Arts Briefs | June 1 edition

Dig Deep into Grateful Dead, UMO Student Showcase, Rickie Lee Jones concerts, and more.

Dig Deep into Grateful Dead

Dance the night away to the music of the Grateful Dead, starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at Dig Deep Gardens, at 19028 Vashon Hwy SW.

Four musicians, who recently played under the name of Durk & Co., at Snapdragon, are reuniting to put on a full night of Dead favorites. With Tony Mann on keys and vocals, Gib Dammann keeping the beat on percussion, Matt Zekala shredding on guitar, and Jon Whalen grooving on bass, this powerhouse group is ready to jam.

More than just a music venue, Dig Deep Gardens is a community hub on Vashon, frequently hosting fundraisers for local charities and organizations, in addition to its regular shows.

Jazzy June

“Jazzy June With Bruce Phares” will commence at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at the Vashon Episcopal Church Of The Holy Spirit, with guitarist Milo Peterson, performing in a duet with bassist Phares.

Petersen has been active in the Northwest jazz scene since the 1970s, performing in scores of groups, clubs, and concerts, as well as his long-running position as guitar chair in the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra. He is also an educator who has helped launch numerous guitar artists’ careers.

As for his Earshot Jazz Hall of Fame induction, Petersen said, “…If you make this music, you’re doing it because you love the art form and you love the values of democracy, equality, and inclusion.”

This is the first of three June performances that Phares will host at the Church of Holy Spirit in June, except for the weekend of the Vashon Center for the Arts Garden Tour, June 17 to 18.

UMO Student Showcase

More than 80 UMO School students will perform acts of their own creation in “Charivari Circus,” at 7 p.m. Friday, June 2, and 3 p.m. Sunday, June 4, in the Grand Hall at Open Space for Arts & Community.

The UMO School of Physical Arts, at Open Space for Arts & Community, seeks to inspire creative possibility and recognize students’ creative force by giving them a safe place to learn and a variety of tools based on UMO’s dynamic physical theatre.

All ages are welcome to the show. General admission is $25, but tickets are available beginning at $15. Youth tickets are free. This is an Open Door event, meaning nobody will be turned away because they can’t afford a ticket. Learn more and reserve tickets at

Garden Tour

Vashon Center for the Arts will present its annual Garden Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 17 and 18, including five fabulous island gardens and activities at the VCA campus including exhibits, food trucks, vendors, and more. Find out more and get tickets at

Rickie Lee Jones concerts

Grammy-winning music star Rickie Lee Jones will perform two nights on Vashon, on Monday and Tuesday, July 17 and 18, at Vashon Center for the Arts — the only dates in Washington state on the famed singer-songwriter’s “Pieces of Treasure” world tour. Tickets are expected to go quickly but are still on sale at and in person at Vashon Center for the Art box office, open 12 to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday.