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Summer Music and More

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

 

2014 Kent Summer Concert Series

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

Republic Services Wednesday Performances 12 noon - 1:00pm, Town Square Plaza, 2nd & Harrison

Thursdays at the Lake, 7:00 - 8:30pm, Lake Meridian Park, 14800 SE 272nd Street (shuttle bus service available)

  

 

       
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Wednesday

July 9 

 

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Tickle Tune Typhoon 

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

 

Republic Services Wednesday Performances 12 noon - 1:00pm, Town Square Plaza, 2nd & Harrison

 

       
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Thursday

July 10 

The Highlife Band    

This Seattle-based reggae band delivers power-packed performances combining Spanish and French Caribbean rhythms with Jamaican reggae dancehall traditions. Their musical influences are Steel Pulse, Bob Marley, Burning Spear, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield and Chucho Valdez. 

 

Thursdays at the Lake, 7:00 - 8:30pm, Lake Meridian Park, 14800 SE 272nd Street (shuttle bus service available)  

       
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Wednesday

July 16 

 

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The Magic of Trevor and Larena Walters 

This rollercoaster of comedy and magic is packed with cutting edge illusions, amazing sleight of hand effects and lots of audience participation.

 

Republic Services Wednesday Performances 12 noon - 1:00pm, Town Square Plaza, 2nd & Harrison 

       
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Thursday

July 17 

New Transit 

Great Modern Americana from this Boise-based, Americana/rock group. Dubbed "one of Idaho's best bands" by the Idaho Statesman, the group has opened for such notable acts as- Chris Isaak, Leon Russell, Dawes, Reckless Kelly and more. 

 

Thursdays at the Lake, 7:00 - 8:30pm, Lake Meridian Park, 14800 SE 272nd Street (shuttle bus service available)

 

       
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Wednesday

July 23 

 

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Recess Monkey - Presented by Bright Horizons

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.  

 

Republic Services Wednesday Performances 12 noon - 1:00pm, Town Square Plaza, 2nd & Harrison

 

       
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Thursday

July 24 

Tiller’s Folly 

Canada’s Tiller’s Folly makes listenable and intelligent Country/Folk/Americana music with a splash of humor, polished instrumental prowess, and prolific song-writing.  

 

Thursdays at the Lake, 7:00 - 8:30pm, Lake Meridian Park, 14800 SE 272nd Street (shuttle bus service available)

 

 

   

                                                                                       

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Wednesday

July 30 

 

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Show Brazil! 

Led by well-known recording artist Eduardo Mendonça, Show Brazil! presents the exciting world of Brazilian music and dance. Get ready to dance!

 

 

Republic Services Wednesday Performances 12 noon - 1:00pm, Town Square Plaza, 2nd & Harrison

 

       
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Thursday

July 31 

The Good Lovelies  

Funny and upbeat, with just a pinch of sass, the Good Lovelies‘ textbook three-part harmonies, constant instrument swapping and witty on-stage banter have enlivened the folk music landscape.

 

Thursdays at the Lake, 7:00 - 8:30pm, Lake Meridian Park, 14800 SE 272nd Street (shuttle bus service available)

 

       
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Wednesday

August 6 

 

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Secret Agent 23 Skidoo  

Family hip hop with a solid gold soul! Purveyor of ‘kid hop’ at its finest, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo captivates crowds with funky, half-pint party music that combines deft wordplay, great storytelling and pure positivity on top of thumping drums and sophisticated multi-instrumental productions. 23 Skidoo bumps up the volume and kids' self esteem, while setting the family music bar higher than a hidden cookie jar. 

 

Republic Services Wednesday Performances 12 noon - 1:00pm, Town Square Plaza, 2nd & Harrison 

       
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Thursday

August 7 

The Senate 

With powerful walls of sound built by only two acoustic guitars, an upright bass and three voices, this Seattle trio's catchy song-writing, tight arrangements and unorthodox instrumental techniques create a dynamic musical hybrid that pushes the boundaries of acoustic rock

 

Thursdays at the Lake, 7:00 - 8:30pm, Lake Meridian Park, 14800 SE 272nd Street (shuttle bus service available)

 

       
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Wednesday

August 13 

 

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Roberto the Magnificent 

Roberto the Magnificent rides very tall unicycles; bounces on industrial strength pogo sticks; and juggles sharp knives, flaming torches, and spinning hand saws – all while keeping audiences in fits of giggles.

 

Republic Services Wednesday Performances 12 noon - 1:00pm, Town Square Plaza, 2nd & Harrison

 

       
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Thursday

August 14 

Tayla Lynn (Loretta Lynn’s granddaughter) 

This southern girl’s country music bloodlines are undeniable – her grandmother is the legendary Loretta Lynn. She is an accomplished singer songwriter backed by a 4-piece band, including Grammy Award-winning guitarist Eric Tingstad.

 

 

Thursdays at the Lake, 7:00 - 8:30pm, Lake Meridian Park, 14800 SE 272nd Street (shuttle bus service available)

 

 

 

 

 

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