2016 Festival Performance Schedule (2017 Schedule Coming in April)

Saturday June 25

Showmobile – Outdoor Stage

10:30am • Festival Welcome & Awards Presentation
11:00am • InterMuse Productions →  World Music & Dance
12:00pm • Greg Schroeder Trio → Variety 
1:00pm • Portage Bay Big Band  Jazz, Swing, & all the favorites 
2:00pm • SuperSones  Cuban
3:30pm • Pat McHenry → Jazz/Country
5:00pm Sundae & Mr. Goessl → Vintage Pop

Senior Center Beer Garden Stage

1:00pmInFolkmotion Cloggers → Dance
1:30pm Ed Cruver → Piano
2:00pm • Marilyn Torvik → Piano
3:00pm • Jim PageFolk/Americana
4:00pm • Hokulani’s Hula Studio & the Kupunas → Dance
5:00pm • Ronnda Cadle  Accoustic Guitar

Auditorium

1pm  • Missoula Children’s Theatre   The Frog Prince

 


New-AWofA-FlyerCover-GC7-X1INTERMUSE PRODUCTIONS

InterMuse Productions is a company focusing on celebrating and discovering diversity through beautiful music and dances from all over the world. Its main group, A World of Art, comprises several talented musicians and dancers from many different ethnicities. The group has successfully performed at many renowned venues in the Puget Sound, captivating an ever growing audience.

 

 

 

GREG SCHROEDER TRIO
Gregory Schroeder is an explorer, singer/song writer, band leader and entertainer but is most revered as one of the regions most versatile trombone voices. The Seattle Symphony, the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, musicals at the Fifth Avenue, Paramount, and the ACT Theatre as well as shows at Jazz Alley are some of the organizations he has been employed by.

He has opened for comedians such as Bob Hope, Joan Rivers, George Burns and Phillis Diller, backed up singers covering the spectrum from Natalie Cole and Ernestine Anderson to Barry Manilow and the Osmond’s to Duff McKagan as well as dancers Tommy Tune and Sandy Duncan. He’s proudly performed with composers, arrangers and band leaders such as John Clayton, Johnny Mandel, Bob Folds, Bob Florence, Gerald Wilson, Steve Allen, Bill Holman, Maria Schneider and Bob Mintzer as well as pop artists Randy Newman, The Four
Tops, the Temptations etc. He currently tours with the Harry James Orchestra lead by Fred Radke and can be heard on two of their CD releases. Like clock work you can see him performing in late July with the Jazz Port Townsend Faculty All-Star Big Band under various guest directors.

PORTAGE BAY BIG BAND
Seattle’s Hardest Working Big Band. The Portage Bay Big Band has been Swinging for over Twenty five years!

 

supersonesSUPERSONES
SuperSones play the sublime music known as Son – the acoustic dance music of the Cuban countryside that inspired modern Salsa. Son is a unique blend of Spanish guitars and harmony, Afro-Cuban percussion and swing, call-and-response singing, and trumpet improvisation. From the 1930’s in Havana to the present moment, Cuban septets like SuperSones have inspired people around the world to dance and celebrate.

 

PatMcHenryPAT McHENRY
McHenry’s  latest album, Chinook Hooks, self-produced and recorded in Seattle at Brother Man Studio, represents his southern roots and songwriting prowess, displaying an incredible ability to genre-jump into a traditional ’60s country groove from previous latin jazz-pop. It is a healthy dose of Honky Tonk with All American Rock aftertastes, relatable story telling, catchy melodies, and winsome composition. Pat’s music has been featured on TV, Radio, Independent movies, and a few commercials (Comcast, Foxnews, MTV). His latest sync with ABC’s Cougar Town featured a song he wrote, for a previous album, called ‘Go On Go On’. His original song ‘Precious Thing’ was featured in Global Credit Union’s 2014 credit card campaign.

 

Photo by Rick Wait

Photo by Rick Wait

SUNDAE & MR. GOESSL
A husband/wife duo playing a mix of genres from an era long gone. Reviving great composers like Duke Ellington, the Gershwin brothers and Cole Porter, this duo takes it upon themselves to arrange every nuance and create their own fresh take on these classic tunes.

