django Reinhardt himself is sitting in with them, in spirit and sound”  – Anna Rankin with What’s up Magazine

“The songs are a mix of raucous minor key rockers and arrestingly tender ballads.” – Robert Sarazin Blake

Hot Damn Scandal finds its songs under park benches and in forgotten alleyways. The resulting outlaw ballads, dirty jazz, circus freakouts, shanty-rags, string band funk, lonesome heart-breakers, and whiskey bottle love songs blend together in a sweet song syrup somewhere between a ramble and a roar. Sometimes called ‘Tipsy American Gypsy Blues’, Hot Damn Scandal pulls no punches and and puts thunder in your molasses.

At Heart of Anacortes, 4th St. & “O” Ave., All Concerts free to the public.

Johnny Bulldog @ Riverwalk

Thursday, August 31, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Johnny Bulldog is comprised of four seasoned musicians that perform as an acoustic act featuring the music of The Beatles. In the second set, when dancing is called for, they plug in and rock with tunes from Creedence, Wilson Picket and other legends. They draw crowds wherever they go. At Riverwalk Park in Mount Vernon.

Stacy Jones Band @ Heart of Anacortes

Saturday, September 2, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Stacy Jones Band continues to blow fans away with their high-energy, genre bending performances. Amazing vocals, incredible musicianship, outstanding songwriting and powerful, dynamic arrangements – it’s easy to understand why Stacy and her band are captivating the crowds and gathering new fans at each event they perform.

Stacy Jones not only impresses with a vocal richness beyond her years but is also a top-notch harmonica player as well as playing keyboards and acoustic guitar.

The entertaining trio of Rick Bowen (drums), Tom Jones (bass) and Kevin Sutton (guitar) provides the foundation for a strong ensemble sound and the band’s obvious joy of making music together is contagious.

At Heart of Anacortes, 4th St. & “O” Ave., All Concerts free to the public.

Jazz @ Heart of Anacortes

Sunday, September 10, 2017 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Dimitri Matheny and Jud Sherwood perform a free, live jazz concert at the Heart of Anacortes, 1014 Fourth St., an outdoor venue. Visit jazzatthelibrary.com for details. This event is sponsored by the Anacortes Library Foundation Manieri Endowment.

Acoustic Music in the Library

Sunday, September 17, 2017 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Soft background music performed on our baby grand piano or the musician's own acoustic instrument. Experienced musicians interested in playing should inquire at the Circulation Desk. 

3rd Sunday, Sept. 17, 2 – 2:30pm

3rd Tuesday, Sept. 19, 6 – 6:30pm 

At the library

Acoustic Music in the Library

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Soft background music performed on our baby grand piano or the musician's own acoustic instrument. Experienced musicians interested in playing should inquire at the Circulation Desk.

3rd Sunday, Sept. 17, 2 – 2:30pm

3rd Tuesday, Sept. 19, 6 – 6:30pm 

At the library

Johanna Chase at Kennelly Keys

Saturday, October 7, 2017 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Johanna Chase,, veteran West Coast singer - songwriter and multi - instrumentalist is slated to perform at Kennelly Keys Anacortes this Saturday,, October 7 th at 7pm Tickets $10 at the Door .

Kennelly Keys:: 1904 Commercial Avenue,, Anacortes

She will be playing an intimate solo set alongside local act,, Pearl Tottenham . This will be Johanna’s first time playing in Anacortes since opening for record producer,, Aaron Sprinkle,, at age 13..

Skagit Band Concert

Sunday, October 15, 2017 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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The Skagit Community Band’s 2017 – 2018 Concert Season:

Admission to all concerts is FREE (except for the Nov. 19 concert), donations gladly accepted.

Saturday, October 14, 2017, 7:30 p.m., La Conner, Maple Hall.
Sunday, Octobe 15, 2017, 3:00 p.m., Anacortes, Brodniak Hall.
"SCB Favorites" A concert of our favorite works that we have performed since we started in 1962. Concert Poster.

Second Sunday Jazz

Sunday, November 12, 2017 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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The Ginger Ups perform a free, live jazz concert at the Library; visit jazzatthelibrary.com for details. This event is sponsored by the Anacortes Library Foundation Manieri Endowment. Sunday, November 12, 2:00-3:30 pm at the library.

2nd Sunday Jazz

Sunday, December 10, 2017 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Millie & the Mentshn perform a free, live jazz concert at the Library; visit jazzatthelibrary.com for details. This event is sponsored by the Anacortes Library Foundation Manieri Endowment. Millie & the Mentshn is a group of classically trained musicians who play world music that ranges from Prokofiev to Gershwin to Latin to dance-in-the-aisle Klezmer. Audiences of all cultural backgrounds enjoy the unusual combination of instruments, the intricate harmonies, and the variety of musical styles and traditions. "Heavy Mettle: From Shtetl to Tin Pan Alley" follows the history of Klezmer musicians from the late 1800s through the 1900s as they assimilate into the New World. Even for those unfamiliar with this musical genre, Irving Berlin, Bach, Piazzolla, and Gershwin will appear among others in the tangled web of the story from Gypsies to cowboys to baseball. Sunday, December 10, 2:00-3:30 pm at the library.

Blow that Thing

Friday, December 15, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Blow that Thing: History of Jazz Trumpet by Kevin Woods. Anacortes Library Foundation Manieri Endowment presents its latest program for Jazz Enthusiasts. Kevin Woods is Director of Jazz Studies at Western Washington University. As a noted jazz trumpeter he is in demand as a sideman with national and international jazz groups, and also leads his own quartet in the Northwest. He will give a talk on the development of style and technique, illustrated by recordings featuring many of history’s greatest jazz trumpet players. This is the fourth in an ongoing series devoted to jazz history from the perspective of individual instrumentalists.  Friday, December 15, 7:00 pm at the library.

