Arts Briefs | June 27 edition

PianoFête, Dance night, Harpsichord concert, Cosmic Charlie, and more.


The third annual PianoFête — a four-concert festival of piano virtuosity — will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, July 10-13, at Vashon Center for the Arts.

For the now-beloved event, Fête curator and award-winning pianist Vyacheslav Gryaznov selects acclaimed musicians to join him for a residency on Vashon Island.

PianoFête boasts two Steinway Concert Grands on stage. Each evening’s performance showcases a different soloist, who is then joined by one or more of their colleagues to close the program by playing four-hand piano and piano duos. Featured pianists this year will be Gryaznov, Kevin Kenner, Konstantin Soukhovetski, and Rexa Han. The festival’s finale on Saturday, July 13, will feature all four pianists on both pianos accompanied by the Vashon Maury Chamber Orchestra.

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Dance night

Nomadic Dance holds a monthly dance party on the last Saturday of the month at Snapdragon, with the next party taking place from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 29, with a $10 suggested donation.

Harpsichord concert

Prizewinning harpsichordist Faythe Vollrath from Sacramento, California, will join baroque flutist Jeffrey Cohan for a mostly-Bach extravaganza at 7 p.m. Monday, July 1, at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, in this eighth and final 2024 Salish Sea Early Music Festival performance.

The program will feature transcriptions of works by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) originally for viola da gamba and another for violin, both with obbligato (or fully written-out) harpsichord in addition to sonatas originally written for flute by Bach.

The Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit is located at 15420 Vashon Highway SW. Admission is by suggested donation (a free-will offering) of $20 to $30, with those 18 and younger admitted free. For more information, visit

Please note that this concert was originally scheduled to feature Spanish harpsichordist Irene Roldàn, who is unable to attend.

Cosmic Charlie

Cosmic Charlie, a Grateful Dead cover band from Athens, Georgia, will play a show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at Open Space for Arts & Community.

Over the past 25 years, Cosmic Charlie has earned a reputation as a band that puts a distinctive and personal twist on the Grateful Dead catalog — tapping into the Dead’s energy and style as a foundation on which to build.

David Gans, of the acclaimed Grateful Dead Hour, describes Cosmic Charlie as “…a great band — these guys do this music the way it should be done: having the conversation in their own voices.”

Find out more and get tickets at Tickets are free for youths 18 and younger.

Studio sale/giveaway

Find a piece of Vashon’s creative history as Chris and Darsie Beck, long forces in Vashon’s art scene, close Waterworks Studio on Maury Island. Chemicals, glazes, tools, kiln shelves, kiln furniture, cones, display stands, lighting, coffee pots, extension cords — you name it and you’ll find it at Waterworks, for sale or free. The sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 29-30, at 7012 SW 240th. On Saturday, the sale is for potters and Vashon Island Visual Artists members only. On Sunday, it will be open to the public. Call 206-660-4635 for more information.