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Vashon Allied Arts’ 2011-2012 Chamber Music Series begins its third season thanks to the unerring artistic vision of Island cellists Rowena Hammill and Douglas Davis and chamber music fans who clamor for more. The opening concert, Friday, October 7, showcases Beethoven’s immortal masterpiece for piano trio "Beethoven Archduke Trio," with Stephen Bryant on violin, Douglas Davis on cello and Allan Dameron on piano. The celebrated piece, written during Beethoven’s "middle" period (1803 to 1814) was considered to be among his finest compositions.

Minnesota native Tim Fast knew in third grade that he wanted to be a performer after he and three other buddies mimicked the words and music to the Beatles' song "Nowhere Man" for show-and -tell. For 20 years he put together bands and played shows from the Midwest to California until he decided to go it alone.

One More Mile is a band that came together over the passion of playing real blues and making the blues real!

Guitarists Jason Lollar and Tommy Bean both have been playing since they could walk, and ever since Tommy saw Lollar performing with a band he had put together called Shakey Jake, he knew he would get together with him one day. Both men come from a long line of bands playing rock, rhythm and blues and straight blues, and their years of performing excellence can be heard on such numbers as Black Cat Bone or Reconsider Baby.

 Having grown up in the San Juan Islands, Kels is steeped in a love for life, the land and community.  His newly created One Tree Records is an alternative and collective record label created with the intention to help grow, nourish and sustain great independent music! Rooted in the Pacific NW, they are a unique cooperative seeding musical expression by branching out through community networking to provide a platform of support and direction for aspiring artists. 

Fender Shine has been fermenting for years. The members have been eyeing each other as potential band mates, while continuing to play with other Island musical configurations, such as Island Fusion, Shy Sundays, BeSides and Goldaline.

At long last, these diverse musical ingredients got tossed together to create a tasty musical fizz bang! We bring you Fender Shine, a fine blend of great tunes, both original and obscurely covered rock and roll, with a twist of lime. Fender Shine is Rick Vanselow (guitar), Eric Frith (guitar), Steve Meyer (bass) and Kim Thal (violin).

The Vashon Island Chorale begins its fall session on Tuesday, Sept. 6, culminating in concerts on Dec. 3 and 4. The major work to be presented is Dona Nobis Pacem by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Also featured will be works from Abraham Kaplan’s Eight Days of Chanukah, Franz Biebl’s Ave Maria, and traditional carols by Sir David Willcocks.

The 2011-2012 Vashon Chamber Music Series will feature a thoughtfully selected group of exemplary musicians by Artistic Directors Rowena Hammill and Douglas Davis. The Concert Series, now in its third year, begins Oct. 7, with the Beethoven Archduke Trio and Dvořák Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat minor, featuring violinist Stephen Bryant, violist Sue Jane Bryant, pianist Allan Dameron, Rowena Hammill, cello and Douglas Davis, cello.

Remember Walk, Don’t Run, Wipeout and The Lonely Bull? For those who recall those late 1950s and ‘60s instrumental megahits by The Ventures, The Surfaris and Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass, you’ll want to run, not walk, to Ober Park Thursday, August 25. Shark Biscuit will play these and other fun, upbeat favorites 7 to 9 pm, in the free summer concert series finale.

Vashon Winery’s fourth annual music festival, featuring many local musicians, takes place Saturday, August 20 at Vashon Winery.

Opening up the Festival at 2pm will be local Vashon band Riverbend. A popular island band with members that played for many years as part of The Garage Boys, as well as The Colwell Brothers and The Riptide Rambles and the Up With People groups.

"Mark DuFresne is as distinctive as a vocalist as he is a fiery player; rather than recycling old riffs, his original compositions are tuneful, melodic and grooveworthy."

- Blues Review Magazine

Get ready for the hottest blues happening in the Northwest today. On August 20th, blues legend Mark DuFresne and his band are on Vashon

Vashon Park District will host a free noon hour harp concert
presented by the Vashon Island Harp Camp student ensemble on
Wednesday, August 10. Families and music lovers are encouraged to
bring a picnic lunch to Ober Park for the spectacular ten-harp
performance. The group of 12-15 year old harp players is directed by
island harp teacher Leslie McMichael and will showcase music from
folk to classical to a medley of movie theme songs.