Acoustic Music in the Library

Sunday, December 17, 2017 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Soft background music performed on our baby grand piano or the musician's own acoustic instrument. Experienced musicians interested in playing should inquire at the Circulation Desk. At the library.

3rd Sunday, December 17, 2:00-2:30pm

3rd Tuesday, December 19, 6:00-6:30pm

Acoustic Music in the Library

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Soft background music performed on our baby grand piano or the musician's own acoustic instrument. Experienced musicians interested in playing should inquire at the Circulation Desk. At the library.

3rd Sunday, December 17, 2:00-2:30pm

3rd Tuesday, December 19, 6:00-6:30pm

Second Sunday Jazz

Sunday, January 14, 2018 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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The Brent Jensen & Jamie Findlay Quartet perform a free, live jazz concert at the Library; aTribute to Paul Desmond. Featuring NW jazz musicians Brent Jensen on Saxophone and Jamie Findlay on Guitar, Chris Symer-Bass and Steve Tate on Percussion. These musicians have collectively performed with the who’s who of jazz, from Charlie Byrd, Gene Harris, Joe LaBarbera to Robben Ford. Brent Jensen’s new album: “The Sound of a Dry Martini: Remembering Paul Desmond" (Origin), charted at the #1 position on jazz radio stations across the country and was featured on JazzWeek's Top 100 and NPR's JazzWorks' Top 25 lists. This is a Free Concert sponsored by the Manieri Endowment and the city of Anacortes. Visit jazzatthelibrary.com for details. Sunday, January 14, 2:00-3:30 pm at the library.

The Great Women Jazz Singers

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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You are invited to a special program at the Anacortes Public Library on January 23rd at 7 pm. Joan Penney, a music educator and popular jazz singer in the Pacific Northwest, will give a lecture about the great jazz female vocalists, illustrated with audio and video recordings. The program will follow the development of female jazz vocal style and technique through jazz history and is the latest in a series devoted to jazz history from the perspective of individual performers. This free event is sponsored by the Anacortes Public Library Foundation Manieri Jazz Endowment. Free. At the Anacortes Library.

Michele D'Amour and the Love Dealers

Saturday, January 27, 2018 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Michele D'Amour and the Love Dealers are playing Saturday, Jan. 27 at H20 (314 Commercial Ave.). 7:30 - 10:30 p.m.  The Seattle-based band plays a mix of funky originals and classic blues tunes geared to get you up and dancing. More info about the band, and song samples here.

Pete Seeger: The Man and His Music

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Musical Duo Hank & Claire will take the audience back in time with their banjo and 12-string guitar as they illustrate Seeger’s passion for social justice issues in the music he inspired. History, politics, songs!! Hear Seegar’s take on labor, war, civil rights, and the environment. Learn the back stories and sing along with songs like “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” and “Turn, Turn, Turn.” Wednesday, January 31, 7:00 pm at the library.

Women's Harmony NW open house

Monday, February 5, 2018 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Every Week until February 12, 2018

Ladies, do you love to sing? Want to perform in a show? Want to increase your vocal skills? Harmony Northwest Chorus wants you! A local women’s a cappella chorus, is having Open House guest nights on Feb 5th and Feb 12th. Women singers in all voice ranges encouraged to attend. It’s a great place to have fun and make new friends. Mount Vernon Community Center, 1401 Cleveland Ave on Mondays, from 6:30-9:00 pm. Carpools available from many areas. More info: call 360-201-5861 or visit
www.harmonynorthwest.orgfacebook.com/singbbsacappella

Second Sunday Jazz

Sunday, February 11, 2018 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Ben Starner, with Mia Starner and Philip Nakano, perform a free, live jazz concert at the Library. Music from the great American Songbook will feature Ben on piano with Mia as vocalist and Philip on Saxophone and percussion. This event is sponsored by the Anacortes Library Foundation Manieri Endowment. Visit jazzatthelibrary.com for details. Sunday, February 11, 2:00-3:30 pm at the library.

Women's Harmony NW open house

Monday, February 12, 2018 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Every Week until February 12, 2018

Ladies, do you love to sing? Want to perform in a show? Want to increase your vocal skills? Harmony Northwest Chorus wants you! A local women’s a cappella chorus, is having Open House guest nights on Feb 5th and Feb 12th. Women singers in all voice ranges encouraged to attend. It’s a great place to have fun and make new friends. Mount Vernon Community Center, 1401 Cleveland Ave on Mondays, from 6:30-9:00 pm. Carpools available from many areas. More info: call 360-201-5861 or visit
www.harmonynorthwest.orgfacebook.com/singbbsacappella

History of Jazz Piano

Friday, March 2, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Come to Anacortes Public Library at 7 pm on Friday March 2 for the first of two free talks which together cover the development of jazz piano style and technique through history, highlighting the most important contributors, and illustrated with audio and video recordings.  The speaker will be Brent Jensen, a popular local saxophonist and bandleader (and Paul Desmond devotee), who was also for 18 years the Director of Jazz Studies at the College of Southern Idaho, where he developed a comprehensive jazz handbook for teaching college jazz history courses.  The second in the series will be held on March 30.  History of Jazz Piano (Two Part Series).  Friday, March 2, 7:00 pm and Friday, March 30, 7:00 pm at the library.

Second Sunday Jazz

Sunday, March 11, 2018 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Nuages, a Gypsy jazz quartet from Bellingham, performs a free, live jazz concert at the library. Specializing in blending the music of Django Reinhardt with modern jazz and musical concepts, Nuages is Bellingham’s local modern Gypsy jazz quartet. Michael Paul leads the ensemble on Soprano Saxophone along with Zach Zenovic and Dan Fair on guitars, Nick Sokol on Mandolin and Sarah Yates on bass. This event is sponsored by the Anacortes Library Foundation Manieri Endowment. Visit jazzatthelibrary.com for details. Sunday, March 11, 2:00-3:30 pm at the library.

