Jeffrey Martin at The Rumor Mill
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 Friday Harbor welcomes The Rumor Mill at 7pm. “Martin’s a marvelous songwriter, effortlessly drawing out fully-fleshed stories and lush natural metaphors from a simple folk music structure. He’s an incredibly rare find among today’s glut of singer-songwriters: a songwriter whose songs are immediately affecting. These are the kind of songs that can change you.” - Devon Leger, No Depression. More on the Rumor Mill Events page...to
Premiere of Alex Shapiro's "Tight Squeeze" by Friday Harbor High School Concert Band
Press Release from Sierra Feldmann, Composers and Schools in Concert: The Friday Harbor High School Concert Band will perform the Pacific Northwest premiere of a piece by Friday Harbor resident and nationally-renowned composer, Alex Shapiro. On Thursday, May 23, 2013 @ 7:00pm at the San Juan Community Theatre, the Friday Harbor High School Concert Band, under the Direction of Matthew Frost, will perform a new electroacoustic wind band piece, Tight Squeeze, created by composer, Alex Shapiro.
The piece was part of the Composers and Schools in Concerts’ (CSIC) Commissions in Concert series in which CSIC and a consortium of seven schools from different cities across North America commissioned a piece. “We at Composers and School in Concert are very excited for the Friday Harbor High School Concert Band’s performance. This consortium is allowing students to have the unique experience of learning from a professional composer without the immense cost usually associated with commissions.”- Lisa Oman, Executive Director and Founder of CSIC. For more information about CSIC’s Commissions in Concerts series, email the Composers and Schools in Concert at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (916) 248-5541.
Memorial Weekend Party with On the Fly at Herbs
Relay Idol 2013
It's Relay Idol time again! Who will be the next Relay for Life Idol? Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Friday Harbor which raises money to improve education, early detection and treatment. The idea of Relay Idol is patterned after “American Idol.”
Tryouts are at Herb's Tavern in Friday Harbor Wednesday, May 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd @ 8:00pm. There is a $10 registration fee per audition. Each performance will be judged. The top three performances from each evening will come back for the finals on Friday, May 31st.Bring your posse and give it your best shot for a great cause. Prize money will be awarded! Contact Mike @ email@example.com with any questions.
Elementary Arts Fundraiser with Geoffrey Castle
Friday & Saturday, May 31 & June 1 at 7:00 p.m. at the San Juan Community Theatre. A pioneer on the electric six-string violin, Geoffrey Castle sets out to destroy people’s pre-conceived notions of what is possible on a violin.
A bandleader and solo artist—with several critically acclaimed releases on his own Twisted Fiddle Musical Label---Castle has also managed to share stages with such illustrious musicians as Blues Traveler, Heart, Buddy Miles and Alan White of Yes.
Castle’s Friday Harbor appearances are sponsored by the Friday Harbor Elementary School PTA as a fundraiser for the school’s arts program. In addition to his concerts, Castle will host an assembly and workshops at the school during the afternoon of May 31.Geoffrey has played all over the world, and puts on an unforgettable show. Tickets are now on sale at the SJCT and at the FHES main office. More here...
San Juan Island Contra Dance
San Juan Island Contra Dance is on Mondays and every third Saturday of the month at the Friday Harbor Grange Hall, 152 N. First Street. The dance runs from 7 till 9, $10 donation at the door, Students half-price, no partner needed, all dances taught. Please patronize the generous local sponsors - Friday Harbor Grange #966, Cafe Demeter, Pablito's Taqueria, and The Cask and Schooner. For more info call 378-3836.
San Juan Music Festival 2013
The 2nd annual San Juan Music Festival will be Saturday, August 31, 2013 (Labor Day Weekend) at the new performance site at the former Browne’s Lumber lot at 330 Spring St. in Friday Harbor. Come experience our great local talent! This all day event will feature performances from these Island bands & artists, playing rock, jazz, big band, blues, and folk music: The Tease, The Chameleons,The San Juan Jazz Quintet, The One More Time Big Band, OPA, Debbie Nash Strasser, the Dust Bunnies, and the Shotgun Messengers.
This San Juan Lions club event will offer hot dogs, sandwiches, beer, soft drinks, plenty of seating, sun and shade, and fun. Admission at the gate will be $10. Kids 12 and under free. Proceeds will help fund the many Lions Vision and Hearing projects. A goal is to purchase a digital vision screening unit for preschool aged children. Currently no such screening is available, and the screening device will be made available for all the children of our county. Contact Tom Starr at 360 298-1281 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More here...
Catch Tony & Cecil Sunday Evenings
Tony Floreno and Cecil DeMeerleer return to The Cask & Schooner to play you tunes most Sunday nights 6:30-8:30pm. 1 Front Street, call 378-2922 for more information.
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Night At the Shannakee Pub: Fundraiser for Shann Weston
Please come for a night of community, music, and fun to benefit Shann Weston on Friday, May 17, 2013 at the San Juan County Fairgrounds 846 Argyle Ave. Music by Island Irish, OPA, and The Fabulous Rythmatics.
5:30 - 7:30 Dinner. 7:00 - Live and Silent Auction. 8:30 - Dancing. $25 Adult/ $10 Kids. Advance Tickets Appreciated to help with event planning. Available at: Islanders Insurance, Griffin Bay Bookstore, and Lavendera Spa. Tickets will also available at the event!General Donations: Shann Weston Medical Fund. Whidbey Island Bank, 535 Market Street Friday Harbor, Wa 98250. Email Bob and Nancy Jones if you would like to donate something for the auctions: email@example.com Questions? Lisa Lawrence: firstname.lastname@example.org Katy Nollman: email@example.com Kari Koski: firstname.lastname@example.org Ruth Fleming: email@example.com. More here...
