Chamber music tonight
Salish Sea Early Music Festival will present “The Sun King’s Musicians” at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Bethel Church, 14736 S.W. Bethel Lane. The chamber music concert will feature works by the members of Louis XIV’s Musique de la Chambre, one of the primary divisions of his court musical establishment. Players will include flutist Jeffery Cohan, Joanna Blendulf on viola de gamba and John Lenti on baroque guitar. The suggested donation, a free-will offering toward expenses, is $15, $20 or $25 for all concerts. Youth 18 and younger are free. For more information, call 567-4255, or visit www.salishseafestival.org.
Dance the night away
Get up and boogie at a free show on Friday, when the seven-piece Seattle band The Staxx Brothers will take the stage at Red Bicycle Bistro at 9 p.m. The group plays soul and vintage funk music with a hip-shaking, danceable dose of rock and roll. The show is for all ages until 11 p.m. and 21 and older after that.
Pete Welch, who books shows for the Bike, said the group was a huge hit on Vashon in the past, and he’s happy to be bringing it back.
“It was a night to remember,” he said. “These guys are fun to watch, and they are so full of energy, complete with back-up singers.”
Hear local musicians
Rick Vanselow, Kevin Joyce and Joe Panzetta will join musical forces for a free show at 7 p.m. Friday at the Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie. They will play both together and apart — a format sure to highlight each musician’s unique skill and style.
Vanselow is known for playing folk and rock music with strong story narratives, while Panzetta has a singer/songwriter style that is rich in guitar and poetic lyrics. Joyce, a well-known actor, writer and impresario, sings loves ballads and humorous songs.
The show is for all ages.