History of Jazz Piano

Friday, March 30, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Come to Anacortes Public Library at 7 pm on Friday March 2 for the first of two free talks which together cover the development of jazz piano style and technique through history, highlighting the most important contributors, and illustrated with audio and video recordings.  The speaker will be Brent Jensen, a popular local saxophonist and bandleader (and Paul Desmond devotee), who was also for 18 years the Director of Jazz Studies at the College of Southern Idaho, where he developed a comprehensive jazz handbook for teaching college jazz history courses.  The second in the series will be held on March 30.  History of Jazz Piano (Two Part Series).  Friday, March 2, 7:00 pm and Friday, March 30, 7:00 pm at the library.

Second Sunday Jazz

Sunday, April 8, 2018 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Choroloco will perform a free, live jazz concert at the library. Choroloco is a Seattle-based acoustic trio specializing in choro, a popular and high-energy style of Brazilian instrumental music. Choro originated in Rio during the 19th century, as Brazilian musicians mixed European music and styles with Brazilian instruments and Afro-Brazilian rhythms. On traditional Brazilian instruments and the vibraphone, they perform classic and modern choros, jazz, and other Brazilian styles of music. Choroloco has been performing together since 2008. In addition to performing throughout the West Coast, they have hosted the biweekly community choro jam session in Seattle since 2013. This program is sponsored by the Anacortes Public Library Foundation Manieri Endowment. Sunday, April 8, 2:00-3:30 pm at the library.

ALKi Jones at The Brown

Friday, April 13, 2018 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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Alki Jones will be playing at the historic Brown Lantern on Friday, April 13th, 2018. The Brown Lantern was established in 1933 and the venue bids well with band’s ability to put a new edge to old-school rock n’ roll. It’s hard to put a finger on Alki Jones’ sound. This Seattle-based band hits you hard with a rock band’s powerful grooves and killer guitar solos, strums easy and sings sweetly like a sentimental country act, and exudes the raw emotion and passion of the Pacific Northwest alternative/grunge scene. The Brown Lantern (Friday, April 13th 2018). 412 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes, 9:30-12:00 PM. 21 and older

Second Sunday Jazz

Sunday, June 10, 2018 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Join us at the Heart of Anacortes Stage for a free, live jazz concert with the Market Street Jazz Band. Market Street is a Dixieland Jazz Band performing hot New Orleans style jazz, Dixieland, and 1920's popular songbook. The band members are all lifelong traditional jazz players with decades of experience. Ansgar Duemchen is the cornetist, Jim De Joie plays clarinet, John Mascorella is the trombone man, Tim Sherman strums the plectrum banjo, while John Bigelow holds the bottom on tuba. Rounding out the group is Bob Merrihew on trap drums. This concert is sponsored by the Anacortes Public Library Manieri Endowment. Sunday, June 10, 2:00-3:30 pm at the Heart of Anacortes.

Rock the Dock

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Free Rock the Dock community concert! July 4th at Seafarers' Memorial Park: Celebrate our country's independence with great music, family fun, and fireworks, July 4th from 5-10 p.m. at Seafarers' Memorial Park. 2018 bands will be Old Town Tonic & The Pop Offs. Visit the Kid Zone, Food Vendors, and Beer Garden. Fireworks over Fidalgo Bay at dusk are dedicated to supporting the families of those men and women who go down to the sea to work, those that are lost and the memorial they are remembered on.

Port of Anacortes website: https://www.portofanacortes.com/4th-of-july-rock-the-dock

Location : Seafarers Memorial Park
Contact : Port of Anacortes (360) 293-3134
Wednesday 04 July 2018, 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Summer Concert: Baby Cakes

Friday, July 6, 2018 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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At Seafarers Memorial Park: Baby Cakes, American Soul, Funk and R&B.  *free*

Hailing from the Bellingham area, Baby Cakes first formed on New Year's Eve 2014. Since then they've wowed audiences with live performances throughout the Pacific Northwest at live music venues, festivals, weddings, and corporate events.

A 10-piece powerhouse of highly experienced and talented musicians, Baby Cakes takes their audiences on a luxurious joyride through the golden age of American Soul, funk, and R&B.

Featuring male and female lead vocals and full horn and rhythm sections, Baby Cakes brings to life the spirit, energy, and emotion of the most popular classic music in history. Playing everything from Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, and Earth, Wind, and Fire to Beyonce and Bruno Mars, Baby Cakes is a multi-generational experience that will make you want to dance the night away.

Baby Cakes is also writing, performing, and recording a suite of new original songs in the spirit of Muscle Shoals. With a combined total of more than 70 years of performance experience, Baby Cakes has earned the label, Supergroup.

Drummer and Manager, Kevin Chryst, known widely as Kreestoe, electrifies on the sticks, his brown dreadlocks flying in step with the music, the joy of the work emanating from his face. That energy is balanced well by Baby Cakes’ keyboardist, Richard Keene’s, unparalleled concentration. 

Including Chryst, Baby Cakes rhythm section, made up of bassist, Jeff Ballew, phenomenal guitarist and vocalist, Miles Harris solidly back Baby Cakes’ diminutive lead vocalist, Stephanie Walbon. Her continually impressive vocals reach incredible heights with steady power.

The Cakes' horn section impresses. Trumpet Jeremiah Austin’s intensity meshes well with Cakes’ solid trombone, Mars Lindgren. Saxophones Tyler Rogers and Tom Garcia help make Baby Cakes memorable sound that is rounded out nicely by the powerful supporting vocals of Ebony Harris.

