Prick up your ears: Thrills abound at upcoming concerts

Sample the diversity and spark of an island music scene that never seems to slow down or miss a beat

Rizo will perform on Friday, Jan. 31 at Open Space for Arts & Community (John Cornicello Photo).

Rizo will perform on Friday, Jan. 31 at Open Space for Arts & Community (John Cornicello Photo).

A slew of upcoming concerts on Vashon will give islanders a chance to be wowed by shows ranging from virtuoso classical piano performance, to sultry New York nightclub-style cabaret, to folk, rock and roots shows by local music heroes.

Take your pick, or better yet, make a vow to expand your musical palette and attend them all, sampling the diversity and spark of an island music scene that never seems to slow down or miss a beat.

Rizo returns to Open Space

Singer-sophisticate Rizo, a Manhattan fixture who has earned a name for herself by transforming nightclub pop into soulful and theatrical cabaret performance, will take the stage at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at Open Space for Arts & Community.

It’s the fourth time Rizo has performed at the island venue, and organizers said they’ve invited her back due to audience demand.

Rizo’s concerts here have been well attended in the past, but her reach goes far beyond the island’s shores. Her own hometown’s daily newspaper, The New York Times, has called her act “a fierce but kindhearted fusion of comedy, burlesque, performance art and rock ’n’ roll.”

Rizo will perform on Friday, Jan. 31 at Open Space for Arts & Community (John Cornicello Photo).

Rizo will perform on Friday, Jan. 31 at Open Space for Arts & Community (John Cornicello Photo).

In 2017, Rizo released her second album, “Indigo.” She has also collaborated with Moby and Reggie Watts, and appeared on Yo-Yo Ma’s Grammy-winning album “Songs of Joy & Peace.”

Backstage VIP tickets to Open Space’s concert are $60 in advance, and $70 at the door, if available. Reserved table seating is $38 advance and $45 at the door, if available. General admission is $26 advance and $30 at the door. Buy them in advance at The evening is for ages 21 and older only.

‘Slava’ plays the Kay

Another talented world traveler will also board the ferry for a return trip to play an island venue, when Russian pianist and composer Vyacheslav “Slava” Gryaznov makes his way to Vashon Center for the Arts for a concert set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, in the arts center’s Katherine L White Hall.

A pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m. will set the mood for the program and include virtuoso renditions of Bach, Beethoven, Debussey, Ravel and Gryaznov’s own work.

Gryaznov‘s biography reads like an ultimate checklist of prestigious music conservatories and venues.

He graduated with honors from the Moscow Conservatory. He continued at the Moscow Conservatory as a post-graduate and was on its teaching faculty. He later completed Yale University School of Music’s artist diploma program under Professor Boris Berman.

Vyacheslav “Slava” Gryaznov, an acclaimed pianist and composer will play a concert on Saturday, Feb. 1, at Vashon Center for the Arts (Courtesy Photo).

Vyacheslav “Slava” Gryaznov, an acclaimed pianist and composer will play a concert on Saturday, Feb. 1, at Vashon Center for the Arts (Courtesy Photo).

He is an artist of the Moscow Philharmonic Society and an artist-in-residence with The Drozdoff Society in the United States. Recent performances have taken place at Berliner Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, Ehrbar Hall in Vienna, National Center for the Arts, Mexico City, and he’s been a soloist with the Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and Dnipro Philharmonic.

What’s more, he has authored more than 30 concert arrangements and in 2014 signed a publishing contract with Schott Music (Germany). In 2018, he released a CD on the Steinway & Sons label.

Still, despite the amount of time Gryaznov has spent inside vaulted concert halls around the world, he offered high praise for Vashon’s own performance space, after first performing at VCA last year.

“The Kay White Hall is one of the finest buildings I have ever performed in,” Gryaznov told VCA staff.

Tickets to the show range in price for $15 to $32. Get them in advance, at a discount, at

Redeker and friends will tip scales

Island guitarist and songwriter Daryl Redeker will be joined by friends Chris Leighton and Eva Cain in concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, at the Wesleyan Clubhouse, 12136 Wesleyan Way S.W.

Redeker has shared the stage with Phoebe Snow, Jose Feliciano, Taj Mahal, and Cheech and Chong. He has also taught and performed on Vashon since 1989.

Leighton has also performed and recorded with many well-known artists, including Vashon favorites Danny O’Keefe, Laura Love, Joe Craven and Bill Frisell.

Cain, a 15-year-old freshman at Vashon High School, has taken guitar lessons from Redeker for about a year — a time span that has also included her performance of six local concerts.

Sunday’s concert is presented by local nonprofit Tip the Scales, an organization that seeks to promote the practice of equitable pay for musicians.

Tip the Scale co-founder Kat Eggleston said she is especially looking forward to hearing Cain play at the show.

“Eva started out taking guitar lessons from me when she was a kid and was with me for about a year,” Eggleston said. “I was really hoping she’d go to Daryl after that, and it turned out he was a great teacher for her.”

The suggested donation for the concert is $20. RSVP to kat@kateggleston, or just show up.

Dumovich, Kinski and Llama light up the Black Cat

A study in sonic contrasts will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Snapdragon’s Black Cat Cabaret, when local music heroes Mike Dumovich and Rusty Willoughby perform in an all-ages show that will also include the Seattle rock act Kinski.

Kinski’s work is hard to pin down and describe, said Dumovich.

“Their 20-year catalog has covered so much ground it would almost be an insult to do so,” said Dumovich, though he did call the group “true melodic-distortion song crafters of the highest order.”

The four-piece band’s own press release describes the music as “psych-rock-post-rock metal,” as they tour their newly released “Accustomed to Your Face” on the Kill Rock Stars label. The show at Black Cat Cabaret will mark their Vashon debut.

No stranger to Vashon audiences, Rusty Willoughby will bring his own band, Llama, to the stage that night. A long-time veteran of the Seattle music scene who is best known for his bands Flop and Pure Joy, Willoughby blends power-pop with both rock and roots touches.

Dumovich will play the show’s opening set with longtime collaborator Anne Marie Ruljancich.

Writing about Dumovich’s music, Seattle music writer Chris Estey said, “This is plucked mosaic shibboleth blues, where you’re willing to follow the weathered vocalist’s story anywhere, delighted by each shuffle of twilight imagery and montage of dreams and wilderness.”

Payment for the concert can be made by placing cash in donation envelopes on tables at the venue during the show.

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