Edmonds concert series span the musical spectrum | HeraldNet.com

Edmonds’ annual summer concert series begins Sunday at City Park with a performance by the Cliff Perry Band, a traditional bluegrass ensemble that performed at this year’s Folklife Festival.

The city’s free music series continues through Aug. 26 with a mix of jazz, rhythm and blues, and zydeco groups.

Edmonds own Gothard Sisters are scheduled on Aug. 19. Their latest album of traditional Celtic music, “Midnight Sun,” reached No. 6 on Billboard’s world music chart.

The Sunday performances are just part of the summer free music programming, with groups scheduled at noon on Tuesdays and 5 p.m. Thursdays at Hazel Miller Plaza.

Overall, 19 free performances are scheduled.

The summer performances are part of a long tradition in Edmonds of providing free musical events.

The first concerts, called Summer Sounds on the Sound, began in 1983. They moved to City Park in 1990.

“We’re an art-centric community, and we like to celebrate the arts in all its forms,” said Laurie Rose a program specialist for the Edmonds Arts Commission, which coordinates the events.

The seven-week series at City Park also includes one non-musical performance. Seattle Shakespeare Co.’s production of “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” on July 22.

The Shakespeare group has brought its productions to Edmonds for three years. “People love it,” Rose said. Audience members should be prepared for actors who don’t always limit their performances to the stage.

“Sometimes, all of a sudden, they’ll come running from behind the audience up to the stage,” Rose said.

In addition to the seven park concerts on Sundays, there are a dozen other events at noon Tuesdays and on Thursday evenings.

Some of the Tuesday noon events at Hazel Miller Plaza include programming for kids. The Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre production of “Stellaluna” is scheduled on July 24, based on the book by Janell Cannon, and the self-described kiddie rock band Harmonica Pocket plays Aug. 14.

The Thursday evening performances at the plaza include Rouge, which describes itself as “France with a jazzy American twist,” to Maya Soleil, performing African music and dance.

The goal of the summer events is to present programs with a broad range of cultural backgrounds and musical styles, as well as other performances, said Frances White Chapin, the city’s arts and cultural manager.

“There’s something for everybody of all ages and backgrounds,” she said. “That’s a wonderful contribution for the whole community.”

Sharon Salyer: 425-339-3486 or [email protected]

If you go

The Sunday concert series is 3 to 4 p.m. July 15 to Aug. 26 at City Park, Third Avenue S. and Pine Street in Edmonds.

The Tuesday concert series is noon to 1 p.m. July 17 to Aug. 21 at Hazel Miller Plaza, Fifth Avenue and Maple Street.

The Thursday concert series is 5 to 6:30 p.m. July 19 to Aug. 23 at Fifth Avenue S. and Maple Street.

All events are free. The Tuesday and Thursday concerts take place rain or shine. Sunday’s concerts are canceled by rain.

Go to www.edmondswa.gov/summer-concerts.html for more information.

City Park Sunday Concerts

July 15: The Cliff Perry Band,bluegrass

July 22: Seattle Shakespeare Co., “The Merry Wives of Windsor.”

July 29: Bayou Envie, zydeco

Aug. 5: Global Heat, neo-soul/R&B

Aug. 12: Jazz Underground, big band jazz

Aug. 19: The Gothard Sisters, Celtic music

Aug. 26: Scott Lindemuth Group, contemporary instrumental

Hazel Miller Plaza Lunchtime Concerts

July 17: Cascade Percussion Ensemble, percussion

July 24: Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre, “Stellaluna”

July 31: Choroloco, Brazilian jazz

Aug. 7: Cosmo’s Dream, Americana

Aug 14: The Harmonica Pocket, kiddie rock

Aug 21: The Misadventures of ARR, pirate comedy

Hazel Miller Plaza Evening Concerts

July 19: Rouge, Parisian music

July 26: Classic Klezmer Trio, orchestral

Aug. 2: IvyLane, acoustic duo

Aug. 9: Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons, American roots

Aug. 16: Maya Soleil, African music

Aug 23: Tiller’s Folly, Americana

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