Playing at Herbs Tavern
The Chameleons are playing Friday May 17th AND Saturday May 18th at Herbs Tavern. This local band plays a mix of dancable rock and pop tunes from the 80’s, up through the present. This dynamic band features Dan Deshon, Kira Sable, Michael Linehan and Darvis Taylor. Music starts both nights at 9:00. For more info call Herbs at 378-7076.
Grammy Nominee Ruthie Foster Performing at SJCT
Ruthie Foster came from humble church choir beginnings in rural Texas, followed by a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy Band, and ended up in New York City with a major label development deal that went sour. After she moved back to Texas to care for her ailing mother, Foster took a break from singing professionally for a couple of years. When she resumed her music career in Austin, she became a regular nominee at the Austin Music Awards, winning Best Folk Artist in 2004-05 and Best Female Vocalist in 2007-08.
Broadening her sound by blending blues and soul aspects into her folk roots, Ruthie added a Grammy nomination to her list of achievements (Best Contemporary Blues Album for her last studio release, 2009's The Truth According to Ruthie Foster). In addition to leading her own band and touring it around the world, Foster has also collaborated on stage and recordings with a diverse list of artists including Warren Haynes, Big Head Todd, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Bibb and Paul Thorn.She most recently received her second Grammy nomination (for her latest blues album, Let it Burn) as well as a 2013 Blues Music Award nomination for Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year. In fact, in a nod to her astounding range, she has won seemingly contradictory Blues Music Association awards for both Best Traditional and Best Contemporary Female Blues Artist in back to back years (2010-2011). PLUS! Join Ruthie for a FREE guitar demonstration inside the Whittier at 2 pm on May 18. More here...
Blues on Tap Coming to Friday Harbor
Blues on Tap is an established blues band of veteran musicians from the Pacific Northwest. They will be at The Rumor Mill on Saturday, May 11th @ 8:00. These seasoned musicians have shared the stage with many noteworthy blues musicians including Taj Mahal, Kenny Neal, Billy Branch, Jimmy Burns, Kid Anderson, and Mitch Woods, to name a few.
Blues on Tap is Bruce Ransom on Guitar, Steve Peterson on Guitar & Vocals, Ray Hartman on Bass and Vocals and Bruce McKenna on Drums. Don't miss this great show! For more info or to make reservations call The Rumor Mill at 378-5555.
Bay Area Pianist to Perform in Friday Harbor
San Juan Nature Institute. Tickets will be available at the door at $15. His visit to Friday Harbor is a golden opportunity to experience a superb artist at the height of his career playing a versatile and entertaining program.At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, renowned Bay Area pianist John Boyajy will present a concert at the Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church with proceeds benefiting
John first came to San Juan Island last September to play at the Celebration of the Life of his high-school best friend, Jan Smulovitz. While here he met local musicians, performed at a musicale, taught private lessons and fell in love with our incredibly special island. His return for a full length recital in support of San Juan Nature Institute is a rare treat. In addition, he will lead a public master class and give some private lessons. He is one of San Francisco Bay Area’s most respected pianists, with degrees from the Julliard and a concert performance list that includes the Lincoln Center and the Harvard Club and now, Friday Harbor! Continued here...
The Tease Playing at Herbs Tavern
Don't miss local Friday Harbor band, The Tease, playing at Herb's Tavern this Friday and Saturday, May 3rd & 4th. This hot band will hit the stage with a great show featuring tunes to get you up and dancing! Music starts at 9:30. For more information call Herbs at 378-7076.
It's Happening at The Rumor Mill
The Rumor Mill is where the music is happening! For more information or to make reservations call The Rumor Mill at 378-5555.
Saturday May 4th, don't miss the lively quartet, Los Hermanos from Lopez Island, they will bring some Latin groove starting @ 7:30.
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Salish Sea Early Music Festival
Sunday, 05 May, 2013. 7:00 PM at the Friday Harbor Grange 152 - 1st street. The Baroque Trio Sonata: Ingrid Matthews ~ baroque violin, Susie Napper ~ viola da gamba, Hans-Juergen Schnoor ~ harpsichord and Jeffrey Cohan ~ baroque flute. Great trio sonatas by Marais, Telemann, CPE Bach and Handel with fabulous guest musicians.
The third annual Salish Sea Early Music Festival in 2013 presents six programs of chamber music from 1550 through 1850 on Lopez, Orcas, San Juan Islands, Tacoma, Bellingham, Vashon and Bainbridge Islands and in Seattle with some of the finest performers of early music on period instruments from the Northwest, elsewhere in the United States and Germany.
Brooke Pennock Band - Cool Water Duo at The Rumor Mill
The Brooke Pennock Band's acoustic folkrock duo offshoot, "Cool Water" featuring award winning songwriters Brooke Pennock and Wendy McDowell will be playing at The Rumor Mill Saturday, April 20, 2013 8:00pm until 11:00pm.
