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FREE, pre-festival performance Experience the raw energy of hip-hop artist Mane Rok at a FREE prefestival kick-off event. Rok will take the stage at Vern Burton Community Center, 308 E. Fourth St. in Port Angeles, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23. Denver hip-hop artist Mane Rok comes to the Juan de Fuca Festival in the unique position of being a grant recipient from the Western States Arts Federation, which awarded him with a $3,000 Music on Tour award in 2012. He comes to the Juan de Fuca Festival from a tour that just included gigs in Bozeman, Mont., Spokane, Seattle, Kingston, Olympia, Everett and Portland, Ore. From Port Angeles, he moves on to Jerome, Idaho, and Salt Lake City. According to ColoradoMusicBuzz.com, Rok (formerly of Ideal Ideologies) and Inkline, along with DJ Tense (also of the Crunk Brothers deejay collective), “combine innovative music and rhymes that mix the best of battle raps and socialism. This is Run-DMC for a new millennium. Rok has a history of battling, having completed in several Sribble Jam competitions and appearing on the Showtime-produced “The Next Episode.”
Creativity blooms at The Art Shack!
Hayley Croxford, a jewelry designer who grew up in Port Angeles, drew on her feelings for her hometown and her experiences at music festivals around the West to create the 2013 Juan de Fuca Festival poster. Croxford’s image appears in windows around the North Olympic Peninsula, on T-shirts and other festival promotional materials. Dan Maguire, festival director, and a committee of festival connoisseurs thought the poster was just right for promoting the more than 50 musical acts headed for Port Angeles for Memorial Day weekend, May 24-27.
Located inside the entryway to the Vern Burton Center, The Art Shack is where many local artists display paintings, sculptures and more. Many paintings will be created during the festival by some of its most creative artists. All of the art is available for sale. A festival pass is necessary to visit The Art Shack.
to learn more about the program. 1:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. — The Lost Art of Hand Lettering with Jackson Smart With the coming of the technological age, hand lettering is a dying art. This workshop will bring back the glories of letterform, kerning, color mixing, different types of brushes, different fonts and more.
1 p.m. to 4 p.m. — Effective Marketing for Musicians/Artists with Professor Storm Gloor Artists, particularly musicians, won’t want to miss this workshop on the latest trends and strategies related to achieving one’s goals as an artist, including the challenges of making a living in the digital age. Gloor is a professor in the College of Arts and Music at the University of Colorado and vice president of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association. This workshop will be held at the Chamber Stage and is funded by the Western States Arts Federation.
Noon to 1 p.m. — Introduction to Creative Arts Summer Camp with Kayla Oakes For children ages 5 to 10, this summer arts camp is scheduled mornings from Monday, July 29 to Aug. 2, from 9 a.m. to noon. The camp will focus on dance, theater and visual arts. The workshop will allow attendees
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Noon to 1 p.m. — Drum Workshop with Zorina Wolf Wolf, a student of late drum master, Baba Olatunji, is the founder of Village Heartbeat and developer of the Whole Person Drumming curricula. Through Village Heartbeat, Wolf offers a variety of workshops throughout North America. 1:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. — Art Factory with Melissa Klein This workshop challenges and inspires participants to look at creating art from the inside-out, using secrets of visual perception, classic exercises and brain research. The Art Factory is a series of selfdirected work stations. Klein teaches commercial art at Lincoln High School in Port Angeles.
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. — Craft Card Making with Amber Roundtree Tired of cookie-cutter cards? Learn how to make simple and inexpensive yet beautiful and personalized cards for all occasions.
You can purchase two types of JFFA tickets: an all-festival pass, which gets you into all four days of the festival and is your best deal, or a daily ticket. Only the four-day passes can be purchased in advance. Daily tickets can be purchased at any JFFA ticket venue during the festival. Kids 12 and younger always are free!
TICKET PRICES All-festival pass: $50 in advance until May 23 $60 at the gate (Juan de Fuca Foundation for the Arts member rate: $50) Daily tickets: $20 for Friday, May 24 $25 for Saturday, May 25 $25 for Sunday, May 26 $20 for Monday, May 27
IMPORTANT NOTE All-festival passes must be exchanged for festival wristbands, which will be available at the ticket booth Friday starting at noon and Saturday starting at 10:30 a.m.
WHERE TO GET YOUR TICKETS Order online at www.jffa.org with your Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express. Or call 1-800-838-3006. Purchase passes at the following locations: • Port Book and News, 104 E. First St., Port Angeles. Phone 360-452-6367. • Pacific Mist Books, 121 W. Washington St., Sequim. Phone 360-683-1396.