Vashon Winery Announces its Summer Concert Series

Scott Cossu, Saturday, July 30, 7pm. $20. (includes free CD), under 16 free. Reservations requested to, or call Ron Irvine: 206.931.4703.

Scott Cossu in concert at Vashon Winery. Admission includes a free CD of his new release: Boogie, Jazz, and Deja Blues. Scott Cossu brings Jessica Blinn on violin and

vocals, Steve Banks on drums, and long-time guitarist, Van Manaka. Scott will play outside (or inside if inclement weather) from the pad in front of the winery. Come hear Scott with his infectious upbeat music.

Murgatroyd, born in 2008 as the illegitimate love child of long time Vashon Island musicians, became the opportunity to give the people something they haven’t had in a long time…the true origins of what "Big" Rock is all about.
Built on a musical repertoire from the heavy hitters of stadium rock, Murgatroyd presents a show that is the very essence of live rock music…

Those who attend should prepare to play a percussion instrument Cutler will provide. Herky Cutler was born in Montreal and now makes his home in Alberta, Canada. He’s played guitar since he was 19, but more "in the closet" than out until 1992. That’s when Cutler made his performance debut. He’s since added the harmonica, bass and percussion to his repertoire and started writing songs in 1993.

Wolff Bowden grew up in a house on concrete stilts, fifteen feet above a Florida swamp. Summer nights brought symphonies of alligators, owls and frogs. But in Wolff’s recurring dream, it was always winter, and he walked out among the cypresses to sit by a blazing fire where he would sing to a strange collection of forest beings he called The Winterlings.

Shark Biscuit plays surf and rock instrumentals from the golden age of the 1950's and 60's, plus a few surprises! This high-energy ensemble is six strong, and parlays reverb-soaked guitar stylings, tribal drumming and rumbling bass lines with a powerful horn section and a rockin' keyboard. Their music is highly danceable and brings smiles to all ages. The classic Shark Biscuit sound evokes tonal memories of Dick Dale, the Belairs, the Chantays, the Ventures and Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass.

Asa Broomhall has done it again with his latest self-produced album ‘Revelry Road’. Recorded live over 5 days in the farmhouse where Asa grew up on the Sunshine Coast. It builds on Asa’s previous work by seamlessly combining full band tracks and solo acoustic songs showing the true depth of his songwriting and musicianship.

One More Mile is a band that came together over the passion of playing real blues and making the blues real!
Guitarists Jason Lollar and Tommy Bean both have been playing since they could walk, and ever since Tommy saw Lollar performing with a band he had put together called Shakey Jake, he knew he would get together with him one day.

Remember the days of watching The Breakfast Club and playing Atari? Rewind takes you back to those days, if only for the evening...

Cordaviva is a 9-piece powerhouse of dance music influenced by the disparate rhythms and styles of the African diaspora. Their upbeat original music is a unique blend of soukous, rumba, afrobeat, funk, and various latin styles.

Vashon Allied Arts’ summer music festival brings it home with Americana music at Camp Burton’s outdoor amphitheater 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6. Stomp your feet and sing along when Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart, Rachel Harrington and the Do Right Boys and Vashon’s own Magpies take the stage. For more info go to

Islanders of all ages can hear Ballard’s Sedentary Sousa Band pay musical homage to some of John Philip Sousa’s most famous marches, including Stars and Stripes Forever (National March of the U.S.A), The Washington Post March and Semper Fidelis (the official Marine Corps march) and more 7 p.m., Thursday, July 7, at Ober Park.

Northwest singer/songwriter LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends will heat up the Ober Park stage this July. Their sold out VAA show earlier this year received rave audience reviews.

THE HOWDY BOYS return to Café Luna to set the joint jumping with great old bluegrass, classic honky tonk, and inspired original material. Since the band’s formation in 2008, Jeff Brohier, Rob Bulkley,