Brooke Pennock gained recognition in the Seattle New Folk scene in 2004 with her multi-award winning song, "Eddie." The song was featured on KZOK/KMPS-FM Radio's compilation CD as the #1 winner of their songwriting contest. It was distributed widely on a "Save The Music" campaign throughout Northwest area Fred Meyer stores. Brooke has also won the "Made in Washington's Best Emerging Artist Award" the "West Coast Songwriters Award" and was a Billboard Music Songwriters Finalist and Lilith Fair/Levi's Top 10 Emerging Artist finalist. Her songs have received airplay on local and regional radio, including KZOK, KMPS, KEXP and KMTT. Bio continued here...
Don't miss this great show! For more info or to make reservations call The Rumor Mill at 378-5555. More here...
Reggae Legend Clinton Fearon Coming to Friday Harbor
Clinton Fearon is playing a solo acoustic show at the Friday Harbor Grange Hall, 152 N. First St. on Friday, April 19th. Doors open @ 7:00, all ages welcome.$10 advance tickets available at The Rocky Bay Cafe or $15 at the door. If you know reggae music, you know Clinton Fearon. Clinton is counted among Jamaica's most talented musicians by peers and professionals in the Reggae music industry. His infectious bass riffs, guitar licks, percussion accents and powerful vocals make Clinton Fearon a living legend amongst reggae musicians and fans.
Coming from a rich musical history, Clinton Fearon was born in St. Andrew and grew up deep in the hills of St. Catherine, Jamaica. He discovered music singing alone among the trees and later singing at the Adventist church in the country. He settled in Kingston when he was about 16, working on the roads and playing music for himself. At 17 Clinton founded his first group, The Brothers, looking for opportunities to play around Studio One and Treasure Isle. Continued at www.clintonfearon.com
Chamber Music San Juans Presents The Winds of Yarrow
Press Release: Friday, April 19, 2013 @ 7:30 pm at the San Juan Community Theatre. Artistic Director: Patricia Kostek. Returning to the Whittier Stage after an enthusiastically successful debut concert in the 2011 Season, the Winds of Yarrow promise to bring back all the fun and spine tingling excitement from 2011.Take four virtuoso clarinetists and a remarkably versatile string bass player and combine them with outstanding and a delightfully diverse repertoire and you have the formula for one unique evening of music. Suitable for the entire family, this is a concert not to be missed. Musicians include clarinetists Patricia Kostek, Rebecca Hissen (Eb clarinet), Rainer Roth (bass clarinet), jazz specialist Tom Ackerman and Bruce Miekle, string bass. More here...
Spring Concert! Home Harbors: Music of the Pacific Northwest
San Juan Singers. Saturday, April 13, 2013 @ 7:30 pm and Sunday, April 14 @ 5:00 pm at the San Juan Community Theatre. San Juan Island’s community chorus showcases home for their annual Spring concert with a collage of music either written about the Pacific Northwest and Canada, or by composers under the influence of our beautiful northwest country and islands. Featured composers include Grammy nominee and San Juan Island resident Morton Lauridsen and Canadian Donald Patriquin.Much of the music speaks of the harbors, rivers, and woodlands that characterize our part of the world—gorgeous and lively works sure to put a spring in your step and the warmth of home in your heart. PLUS! Get in the spirit with a pre-concert dinner special at Coho Restaurant. Chef Bill is preparing a 3- course Pacific Northwest meal including a welcome glass of wine for $25 per person. For more info, call the Coho Restaurant at 378-6330. More here...
Polecat Coming to Friday Harbor April 13th
Don't miss Country/Bluegrass band Polecat at The Rumor Mill Saturday, April 13th @ 8:00pm. was formed in Bellingham, Washington in early 2010, and quickly established themselves in the Northwest, with two records and over 100 shows in one year. Their unique instrumentation is comprised of Karl Olson (drums), Jeremy Elliott (electric guitar and vocals), Aaron Guest (vocals and 12 string guitar), Cayley Schmid (fiddle), and Richard Reeves (upright bass). This enables them to seamlessly blend genres including bluegrass, country, celtic, rock, and world music into their sound. More here...
Blues on Tap, Carolyn Mark Playing The Rumor Mill
Blues on Tap returns to The Rumor Mill Saturday April 6th at 8:30! Based in Friday Harbor and Seattle, this band is entering their 4th month of regular Wednesday night gigs at 88 Keys in Pioneer Square. These seasoned musicians have been key members in prominent Northwest bands including those of Isaac Scott, Dick Powell, Stacy Jones and Mauva Bell. Blues on Tap band members have also shared the stage with many noteworthy blues musicians including Taj Mahal, Kenny Neal, Eden Brent, Kid Anderson, and Mitch Woods, to name a few.
Come join them at the Rumor Mill for some heart-felt blues! (and a little R&B and Rock'n Roll). It will be a lot of music that night with Carolyn Mark playing earlier in the evening. Blues on Tap is Bruce Ransom on Guitar, Steve Peterson on Guitar & Vocals, Ray Hartman on Bass and Vocals and Bruce McKenna on Drums. Don't miss this great show! For more info or to make reservations call The Rumor Mill at 378-5555. More here...
The True Spokes Coming to Friday Harbor
The True Spokes formally known as Flowmotion, will be playing Friday, April 5th, 2013 @ 8:00 at The Rumor Mill! The band has a long history with San Juan Island and is looking forward to coming back to the island. Through a decade of fearless, seat-of-the-pants music-making, countless live performances, and a handful of beloved albums, the Seattle quintet has developed that rare, magnetic combination of radio-ready songcraft and transportive instrumental chops. More here...
