Vashon Events in partnership with Vashon Center for the Arts will present a free concert with the band Tim Couldn’t Make It from 8:30 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Kay White Hall.
Friday’s band got its start in the mid-1980s when bassist Tim Dahms was a star in the hip Maui music scene. When he joined a local rock-and-roll group called The Sharks, he met guitarist Doug Pine, and the two became fast friends.
One day in July 1989, Dahm’s brother Rick came to Maui for a visit. A successful advertising executive living in Connecticut, Rick brought his guitar. Pine and the two brothers played on the beach one night, and the rest is history.
They booked a gig, but when it was time to play, there was no Tim. “Tim couldn’t make it,” Rick said. This happened twice more before Rick and Pine could not get a booking. “Thanks, Tim,” they said. Rick returned to Connecticut, and Pine moved to Washington.
Fast forward a few years to a scene on the Vashon ferry. Pine worked on the ferry, and one day while loading a car, he noticed the driver. It was Rick, who now lived on Vashon. And Tim? He couldn’t make it. So Rick and Pine played music for about 20 years before they performed.
Unfortunately, Tim can’t make it to Friday’s show, so Pine and Rick will play without him once again. But the good news is the group has grown to include Michael Marcus on bass and Wesley Peterson on drums with Mike Nichols joining in on harmonica during special occasions.
Friday’s concert is part of the First Friday Local Music Series sponsored by John L. Scott. The monthly events showcase local musicians only.