What’s Happening Aug. 29 – Sept. 5

  • Wednesday, August 29, 2018 1:56pm
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Britt Freda painting, “Lobster II,” will be on view at Vashon Center for the Arts on Sept. 7, when works for VCA’s upcoming gala auction are previewed (Courtesy Photo).

Britt Freda painting, “Lobster II,” will be on view at Vashon Center for the Arts on Sept. 7, when works for VCA’s upcoming gala auction are previewed (Courtesy Photo).


Vashon’s free Summer Concerts in the Park series will close out at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, with a show by homegrown reggae band, Troll’s Cottage, fronted by islander Jacob Bain. It’s the group’s first concert on Vashon in four years.

Founded in 1998, Troll’s Cottage was named for a small cottage, deep in the woods of Vashon, where the band rehearsed. Over the course of the next several years, they played to capacity crowds at clubs and festivals up and down the West Coast and beyond, sometimes sharing the stage with bigger acts such as Eek a Mouse and Clinton Fearon. The band released two live CDs and four full-length studio CDs.

Pete Welch, promoter for the Summer Concerts series, describes the sound of Troll’s Cottage as being supremely danceable. “There’s so much island history attached to this band,” he said. “The music played such a big part of so many people’s lives who grew up here.”

In case of rain, the concert will be moved to Vashon Center for the Arts.


Vashon Center for the Arts will be the site of a Forest Stewards pop-up show and sale from Aug. 27 to Sept. 3, featuring live-edge wood slabs made from Pacific madrone and big leaf maple. The slabs in this show are mostly unfinished except for several slabs that have had their tops sanded and finished by island wood artists. All slabs are available for sale, and the artists involved are willing to finish any of the slabs as well as turn them into tables or benches. Vashon Forest Stewards is an island non-profit that helps landowners with their forests and mills wood products from local trees.


Dance the night away at Club O 21+ from 8 p.m. to midnight, Friday, Aug. 31, at Open Space for Arts & Community. The art center’s Bruce Black Box Theater — which has a special, springy floor that is was installed with dancing in mind — will transform into a club complete with tunes spun by island deejay Alex Craighead. Libations and snacks will be available. The night, $10 at the door, is for ages 21 and older.


West Seattle Soul, a band from West Seattle, will bring its big sound to the island for a free show from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, at The Lodges on Vashon. Food catered by Gravy and drinks will be on sale. The band, led by drummer and arranger Ollie Klomp, features a dozen talented players, including a six-piece horn line, a rhythm section, several guitar players and a rotating cast of special guests. For additional information, visit lodgesonvashon.org


A Sept. 7 preview of Vashon Center for the Arts’ upcoming auction, “Masquerade,” will feature artworks that will be up for bid on two gala evenings, Sept. 21 and 22. Auction items including trips and other experiences will also be previewed at the First Friday gathering, which will also include wood-fired pizzas and drink. The Sept. 7 preview, a First Friday event, is free. For tickets to the auction, visit vashoncenterfor thearts.org. Proceeds will go to supporting scholarships for VCA’s educational programs as well as its operational costs.


Throughout September, Open Space for Arts & Community will be the site of “Festival 25: Catch Us While You Can,” a celebration of creators who have lived and worked on Vashon for 25 years or longer, shaping the island’s cultural landscape. The event’s music offerings include iconic island players on two stages at the beginning and end of the show’s run. On Friday, Sept. 7, Kat Eggleston, One More Mile, Portage Fill Big Band and Bob Krinsky will play. Bands and players on Saturday, Sept. 29, will include The Spotlights, High and Lonesome, Subconscious Population, Sinner & the Saints, Bob Kueker, Mary Litchfield Tuel and Chuck Roehm. On Sunday, Sept. 30, players will include Mike Shapiro with The Crooning Crones, Catbird, RiverBend, Loose Change and Some Hat. John Browne and Loren Sinner with Bob Goering will serenade the show to its closing. For more information on the show, visit openspace vashon.com.


International touring and recording artist Trevor Hall will play a show at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at Open Space for Arts & Community. Hall is known for the way he integrates his music — an eclectic mix of acoustic rock, reggae and Sanskrit chanting — with his devotion to yoga and other Hindu spiritual practices. A press release said, “Hall views the stage as his moving temple, a place where he can share in the experience of his spiritual journey with his audience.” Tickets, $22 and $40, are on sale at openspace vashon.org, where there is also more information about Hall.


The local jazz band, Some’tet, will play a free show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at Vashon Center for the Arts. Vashon Events has arranged the show as part of a free series highlighting island groups and musicians. The band plays a mix of jazz, post-jazz, neo-bossa and torch songs. In July 2017, Some’tet was one of only four bands selected for the annual EarShot Second Century Jazz Festival.

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