Jazz for the Food Bank
Sunday, April 7th, 2013 4:00pm to 5:30pm at St David's Episcopal Church, 780 Park Street in Friday Harbor. The food bank does important work in our community and this will be a fun way to show our support! The San Juan Jazz Quintet, along with Jill Urbach and others, will be performing at the benefit concert. Admission is by check or cash, with 100 percent of donations going directly to the Food Bank. More nformation at 378-5360 and www.saintdavidsepiscopal.org.
Acoustic Duo Jay Ungar and Molly Mason
Saturday, April 6, 2013 @ 7:30 pm at the San Juan Community Theatre. Molly was a West Coast girl and he was a Bronx kid. Jay was raised on pop music of the 1940s and ‘50s. She had a fondness for traditional fiddle music. After meeting at a rural New York club and then marrying in 1991, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason continue to make music together, becoming one of the most celebrated duos on the American acoustic music scene. Not only have the two appeared in such national broadcasts as CBS Good Morning and All Things Considered and A Prairie Home Companion but their music has been included in several Ken Burns documentaries, including the selection of Jay’s “Ashokan Farewell” as the main theme of Burn’s landmark PBS documentary, The Civil War.Also enjoy a FREE Demo in the afternoon with Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Chief of Interpretation and Historian for SJI National Historical Park Mike Vouri and folk singer Mike Cohen in this close-up look at American folk music. The program melds with the Park’s ongoing efforts to explore the roots of the mid-19th century American folk traditions as interpreted through songs and dances that tell stories. It will include "Pickett's Irish" program wherein they’ll explore through folk songs the experience of the Irish in 19th antebellum America, Saturday, April 6 2:00 pm. More here...
Pints for Prostates
The Friday Harbor chapter of US TOO International is pleased to present a men’s health awareness event. Pints for Prostates will be reaching men through the universal language of beer at The Rumor Mill on Wed. April 3 starting at 7 p.m. The event will include live music featuring the Play-Rite Boys and The Duo-Tones, and information will be available for men about the importance of early detection. There will be a raffle with a prize of a 10 day European Beer Adventure in September that visits Amsterdam, Brussels, Cologne and Dusseldorf.
The Friday Harbor chapter meets the 4th Monday of every month at 6 PM at the Mullis Community Senior Center, providing men and their families with fellowship, peer counseling and timely, personalized, unbiased and reliable information about prostate cancer, enabling informed choices about detection, treatment options, and quality of life after treatment.
Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education & Support Network is a non-profit education and support group organization with more than 325 chapters throughout the world.
Jazzin’ It Up in Friday Harbor
This fundraiser for Friday Harbor’s Band Families and Friends brings “a bona fide player in the arena of straight-ahead jazz” (jazz.review.com) to the Whittier stage, at the San Juan Community Theatre, to mix it up with islanders Friday, March 29 at 7 pm. Steve Treseler joins the island’s One More Time Band and the Friday Harbor High School Jazz Band (under direction of Matt Frost) for this benefit concert.
Treseler leads the Steve Treseler Group and is a member of the Jim Knapp Orchestra, Wayne Horvitz's Washington Composers Orchestra (WACO), and the Seattle Minimalist Ensemble. Not only a rising star in the world of modern jazz, he’s also a teacher, with The University of Idaho and Central Washington University currently using Treseler’s new textbook, The Living Jazz Tradition: A Creative Guide to Improvisation and Harmony. More here...
Great Live Music at The Rumor Mill
Great live music this week again at The Rumor Mill! Wed. March 20th @ 7:30, Jake Beliveau, Ryan Browne, Ian Cooper and Avery Adams will be on the stage. Friday March 22nd catch The Tease starting @ 8:00. This hot, local band will hit the stage with a great show featuring tunes to get you up and dancing! Saturday March 23rd, don't miss T-FLO with Tony Floreno starting @ 8:00 and Sunday enjoy The San Juan Jazz Quintet starting at 6:30. For more information or to make reservations call The Rumor Mill at 378-5555. See more on our Rumor Mill Events page...
It's Happening at The Rumor Mill!
Amazing music this week at The Rumor Mill! on Wednesday March 13th @ 7:30. Friday March 15th don't miss the funky rock band, Avery Adams, Jake Beliveau, and Tawm Perkowski starting @ 7:30. Saturday March 16th, The Chameleons will help you celebrate Saint Patrick's Day starting @ 7:30 and rock band, The Hung White Ponies featuring Dave Krusen, Rick Rosas, Ryan Kralik, Michael Gilbert Ronstadt and James Holsopple will be playing Monday March 18th @ 7:30. For more info or to make reservations call The Rumor Mill at 378-5555. See more on the Rumor Mill Events page...
3rd Saturday Contra Dance
The Third Saturday Contra Dance is at the Friday Harbor Grange Hall, 152 N. First St. on Saturday, March 16th. The band is Clyde Curley and Friends and the caller is Mariah Pepper. It's going to be a good one! The dance runs from 7 till 9, $10 donation at the door, no partner needed, all dances taught. Please patronize the generous local sponsors - Friday Harbor Grange #966, Cafe Demeter, Pablito's Taqueria, and The Cask and Schooner. For more information call 378-3836.
Live Music at The Rumor Mill
Great music this week at The Rumor Mill! will be playing on Wednesday March 6th @ 7:30. Friday March 8th enjoy The Henry James Band starting @ 7:30 and Saturday March 9th, don't miss the Jangle Wagon Band starting @ 7:30. For more info or to make reservations call The Rumor Mill at 378-5555. See more on the Rumor Mill Events page...
