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Students will ‘share the stage’ with indie band

The Seattle band Tangerine will headline for Sharing the Stage. - Courtesy Photo
The Seattle band Tangerine will headline for Sharing the Stage.
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Just eight months before Seattle superstars Macklemore & Ryan Lewis topped the charts with their mega hit song “Thrift Shop,” the hip-hop duo headlined for Sharing the Stage, a community-building event designed for Vashon High School musicians to open for visiting bands. The seventh show in this dynamic concert series will feature the Seattle-based group Tangerine and will happen at 8 p.m. Friday at the Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi.

For a relatively new Indie pop band of four college-age musicians, Tangerine is quickly making a name for itself at home and across the Atlantic. “Tangerine are girl group grunge, or DIY meets doo-wop,” said one reviewer for The Guardian newspaper. “Four-part harmonies led by two sisters, Tangerine make sweet melodies that nod to ‘60s pop and a little to R&B, guitar solos that are models of economy and lots of bashing, crashing drums. It’s dreamy, lovely stuff, even at its most shambolic … with enough polish and gloss to attract non-indie fans.”

The lucky students opening for Tangerine include Monday Night Jazz Band, Isaiah Graham Hazzard, Kate Atwell & Mallory Breen, Two Dime Icebox and 10 Cent Time Machine.

Sharing the Stage organizers — islanders Rob Bordner, Harris Levinson and Fred Strong — say they choose bands they hope the students will like, not just bands that they like. Tangerine, according to Fred Strong who first heard the group at Seattle’s Comet Tavern, have a nice pop-rock sound, and audiences seem to have a great time at their shows. They are on an upward trajectory, he said, but seem keen on Sharing the Stage, which they recognize as being all about supporting students and music.

That support also comes by way of a strong mentorship program established by the three founders. Island musicians Ian Moore, Van Crozier, Jacob Bain and Dominic Wolczko have all stepped up to become mentors, attending student auditions and giving feedback during rehearsals, “two very important steps,” said Strong.

Marika, Tangerine’s lead singer and co-founder, said she and her band members wished that their high school would have had a similar series as it “is a cool opportunity for kids” with an interest in the arts to come together and share the stage with a rising band.

Tickets to the Friday show, which is open to everyone, are $10 general admission or $5 for students with an ASB card. Tickets are available at

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