Holiday mayhem on stage and the airwaves
Drama Dock, Vashon’s venerable community theater group, will present “A 1940’s Radio Christmas Carol,” on Dec. 20, 21, 22, 28 and 29 at Vashon Center for the Arts. The show takes place on Christmas Eve, 1943, and follows a radio theater presentation of the Feddington Players as they broadcast their contemporary take on Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” An excursion in the mayhem and madness of a live radio show, the show includes four-period songs and swing arrangements of many Christmas standards. The cast, a who’s who of local island theater talent, is directed by Marita and Elise Ericksen. Visit vashoncenterforthearts.org for showtimes and ticket information.
Get grooving with Saint Ophelia
Vashon-based alternative folk-rock band Saint Ophelia will play a no-cover concert at Snapdragon’s Black Cat Cabaret at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21. The band is a five-piece ensemble fronted by vocalist/guitarist Rebekah Kuzma, singer-songwriter-guitarist/pianist Joseph Panzetta, and pedal steel magician Dan Tyack. With a rhythm section made up of Wesley Peterson on drums and Chuck Keller on bass, their original songs run the gamut from groovy to rockin’ to spacious and are sure to get everyone off their feet.
Up and coming island musicians share the stage
Five Vashon High School graduates will perform in a special Sharing the Stage show from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23, at the Chop Suey club in Seattle. Kate Atwell, Julia Hanowell, Iris Sackman, Dimitrius Brown, Quinn McTighe and Chick Green have all performed in past years as VHS students, opening for artists such as Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and Tacocat at island venues. Sharing the Stage, which began in 2010 and has produced 14 shows on-island, showcases high school performers and bands, providing mentorship opportunities that culminate with the chance to open for a top-name headlining band. Monday’s event is billed as a “Home for the Holidays” show since almost all of the performers are students in college or alumni. Several other performers in the lineup will hail from various Seattle high schools. Tickets are $10 for this all-ages show. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the music will begin at 7. More information about the show and tickets can be found at sharingthestage.com or chopsuey.com
High and Lonesome at The Bike
Update: The Dec. 27 High and Lonesome Band show at The Red Bike has been canceled.
The all-island High and Lonesome Band will play a show at The Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27. With roots firmly planted in American Ethnic music, High and Lonesome’s group of longtime friends and collaborators bring an intricate, tasty brew of bluegrass, blues, and Bakersfield-style country music to the stage. Islanders will recognize John Schubert on guitar and vocals, with Tab Tabscott on Dobro and pedal steel. Jamie Blair will play the banjo, Pete Martin on fiddle and mandolin and Al Hutteball on upright bass. The no-cover show is open to all ages until 11 p.m., then ages 21 and older only.