The Jesus Chords Playing at Herbs Tavern
Don't miss local Friday Harbor band, The Jesus Chords featuring Erik Irving, Greg Irving, Gabe Maas and Jesse Kansanback, playing at Herb's Tavern this Saturday, March 9th. Music starts at 9:30. For more info call Herbs at 378-7076.
A San Juan Islanders Chamber Music Concert
Press Release: Nine musicians, a mezzo soprano, compositions from three islanders and international favorites including Mozart, Brahms and Verdi - a recipe for a one-of-a-kind music experience on San Juan Island. Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at the San Juan Community Theatre. After a very successful premiere concert last year, San Juan Islanders Chamber Music organizer and clarinetist Sue Collado has gathered another diverse group of island and mainland musicians for the chamber concert.
“We’ve got some of the same friends playing and have added some new friends,” Collado said. The concert features pianists Sonja Zarek, Carol Hooper, Dorothy Baker and Grisha Krivchenia as well as newcomers cellist Sasha von Dassow, flutist Pam Stewart, French hornist Tom Grauman, bassoonist Pat Nelson and sixth generation San Juan Islander and mezzo soprano Kathleen Wilson. All of the Northwest residents will join Collado to share both the small group and solo pieces. Continued here...
Sakura Songs and Stories of Japan with Susan Osborn
Friday, March 1, 7pm. A Concert in Celebration of the Coming of Spring. Presbyterian Church. Advance tickets at IMA, 370-5050 or Isle Be Jammin. Suggested Donation $15.00. Susan Osborn, a longtime resident of Orcas Island, has been traveling to Japan for the past 22 years as a concert and recording artist, photographer and teacher.
She received the Recordo Taisho for her first recording of traditional Japanese songs in English. Susan’s music has been featured in many commercials and films. This concert will feature many of those beautiful Japanese songs, and stories of her time as an ambassador in song, as well as original compositions influenced by the land and culture. Her most recent recording in Japan is called Kakehashi, which means “one who bridges”.
Join us for an evening of the celebration of the coming of spring and the beauty of Japanese culture as experienced and translated by an islander. Clock on the flyer to enlarge.
A Tribute To Jimi Hendrix at Rumor Mill Feb 27
Wednesday, February 27th 2013 starting at 8:00pm at The Rumor Mill. 'A Tribute To Jimi Hendrix', is a live performance three- piece ensemble Featuring Hunter Blake, bass guitar and backing vocals, B.C. Dolsen, drums and percussion, Carl Ray Blake, guitars and vocals and is dedicated to to the music of The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys.
From their vintage attire and outrageous choreography to their authentic period backline, this trio faithfully recreates the sounds, sight and feel of a Jimi Hendrix concert. Don't miss it! Video and more at Reverbnation. For more information or to make reservations call The Rumor Mill at 378-5555. See more on the Rumor Mill Events page...
Lloyd Jones Playing at The Rumor Mill Friday, March 1st
Don't miss the master of soul house blues, Lloyd Jones playing at The Rumor Mill Friday, March 1st @ 7:30. Portland, Oregon roots artist Lloyd Jones has recorded six critically acclaimed albums, toured internationally, and racked up dozens of major awards and accolades. He writes timeless music, steeped in a rich musical history that he’s learned, lived and loved over the years. “This is not a work of science,” he says. “It’s about attitude and joy that applies to all age groups. I’m addicted to this music.”
Jones has forged a 30-plus-year career as an impassioned singer and fierce guitar slinger, a clever and soulful songwriter, a bandleader, record producer, and an almost strident torchbearer for all that’s true and good about America’s music. Jones is his own true artist who works diligently at pushing American roots music forward. For more information or to make reservations call The Rumor Mill at 378-5555. See more on the Rumor Mill Events page...
On the Fly at The Rumor Mill
01/31/13 UPDATE: The Rumor Mill will be closed tonight and Trivia is CANCELLED. Too many of the staff are under the weather. Trivia Night will return next week, Thursday Feb. 7th.
This Week at The Rumor Mill
The Rumor Mill is re-opening, from their January break, Thursday, January 31st with Thursday Night Trivia and on Friday, February 1st they will be hosting Open Mike starting @ 7:30. The Rumor Mill will be closed Saturday, February 2nd for a private function, but re-opening again Sunday with The San Juan Jazz Quintet playing and they will start at 6:00. For more information or to make reservations call The Rumor Mill at 378-5555. See more on the Rumor Mill Events page...
The Birds of Chicago Coming to Friday Harbor
Allison Russel of Po' Girl and JT Nero of JT & The Clouds are flying our way. Friday, January 18th 2013 at the Friday Harbor Grange 152 N 1st Street. Doors Open At 7pm and tunes begin at 7:30pm. $10-15 sliding scale at the door. CDs from this new adventure will be available!
Birds of Chicago is a collective based around JT Nero and Allison Russell. Whether touring as duo or with the full family band, Nero and Russell have emerged as two of the most compelling new voices in North American Roots music. Check out their website at http://birdsofchicago.com
3rd Saturday Contra Dance
The Third Saturday Contra Dance is at the Friday Harbor Grange Hall, Saturday, Jan. 19th. The band is Ms.Behavin from Bellingham featuring three talented lady musicians. The caller is a big favorite from Anacortes, Cindy Holmes.
The dance runs from 7 till 9, $10 donation at the door, no partner needed, all dances taught. Please patronize the generous local sponsors - Friday Harbor Grange #966, Cafe Demeter, Pablito's Taqueria, and The Cask and Schooner. For more information call 378-3836.