AFTER FESTIVAL, THE MUSIC CONTINUES! Did you know that the Juan de Fuca Festival holds concerts year-round? Its 2013-2014 concert series program will be available at the festival information booth. And, look for it in the Peninsula Daily News in June. 2013 July 27: Men of Worth Aug. 3: The Slide Brothers Sept. 21: Everything Fitz Oct. 12: Maria in the Shower Nov. 17: California Guitar Trio & Montreal Guitar Trio Dec. 15: Geoffrey Castle Celtic Christmas 2014 Jan. 31: Cirque Ziva March 2: Ruth Moody April 4: Harlem Gospel Choir For more information on seasonal concerts, go to www.jfffa.org.
festival stage schedule FRIDAY, MAY 24
1:30 p.m. — Tony Furtado Band 3 p.m. — Delhi 2 Dublin 4:30 p.m. — Groove For Thought 6 p.m. — LoCura 7:30 p.m. — Mark Lewis Quartet 9 p.m. — Balance Dance Company
CHAMBER STAGE 4:30 p.m. — Julia Maguire 5:45 p.m. — Kate Lynne Logan 7 p.m. — Coyote Grace 8 p.m. — The Barbary Ghosts
ELKS STAGE 2 12:45 p.m. — Zumba 2:15 p.m. — Kate Lynne Logan 3:30 p.m. — Shula Azhar 4:45 p.m. — Sarah Shea
MAIN STAGE 5:30 p.m. — Mane Rok 7 p.m. — Shook Twins 8:30 p.m. —Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars
SATURDAY, MAY 25
MAIN STAGE Noon — Stevens Middle School Jazz Band 1:15 p.m. — Henrik Bothe 2:30 p.m. — Coyote Grace 4 p.m. — Mark Lewis Quartet 5:30 p.m. — Tony Furtado Band 7 p.m. — Groove For Thought 8:30 p.m. — Delhi 2 Dublin CHAMBER STAGE 12:30 p.m. — Scott Cook 1:45 p.m. — Sarah Shea 2:45 p.m. — The Burren Boys 4:15 p.m. — Tom May 5:45 p.m. — The Barbary Ghosts 7 p.m. — Jeffrey Martin 8:15 p.m. — Brooks Robertson ELKS STAGE Noon — Shane Philip
ELKS STAGE 2 1 p.m. — Julia Maguire 2:15 p.m. — Beth Wood 3:30 p.m. — Jeffrey Martin 4:45 p.m. — Nathaniel Talbot
MONDAY, MAY 27
SUNDAY, MAY 26
MAIN STAGE Noon — The Lorentzens 1:30 p.m. — The Sam Chase 2:45 p.m. — David Jacobs-Strain 4:15 p.m. — Polecat 5:45 p.m. — Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole closing ceremony
MAIN STAGE Noon — The Lorentzens 1:15 p.m. — Tears of Joy Theatre 3 p.m. — LoCura 4:30 p.m. — Oliver Swain 6 p.m.— The Sam Chase 7:30 p.m. — Houston Jones 9 p.m. — The Slide Brothers
CHAMBER STAGE Noon — Witherow 1 p.m. — Erin Hennessey/David Rivers 2 p.m. — Paul Chasman & the Pillars of Power 3:15 p.m. — Twisted Roots 4:30 p.m. — Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole
CHAMBER STAGE 12:30 p.m. — Therapy Session 1:45 p.m. — Impossible Bird 3 p.m. — Nathaniel Talbot 4:15 p.m. — Beth Wood 5:45 p.m. — Shane Philip 7 p.m. — Oliver Swain 8:15 p.m. — Damonde Tschritter ELKS STAGE Noon — The Slide Brothers Sacred Steel Gospel Set 1:30 p.m. — Houston Jones
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3 p.m. — Scott Cook Band 4:30 p.m. — Balance Dance Company 6 p.m. — Impossible Bird 7:15 p.m. — Tango dance with Tangoheart
For more information about performers and performances, visit www.jffa.org.
Welcome to the 20th-anniversary festival and season of the Juan de Fuca Foundation for the Arts. Our new name and logo exemplifies what a long and amazing journey it has been.