Performers include:

Stephanie Walbon (Vocals)
Miles Harris (Guitar & Vocals)
Ebony Harris (Vocals)
Kevin Chryst (Drums)
Jeff Ballew (Bass)
Richard Keene (Keys)
Jeremiah Austin (Trumpet)
Mars Lindgren (Trombone)
Tyler Rogers (Saxophone)
Tom Garcia (Saxophone)

Summer Concert: The Sky Colony

Saturday, July 7, 2018 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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At the Heart of Anacortes: The Sky Colony. *free*

The Sky Colony are an atmospheric rock group wholeheartedly focused on what matters most to them: creating music, and more importantly, their intention behind it. Since their formation in 2012, the story behind their sound has organically grown into one of personal empowerment and discovery. Along with complex instrumental layering, intricate harmonies, catchy hooks, and classic guitar solos, you have a complete experience of Skagit Valley, Washington’s own, The Sky Colony.

The Pacific Northwest, namely Skagit Valley Washington, has always been home to this band. They have taken their show around Washington State, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, northern California, and Oregon. They have performed at festivals in Oregon and Washington, such as Britt Festival, Subdued Stringband Jamboree, and Summer Meltdown. They have also opened for bands such as The California Honeydrops, Shook Twins, Johanna Warren, Fruition, and Ha Ha Tonka.

The Sky Colony’s songs are a simple blend of melodies and complex harmonies. “It’s a mixture of the call of the Cascadian wilderness and an the 60’s psychedelia era” (Tom Franks, Folkwords UK). Time upon time it has been deemed unique. They create a sound of “luminous spirituality that sets a fire in the mind” (Scot Casey, What’s Up Magazine). Their first full­length album ” In A Dream ” was released in February, 2015, and featured Molly Hazel on banjo, vocals, and bass. This record was publicized by Sue DuMond, with independent radio play at stations worldwide. Music critics were astounded at the “a lack of special effects, just pure musicianship.” (John Apice, No Depression) The Sky Colony began in 2012 with singer­songwriter and guitarist Kyle Findley­Meier, and lead guitarist Ben Meyer. The two consistently wrote original music and began performing in small singer­songwriter venues. Eventually, Jeff Lacy was added on drums, and the trio began to perform slightly larger venues. The band continued to develop their style and write original music. They went on to collaborate with Andy Ingram on upright bass, and Molly Hazel on Banjo. Their style matured into a genuine sound that was termed dream folk. In Fall of 2014 they began recording their debut full length album “In A Dream” at Unknown Recording Studio in Anacortes, Washington.

In winter of 2017, The Sky Colony had some rearranging of band members. Molly Hazel and Andy Ingram moved on to other projects and life interests. Therefore, Kyle, Ben, and Jeff decided to rebuild by adding Marcus Nevitt on lap steel and keyboards, and Henry Smartt on bass. Throughout the following year they performed more than fifty shows all over Washington State, and continued to craft their sound into an atmospheric, layered, and lyrically meaningful sound. They performed with related artists such as Shook Twins, Polecat, and Kuinka, and used Jeff’s home studio to write, record, and enhance their music. In August of 2017, Henry went onto school at Berklee College of Music. Since then, the band has been looking for a consistent member to play bass.

Now, in 2018, they plan to release digital singles on Spotify; followed by summer concert appearances around the Pacific Northwest. In the fall of 2018, they plan to begin working on recording their follow up full length album.

Summer Concert: Skagit Swings

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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At Seafarers Memorial Park: Skagit Swings All Stars. *free*

Presenting Skagit Swings All Star Big Band. We are composed of talented musicians continuing our decades long mission to celebrate and revitalize Jazz and swing music — America's original musical art form. Our 18 piece band is composed of artistic and enthusiastic musicians. Along with Lynette McCormack, our amazing vocalist, we are dedicated primarily to the Skagit, Whatcom and Island county area. Skagit Swings has performed in many varied venues. We’re available for dances, concerts, weddings and celebrations of all varieties.

Summer Concert: The Naughty Blokes

Friday, July 13, 2018 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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At Seafarers Memorial Park: The Naughty Blokes. *free*

Enjoy the sounds from The Naughty Blokes - Rock at its finest!

The Naughty Blokes formed in 2014 in Bellingham, Washington, and all members are veterans of the North West Coast music scene. The Blokes rock'n'roll mission was galvanized when they won KISM Radio's Road to Rockstar competition.

They have recorded a self-titled six song E.P. and their latest, full album release, “We Rise”. Both are available for sale and online streaming.

The Blokes are dedicated to living the rock'n'roll dream of writing and performing classic rock for the modern age.

Vocals, Guitar / WARREN MEIER
Bass, Vocals / DENNY SEGEL
Drums & Percussion / TIM MALOY
Lead Guitar & Vocals / Johnny Dennis

Summer Concert: Brian Lee & the Orbiters

Saturday, July 14, 2018 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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At the Heart of Anacortes: Brian Lee & the Orbiters. *free*

Get ready for a stellar ride through the traditional blues universe! Brian Lee & the Orbiters have earned an impressive reputation throughout the Northwest for their superb modern take on classic blues styles. Brian delivers dynamic and engaging performances with melodic vocals, exceptional song writing, and superb harmonica, slide guitar, and guitar. The accomplished Orbiters rhythm section features Brady Kish on bass and Russ Kammerer on drums and they really swing! Completing the Orbiters sound on guitar is the remarkably expressive Mahiko Fujita. With their distinctive repertoire of original tunes, gems from the broad blues tradition, and exceptional musicianship, the Orbiters will take you on a stratospheric blues journey that’s also perfect for dancing!

Brian & the Orbiters have been honored to receive many Washington Blues Society “Best of the Blues” awards, including Best Traditional Blues Act for 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014, and 2013! The Orbiters have released multiple albums, which have received world wide radio play. Their Identity Theft album hit #15 on the Living Blues world wide radio charts.

With exceptional musicianship and energy, Brian Lee & the Orbiters will take you on a compelling trip through the universe of the blues!

