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Weekend brings jazz, latin and even Celtic music to Vashon

Picoso is returning to Red Bicycle Bistro on Friday. - Courtesy Photo
Picoso is returning to Red Bicycle Bistro on Friday.
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Picoso heats up Vashon on Friday

The Latin dance band Picoso will play at 9 p.m. Friday, March 18, at Red Bicycle Bistro. The show has a $5 cover charge and is for all ages until 11 p.m. and 21 and older after that. Picoso, which has played on the Island before to sold out crowds, is a seven-piece band that plays music rooted in the Afro-Latin sounds of the Caribbean. With sounds blending Cuban son, cha-cha, salsa and reggae, Picoso puts on a  show intended to get audiences up on their feet and dancing.

Fill up on old time jazz at Café Luna

Mark Graham and WB Reid will play what’s being billed as a free night of  “ancient jazz with clarinet and banjo-guitar” from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 18.

Graham and Reid are known for their mastery of traditional music and membership in countless bands. Some years ago, they discovered a mutual joy in playing  jazz tunes from the 1920s and ‘30s as a duo with Wells on clarinet and Reid on six-string banjo. Graham is nationally known for his old-time harmonica playing and clever songwriting. A founding member of the Seattle band The Hurricane Ridge Runners in the late 1970s, Mark went on to tour with Kevin Burke’s Open House and The Kings of Mongrel Folk and play on stages all over the country. Reid currently plays in the blues and jugband group The Todalo Shakers, fiddles for the Tractor Tavern, square dances with the Tallboys and plays contra dances with several bands including The Rhythm Rollers.

Singer will belt at the Bike

The Stacey Jones Band will play a free all-ages show at 9 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at Red Bicycle Bistro. The Seattle-based group blends sounds from jazz, funky blues and 1960s and 70s rock.

Food and music at an Equinox celebration

Island chef Emily Vogt and musician and natural food enthusiastic Adrian Xavier will present a meal and night of music starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at The Grange, 10365 S.W. Cowan Rd., next to the north end ferry dock parking lot.

The family-friendly night will feature a menu of natural and seasonal foods and music by special guests David Kai and Sarah Christine. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. and music starts at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $5 to $25, depending on age and whether audience members attend for both music and food. E-mail for more information.

Gather for knitting and jigs on Sunday

Celtic players and knitters are invited to gather for crafting and playing jigs, reels and polkas from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 20, at Café Luna.

A chamber music concert is coming

The Vashon-Maury Island Chamber Orchestra will perform a concert at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at the Methodist Church. Renowned pianist Lisa Lewis will perform as a soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9, and music by Handel and Puccini is also on the bill. The morning performance is for kids and will be emceed by Swingset Music’s Gabrielle Burgess and Kim Thal. That concert will also boast an original dance by Blue Heron Dance graduate Madeleine Morser, and members of the Vashon Youth Symphony will be on hand. Tickets to the morning show are by donation. The evening concert costs $7 for students and $10 general admission.

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