Clockwise from top left: Island band Some’tet will play at the Red Bike Friday night, the Gail Pettis Trio will perform at VCA Saturday and Vashon native Fionn Meade will play at the Havurat Friday. (Courtesy Photos)

Clockwise from top left: Island band Some’tet will play at the Red Bike Friday night, the Gail Pettis Trio will perform at VCA Saturday and Vashon native Fionn Meade will play at the Havurat Friday. (Courtesy Photos)

Arts Around Town Nov. 15 through 22

  • Tuesday, November 14, 2017 12:18pm
  • Arts

Island native plays a solo show of original songs

Vashon musician Fionn Meade will play a show of original songs and poems, accompanied by some surprise guests at 8 p.m. Friday at the Havurat.

Fionn, a Vashon native, is also an art curator who previously worked at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the SculptureCenter in New York and the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle.

Tickets at the door are $12 or by donation.

Vashon ensemble returns to Red Bike

The Vashon jazz/post-jazz/neo bossa ensemble Some’tet will play a free show at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Red Bike.

In April 2013, guitarist and composer Michael Whitmore began a Sunday night jam session at Snapdragon Café. The jam session sometimes involved a quartet, sometimes a sextet or trio, but as the group’s website states, “always some’tet.” Over the next few years, the jam sessions grew into a full-blown ensemble aptly named Some’tet.

Since then, they’ve been gigging around the Puget Sound area, playing in venues such as The Sorrento, Triple Door, the Parliament Tavern and the Vermillion. In July 2017, Some’tet was one of only four bands selected for the annual EarShot Second Century Jazz Festival. Their first EP, “Steps,” was released last spring. Later this winter, the band will head back to the studio to record a full-length release.

All ages are welcome until 11 p.m., then ages 21 and older only.

Northwest jazz musician performs at Kay White Hall

Vashon Center for the Arts will welcome the Gail Pettis Trio at 7:30 p.m. Saturday to the Kay White Hall stage. The event will be the second performance in the organization’s current Jazz Series.

A Pacific Northwest favorite, Pettis was named Earshot Jazz Northwest Vocalist of the Year in 2007 and 2010, and First Place winner of the Seattle-Kobe Female Jazz Vocalist Audition in 2006.

Her rich, warm vocals and understated phrasing have been described as “deliciously soulful” by Cadence Magazine. Influenced by grandfather Arthur Pettis, a blues singer and guitarist who recorded for Victor Records in Memphis, and grandmother Ninevah, who played piano around Chicago, music was a big part of her life.

Known for her charismatic audience interaction, Pettis has toured through the Netherlands, Japan and Russia.

Tickets are sold at vashoncenterforthearts.org.

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