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Choir sings of freedom

Celebrate the life and work of Nelson Mandela and Pete Seeger at a Free Range Folk Choir concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Burton Community Church.

Music from South Africa sung during Mandela’s anti-apartheid era and sing-alongs in the vein of Seeger’s folk music will be the focus of the program.

Admission is free, but donations in support of the event will be accepted.

The Free Range Folk Choir will also sing at the Northwest Folklife Festival at 1 p.m. Monday, May 26, at the Cornish Courtyard stage at Seattle Center.

Swing or tango at Havurat

J-Bob and the B-Sidz, featuring Massachusetts musician and vocalist Jason Eisenberg, will bring its eclectic guitar style to the Havurat for a night of blues, swing and the occasional Tango at 7 p.m Friday. Island musicians Daryl Redeker on guitar and Bob Kueker on bass will join Eisenberg.

In his Boston Blues Blog, A. J. Wachtel described J-Bob’s vocals as “reminiscent of Tom Waits meets Leon Redbone” and and his performance as “first rate material done in a very different way.”

Tickets for this all-ages show are $7 at the door.

Dance so another can ride

Club O invites all islanders to a special night of dancing to benefit local Metro bus driver Larry Flynn and his annual AIDS/LifeCycle at 8 p.m. Friday at the Open Space for Arts & Community.

Every year Flynn joins thousands of cyclists to bike 545 miles in seven days, from San Francisco to Los Angeles. to raise money and awareness in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

There will be a $5 cover at the door. Donations collected at the dance will support Flynn’s ride and the organization.

Musician taps out jazz beat

Alex Dugdale knows how to make music — with his body as a percussive tap dancer or with his saxophone as a jazz and bebop player. He’ll bring his own brand of tap and sax music backed by his jazz group, Fade, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Blue Heron.

Dugdale grew up in Seattle studying tap, with his passion for jazz  showing up later. He  studied classical and jazz saxophone at the Eastman School of Music in New York, which shaped Dugdale’s sound that echos the melodic approach of Lester Young , Dexter Gordon and bee bop improvisation. Seattle’s Repertory Jazz Orchestra features Dugdale’s tap dancing at its annual Duke Ellington Sacred Music Concert.

Tickets are $14 for VAA members, students and seniors or $18 for general admission and are available at VAA and www.vashonalliedarts.org.

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