The change of seasons brings a need for warmth, for community, for a little bit of ‘oomph’ to take us into the shortening days. And so, Open Space for Arts & Community is pleased as punch to announce a brand-spankin’ new program:
Sunday Social Hour with The REV!
And LOTS of inspirational guests! There will be music from Sarah Christine, Jason Staczek, Kevin Joyce, Azula and Dianne Krouse, and spoken word from Michael Meade, Jeff Hoyt and Merna Hecht. All brought together for an inspirational afternoon by The REV, beloved by Vashon’s Church of Great Rain fans.
Sunday Social Hour kicks off on Sunday (well, of course), October 6, at 4pm – and doors open at 3pm for socializin’.
Sunday Social Hour is at Open Space for Arts & Community – 18870 103rd Ave SW. Tickets are $10 in Advance, and available at brownpapertickets.com and Vashon Bookshop. Tickets will be $12 at the door.
Sunday Social Hour is the first of a new series at Open Space, Sundays at 4 – supported in part by a grant from 4Culture. Future Sundays at 4 events include Sunday Swing with The Portage Fill Big Band, a new magic and poetry show from Tom Pruiksma, and more!
Here’s just a taste of who you’ll see, and hear, on stage for this first installment – but honestly, words cannot do these folks justice. You all should just come and listen for yourselves!
David Godsey – aka The REV - is a graduate of the Professional Training Program at the Circle in the Square in New York and the Laboratory of Movement Studies at Ecole LeCoq in Paris. A co-founder of UMO (in 1987), David was lead artist for UMO’s Final Broadcast (2007), and directed the creation of UMO’s Millennium Circus (1999) as well as Birth, Love, Death and Re-Birth (1996), a collaboration with the Seattle Men’s Chorus. David and his partner Janet McAlpin are the founders of Open Space. Vashon Islanders are got the know The Rev and his spontaneous sermons in Voice of Vashon’s Church of Great Rain. It is rumored that David is fueled solely by fair trade organic dark chocolate.
Azula began her vocal training singing in her grandmother’s garden, growing up in a house filled with music, from classical to Barbershop quartets to Sunday choir. While studying classical vocal training as a mezzo-soprano coloratura at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, she started her journey into Jazz and Blues, and the Global Music Scene. She currently sings in French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Arabic among others, performing most recently on Vashon with Avaaza (World Music) and One Night Stand ( Blues), and her duo Strella with Seattle guitarist Leif Totus.
Whether she is gracing the stage solo with guitar in hand, or backed by a full band, Sarah Christine’s soulful siren is capturing attention. This Northwest native weaves a positive musical tapestry, blending her rich honey voice, conscious lyrics and uplifting melodies with the flavors of Soul, Reggae and R&B.
Merna Hecht is a storyteller and poet extraordinaire, working with students and adults alike through Jack Straw Productions, Fishtrap, and the National Storytelling Network.
Mr. Jeff Hoyt has a head for radio. And all of the hats to go on it. He’s written, produced, and/or performed in thousands of commercials for clients from C to shining Z (with a healthy dose of A’s and B’s thrown in for good measure.) Plying his craft from a home-based recording studio on beautiful Vashon Island near Seattle, Jeff fills his days with a variety of radio pursuits that feed both his family and his soul, a job he defines as "radio for fun and profit."
Over the past 20 years, Kevin Joyce has established himself as one of the most versatile and prolific creative artists in the Pacific Northwest. Kevin is an accomplished performer, Emcee, musician, and auctioneer. With his wife Martha Enson, he co-founded EnJoy Productions in 2003, and has produced large-scale performance events throughout the Northwest.
Dianne Krouse’s love for music has her playing lead alto saxophone in many big bands, combos and professional performance groups across the Pacific Northwest including the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra. She also plays clarinet, flute, guitar, piano and loves to sing. One of her favorite creative pastimes is writing, recording and arranging music. She also loves to play with all of the amazing and talented musicians on the island.
Michael Meade, D.H.L., is a renowned storyteller, author, and scholar of mythology, anthropology, and psychology. Michael combines hypnotic storytelling, street-savvy perceptiveness, and spellbinding interpretations of ancient myths with a deep knowledge of cross-cultural rituals. He is the author of Fate and Destiny: The Two Agreements of The Soul, The World Behind the World, The Water of Life: Initiation and the Tempering of the Soul; editor, with James Hillman and Robert Bly, of Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart; and editor of Crossroads: A Quest for Contemporary Rites of Passage.
Jason Staczek is a Seattle-based composer, producer and Hammond organ player. His scores for the films of director Guy Maddin have been called "swirling and adventurous" and their latest work together, "Keyhole", is currently in theaters worldwide. Jason also collaborates with musical inventor Ela Lamblin writing for experimental instruments like the Shrimp Platter and the Koola, a Styrofoam harp. He was a 2012 Sundance Composer Fellow, plays piano and organ with ATO artist Lindsay Fuller and has conducted orchestras on three continents.