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Summer Music and More

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The Kent Arts Commission hosts an annual series of free outdoor events!

 

2016 Kent Summer Concert Series

During July and August, enjoy some of the region's best live performances.

Tuesday Noon Concerts at Kent Station 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Kent Station Plaza, 417 Ramsay Way

 Republic Services Wednesday Performances Noon - 1 p.m. Town Square Plaza, 2nd & Harrison

Wednesday Evenings at Kent Station 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Kent Station Plaza, 417 Ramsay Way

Thursdays at the Lake, 7 - 8:30 p.m., Lake Meridian Park, 14800 SE 272nd St. (shuttle bus service available)

   

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 July 12

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Ian Skavdahl - Kent Station 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Seattle-based Ian Skavdahl mixes folk, blues, jazz, and rock with soulful vocals. His uptempo, acoustic Folk/Rock features originals and an eclectic array of multilayered, unique covers.

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  July 13

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Tickle Tune Typhoon - Town Square Park - 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. 

Dancing vegetables, larger-than-life robots and award-winning music!  This Northwest favorite delivers positive messages and educational topics cleverly disguised as silly fun!

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 July 13

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Knut Bell - Kent Station - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Knut Bell and the Blue Collars present original rock and country classics. Based Washington State, they performed live on KEXP and the Bob Rivers Show.

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July 14

Reilly & Maloney - Lake Meridian Park - 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Acoustic and contemporary folk from this beloved duo on their farewell tour!

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 July 19

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Ranger and the ‘Re-Arrangers’ - Kent Station - 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

This band evokes the spirit of a Paris café and the raucous energy of a Gypsy campsite. Their repertoire includes swing standards, traditional Gypsy melodies, the music of Django Reinhardt, and Ranger’s unique originals.

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  July 20

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The Not-It’s! - Town Square Park - 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

This Seattle “Kindie Rock” quintet will have children and their parents on their feet rocking out to power-packed songs about bugs, haircuts, reading, the 80’s and more. The Not-Its! are Sarah Shannon (former singer of 90’s Sub Pop band Velocity Girl), Danny Adamson (rhythm guitar), Tom Baisden (lead guitar), Jennie Helman (bass player) and Michael Welke (former drummer of Harvey Danger).          

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 July 20

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Shaggy Sweet - Kent Station - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Three members of this pop/rock band are best friends from Kent that have been performing together since high school. Expect a mix of covers and originals.

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July 21

LeRoy Bell - Lake Meridian Park - 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

LeRoy Bell wows audiences with passionate vocals and a captivating style that encompasses acoustic soul and folky pop.  He has shared the stage with Idina Menzel, B.B. King, Etta James, Van Morrison, Sheryl Crow, Huey Lewis, The Steve Miller Band, Al Green, Keb Mo, Taj Mahal, and more.  He’s written songs for Elton John, the Temptations, and The O’Jays, and was a finalist on season one of X Factor.

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 July 26

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Lulu LaFever - Kent Station - 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Songwriter, Lulu LaFever has opened for the likes of Willie Nelson and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy with her soulful roadhouse-style swing, jazz, and blues.

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  July 27

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The Brian Waite Band - Town Square Park - 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

A combination of musical theater, imaginative storytelling, lots of laughs and great rock ‘n roll. The Brian Waite Band’s concerts are filled with original songs that take the whole family on a “Rock ‘n Roll Adventure.”

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 July 27

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Colt and the Peacemakers - Kent Station - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Colt and the Peacemakers offer a soulful glimpse into the musical past of America’s smoky barrooms and neon-lit honky-tonks with country roots rock.

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July 28

HAPA - Lake Meridian Park - 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

The Hawaiian word for half, Hapa refers to a person of mixed Pacific Islander ancestry. This duo from Hawaii consists of one member of South Pacific Ancestry and one guy from New Jersey. Often described as the “sound of Maui,” HAPA’s music evokes beauty and serenity. A dose of American folk-rock, results in “the most exciting and beautiful contemporary Hawaiian music the world knows” (Maui Times).

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August 2

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Scott Lindenmuth - Kent Station - 12:00 - 1:00

Jazz, funk, and fusion from this innovative and versatile contemporary instrumental band. 

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  August 3

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Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band-Town Square Park 12:00-1:00 p.m.