Summer Concert: Swing Connection

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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At Seafarers Memorial Park: Swing Connection. *free*

Swing Connection performs popular dance music and concert music from the Big Band Swing Era. Dancing to swing music is widely popular, and our complete library of dance music and concert music will compliment your special occasion.

Summer Concert: Petty Differences

Friday, July 20, 2018 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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At Seafarers Memorial Park: Petty Differences.  *free*  

Seven friends in 2016 decided to get together and play a few songs live from the timeless catalog of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. That night, Petty Differences was born. Combining live performance covers of the the more than 60 published credits from the prolific Petty, and benefiting  local and global social justice issues, the band creates a one-of-a-kind euphoric sing-along experience that actually makes the world a better place.

Petty Differences is:

Coleman Jennings:  Lead Vocals, acoustic guitar

Matt Woll:  Lead and background vocals, electric guitars, harmonica

Jay Powers: Keys and background vocals

Tommy McCracken: Bass, background vocals and tambourine

Noel Christmas: Lead and rhythm electric guitars

Peter Birkner: Drums and percussion

Brooke Frei:  Vocals

Summer Concert: The Fantasy Band

Saturday, July 21, 2018 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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At the Heart of Anacortes: The Fantasy Band *free*  

Fantasy Band was founded in 1975 by Steve Olszewski and Eric Thompson as a contemporary rock musical act playing night clubs, concerts and myriad other venues. During the 70’s and early 80’s, with Steve on guitar and lead vocals and Eric on keyboards along with Grant Springer on drums and Teresa Springer on vocals, Fantasy was a fulltime, respected, and professional outfit that toured extensively up and down the west coast of the US and beyond.

Today, the band is playing a more limited schedule, but with the same commitment to great music and an entertaining delivery. Some members have changed over the years with the current line up being Steve Olszewski, Eric Thompson, Dave Perkins (bass), Danny Hansen (drums), Jan Ellingson (vocals, flute, percussion, guitar and keyboards), and Carr Johnson (keyboards, guitar, harmonica and vocals).

Fantasy may be a band from the 70’s but our equipment is state-of-the-art, utilizing modern digital mixing, electronic drums, in-the-ear monitoring and a leading edge Bose™ PA System. This is a highly experienced band with well-honed skills and a great sound.

Summer Concert: A'Town Big Band

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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At Seafarers' Park: A'Town Big Band - *free* - Founded in January of 2013 in Anacortes, Washington, the "A'Town Big Band" is Skagit County's newest big band. Providing energetic melodies and rhythms as versatile as its members, "A'Town Big Band" plays everything from swing to samba, and ballads to blues. A'Town Big Band performs the music of Stan Kenton, Count Basie, Maynard Ferguson, Sammy Nestico, Bob Curnow, Buddy Rich, and more.

Summer Concert: Miller Campbell

Friday, July 27, 2018 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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At Seafarers Park - Miller Campbell - Billboard Country Artist *free*  

On Sweet Whiskey, Seattle, WA country artist (you read that right) Miller Campbell has boldly declared her intent to claim a prominent place in the canon of western music. It would serve us all well to take Ms. Campbell at her word. Armed with a voice at turns clear and bright as high mountain air and round, warm, and rough in all the right places, Campbell sings with a natural assuredness usually only found in artists with decades of experience. She gets it honest, but almost never got here at all.

Listen to her music.

Born into a musical family (Miller is Glen Campbell's cousin), she grew up a classically trained musician steeped in musical theater. A statuesque natural redhead, Campbell soon grew tired of being told she was too striking for the chorus line and started singing at open mic nights while in college. “At this point I didn't even know my history with Glen and that side of the family. I was drawn to country music as the songwriting style was so similar to musical theater.”

With a fake I.D. and big dreams, Campbell immersed in the Seattle music scene. At nineteen she formed a band called Twisted Dixie and things started to go their way in a big way. “We were HOT in the Seattle scene” laughs Campbell. They played huge venues, casinos, rodeos and were soon selling out in their home town. While writing their first LP Campbell got some unexpected news. “I learned that I had a fatal condition that demanded immediate double jaw surgery” she explains. Campbell was put on a liquid diet and wasn’t allowed to speak for eighteen months. Unsure if she’d ever be able to sing again, she focused on songwriting and her classes, graduating the University of Washington with two degrees and honors at 21.

After graduation Campbell was recruited by the C.I.A. Two weeks before she was scheduled to deploy to Ankara, Turkey she came to the realization she just couldn’t imagine a life not suffused with music and quit. She got a sales job, and, overachiever that she is, was soon made national director. Crisscrossing the country on business, Campbell dropped in on open mics whenever she could.

Trying to find more time for music, Campbell posted an online ad. Within a week she was called in for what she thought was a backup vocalist role. Upon arriving she discovered it was for a backup guitarist position. Knowing only one cover on guitar (Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart”), she gave it her best – and got the gig. She quit her job, got bought a new guitar, and spent 10 hours a day learning how to be a real player.

The tour fell through, yet the experience inspired Campbell. With the encouragement of her brother John she struck out on her own as a solo artist. A month after she made that choice John Campbell died unexpectedly from an irregular heartbeat. “He was autistic, and my absolute soulmate” relates Campbell. “He was the life and soul of the project, and the only reason I began work on this record. Without his encouragement, belief, and memory, I just can't imagine having the courage to do this. The song “One Step” is written in his memory.”

Written in Battleground, WA and Nashville, TN, Campbell rounded up a crew of star players to help bring her vision to life, including Tim Hanseroth (Brandi Carlile), Harrison Yount (Kacey Musgraves), blues artist Amber Sweeney, and Andrew Joslyn (Macklemore). The record was recorded with producer Geoff Ott (3 Doors Down, Ra Scion) at London Bridge Studio in Seattle, WA. “It was extremely important to me to record in WA” says Campbell. “I want to show the world what country music in the PNW is really all about!”