Stage locations The main festival grounds are at the Vern Burton Community Center, 308 E. Fourth St. in Port Angeles. Here, you will find outside performances, The Art Shack, street fair and the main and chamber stages. MAIN STAGE, sponsored by 7 Cedars Casino and the CHAMBER STAGE Located at the Vern Burton Community Center ELKS STAGE, sponsored by KONP Located at 131 E. First St. in Port Angeles SECOND FLOOR ELKS STAGE, sponsored by the Elwha River Casino Located at 131 E. First St. in Port Angeles AFTER HOURS IN THE CLUBS Performances begin at 10:30 p.m. at three downtown locations. See Page 11 for details.
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Stop here to learn more about the Juan de Fuca Festival’s performers At the end of each schedule entry will be what day the performance will occur during the festival. The main schedule can be found on Page 3. The After Hours in the Clubs schedule is on Page 11.
THE BARBARY GHOSTS >> At the forefront of the sea music genre, The Barbary Ghosts combine traditional sea chanteys, old-time ballads and drinking songs with well-crafted originals to create a sound that is fresh and distinct but still maintains the integrity of BALANCE DANCE COMPANY >> Based in Boise, tradition. Armed with a fiddle, guitar and button accordion, Idaho, Balance Dance Company is a pre-professional these castaways washed up on the shores of San Francompany for talented young dancers. cisco telling tales of whiskey, love, lust and mutiny on To train the most versatile dancers, Balance Dance contracts with top regional and international choreog- the high seas. THE BURREN BOYS Having no boat and no money, they took to playing raphers. the dives, dance halls and street corners of the BarBalance Dance Company has presented works made THE BURREN BOYS >> This group draws musibary Coast. The rest is history. FRIDAY, SATURDAY, by choreographers from Boise, Salt Lake City, New cal influences from Ireland, Brittany, the Balkans and AFTER HOURS York City and London, to name a few. a touch of good old rock ’n’ roll. Focusing on works that can challenge artists and They show up with a variety of instruments — BETH WOOD >> Beth Wood is a modern-day trouaudiences, Balance Dance Company often performs to fiddle, whistles, low whistles, bouzouki, banjo, guitar, badour and a force to be reckoned with. Her music is sold-out audiences while presenting the choreography bodhran, djembe and bass — and play traditional and soulful, organic, intelligent, barefoot and a high-energy of as many as seven different artists. original tunes. communication of joy. In 2011, Balance Artistic Director Leah Stephens They also have been known to favor their listeners For more than 16 years, Wood’s exceptional musiClark was honored with the Boise Mayor’s Award for with occasional songs sung in Gaelic as well as English. cianship, crafty songwriting, and engaging, energetic Excellence in Arts Education. SATURDAY, SUNDAY Their arrangements weave together traditional and stage presence have been winning over audiences from modern influences, and range from full-tilt reels and coast to coast. THE BARBARY GHOSTS jigs to airs and quieter sets. When they play ceilis, Now, thousands of shows, nine albums, three cars everyone gets up to dance. SATURDAY and numerous awards later, Wood has never looked back. She’s Beth Wood — which she feels is as good as COYOTE GRACE >> If you’d like to watch from a it gets in the singer/songwriter genre. front-row seat as roots music reinvents itself, look no “Beth Wood is a triple threat — a thoughtful songfurther than Coyote Grace. writer and talented multi-instrumentalist with a Both radically progressive and unashamedly nostalsupple, soulful voice,” according to the Washington gic, the trio is at the forefront of a growing movement Post. SUNDAY to redefine the meanings of “roots” and “tradition.” Mixing bluegrass and blues, soul and Southern BROOKS ROBERTSON >> The remarkable contrast between his age and his talent is what constantly twang into a unique sound that hovers just beyond the edge of “familiar,” the sultry trio combines virtuosic fascinates audiences around the globe. They see a young man standing or sitting on stage, musicianship with a humble, warm stage presence. “They write heart-wrenching melodies and make while hearing him play a staggering version of such textured harmonies that I find myself enraptured “Cannonball Rag.” and taken by their timelessness of song,” said Amy He utilizes superb technical abilities to play bass, Ray of the Indigo Girls. FRIDAY, SATURDAY rhythm and melody simultaneously, and surpass the ENJOY the Great Food and Great borders of conventional genres. Music at the Juan de Fuca Festival DAMONDE TSCHRITTER >> A side-splitting A recent triumph is Robertson’s second-place finish favorite at last year’s festival, was there really any in the Yahama Guitar Competition, which included and then RECYCLE your plastic bottles doubt that he would be back this year? contestants from more than 40 countries. and aluminum cans in bins located Among his many honors, Tschritter is the only “I was completely knocked out with the acoustic guiCanadian to win the illustrious Seattle International tar virtuosity of Brooks Robertson. . .monster chops,” throughout the festival. said Lee Ritenour, a Grammy award-winning guitarist. Comedy Competition in its 28-year history. He did 17 Recycling for a Greener Tomorrow shows to be crowned the champion! SATURDAY, AFTER HOURS
