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Musicians play two albums, start to finish

By ELIZABETH SHEPHERD
Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber Staff
August 14, 2013 · 11:44 AM
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Bluesman John Browne / Pete Welch Photo

Fans of the Beatles and Bob Dylan can hear island players interpret two of the music icons’ most celebrated albums at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Red Bicycle Bistro.

The event, produced by Vashon Events, will feature 27 local musicians, singing either solo or duet renditions of every song on The Beatles’ “Rubber Soul” and Bob Dylan’s “Nashville Skyline” albums — platters that are ranked by Rolling Stone Magazine, respectively, as number five and four of the greatest records of all time.

“The concept for playing albums cover to cover gives us a chance to take the audience on a musical journey,” said Allison Shirk, Vashon Events co-founder and emcee for the event. “These songs are extremely nostalgic for most people, and when our favorite local musicians bring them back to life live, it can be very emotional.”

The lineup for the evening will include songs sung by Vashon music legends Ron Hook, Carter Castle and John Browne, and bluesy turns on stage by Dianne Krouse and Jamie Jackson. Chris Ballew, who founded the 90s powerhouse band The Presidents of the United States of America, now lives part-time on Vashon, and he’ll also perform.

The event is a benefit for Vashon Events, a new website created by Shirk and Pete Welch that aims to be the go-to spot for finding out what’s happening in the island’s busy arts, culture and charity scenes. Vashon Events also produces its own music events and provides extensive services to musicians.

So far, the site has been a labor of love for Shirk and Welch, but Welch said funds are needed to keep the web page up and running.

Tickets to the concert are $10 each. The show is for all ages until 11 p.m. and 21 and older after that. For more information, visit www.vashonevents.com.

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