The sun-filled pop beats of husband and wife duo Lucky Diaz and Alisha Gaddis have garnered a Latin GRAMMY, as well as three EMMY nominations and one win. Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band has been named ‘THE face of kindie music’ by the Washington Post, ‘SUPERSTARS’ by Red Tricycle, ‘The Rolling Stones of Kids Music’ by the Style Network, and PEOPLE Magazine called their album “The #1 in COOLEST kids music!”
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 August 3

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Darren Motamedy - Kent Station - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Saxophonist Darren Motamedy’s smooth jazz is played nationally and two of his albums have achieved “Jazz Album of the Year” status. A native of Kent, Darren returns from his current home in Las Vegas to perform for his local fan base.

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August 4

The Scott Cossu Ensemble - Lake Meridian Park - 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Internationally known, composer, pianist and recording artist Scott Cossu was at the forefront of New Age music. He was one of the first artists to join the Windham Hill label. Billboard Magazine calls Scott a “jazz luminary of the future.” Scott’s new CD, "Safe In Your Arms" has been nominated for best album of the year on the Zone Music Chart, and has hit #16 on the British One World Music Chart.

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  August 9

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Jessica Lynn - Kent Station - 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Jessica Lynn is a rising star in the world of contemporary country music. She has been compared to luminaries like Dolly Parton and Miranda Lambert.

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   August 10

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Matt Baker - Town Square Park - 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. 

This three-time Guinness World Record holder has performed his comedy stunt show in more than 17 countries. He has appeared on numerous TV shows, including America’s Got Talent, where Sharon Osbourne called him “Hilarious.” Matt’s comedy never stops – even when he’s catapulting vegetables, spitting ping pong balls and catching bowling balls on his head!

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  August 10

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Spyrographs - Kent Station - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

From James Bond soundtracks, to the go-go hits of Nancy Sinatra, to surf classics, the Syprographs bring to life the musical mojo of 1960’s spy, surf, and pop hits.

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August 11

Country Lips - Lake Meridian Park - 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. 

This eight-piece band plays raucous and rowdy classic country that would make George Jones, Johnny Cash, and Merle Haggard proud.

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  August 16

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Sundae + Mr. Goessl - Kent Station - 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Delightful vintage pop from this Seattle-based duo.

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   August 17

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Recess Monkey – Sponsored by Bright Horizons

Town Square Park - 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Both kids and parents love rockin’ to Recess Monkey!  This trio blends various musical influences with clever and comical lyrics.  There are hints of pop, folk, zany surf rock, and swamp-tinged country.

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  August 17

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Mycle Wastman - Kent Station - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Seattle-based soul singer, Mycle Wastman emerged as a stealth frontrunner on season 3 of NBC’s The Voice. He delivers an old soulful vibe, mixed with R&B sensibilities, and a splash of pop.

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August 18

The Ryan Shupe Band - Lake Meridian Park - 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

The Ryan Shupe band strongly and deftly combines the rock side of their music arsenal with acoustic instruments and the virtuosic jamming they are known for in their live shows. Shupe is a 5th generation fiddler, as well as an accomplished electric guitar, acoustic guitar, and mandolin player. He has been touring extensively since he was 10 years old.

 

 

Admissions

Summer concerts are FREE. Donations of any amount are accepted on site the day of the performance. Your generosity helps us continue to offer free, quality performances to all Kent residents. 

Seating

All seating is unassigned, lawn seating and first come, first serve.  Visitors may bring their own chairs or blankets.

Special Needs 

Please let us know in advance how we may be able to help and we will provide reasonable accommodations to those needing special assistance.   

A Note to Parents and Guardians 

The Kent Summer Concert Series is family friendly and offers some performances that are especially for kids and families. 

Shuttle Bus Service for Thursday at the Lake Concerts

Free and convenient! Offsite parking is available at Kent Fire Station #75, 15635 SE 272nd Street, just east of Lake Meridian. The shuttle bus runs non-stop between 6:30-9pm, arriving at Lake Meridian about every 15 minutes.

Sponsors

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact (253) 856-5050 or artscommission@kentwa.gov to learn more about becoming a sponsor. 

 

A heartfelt thank you to our 2013 sponsors! 4Culture91.3 KBCS,Washington State Arts CommissionKent Station and Republic Services.

       

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Brochure 

To request a season brochure: (253) 856-5050, artscommission@kentwa.gov