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>> Continued: DAMONDE TSCHRITTER Other credits include CTV’s Comedy Now, Just For Laughs, Chicago Comedy Festival, New York Comedy Festival, HBO’s USA vs. Canada stand-up weekend and creator of the Vancouver Comedy Festival’s “Glossy Awards Show.” “An absolutely unique act and perhaps this country’s finest comedic storyteller,” according to Globe & Mail. SUNDAY, AFTER HOURS
ERIN HENNESSEY/DAVID RIVERS >> Featuring local violin virtuoso Erin Hennessey and guitar hero David Rivers. SUNDAY GROOVE FOR THOUGHT >> Seven voices plus a powerhouse piano trio add up to one unforgettable musical performance. photo by Josli Performing classic tunes in an eclectic and unique Rockafella jazz style, the group combines the swinging sound of the Manhattan Transfer with the smooth sounds of DELHI 2 DUBLIN >> Delhi 2 Dublin has played top festivals throughout Canada, the United Kingdom, Take 6. Featured on NBC’s “The Sing Off,” the group won the Pacific Rim and Europe. the National Harmony Sweepstakes Competition and Described as the “United Nations of rock ’n’ roll” they have become one of Canada’s most buzzed-about the Contemporary A Capella Recording Award. “Style, soul, personality and killer tone — a truly bands. classy musical performance,” said American singer and Where else can you see a fiddle player rocking out songwriter Ben Folds. SATURDAY with a kilt-wearing Korean flanked by two bouncing s
DAVID JACOBS-STRAIN >> David Jacobs-Strain is a virtuosic slide guitar player and a storyteller with a passionate one-man show that is both humorous and deeply lyrical. A bridge between today’s indie folk troubadours and the delta guitar slingers of the 1930s, he plays with precision and sings with emotional abandon. Festival organizers said Jacob-Strain has probably sold more CDs at the Festival Store than any other. “David Jacobs-Strain sings and plays slide-driven country blues with a passion and authority that few artists of any age can muster,” according to Guitar Player Magazine. MONDAY, AFTER HOURS
Bhangra percussionists and a vocalist who looks like he would be at home in a Bollywood music video? “Blending East and West, electronic and acoustic, mainstream and underground, Delhi 2 Dublin is the new sound of music.” SATURDAY
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HENRIK BOTHE >> Get ready to laugh with the physical comedy of Henrik Bothe. The Danish-born Bothe has performed in four languages, 50 states and 22 countries since 1984. He walks on ladders, spins ropes, juggles without using his hands, rides a too-high unicycle, walks with four legs and even can appear as a glowing alien — NeonMan. He’s appeared on the “Tonight Show,” at Caesars Palace, Europe’s prestigious “Le Plus Grande Carabet du Monde” and even “A Prairie Home Companion” where Garrison Keillor exclaimed, “Henrik is one of the few jugglers that have succeeded in performing on the radio.” SATURDAY HOUSTON JONES
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HOUSTON JONES >> Houston Jones is a California-based high-octane Americana quintet. Formed in 2001, the band performs a strong original repertoire that ranges from bluegrass and folk to blues and gospel. A festival favorite, Houston Jones is a big hit at every venue they play. The most members of the band have extraordinary musical histories such as Glenn Houston, who has received several best guitarist awards and yes, plays left handed, upside-down. “As good as any singing and picking I’ve heard in my 30 years in the music business,” said Bob Brown, manager of Huey Lewis and the News. “Do your friends a big favor,” he urges. “And turn them on to this band.” SUNDAY