Spend New Years Eve in Friday Harbor
Rock in the New Year in Friday Harbor, Monday, December 31st, 2012! Herb's Tavern has the The Black Vinyl All Stars starting at 9:30. The Black Vinyl All Stars are a rock n roll cover band specializing in Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and The Who. Past sets have also included the music of Black Sabbath, Rush, Allman Brothers, Boston, ZZ Top, Deep Purple and others. For more info call Herbs at 378-7076.
The Chameleons are at The Rumor Mill starting at 9:00. play a mix of familiar rock and pop tunes from the 80’s, up through the present. Their show is chock full of danceable songs along with a fun, entertaining style. This dynamic band features Dan Deshon, Kira Sable, Michael Linehan and Darvis Taylor. For more info or to make reservations call The Rumor Mill at 378-5555.
And ring in the New Year with the Badd Dog Blues Society at The American Legion. Members and Guests only, show starts at 8:30. Bellingham band, Badd Dog Blues Society formed in 1995 and tours steadily, working three to four nights a week from the mountains to the islands and back again. More on our New Years Eve Happenings page...
Community New Year's Eve Party
Monday, December 31st, 2012. Free! 7-9pm at the Mullis Center, 589 Nash St. Friday Harbor. Bring in the New Year with family, friends, and neighbors! Island Rec and the San Juan Island Prevention Coalition jointly offer this alcohol-free community party.
Music, entertainment, dancing, games, contests, and activities provide fun for all ages. The clocks will be set to Eastern Standard Time to ring in the New Year! Youth under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Bring a savory or sweet snack to share! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 360-378-4953 for more info.
Winter Classical Concert
Grisha Krivchenia presents original compositions and works by Frederic Chopin and Philip Glass. Saturday, December 29th, 2012 7:00-8:30pm. Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church 425 Spring St. Friday Harbor. Great music and a great excuse to get out of the house during the holidays! Concert will benefit two island music education initiatives, MELA and The Very Young People's Concert Series. Call 378-4544 for more info.
Great Live Music at The Rumor Mill
It's Blues Night at The Rumor Mill on Wednesday Dec. 26th @ 6:30 with the Steve Keys Blues Trio featuring Cecil Demeerleer, Roger McGilvrey and Steve Keys and it's also All You Can Eat Spaghetti Night for $10.95! Friday Dec. 28th come down to see The One More Time Band starting @ 7:30 and Saturday Dec. 29th, don't miss a great acoustic show with John Rankin starting @ 7:30. See more on our Rumor Mill Events page...
Henry James Band, Wingers, Doug & Cecil at The Rumor Mill
Great music this week at The Rumor Mill! The Henry James Band will be playing on Wednesday Dec. 19 @ 6:30. Friday Dec. 21 enjoy The Wingers starting @ 7:30 and Saturday Dec. 22, don't miss starting @ 7:30. For more info or to make reservations call The Rumor Mill at 378-5555. More here..
Hosting End of The World Party
The Chameleons are playing at Herbs Tavern 2 nights, Friday Dec. 21 for the end of the world- and if we all make it through the night in one piece, celebrating the fact that the world is still rotating on Saturday night, Dec. 22. Party like there's no to-Maya! Music starts both nights at 9:30. For more info call Herbs at 378-7076.
Stanley & Kip Greenthal at Isle Be Jammin'
Thursday, December 20th at 7:00 PM at Isle Be Jammin' 310-B Spring Street, Friday Harbor. Tickets $12, on sale at the Isle Be Jammin' store or by phone (360) 378-5151. Celebrate the winter solstice with instrumental music, songs and poetry. Stanley and Kip Greenthal, with special guests Jamie Laval and Christos Govetas will perform spirited instrumentals with traditional and original songs of the season.
Internationally acclaimed songwriter and instrumentalist Stanley Greenthal stretches musical borders from Scotland, Ireland and Brittany to Greece and the Balkans. He sings and plays guitar, bouzouki, laouto and lavta (Greek and Turkish lutes), while Kip Greenthal adds harmony vocal and percussion. Sparked by Jamie’s soulful, fiery violin playing, and Christos’s hypnotic clarinet and oud, Scottish pipe marches, Breton round dances, and Cretan syrtos create an amazing evening of music.
The Overman Family Christmas Concert
Monday, December 17 @ 6:00pm at the Island Community Church, located at 127 A Gilbert Lane off of San Juan Valley Road. Bring family and friends to enjoy an old-fashioned yet timeless musical gift. Hear the colorful sounds of a chamber orchestra and the rich, harmonious tones of an a cappella choir. Both are performed by this talented family of musicians from Arlington that has been likened to the Von Trapp Family singers.The Overman Family performs the very best of Christmas selections including: O Little Town of Bethlehem, Away in a Manger, Stille Nacht and Corelli’s “Christmas” Concerto Grosso No. 8. A freewill offering will be taken to cover the family’s travel expenses.
San Juan Singers Holiday Concert, Celtic-Style!
Press Release: Directed by Angel Michaels. At the San Juan Community Theatre, Saturday, December 15 @ 7:30 pm. Sunday, December 16 @ 2:00 pm. Adults $17.00. Students $9.00. $5 RUSH. Put a twinkle in your eye and a lilt in your laughter! San Juan Singers celebrate this winter season with a Celtic flair: carols old and new accompanied by the sweet sounds of harp, fiddle, small pipes and Irish flute.