Campbell pulls no punches in the honesty of her art. “I hope that people get a genuine feel for who I am from this record” she says. “It truly follows the story of my last year and a half, which I think is something a lot of modern records lack. Above all, I hope I can make a name for country music in the Northwest. We have incredible talent, and our own unique story to tell.”

Campbell and her bands first show was in January 2017, and once again it looks like our heroine is on the way to achieving her vision. From festivals and rodeos, to country bars and honky-tonks, fans are giving themselves over to an artist that writes form the heart and sings from her very soul. Take a spin with some Sweet Whiskey and you just might get swept away as well.

Summer Concert: Cascadia Groove

Saturday, July 28, 2018 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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At the Heart of Anacortes: Cascadia Groove.  *free*  

Cascadia Groove is an inspiring, upbeat Danceable Groove Jazz ensemble whose members are: Gary Tobin (Guitar); Paul Sherman (Bass); Alex Sheldon (Drums); Dave White (Keys); Jeff Goodman (Keys); Keith Stone (Sax)(not in picture).

Get ready for energetic music throughout a tour of Blues, R&B, Jazz, World-beat, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and more with performances that get you to Move To The Music!

Cascadia Groove sets feature 50%+ outstanding original material from Gary Tobin in the style of The Yellowjackets, Jeff Lorber, The Rippingtons, Joe Sample, George Benson, Norman Brown, along with Jazz/Afro-Cuban/Latin interpretations of Pop and R&B covers by Michael Jackson, Chaka Kahn, Toto, Earth Wind & Fire, and many more. Add it all together, Cascadia Groove produces a show for lovers of music that is fun, infectious and memorable.

Friday's Music at the Anacortes Arts Festival

Friday, August 3, 2018
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The Anacortes Arts Festival features music on three stages on Friday.

The Main Stage

Located on 3rd Street, Main Stage features a variety of energetic music – with extended evening hours.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM  Anacortes Music Project features Lizzy Webber
12:00PM – 1:00PM     Anacortes Music Project features New Uniform
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM      Anacortes Music Project features Jacob Navarro
2:00 PM – 3:00PM      Anacortes Music Project features Pearl Tottenham
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM     Birch Peireira & the Gin Joints – Swing, Country & Rock Revival
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM      Aaron Crawford – Pure Country

The Jazz Stage

The Jazz Stage is located between 9th and 10th Streets next to the Reunion Wine Bar at the south end of the Festival. 

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM    Blues Union – Soulful Blues
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM      Time E3 Trio – Fresh Interpretation of Jazz Standards
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM      Julian MacDonough and Friends – Diverse Jazz Sounds
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM      Janette West Group – Dynamic Jazz & Soulful R&B
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM      Nearly Dan – Powerful 12-piece Steely Dan Tribute Band

The Port Stage

The Port Stage is located at the north end of Commercial Avenue next to the Waterfront Pub and Arts at the Port art exhibitions.

12:00PM – 1:00PM     Fidalgo Danceworks – Youth Dance Performance
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM      Sundae & Mr Goessl – Retro Jazz
3:15PM – 4:45PM       Saeed Abbas & The Gye Nyame Ensemble – West African Drumming
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM      Old Town Tonic – Current & cool folk music
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM      Creme Tangerine – Classic Rock

Gypsy Jazz Workshop

Saturday, August 4, 2018 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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You are invited to participate in a special Gypsy Jazz Guitar and Violin Workshop with Pearl Django at the Anacortes Public Library. This exciting opportunity is sponsored by the Anacortes Public Library Foundation Manieri Endowment. The class is free but registration is required. Visit jazzatthelibrary.com for details. Saturday, August 4, 10:00 am -12:00 noon free at the library.

Saturday's Music at the Anacortes Arts Festival

Saturday, August 4, 2018
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The Anacortes Arts Festival features music on three stages on Saturday.

The Main Stage

Located on 3rd Street, Main Stage features a variety of energetic music – with extended evening hours.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM  Hoe & the Harrow – Lyric-driven melodies from Folk to Grunge
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM    Mama Dirty Skirt – Upbeat hits of the 70’s and beyond
2:30PM – 4:00PM       Knut Bell and The Blue Collars – Pacific Northwest Americana
4:30PM – 6:00PM       Bobby Holland and the Breadline – Up-tempo, diverse Blues
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM   Commander Mojo & the Horns of Discontent – Rock, Pop, R&B

The Jazz Stage

The Jazz Stage is located between 9th and 10th Streets next to the Reunion Wine Bar at the south end of the Festival. 

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM    Nuage – Manouche/Gypsy Jazz
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM      Pearl Django – Gypsy Jazz and New Metropolitan Swing
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM      Joan Penney – Eclectic Jazz Vocalist
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM      A Town Big Band – Swinging Big Band Jazz

The Port Stage

The Port Stage is located at the north end of Commercial Avenue next to the Waterfront Pub and Arts at the Port art exhibitions.

8:00AM – 10:00AM     DJ Music
11:30AM – 12:00PM   Seattle Japanese Taiko Drummers – Dynamic drumming
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM    TBA
2:30PM – 4:00PM       Kellee Bradley – Beautiful vocalist and talented songwriter
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM      The Badd Dog Blues – Up-tempo blues

Sunday's Music at the Anacortes Arts Festival

Sunday, August 5, 2018
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The Anacortes Arts Festival features music on three stages on Sunday.

The Main Stage

Located on 3rd Street, Main Stage features a variety of energetic music – with extended evening hours.