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JEFFREY MARTIN >> A finalist in the 2012 Mountain Stage NewSong Contest, held at New York City’s Lincoln Center, Jeffrey Martin is a songwriter whose songs are immediately affecting. They are the kind of songs that can change you, said musician and promoter Devon Leger. It seems as if everyone is getting on the Jeffrey Martin bandwagon. KVRM had this to say about his latest CD: “‘Gold in the Water’ is full of soul and stunning poetry, and he puts it all out there with a voice like finely aged whiskey and a touch of honey.” SUNDAY JULIA MAGUIRE >> In 2011, the Juan de Fuca Festival was in a bit of a jam. Festival organizers had just learned that one of their featured performers would not be available. With just 30 minutes until show time, it was a real scramble, but organizers were fortunate to recruit folksinger Julia Maguire to fill the slot. It was a true Cinderella story, as Maguire was a big hit, even getting a standing ovation. She now lives in Berkeley, Calif., and the festival is thrilled to have her return to the festival — beautiful voice, musicianship and all. FRIDAY, SUNDAY KATE LYNNE LOGAN >> Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Kate Lynne Logan’s reputation keeps growing for her intimate, honest songs and ethereal vocals. With her delicate voice and tasteful, percussive guitar-playing, she blurs the lines between contemporary folk, pop and alt-country, making the music distinctly her own. Logan’s CD, “Chrysalis,” is her latest milestone. As she puts it, “I called it ‘Chrysalis’ because of the tremendous transformation I’d undergone personally and, consequently, musically. ” FRIDAY, SATURDAY, AFTER HOURS KAUMAKAIWA KANAKA’OLE >> Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole is a five-time Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner (Hawaiian Grammy), including awards for Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year. Just 27 years old, he has dedicated his life to Hawaiian music and the art of hula, oli, haku mele and choreography. Characterized by a passionate, unmatched love of his culture along with the power that lies within his lineage, Kanaka’ole is blazing a new trail while
playing homage to those who have come before him. Kanaka’ole has emerged as the voice of Hawaii’s new generation. MONDAY LOCURA >> LoCura is Spanish for “madness” or “folly,” and some might find it foolish, given our fragmented world, for this multi-ethnic band from San Francisco to promote unity across cultures through music. Mixing flamenco with reggae and cumbia with ska through contagious rhythms and multiple languages, LoCura touches all the Latin bases. “LoCura is an explosion of sonic sunshine with crisp percussion and guitar work, soaring brass, driving bass lines and dynamic sass from lead singer Kata Milletich,” according to Rupa and the April Fishes. SATURDAY, SUNDAY, AFTER HOURS
THE LORENTZENS THE LORENTZENS >> The Lorentzens are a unique vocal group composed of siblings Mark, Anne, Lisa and Kathryn Lorentzen. Already singing in front of audiences while still young children, they early on developed signature tight harmonies and an eclectic vocal style. In 2009, they were selected as one of six top finalists in the CBS Early Show’s “Singing Family Faceoff ” where they received national attention. More recently, they won the coveted first place in a cover contest on Perez Hilton’s internationally syndicated online entertainment blog. SUNDAY, MONDAY Special Memorial Day program on Monday MANE ROK >> From Denver, hip-hop artist Mane Rok is time tested. From having shared the stage with hip-hop legends like KRS-One, to smashing festivals as an opener for Gnarls Barkley (with his group ManeLine), Mane Rok’s solid foundation has never been more evident. Today, the outspoken MC is working harder than ever creating new projects — from the “True Skool” era of hip-hop with folks like Waxx Producer/DJ Es Nine to the future with renaissance man Dyalekt. Mane Rok will be joined by DeeJay Tense, who notes, “Our live show. Our skills. Our raw energy. That’s what people love about us.” Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Western States Arts Federation. FRIDAY Mane Rok is also the featured artist for the Thursday Pre-Festival Kick-Off Event. s
IMPOSSIBLE BIRD >> A duo that will shake your bones, Impossible Bird makes “brilliant Dionysian music,” according to Garrison Keillor. Nick Drummond is the former front man and songwriter for the hit Seattle band The Senate, while Tyler Carson is an internationally known fiddler/violinist. Their influences range from Afro-pop, funk and country to the heavy backbeat of hard rock. Their music has earned raves. “An absolutely stellar combination of upbeat alt-folk. Impossible Bird is the Next Big Musical Duo,” according to Seattle Weekly. From Will Millar of the Irish Rovers: “Over my long career, I have never seen such talent, poise and charisma from such young people.” SUNDAY
