Arts and Entertainment

On stage at the Open Space: Six women, one lucky guy

John Whalen with, clockwise from top left, Jennifer Sutherland, Kat Eggleston, Lyn McManus and Arlette Moody. - Courtesy Photo
John Whalen with, clockwise from top left, Jennifer Sutherland, Kat Eggleston, Lyn McManus and Arlette Moody.
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Local performer Jon Whalen recently asked six women out for a night of singing and fun, and they all said yes.

That might be the reason why Whalen’s upcoming show is called “One Lucky Guy.”

Show organizers say audiences are also in for a treat, as Whalen will be joined onstage by Kat Eggleston, Arlette Moody, Jennifer Sutherland, Sally Knodell, Adrienne Selvy Mildon and Lyn McManus for an evening of duets.

Whalen has lived on Vashon for more than a decade and currently sings and plays guitar with The FieldHands. He’s also known for the creative antics and sound effects he brought to the long-running island variety show, The Church of Great Rain.

Whalen said that “One Lucky Guy” is a creative dream come true.

“I thought about this show for over a year,” Whalen said. “I really wanted to sing with all these great women singers on the island. There was never an opportunity, so I created one. This show is my way to celebrate them.”

He’s also assembled a band of island musical all-stars. Luke McQuillin will play the guitar, Gary Kiggins will be on drums, Ainslie MacLeod will play bass, and Christopher Overstreet will contribute keyboards. Joining in on a few songs will be harmonica player Mike Nichols, saxophone player Diane Krouse and fiddler Kim Thal.

The song list will run the gamut from 1950s Rat Pack favorites to 1970s rock and even some punk-rock infused duets.

Whalen’s co-stars come with star power of their own.

Selvy Mildon has played keyboard and guitar and sung on Vashon for 10 years. Among the songs she’ll sing with Whalen is “Building a Mystery” by Sarah McLachlan.

Moody is well-known on Vashon for her vocal work, dancing and performances. She’ll help Whalen shake up Tina Turner’s version of “Proud Mary.”

Country crooner and comedic talent Jennifer Sutherland will sing the love song “Portland, Oregon,” made famous by Loretta Lynn and Jack White. Accomplished folk/Celtic star Kat Eggleston will liven up the evening with her accomplished guitar stylings, playing tunes including “Killing the Blues.”

Lyn McManus, whose professional voice talent and comedic range was showcased on the Church of Great Rain stage, will take audiences back to the swinging 1970s with the Eagles’ “Hotel California.” And Whalen’s longtime friend Sally Knodell, who was in the Seattle band Failure to Disperse with him for eight years, will join him on stage to deliver up “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight,” by Bob Dylan.


One Lucky Guy” will be performed at 8 p.m. Saturday at Open Space for Arts & Community. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets, $15 for general admission and $20 for premium seating, are on sale at the Vashon Bookshop and



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