10:15 AM – 11:00 AM Uke Jam Session – Bring your ukulele and jam!
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM    Marcia Kester – Rock & Country
1:30PM – 3:00PM       TSP – The Side Project – Sultry pop originals and covers
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM      Miller Campbell – Anacortes’ Country Sweetheart

The Jazz Stage

The Jazz Stage is located between 9th and 10th Streets next to the Reunion Wine Bar at the south end of the Festival. 

11:30 AM – 12:30PM    Brent Jensen & Jamie Findlay Quartet – Tribute to Paul Desmond
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM      Trish, Hans & Phil – Dazzling Jazz vocals
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM      Dmitri Matheny & Tom Knific – Fresh originals and timeless Jazz classics
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM      Bill Anschell Quartet – Jazz infused with high energy Rock

The Port Stage

The Port Stage is located at the north end of Commercial Avenue next to the Waterfront Pub and Arts at the Port art exhibitions.

11:00 – 12:00PM         Sky All Around – Country, Rock & Folk
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM    Wishbone Alley – Lively blend of swing, world beat & Latin
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM      Nick Drummond Band – Mesmerizing upbeat alt-folk

Summer Concert: Polecat

Friday, August 10, 2018 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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At Seafarers Park:  Polecat - Americana, Rock World Music *free*  

Polecat has brought the stomp all over Northwest U.S., with over 700 appearances and four albums in eight years. Their unique instrumentation and smart song arrangements enable them to seamlessly blend genres including Americana, celtic, rock, reggae, and world music into their sound. The general appeal of Polecat comes from their unique take on roots music, eclectic recordings, and their interactive and high energy live shows.

Listen to their music

Richard Reeves
Bassman extraordinaire, Richard started playing the low end in high school on a 5-string Warwick bass guitar. His love for African music and polyrhythmic sounds have transferred over to the blonde 3/4 size K Style upright bass (and giant amp system) he uses in Polecat. He dominates the complex changes and hits, keeps the groove thumping along with Karl's kick drum.

Aaron Guest
With many years of piano lessons in early life, Aaron gradually picked up more instruments over time and has played drums, guitars, bass, and keyboards in several bands and recordings in Bellingham. Polecat showcases his song-writing and baritone vocals, backed up with his high energy 12-string guitar playing and keyboard chops. His wide range of listening and playing makes his songs less traditional, but they still pulse with the feel of American roots music. Aaron also sings and plays guitar with Coty Hogue

Cayley Schmid
Immersed in Celtic music, dance, and culture for the better part of her life, Cayley's fiddle playing embodies the energy of that tradition and brings a whole different kind of stompin' sound to Polecat's bluegrass/americana feel. She leads a few traditionals and writes her own reels that get people up out of their seats. Her complex lines in harmony with Jeremy's guitar are some of Polecat's most exciting musical moments. Cayley also plays fiddle with Giants' Causeway. She and Aaron produce the Bellingham Folk Festival.

Karl Olson
An avid student of percussion for many years, Karl is an uncommonly well-rounded rhythm man, with studies and projects based on orchestral, jazz, funk, reggae, udu, and tabla drumming. His precision, dynamics, and energy keep Polecat's listeners' ears on their toes. He uses an array of sticks and brushes to maximize each piece of the kit.
Karl also plays percussion with Polyrhythmics

Jeremy Elliott
Jeremy's articulate yet soulful, fast as lightning but smart guitar playing adds an undeniable spark to the band. Growing up in Georgia surrounded by some of the best roots players in the country really shows, but his style is his own. He melds rock rhythms, bluesy bends, and bluegrass lines with ease. Jeremy's song-writing and arranging is featured on several tunes, and his vocal harmonies add another layer to the Polecat sound. Jeremy also plays acoustic guitar with Crow and the Canyon

Summer Concert: Janie Cribbs

Saturday, August 11, 2018 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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At the Heart of Anacortes: Janie Cribbs and the T.Rust Band  *free*  

Janie Cribbs and the T.Rust Band have been together for five years playing numerous sold-out and SRO shows at various venues across Washington State. Well known for their intimate up-close and personal performances in smaller rooms, they also love to play out-of-doors for Community Street Dances and ticketed Winery concerts. They have been the featured crowd-pleasing Band in Washington cities such as Anacortes, Freeland, LaConner, Langley, Port Townsend, Spokane, Westport and beyond, remembered long after the lights go down for their infectiously danceable Roots, Blues and memorable mesmerizing Americana music.

Over the years Janie Cribbs and the T.Rust Band have raised thousands of dollars for local charities at dances and special events all over Whidbey Island.

Their commitment to raising up “Live Local Music” has benefited the community and hopefully inspires us all to lend a hand! The T.Rust Band is currently in the studio recording their second release “Queen of Fire” due to be released before the busy Summer Season of 2018.

Summer Concert: Bryan Bowers

Saturday, August 11, 2018 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Bryan Bowers in Concert on Guemes Island!  Saturday, August 11th, Bryan Bowers will be in concert on Guemes Island! Having begun as a street singer in Seattle, Bowers is now a world-renowned artist known for his instrumental virtuosity on the autoharp, as well as his singing, songwriting and storytelling.

Bowers redefined the autoharp with his avant garde finger-picking style, which he initially brought to bluegrass performances with The Dillards in the ‘70s. He’s a member of the Autoharp Hall of fame alongside the great Maybelle Carter. And, after winning the stringed instrument open category of Frets Magazine's poll five years in a row, he became a member of their gallery of greats with other luminaries such as Chet Atkins, Tony Rice, Mark O’Connor, and David Grisman.

Bowers has a huge stage presence, not because he stands six-feet-four, but because his performance is dynamic and captivating. He’s personable, down-to-earth and engages easily with his audience. The show on August 11th will not only be Bryan's first on Guemes, it will be a celebration of his 78th birthday! So, come, enjoy and share in singing a round of Happy Birthday when we cut the cake during intermission!