MARK LEWIS QUARTET >> A master of the alto sax, baritone sax, flute and piano, Mark Lewis is the author of more than 1,500 compositions. He is an internationally acclaimed jazz artist who combines extraordinary technical virtuosity with unsurpassed integrity and personal expression. A frequent substitute for Stan Getz and John Handy during his time in San Francisco, Lewis created a CD, “In The Spirit,” that was a top 40 jazz hit and sold more than 900,000 copies. “You listen to the guys with the primo recording contracts on the very top labels, and in my opinion, they’re not in Mark’s league,” said Ted Gioia, author “The History of Jazz.” SATURDAY
NATHANIEL TALBOT TRIO >> With influences ranging from prodigious guitar pickers like Doc Watson and Leo Kotke, to the more soulful folk poetry of folks like Gillian Welch and Paul Simon, Nathaniel Talbot presents a unique blend of old picking and indie here-and-now. At the ripe-old age of 28, Talbot’s trademark fingerstyle guitar work and melodic vocal lines highlight an artist at the top of his game. “An extremely polished guitar player, Nathaniel Talbot wowed listeners so much last year as an emerging artist, that we decided to bring him back again this year,” according to the Sisters Folk Festival in Sisters, Ore. SUNDAY
Swain’s remarkable musical journey has included stints with the Bills, the Duhks (Scruj MacDuhk), Outlaw Social and Louisiana’s Red Stick Ramblers. “Absolutely amazing stuff. I was mesmerized from start to finish, and I wasn’t the only one,” said Kenna
PAUL CHASMAN AND THE PILLARS OF POWER >> Paul Chasman has been entertaining audiences for more than 40 years as a soloist, composer and ensemble member. His latest reincarnation is, perhaps, the most surprising yet, with his new persona as a singer/ songwriter. Armed with dazzling guitar and harmonicas, he will enthrall audiences with original songs about love, dogs, cats, Muhammad Ali and other topics. Special for the Juan de Fuca Festival, Chasman will be accompanied by the Pillars of Power, also known as David Rivers and Hayden Pomeroy of Abby Mae and the Homeschool Boys fame. MONDAY POLECAT >> From Bellingham, Polecat has established itself as one of the Northwest’s favorite bands thanks to its expressive roots tracks and explosive live performances. Although their music is clearly rooted in the bluegrass tradition, they stretch that genre’s boundaries by incorporating easy-going rock, gray sky blues, jazzy jams, and a hint of reggae and Celtic flavor. They are proud winners of three 2012 What’s Up Awards (Bellingham), including best CD, best Americana band and best live band. “Polecat’s live show is an experience. It’s sweaty and loud in all the right ways, and it’s sure to get you on your feet,” according to the Tacoma News Tribune. MONDAY THE SAM CHASE >> This isn’t your average Sam Chase. This is The Sam Chase. There’s a legend that backing band, The Functional Alcoholics, are descended from Norse warriors. s
OLIVER SWAIN GROUP >> Hailing from Victoria, B.C., Oliver Swain is a quintessential Western Canadian folk and traditional musician. With his pure, finely tuned vocals that have an astonishing range, and his undeniable skill behind a banjo or upright bass, Swain grabs and holds the attention of listeners with his sound and stature.
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>> Continued: THE SAM CHASE Nobody’s sure, but it’s rumored that band members follow ancient ancestral practices before each show. Their goals are simple — world peace and to find a place where victory is a basic human right. If all goes according to plan, The Sam Chase will lead you there. SUNDAY, MONDAY, AFTER HOURS
2012 Edmonton Music Awards. “He is, without question, the most endearing of folk hippies in this uptight town,” according to SEE Magazine in Edmonton. SATURDAY, SUNDAY
SHANE PHILIP >> Swelling in primordial pulses and walloping whoops, the tones of Shane Philip’s didgeridoo hold the power to either still listeners into silence or encourage audiences to rise up in a tribal SARAH SHEA >> Sarah Shea is a very special vocalist, well-known to jazz fans on the North Olympic swell of intoxicating spirit. Meanwhile his hands will be skillfully juggling Peninsula. between shaking up rhythms with his aslatua, driving She is one of the local community’s favorite singers and her resume includes a tenure as a singer for Star- the dance floor with his djembe and sliding out grooves on his Weissenborn-style guitar. dust, the jazz big band. Winner of the 2012 Best Live Act Award for VancouShea is justifiably proud of her recently released ver Island, Philip’s music blends the border between first CD, “The Nearness of You.” “She’s like a female Miles Davis,” said local musician folk, reggae, blues and beyond. “Shane Philip’s sound is rhythmic and intoxicating,” Ed Donahue. “She finds that note you wouldn’t expect according to Nanaimo Daily News. SATURDAY, to