Keep it country at a house concert
A house concert by Greg Blake and Real Country will begin with a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at 15326 115 Ave. S.W. (look for signs and arrows directing the way). The downbeat for the concert is 7 p.m.
Blake, born and bred in the mountains of West Virginia, is a lifelong devotee of traditional country music as played by the likes of Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Lefty Frizzell, Webb Pierce, Bill Monroe and other giants of the genre. His music career started at the age of seven, when he received his first guitar and began to perform hits from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s at church socials and country fair talent shows.
Now, he spends his time touring the country, playing his own brand of Appalachian bluegrass and classic country, with his accomplished and well-traveled band. Members include Miles Zurawell, on dobro, banjo and vocal, Nico Humby on bass and vocals, and Isaac Callendar on fiddle, bass and vocals.
For more information, visit gregblakemusic.com. For more information about the concert, call organizer Leigh Moorhouse at 206-579-8520. Proceeds from a suggested donation of $20 will go to the musicians.
Listen to ‘Love Letters’
Vashon Readers Theatre will continue its series of staged readings of plays with a special Valentine’s presentation of A.R Gurney’s romantic play, “Love Letters,” at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, at Snapdragon’s Black Cat Cabaret. The reading, directed by Chris Boscia, is free, but attendees are encouraged to arrive early to find a good seat. After the performance, audience members will be invited to read their very own five-minute romantic story about lost love or on any other Valentine’s Day theme.
“Love Letters,” the story of a lifelong unfulfilled romance between two friends, opened on Broadway with a revolving cast of acclaimed stars paired to play the two roles — a group that included Colleen Dewhurst and Jason Robards, Lynn Redgrave and John Clark, Stockard Channing and John Rubinstein and Jane Curtin and Edward Herrmann. On Vashon, the roles will be played by island acting legends Jeanne Dougherty and Michael Shook.
Kinksi, Llama, Dumovich play Black Cat Cabaret
A three-act bill of fare will start at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Snapdragon’s Black Cat Cabaret, when acclaimed local singer-songwriter Mike Dumovich opens for two bands, Kinski and Llama. Kinski is a well-known Seattle band, as is Llama, which is fronted by local music hero Rusty Willoughby. It is an all-ages show, with payment accepted in donation envelopes on tables at the Black Cat.
‘Journey to a Vanished World’ at Snapdragon
Islander Martin Koenig will have a launch event for his new book, “Sound Portraits from Bulgaria: Journey to a Vanished World,” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at Snapdragon. The 144-page book, with two accompanying music CDs, was recently published by Smithsonian Folkways.
Hop a boat to see Snuff Redux
Snuff Redux, a Seattle band with strong Vashon ties, will rock Chop Suey from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, in Seattle. This is a Sharing the Stage show, which means that teens from five different Seattle schools will be the opening acts. Snuff Redux headlined a Sharing the Stage show at The Red Bicycle in November 2019, and Skyler Ford, of Snuff Redux, was a student opener for Sharing the Stage’s very first show on Vashon in 2010. All-ages, $10, tickets at chopsuey.com.
Get ‘In the Mood for Love’
David Armstrong’s Broadway Nation Live will present “In the Mood for Love,” an evening of song and celebration of top women lyricists, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at Vashon Center for the Arts. Armstrong, the artistic director emeritus of The 5th Avenue Theatre, will share fascinating stories and timeless musical creations by top lyricists and composers such as Dorothy Fields, Carolynn Leigh, Betty Comden, Janine Tesouri, Lucy Simon, Cindi Lauper and others. The show comes complete with special guest Albert Evans and musical performances by stars of The 5th Avenue Theatre including Billie Wildrick, Lisa Estridge and James Rocco. A $35 premium ticket includes candle-lit table seating on the wings of the hall, libations from Nashi Orchard and gourmet chocolate. Other tickets cost $15 to $25; buy them at vashoncenterforthearts.org.
‘Love Me or Leave Me’ at VCA
Letters of longing, loving and leaving will be read aloud by Seattle and local actors at this event at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Vashon Center for the Arts.
The performance, presented by a group called Letters Aloud, will feature local actors including Anthony Winkler, Amy Broomhall, Martha Enson, Kevin Joyce, Maria Glanz, Mik Kuhlman, and Darragh Kennan reading real love letters written by the likes of Mark Twain, Frida Kahlo, Charles Bukowski, Virginia Woof, Napolean Bonaparte and others.
Ticket range in price from $10 to $20. Buy them in advance at vashoncenterforthearts.org.