Guests Mary WillAllen and Guthrie Burnett-Tison will chase away the winter chill with dancing accompaniments to your favorite holiday songs. Other holiday favorites featured include “Christmas Day: A Choral Fantasy” by Gustav Holst, “O Magnum Mysterium,” by Morten Lauridsen, and carol settings by John Rutter. Directed by Angel Michaels, accompanied on organ and piano by Jenepher Reeves, this concert is one for the entire family to enjoy. Reserve your tickets now. More here...
Great Live Music at The Rumor Mill
Great music this week at The Rumor Mill! Tom Henry, Kate Schuman and Special Guest Bernie Nelson will be performing Nashville Bluebird style on Wednesday Dec. 12th @ 6:30. For those whom have never been to the Bluebird, the songwriters are setup in a circle (dance floor at Rumor Mill that night) and tables surround them. Close in and more intimate.
Friday Dec. 14th enjoy a Big Band Christmas with The One More Time Band starting @ 6:30 and Saturday Dec. 15th, don't miss The Chameleonsstarting @ 8:00. For more info or to make reservations call The Rumor Mill at 378-5555. See more on our Rumor Mill Events page...
Live Music at The Rumor Mill
It's Blues Night at The Rumor Mill on Wednesday Dec. 5th @ 6:30 with the Steve Keys Blues Trio featuring Cecil Demeerleer, Roger McGilvrey and Steve Keys with special guest Teddy Deane and it's also All You Can Eat Spaghetti Night for $10.95! Friday Dec. 7th come on in for Open Mike starting @ 7:30 and Saturday Dec. 8th, don't miss the lively quartet, Los Hermanos from Lopez Island. They will bring some Latin groove starting @ 7:30. For more info or to make reservations call The Rumor Mill at 378-5555. See more on our Rumor Mill Events page...
San Juan Community Theatre's Holiday Festival
Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 5:00 pm at the San Juan Community Theatre. All tickets are $85, on sale now! Call the Box Office at 378-3210 378-3211 X 32. While the Festival is all about the FUN in fundraising, its mission is a very important one—being the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Theatre! Auctioneer John Curley returns to keep the live auction buzzing and laughter flowing. There will be an exciting array of great escapes, exotic dinners, home services and fine art are up for grabs in both the live auction and silent auction. Click HERE to see both the Live Auction catalog and the Silent Auction Catalog.Fine wine, gourmet appetizers and live cooking supper stations from Roche Harbor Resort’s Executive Chef, Bill Shaw and staff and Live music from island favorites Susan Williams and Keith Busha; vibes player Hawk Arps of Lopez; dancing with the Chameleons and special opening numbers from the multi-talented Jill and Andy Urbach and The Lisa Duke Dancers. Click on the flyer to enlarge. More here...
Big Band and Blues at The Rumor Mill
It's Blues Night at The Rumor Mill on Wednesday Nov. 28 @ 6:30. Teddy Deane will be joining the Steve Keys Blue Trio on various saxophones, clarinet, flute, whistles, and whatever else he can come up with, and it's All You Can Eat Spaghetti Night for $10.95! Friday Nov. 30 come down to see The One More Time Band starting @ 7:30 and Saturday Dec 1, don't miss The Fabulous Rhythmatics starting @ 7:30. For more info or to make reservations call The Rumor Mill 378-5555. See more on our Rumor Mill Events page...
Flowmotion as The True Spokes Return to Friday Harbor
The True Spokes formally known as Flowmotion, will be playing Saturday November 24th, 2012 @ 8:00 at The Rumor Mill! The band has a long history with San Juan Island and is looking forward to their second performance at The Rumor Mill as The True Spokes. Through a decade of fearless, seat-of-the-pants music-making, countless live performances, and a handful of beloved albums, the Seattle quintet has developed that rare, magnetic combination of radio-ready songcraft and transportive instrumental chops. Through their annual Summer Meltdown festival—held in the beautiful Cascade mountains 13 years running—they've cultivated a legion of die-hard fans thirsty for unique music uniquely performed. Theirs is a musical ethos that's both timeless and totally of the moment.
After all that history, the moment demands a fresh start. Which is why they are the True Spokes, not Flowmotion, as the band was known for the first ten years of its life. Flowmotion is now the True Spokes. The name change coincides with the release of their eponymous album and the timing couldn't be better. More here...
Awna Teixeira Solo CD Release Concert at The Grange
Awna Teixeira, an up and coming “Queen of Roots Music” will grace us with an afternoon concert to wrap up our Thanksgiving weekend in style with community. Sunday Nov. 25th, 2012 at the San Juan Grange Hall (152 First St N) Tickets $10. Doors open at 4pm, one solid set 4:30-6:00pm. CDs will be available. If you saw Po’ Girl a couple years back on the island, you have already been touched by Awna’s delightful & resonant voice and skillful artistry on the banjo, guitar, accordion, gut bucket and ukulele…to name but a few of her instrumental pals.
Taking a break from touring with Po’ Girl, Awna has stepped out on her own with a debut solo album: Where the Darkness Goes, a mixture of all her musical influences and instruments she plays, the album takes you from old time mountain music to Accordion driven European folk. Her songs paint images in your mind as she reaches out with genuine honesty and a “unique rootsy amalgamate of beautiful sounds” that you’ll just have to hear for yourself to appreciate.
