LETTER: Concert, people of Vashon, made for an excellent evening on the island

I moved to the Seattle area, from Washington D.C., in August of 1987. Since then, I have for some reason not ever been to Vashon Island, although I’m not sure why that is. Recently, I felt somewhat guided to visit the island, and I drove past VCA late in the afternoon and was very surprised to see that Matisyahu (and fantastic band) were playing that night — only a couple hours later. I inquired about tickets, and was initially told they had been sold out for quite some time, but then it seemed a couple of house tickets were just released and became available, so I (of course) bought one.

Being something of a Matisyahu fan, this was all a remarkable turn of events, but it did not seem entirely coincidental.

I found the center itself to be stunning, in every way, and seemingly just so perfect for Vashon Island. Matisyahu, the band and the concert were absolutely incredible. Their music is so beautiful, unique and uplifting.

What I was most impressed with, however, were the people of Vashon Island. Having lived on the Seattle Eastside for so long, I’ve seen the prevailing energies become increasingly pretentious, ostentatious, conformist and materialistic. On Vashon Island, however, people seem to be so nice, authentic, accepting and non-conformist.

So, I want to thank you, very much, for making this incredible concert happen and for giving me the opportunity to meet some of the wonderful people of Vashon Island.

— Jeff Felbeck Kirkland, Washington

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