Concerts in the Park, a long-running and popular free outdoor series presented by the Vashon Park District, will return after a one-year hiatus at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays August 5-26 in Ober Park .
This year, the local band lineup will intentionally showcase the richness and variety of Vashon’s music scene, featuring well-known island names, said Pete Welch, co-founder of Vashon Events, the lineup curator.
“This year we will be featuring some of the local bands in our community in an act of solidarity and community spirit,” Welch said, adding that many active musicians on the island have had a difficult year, both emotionally and financially.
Welch is also excited to give Islanders a chance to gather at a beloved outdoor venue on Vashon – Ober Park.
“There is a lot of grass and natural berms to spread out these picnic blankets and enjoy the music on a hot summer night,” he said. “Families can come and relax, let the children play in the playground and enjoy the entertainment.”
The first concert, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 5, will feature soul and rhythm and blues music from The Confessions – a predominantly Vashon-based band with a return sound. Mining gospel, early rock & roll and sounds from the Motown era, songwriter and singer Camille Reeves will perform original tunes inspired by classical American music. His group includes three horns: Samantha Boshnack on trumpet, Chris Credit on baritone saxophone and Traci Ferrara on tenor saxophone. Meanwhile, the sound basis of The Confessions is laid by the rhythm section, consisting of Chris O’Brien on keyboard, Gavin Kovite on bass and Brian Dougher on drums.
On Thursday August 12, Sainte Ophélie will perform. This well-known island alternative rock and folk group is a five-piece ensemble led by singer and guitarist Rebekah Kuzma, singer-songwriter Joe Panzetta and pedal steel player Dan Tyack. Its rhythm section includes Wesley Peterson on drums and Chuck Keller on bass. The band’s original songs range from groovy to rock to spacious, Welch said. Currently, the group is recording their second album with producer Martin Feveyear and crowdfunding to help pay for production and distribution costs. Visit saintophelia.com to learn more about their music and support their recording efforts.
On Thursday August 19, Poultry in Motion, another local band, will perform their signature mix of country, rockabilly, zydeco, rock, Cajun and swamp pop, along with some original compositions, on the Ober Park stage. bandaged.
The series will end on August 26 with One More Mile, a blues group led by “The Principal” Jason Lollar, on vocals and lead guitar, and “Lonesome” Mike Nichols, on vocals and harmonica. It’s an island musical brotherhood that dates back decades, according to Welch. Other musicians in the group include keyboardist and vocalist Tony Mann, bassist and vocalist Chuck Keller, and drummer and vocalist Wesley Peterson.
Welch said he hoped Islanders would flock to concerts and bring their dancing shoes.
“Let’s show these guys how much we missed them,” he said.
– The concerts in the Park are free for all. Islanders are kindly requested to leave their dogs and smoking items at home.