hear.” SATURDAY exciting local folk act I’ve heard in ages,” according SUNDAY, AFTER HOURS to Willamette Week. “Strike that word “local” and the SCOTT COOK >> A hit at last year’s Juan de Fuca sentiment still stands.” FRIDAY, AFTER HOURS SHOOK TWINS >> Shook Twins are a quirky folk Festival, organizers jumped when the opportunity band led by the amazingly talented identical twins arose to bring Cook back. SHULA AZHAR >> Shula Azhar is one of those From Edmonton, Alberta, Cook is a tirelessly travel- Katelyn and Laurie Shook. unique troupes that have grown together for the past Central elements of the Shook Twins sound are the ing songwriter who brings honesty, humor, years of wide range of instrumentation, including banjo, guitar, 10 years, developing their unique style that other belly roads and a deep love of humanity to his songwriting upright bass, mandolin, beatbox, glockenspiel, ukulele, dancers want to watch. and storytelling. They are a multi-award winning dance troupe that His straight-talking tunes weave together folk, roots, djembe and their signature golden egg. specializes in Raqs Sharqi style. Along with beautiful twin harmonies, their eclectic blues, country and soul influences, whether stripped But they also include different regional folkloric and eccentric blend of folk, roots and fun make this down to finger-picked acoustic guitar, banjo, ukulele styles, as well as fusion and contemporary, in their group unforgettable. and foot percussion, or backed by his band. repertoire. “Portland transplants Shook Twins are the most Cook was the winner of the Best Male Artist at the
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>> Continued: SHULA AZHAR Each dancer offers an individual style uniquely her own for solo performances, yet when moving as part of the group ensemble, the synchronicity is amazing. SATURDAY
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The colorful Juan de Fuca Festival Street Fair, located near the Vern Burton Community Center, 308 E. Fourth St. in Port Angeles, is a highlight of the Memorial Day weekend celebration. More than 60 food, artisan and craft booths will offer unique wares to happy festival-goers. You can’t have a Street Fair without singers, dancers and clowns. Outdoor concerts are presented throughout the festival on the grounds near the Street Fair. The Street Fair is FREE to the public and opens on noon Friday, May 24 and continues through 5 p.m. Monday, May 27. Highlighted performances: FRIDAY 4:30 p.m. — Five Acre Sound Waves Marimba Band SATURDAY Noon — Sequimarimba 1:15 p.m. — Dancing Grandmas 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. — Open mic SUNDAY Noon — The Great Juan de Fuca Sing-Along with Tom Shindler 1:15 p.m. —Na Hula ‘O Wahine ‘Ilikea 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. — Open mic MONDAY 1 p.m. — Eden Valley Pickers 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. — Open mic
Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars also are doing three shows for JFFA’s “Art in the Schools” program funded by the Seattle Foundation.
SIERRA LEONE’S REFUGEE ALL STARS >> Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have risen like a phoenix out of the ashes of war and inflamed the passions of fans across the globe with their uplifting songs of hope, faith and joy. The band is a potent example of the redeeming power of music and the ability of the human spirit to persevere through unimaginable hardship and emerge with optimism intact. From humble beginnings in West African refugee camps, the All Stars have performed on some of the world’s most prestigious stages and matured into one of Africa’s top touring and recording bands. Their latest album was selected as the “No. 1 World Music Album of 2012 by the CBC. Rent the award-winning feature documentary to learn more about their incredible story, “Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars.” FRIDAY
— Calvin Cooke, Chuck Campbell, Darick Campbell and Aubrey Ghent — acknowledged as the four greatest living musicians who embody the “sacred steel” tradition. Today, the music these artists create extends far beyond Sacred Steel to encompass blues, rock and soul — all celebrated with a sound that is uniquely their own. From Nashville, Tenn., to Chicago to Newark, N.J., all four Slide Brothers developed their music worshiping and performing in The Church of the Living God. Until recently, this dynamic, high-energy music had never been heard outside the church. The Slide Brothers have joined together to expose new audiences to this rich, uniquely American art form. “The virtuoso musicianship is amazing . . . breathtaking,” according to Desert Star Weekly. SUNDAY The Slide Brothers’ early Sunday performance will be a gospel set.
