Two nonprofits partner to feature local musicians on First Friday

Cat Eggelston and John Dally (Courtesy Photo)

Cat Eggelston and John Dally (Courtesy Photo)

A new partnership between two nonprofits, Vashon Events and Vashon Center for the Arts, will bring local bands to the stage of the Kay White Hall on the first Friday of every month from 8:30 to 10 p.m.

The initial performance in the First Friday Local Music Series will feature two couples — Kat Eggleston and John Dally, and Camille and Gus Reeves — and be held this Friday.

The joint venture began when Allison Shirk and Pete Welch, founders and co-directors of Vashon Events, which is a nonprofit organization, talked to the center about using the venue for events.

“Our vision as Vashon Events is to work with all the different venues to spread out the great music on this island,” Welch said.

Shirk added that recently the number of shows Vashon Events curates at the Red Bike has been reduced to two per month, so there will no longer be a music event on First Friday at the Bike. She also said that many local musicians have wanted the opportunity to play on the VCA stage.

The series will typically present either one band or three solo musicians performing in the round, and the musicians will be chosen based on the theme of the art opening in the gallery.

“There is so much crossover with our great Vashon performing and visual artists,” VCA Executive Director Susan Warner said. “We are thrilled that Kat and John, and Camille and Gus will be our premier artists in what we hope will be a long-running series.”

The Reeves, aka Cherrywood Station, are a husband and wife duo known for the soulful harmonies they bring to their own songs and classic tunes from America’s past, be it traditional gospel or acoustic covers from the Motown era. They will play from 8:30 to 9:15 p.m.

Eggleston has performed her lyrical compositions, often featuring humorous lyrics, and finger-style guitar playing for audiences around the world. Dally is a composer and researcher of traditional music, which he performs on Scottish pipes, whistles and accordion. Together, the couple plays original and traditional songs and will perform from 9:15 to 10 p.m.

“Vashon Events is really committed to partnering with all the arts organizations on the island and are thrilled to present local musicians at the Kay,” Allison said.

The new, free series is sponsored by John L. Scott.

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