The Hardware Store Restaurant decided to start having a regular live music night back in March of this year and it has turned out to be a lot of fun and a great venue to hear some really talented people perform.  Starting in October, we’ve gone from a weekly live music night to a monthly live music night.

Britt’Mania brings the live Beatles experience to Western Washington featuring all your favorite hits and deep album cuts from the greatest rock and roll band of all time. Faithful renditions of the songs you know and love are brought to life with Beatles costumes, Beatle guitars and equipment, and Beatle harmonies by four of the northwest’s most talented musicians who are dedicated to bringing you along in a show that spans the band’s entire catalog.

Progressing from college sophomore to folk-music groupie-worshiper of Tom Rush, Fred Neil, Buffy St. Marie & Bob Gibson in early-60s Miami, John’s musical career has been what he jokingly refers to one long, downward spiral to this present time……but we all know differently. 

Limited Partnership uncovers the often untold history of the activism that has led us to a historical point, as the Supreme Court imminently is set to rule on same-sex marriage. The film chronicles the 40-year love story between Filipino American Richard Adams and his Australian husband.

Ben Woods is a true master Flamenco guitarist and innovator, best known for his unique and virtuosic Flamenco-Metal style. He plays many music and guitar festivals and concerts around the world, and has had the honor of performing with some of the world’s best Flamenco singers and dancers.

Garth Reeves has been playing professionally for over 18 years. After cutting his teeth in the halcyon days of the Olympia scene, Garth moved to Seattle to explore that cities burgeoning music explosion. A short of list of bands Garth has been in include:  Dangermouse, Nubbin, Goodness, Blue Spark…

This charming chamber opera written in 1947 by Benjamin Britten will have you rolling in the aisles with laughter. The busybodies of the Loxford May Day committee cannot find a virtuous female to be the May Queen, so they name the shy, coddled grocer’s son, Albert Herring, as May King.

 I’m embarrassed to say it took me 15 years to finally visit the light filled and prolific studio and factory of Irene Otis, at stop number 16, our Vashon institution of tiles and insight, color and hope. It was a challenge to stay on task and take in the art, as I so much wanted to discuss issues of joy, freedom, suffering and faith, which arose in Irene’s refreshingly candid discussion of her recent trip to a Buddhist monastery in Myanmar.

It’s staggering to me that there are over 2,500 operas and yet today’s opera companies perform the same top 10 over and over again.  This is a trend because yes -  the top 10 or top 20 are great works - but also because it’s a huge financial risk for any opera company not to fill the seats for their performances. This spring folks ask “What is your spring opera?”

Student openers audition and rehearsal dates will be announced soon. Visit www.sharingthestage.com for more details.
The Young Evils, are excellent evidence that final products often look nothing like initial intentions.

“My Praguers understand me”––Mozart’s famous quote is the inspiration for Vashon Maury Chamber Orchestra’s spring concert. The program features Mozart masterpieces and charismatic works by Czech composers, including the dreamy “Idyll” by Leos Janacek and a collection of movements by Smetana, Suk and Martinu.

    Vashon’s shiniest, funniest, naughtiest event returns, with an even hotter extravanganza…
Falling on the weekend of Beltane, Burlesco Notturno HOT calls to mind the ancient May Day festival of fertility and fire – a celebration of the power of heat and new beginnings, falling into place as the sun waxes its way strongly into summer.Burlesco Notturno HOT

Early Flutes in Ulaanbaatar: Jeffrey Cohan heralded the first days of spring in snowy Mongolia with concerts at the Mongolian State Opera House (banner), the US Ambassador’s residence, and throughout China. Celebrate the boisterous cacophony of spring right here at home on Vashon

For several months, Tlingit artist Odin Lonning has been working on multiple projects, including a large totem commission. Starting this weekend, Saturday and Sunday May 2 – 3 from 10 AM to 5 PM, the public is invited to Vashon Forest Stewards to view two totem poles nearing completion, as well as the artist’s educational display and a variety of pieces for sale -- just in time for Mother’s Day.

For Gregg Curry, Ragged Glory was a sound birthed from the radio of a Mercury Montego he drove down Southern highways in summer with the windows down. It was Dylan, The Stones, The Band, Neil Young, Tom Petty, and so many others making something raw sound so perfect. He just grinned and turned it up louder.

This is the first Ancient Future tour of the Pacific Northwest in a decade. Celebrating its 36th year, Ancient Future is the world’s first and longest running ensemble dedicated to world fusion music. They’ve sold over 150,000 albums and millions of samplers, and performed over 1,000 concerts.

The Chorale’s upcoming spring concerts feature Gabriel Faure’s “Requiem” and Edward Elgar’s “From the Bavarian Highlands”. 75 singers under the direction of Gary D. Cannon will perform at Bethel Church on Sat. April 25

World class master of the acoustic guitar, Enrique Henao will come to   Vashon on Friday April 24 and perform a solo concert at the Vashon United Methodist Church.   Earlier in the day, Mr Henao will play for students at McMurray Middle School.    The concerts are sponsored by   VIBES (Vashon Island Band Education Supporters). 

Comparisons are as inevitable in music as in life and in this sense singer/songwriter Jeff Kanzler is no exception (“reminiscent of a young Bob Dylan” Don Yates – KEXP, “John Vanderslice” Maurice Dielemans – Kindamuzik (Dutch Music zine), “Doug Macleod or Steve Goodman” Dani Heyvaert – MazzMusikas ( Belgium ).

Islanders Marc Powell and Chaim Rosemarin appear in Rajiv Joseph’s The North Pool, a dramatic two-person play that examines the tension between a high school vice-principal and a Middle-Eastern born transfer student.

Please join us in this fundraising event for Rj’s Kids. Prior to the start of the movie Alex Echevarria, a East Asian scholar and black belt Kenpo Master, will speak about the history of China’s most popular and ancient story of the Monkey King. Funds raised from this event will sponsor a co-operative and interactive community dinner. 

Call them Indie Folk, Americana, Roots, whatever…
The Washover Fans aren’t ones to jump on trends. They’re more comfortable aligning themselves with tradition and the time-honored crafts of musicianship and songwriting.

A group of veteran rockers, the Galaxies play rock and roll brewed from years of experience. The band members believe in preserving the true feeling of rock tradition.

TRIBE-olution brings their exuberant, colorful celebration of dance to Vashon, in an all-ages, fun-filled performance - Saturday, April 4 at 7:30pm.