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>> Continued: TANGOHEART A sensual ballroom dance that originated in South America in the early 20th century, today tango music, along with tango dance, has become one of the greatest of all musical genres. Dancers will enjoy wonderful support and instruction from local instructors, “Tango in the Olympics.” One of favorite tango bands, Tangoheart, led by virtuoso bandoneon player Bertram Levy, will be performing for your dancing pleasure. All levels welcome. SUNDAY Sponsored by Tango in the Olympics
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THERAPY SESSION >> Therapy Session is a band from the West End of the North Olympic Peninsula who play an eclectic assortment of original tunes, country, blues, folk and gospel. Roger Lien and Sally Milici blend vocal harmonies as they pick and strum rhythm guitars. Dave Lenahan’s bass underscores the melodies as his soothing vocals fill out the low notes. Rounding out the band is Pete Larsen, whose stellar blues harp adds the leads and takes the breaks. An unusual mix that works. SUNDAY TOM MAY >> After 14 years at the festival, it’s great to have Tom back after a one-year hiatus. With nearly 40 years under his belt as a professional singer/songwriter, May has touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of people with his songs. With 12 albums, countless concerts throughout the U.S. and overseas and his well-known radio show, “River City Folk,” heard on more than 150 stations, May has dedicated his life to the music that he truly believes makes a difference. “One of the most talented performers in the emerging acoustic music renaissance,” according to The Boston Globe. SATURDAY TONY FURTADO BAND >> Quite simply, Tony is one of the great musicians within the Americana tradition. Already a two-time national banjo champion while still in his early 20s, his musical journey led him to pick up the slide guitar, where it became clear his virtuosity transitioned with ease. His musical palette also broadened — from his bluegrass roots into elements of country, rock, blues and jazz. s
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TEARS OF JOY THEATRE >> The young’uns’ will not want to miss this show! It’s a fun, rollicking, family-friendly adaptation of the Jules Verne classic, “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” Tears of Joy Theatre is acknowledged as one of the nation’s outstanding puppet theaters — known internationally for its innovation and excellence. Recognition for its outstanding productions includes four of American puppetry’s highest honor and a Citation of Excellence in the Art of Puppetry from Union Internationale de la Marionnette-USA. So hold your breath and submerge yourself in Tears of Joy’s underwater adventure. “The company’s beautifully designed puppets will blow you away as they come to life,” according to Willamette Week. SUNDAY
After Hours in the Clubs TONY FURTADO BAND >> Continued: TONY FURTADO BAND He has made 16 CDs along with several instruction books on banjo and slide guitar. “As a banjo virtuoso . . . his picking is rapid-fire quick, sharp and clear, and puts him in the school of Bela Fleck and David Grisman,” according to Telluride Daily Planet. SATURDAY TWISTED ROOTS >> Back in the 1980s, when local legends The Mossback Ramblers ambled off in different directions, two of the group’s members — Marty Kaler and Bob Lawrence-Markarian — carried away with them their deep love for acoustic roots music. Fast forward 25 years, and the pair has reunited and rekindled that love — honing old and new tunes featuring finger-style guitar, ukulele, humor, clawhammer banjo, dobro and Armenian duduk. “Playing in Twisted Roots feels just like coming home again,” said Kaler. MONDAY WITHEROW >> Featuring the highly skilled Dylan Witherow on guitar and the beautiful singing of Abby Mae. Local favorites. SUNDAY ZUMBA >> Zumba is a Latin-based cardio dance fitness craze that has taken over the world. Several certified Zumba instructors will bring salsa, merengue, cumbia and reggaeton to the festival. Zumba is suitable for all ages, any fitness level and any background. SATURDAY
FRIDAY The Juan de Fuca Festival After Hours in the Bar N9ne — Shook Twins Clubs is back once again! Bella Italia — The Barbary Ghosts Around 10:30 p.m. each evening, just as folks are Next Door Gastropub — Kate Lynne Logan starting to catch their breath at festival stages, the Port Angeles downtown springs to life with Juan de SATURDAY Fuca After Hours in the Clubs. Bar N9ne — LoCura After Hours in the Clubs is located at four fabuBella Italia — Shane Philip lous downtown spots, all within easy walking disNext Door Gastropub — Brooks Robertson tance of each other. SUNDAY And incredibly, admission is included in the fesBar N9ne — The Sam Chase tival pass. Just show your festival wristband at the Bella Italia — Damond Tschritter door and walk right in. Next Door Gastropub — David Jacobs-Strain If you, foolishly, don’t have a festival pass, the cost is $5 for a Juan de Fuca After Hours Pass, good at all the participating clubs. You must be 21 or older to attend after-hours performances. Juan de Fuca Festival After Hours in the Clubs is proudly sponsored by the Port Angeles Downtown Association. PORT ANGELES AFTER HOURS LOCATIONS Bar N9ne, 229 W. First St.; 360-797-1999 Bella Italia, 118 E. First St.; 360-457-5442 Next Door Gastropub, 113 W. First St.; 360-504-2613 KATE LYNNE LOGAN
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