3rd Saturday Contra Dance
3rd Saturday Contra Dance at the SJI Grange Hall. Sat. November 17th, 7-9p.m. Jay Finkelstein (from Seattle) calling with Hands Four (from SJI): Jim & Katy Nollman on mandolin and piano, Val and White & Malcolm Suttles on fiddle and guitar, and special guest Sally White on fiddle. All welcome. No partners or experience needed. All dances taught. $10/person donation. Info. 378-3836.
Chamber Music San Juans
Chamber Music San Juans' final concert of its silver anniversary season at the San Juan Community Theatre: Saturday, Nov. 10th. 2012 @ 7:30. brings together a trio of CMSJ veterans for a concert brimming with ones, twos and threes-that is, solos, duos and trios- for clarinet, cello and piano. Joining clarinetist and artistic director Patricia Kostek will be pianist Bruce Vogt and cellist Rowena Hammill.Appearing regularly in concert within Canada, Vogt has also inspired audiences in England, the USA, China, and Japan. His CMSJ Portrait of Liszt recital in 2011 enthralled the Whittier audience. A native of Australia, Hammill has performed in several CMSJ concerts, including with Odeonquartet. A former member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, she now divides her time between the Northwest and California and has played on hundreds of film and television soundtracks. Continued here...
Irish Acoustic Quintet Lunasa at SJC Theatre
Press Release: Saturday, November 3, 2012 @ 7:30 at the San Juan Community Theatre. Adults $29. Student Reserved $15. RUSH: $5. Ireland’s newest “supergroup”...the hottest Irish acoustic band on the planet - Irish Voice. Named for an ancient Celtic festival in honor of the Irish god “Lugh,” patron of the arts, Lúnasa has quickly become one of the most sought-after bands on the international music scene. The quintet’s inventive arrangement and bass-driven grooves are moving Irish acoustic music into new territory, redefining Irish music by going right to the heart of its rhythms. The result is a sound that, though distinctly Irish in flavor, touches on jazz and other improvisational music forms.
The band made its worldwide recording debut in 1997, with Lúnasa, a mix of concert and studio tracks from their first year of touring together. The album became an instant best-seller in Ireland. Soon after, they were touring Europe, Japan and Australia; their first American tour featured sold-out shows and rave reviews. “A standing room only crowd in New York confirmed Lúnasa’s reputation,” wrote the Irish Voice.
Country Songstress Carolyn Mark Coming to Friday Harbor
Friday, November 2, 2012 Friday Harbor welcomes Carolyn Mark and the New Best Friends, with special guest Hank Pine starting at 8pm at The Rumor Mill. Carolyn's gigs are "known for their off-balance candor and ribald humor as much as the homespun tunes. Go for the music, stay for the dirty jokes" - Metromix New York.
Carolyn Mark is preparing to release her 8th full-length record (9th if you count her album with Neko Case as The Corn Sisters, 10th if you include her compilation soundtrack for Robert Altman's film, "Nashville"). Her new album will be called The Queen of Vancouver Island and released on September 18th, 2012 on her longtime label, Mint Records. Carolyn's last release, Let's Just Stay Here, that she co-wrote with NQ Arbuckle, was nominated for a Juno award and this will be the official follow-up. Much more @ http://www.carolynmark.com/
The Good Husbands Playing in Friday Harbor on Halloween
The Good Husbands are coming home to Friday Harbor to play a show on Halloween night, October 31st, 2012! Doors open at 8:00, show starts at 8:30 at the San Juan County Fairgrounds. $12 at the door. All ages. Don't miss it! You can RSVP to this event on Facebook. Continued here...
Dia De Los Muertos Festival
Celebration of the Day of the Dead. Sunday, October 28, 2012. 4:00pm until 7:00pm at Dance Workshop II 15 Second St. North, Friday Harbor. Live music and Folk dancers. Mexican food, drinks and desserts for sale. Ofrenda display and art work. Catrina costume contest! Fun for the whole family! $5 admission. Fund raising event, please support your local volunteer dance groups. More info here...
The Chameleons featuring Dan Deshon, Kira Sable, Michael Linehan and Darvis Taylor will be rocking Herbs Tavern, Friday & Saturday, Oct. 19th & 20th @ 9:00pm. Montana Indie-rock band returns to The Rumor Mill on Friday & Saturday, Oct. 19th & 20th @ 7:30pm. American Keith Knight and Canadian Don Alder join guitar forces for a high-energy concert Friday, October 19th, 2012 @ 7:30 pm at the San Juan Community Theatre and the 3rd Saturday Contra Dance at the SJI Grange Hall, Sat. Oct. 20th @ 7pm.
Extreme Guitar Duo at SJC Theatre
Press Release: American Keith Knight and Canadian Don Alder join guitar forces for a high-energy concert Friday, October 19th, 2012 @ 7:30 pm at the San Juan Community Theatre. Alder combines fingerpicking with simultaneous percussion on the soundboard while Knight showcases his versatility on a wide range of guitars and mandolin. Their acoustic collaboration covers a variety of music genres, from modern fingerstyle guitar to tapping, Appalachian, delta/ragtime blues and calypso.
Alder, who is also a singer and recording artist, has won several guitar competitions, including the International Fingerstyle Guitar Championship; he has also appeared on Canada’s Got Talent . Guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and recording artist Knight has shared the stage with such musicians as The Smothers Brothers and Melanie. In addition to the SJCT performance, the duo will present an outreach program to island schools thanks to a generous grant from the San Juan Island Community Foundation. Video and more here...