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Concerts on the Green covers the classics

By Emily Baer
Issaquah Press
Special Mountains to Sound Greenway Edition of the popular series takes place on July 8th

The ever-popular Concerts on the Green Series will kick-off on Tuesday, July 5, at the Issaquah Community Center with the Paul McCartney and Wings tribute band Wings N Things.

Various bands will perform free concerts on the community center lawn Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. through Aug. 30.

The series is presented by Issaquah Parks & Recreation and the Issaquah Arts Commission, in collaboration with the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah.

While the event is typically a nine-concert series, this year’s schedule includes a special Friday evening performance to celebrate the Mountains to Sound Greenway’s 20th anniversary. The greenway trust is devoted to conserving 1.5 million acres of land surrounding Interstate 90, from the Cascade Range to the Puget Sound.

The Fabulous Roof Shakers, a local blues band, will play at the featured July 8 concert.

Highlights of this year’s lineup include Cherry Cherry, Clinton Fearon & Boogie Brown and Jr. Cadillac.

Back by popular demand, Neil Diamond tribute band Cherry Cherry will make its third appearance at the community center. Clinton Fearon & Boogie Brown, a lively reggae gig, will also return to the series this summer after a several-year interim.

Jr. Cadillac, a 41-year-old classic rock band that opened for the likes of The Kinks, Yes, Jethro Tull, The Beach Boys … and the list goes on, will end the concert series with a bang.

The series also features various tribute bands, country music and Americana roots.

“The concerts are really a great community building event,” founder and coordinator David Harris said. “They are free and they are really professionally done, more so than people may think.”

While approximately 50 people speckled the green to listen to the first community center concert in 1997, now more than 1,000 come to enjoy the festive summer music, Harris said.

Families and groups that attend are encouraged to bring picnic supplies or to support the Kiwanis Club by purchasing from its hotdog and hamburger stand. The concert welcomes adults, children and families alike, but prohibits pets and alcohol.

Slabs of cardboard have become a staple for children who wish to race down “Slide Hill,” a grassy bank beside the community center lawn.

Grounds open at 6 p.m. — arrive early to reserve a good spot on the green, 301 Rainier Blvd. Concerts will go on rain or shine.

Concert schedule

  • July 5 — Wings N Things: Tribute to Paul McCartney and Wings
  • *July 8 — Special featured concert, The Fabulous Roof Shakers: roof shakin’ Chicago & Delta blues
  • July 12 — BottleRockit: Northwest’s rock, blues, pop, country and surf
  • July 19 — Deadwood Revival: soulful Americana Roots
  • July 26 — All Mixed Up: Cars’ tribute, ’80s and beyond
  • Aug. 2 — Second Hand Newz: Fleetwood Mac tribute
  • Aug. 9 — Ventura Highway Revisited: semi-acoustic tunes of the 60s, 70s & 80s
  • Aug. 16 — Cherry Cherry: Neil Diamond tribute band
  • Aug. 23 — Clinton Fearon & Boogie Brown: roots reggae
  • Aug. 30 — Jr. Cadillac: Classic rock by a legendary Northwest band
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