This concert will take place at the Guemes Island Community Center, 7549 Guemes Island Rd, Saturday, August 11th at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $15/person suggested donation @ the door. Refreshments and beverages will be served during intermission. For more information, contact Cheryl Mansley at 304-702-0554 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Community Center is less than half a mile from the ferry dock on Guemes, so it's a short ten minute walk for those who would like to walk onto the ferry to join in the fun!

Second Sunday Jazz: Holly Pyle Quintet

Sunday, August 12, 2018 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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At Heart of Anacortes: Dimitri Metheny  *free*

Washington flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny will host visiting artists, Arizona vocalist Holly Pyle and Michigan bassist Tom Knific, in a NW concert tour August 2-12, 2018.

The special performance series in Washington and Oregon will showcase Jazz From The Silver Screen, a fresh spin on favorite movie themes from the 1950s to the present day, including music from An Affair To Remember (1957), Black Orpheus (1959), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), Days of Wine And Roses (1962), The Sandpiper (1965), The Godfather (1972), The Long Goodbye (1973), Chinatown (1974), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Blade Runner (1982), Round Midnight (1986) and Manchester By The Sea (2016).

Holly Pyle is lauded by the Phoenix New Times for her “soulfully graceful, liquid-like voice,” while All About Jazz praises Tom Knific as “one of the most respected bassists and jazz educators on the scene today.”

In addition to Matheny, Pyle and Knific, the concerts will features some of the NW region’s leading musicians, including guitarist Milo Petersen, pianists Bill Anschell and Dan Gaynor, and drummers Mark Ivester, Michael Raynor and Greg Williamson.

Summer Concert: Longstride

Friday, August 17, 2018 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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At Seafarers Park: Longstride - Reggae, Rock, Groove *free*  

Seattle, Washington based group, Longstride is the best new band set to explode onto the music scene. Longstride equals Reggae-Rock-Groove with real melodies and amazing execution with a ‘High energy, crowd moving’ stage show. Longstride has emerged with a unique and distinctively lyrical Reggae-Rock-Groove identity. Their debut album “Days Like These” exhibits the breadth, power and soul of the band’s sound.

Longstride is comprised of members who have played and toured separately from Hawaii to LA, Alaska and all over the Northwest. Longstride began performing in August 2012, their first show was opening for The Los Lonely Boys and they have since been packing out clubs from Seattle to Tacoma, Everett, Olympia and beyond!

Summer Concert: The Naughty Blokes

Saturday, August 18, 2018 6:06 pm - 8:06 pm
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At the Heart of Anacortes: The Naughty Blokes  *free* 

The Naughty Blokes formed in 2014 in Bellingham, Washington, and all members are veterans of the North West Coast music scene. The Blokes rock’n’roll mission was galvanized when they won KISM Radio’s Road to Rockstar competition.

They have recorded a self-titled six song E.P. and their latest, full album release, “We Rise”. Both are available for sale and online streaming.

The Blokes are dedicated to living the rock’n’roll dream of writing and performing classic rock for the modern age.

Vocals, Guitar / WARREN MEIER
Bass, Vocals / JON MYERS
Drums & Percussion / TIM MALOY
Lead Guitar & Vocals / Johnny Dennis

Acoustic Music in the Library

Sunday, August 19, 2018 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Come to the library to enjoy soft background music performed on our baby grand piano or the musician's own acoustic instrument. Experienced musicians interested in playing should inquire at the Circulation Desk. 3rd Sunday, August 19, 2:00-2:30 pm free at the library,

Acoustic Music in the Library

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Come to the library to enjoy soft background music performed on our baby grand piano or the musician's own acoustic instrument. Experienced musicians interested in playing should inquire at the Circulation Desk. 3rd Tuesday, August 21, 6:00-6:30 pm free at the library.

Summer Concert: Stacy Jones Band

Friday, August 24, 2018 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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At Sefarers Park: Stacy Jones Band - Best of the Blues *free*  

Stacy Jones is continually nominated for “Best of the Blues” awards in songwriting, performance, harmonica, guitar and winning the 2018 “Best Band” award plus nine other “Best of the Blues Awards from the Washington Blues Society including Best Female Vocalist, Blues harmonica, Blues songwriter and The 2018 NW recording of the year for her 2017 album ‘Love Is Everywhere.’

Her 2017 release was also accepted in the first round of Grammy Voting for the “Best Contemporary Blues Album and Best Americana Song categories and was chosen to represent the South Sound Blues Association as the entrant for the 2018 Best Self-produced CD competition at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN. The album made the list of Roots Radio Report top 40 Blues Rock albums of 2017.

She has performed at the Chicago Blues Festival, SXSW, juke joints in Mississippi, riverboats in California, headlined festivals, toured Europe and shared stages with Elvin Bishop, Charlie Musselwhite, Lee Oskar, and many other legends.

Her music has been described as “A Whiskey & Water Baptism that lace Blues and Rock edges.” “With her feet firmly planted in roots-based music, Stacy Jones pays homage to the blues but experiments by mixing in some mild-Americana and subtle country licks. Dynamic vocals fueled by powerful lyrics.” “the rolling thunder blues of Howlin’ Wolf mixed with the honesty of Lucinda Williams.

Summer Dance Party: Penny Stinkers

Saturday, August 25, 2018 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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At the Heart of Anacortes: REFA Benefit Concert – Penny Stinkers

The Penny Stinkers began as a folksy “busking” band; however, through the last decade it has grown into a unique, high-energy party band that balances trips down memory lane with the latest in musical genres and hard-charging originals.

The group’s robust vocals, in combination with its multi-faceted guitar and rhythm styles, serve to attract an enthusiastic following wherever the band performs. Above all, the Penny Stinkers is a dance band, one that gets people on their feet and dancing, often starting with their very first song.

I have received two times for the start of this event: 5pm on the Heart of Anacortes Web site and 4pm on a poster for the event.

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