Sundae + Mr. Goessl play a variety of venues with a wonderful mix of tunes ranging from 1930-1960. From small wedding ceremonies to opera houses, this duo has done it all! With so much experience (over 200 shows!) and their very own pro sound system (thanks QES and Mackie!) it’s no wonder they are in such high demand around the PNW.

 

Sunday, June 26

Showmobile – Outdoor Stage

11:00am • Strum → Ukulele Band
12:00pm • Naomi Wachira → Seattle Weekly’s “Best Folk Singer”
1:00pm • Geoffrey Castle → Electric Violin

2:30pm • Rik Wright  Jazz
4:00pm • Champagne Sunday  Alternative

Senior Center Beer Garden Stage

1:00pm • Ronnda Cadle  Acoustic Guitar
2:00pm • Lynn & Dave Cheeney→ Americana
3:00pm • Suekulele and Niels Andersen  Ukulele & Dulcimer
4:00pm • Seattle Chinese Waist Drum Dance Group→ Dance

 

 

 

 

STRUM
Seattle’s Totally Relaxed Ukulele Musicians, STRUM, are ukulele players of all levels who join together to create music for all to enjoy…and are totally relaxed doing it. As Jake Shimabukuro, ukulele zen master, says…”If everyone played the ukulele, the world would be a better place”…Mahalo!

Live at Choices, Nairobi KE, 2015

Live at Choices, Nairobi KE, 2015

NAOMI WACHIRA
There’s no doubt that there’s a better future in store for Naomi, especially after her great breakout year in 2013. Named the Best Folk Singer in Seattle by alt publication Seattle Weekly and featured on their cover, Naomi became the toast of the town, which in turn led to a friendship with the much-loved indie songwriter Damien Jurado, who came onboard to produce this album. Other key collaborators that Naomi brought in, renowned Seattle bassist Evan Flory-Barnes, cellist Natalie Hall (Macklemore), drummer Darren Reynolds (Patrick & The Locomotive), and Latin percussionist Lalo Bello, all brought their own ideas to the accompaniment, guided by Jurado’s desire to keep the music as vibrantly alive as possible. The result is Naomi Wachira’s debut full-length, a portrait of a Kenyan artist at home in the Pacific Northwestern United States.

 

GCastle-Press-Table-300dpiGEOFFREY CASTLE
Geoffrey Castle is a pioneer on the electric six-string violin. From his beginnings as a street musician in New York City and Paris, he rose to play in the Tony Award winning Broadway production of M. Butterfly. A theme of Castle’s career is to destroy people’s pre-conceived notions of what is possible on a violin, which he does every time he takes the stage. A bandleader and solo artist—with several critically acclaimed releases on his own Twisted Fiddle Music label—Geoffrey Castle has also managed to share stages with an illustrious group of musicians including Blues Traveler, all of the original and current members of Heart, Buddy Miles, and Alan White of Yes.

 

RIK WRIGHTRIK WRIGHT
Rik Wright is a true musical chameleon: adapting to a range of colors and musical attitudes, all rooted in the same body of influences. Of those influences, the fortunate listener will discern a jazz foundation, a solid infrastructure of rock, and binding it all, a voice so original that it cannot be called either. As a guitarist Wright has incorporated a variety of styles—often subconsciously—ranging from Andy Summers of The Police to John Abercrombie. Compositionally speaking, he hangs with a different crowd, mingling with the spirits of Mingus, Monk, and Miles. Of this alliterative trio, the last has been a conscious inspiration in terms of process. In fact, as becomes obvious once you acclimate to its flow, Wright’s improvising strikes more of an affinity with horn players than guitarists. An intervallic, melodic player at heart, he prefers his wheat brewed, not shredded.

CHAMPAGNE SUNDAY
Endearingly labeled as “Pearl Jam meets Bette Midler”, Champagne Sunday began in Ventura, CA, in 2005 migrating up to the Pacific Northwest in recent years. Husband and wife members Jessi and Jared Fredeen have been tearing up stages and crowds nationwide with their unique upbeat, roller coaster style shows, firing off gypsy-punk rock songs alongside everything from intimate tear-jerkers to anthemic foot-stompers. This act has a ton of energy, heart, and talent that makes for an engaging, powerful show.

Together, Jessi and Jared have been able to create a sound that’s totally unique, fun, and captivating, with a show that packs the power of an entire orchestra.