CALLING ALL OUTLAWS
The JD Hobson Band, a roots band specializing in a blend of outlaw country, Americana and Delta blues, will play a free show at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi. Band leader Hobson was born and raised in Seattle, but his family roots and musical inspiration come from the Appalachian blues country of Virginia. His band includes Dan Infecto on bass, Mike Peterson on drums and Ron Weinstein on the Hammond B3 organ with a rotating Leslie speaker. According to Pete Welch, of Vashon Events, who is bringing the group to Vashon, the band has played to packed houses in venues, including Seattle’s famous Tractor Tavern, and has a growing and enthusiastic fan base. The show is for all ages until 11 p.m., and 21 and older after that.
ALL THINGS PARTHENON
The latest installment in Vashon Center for the Arts’ lecture series about art history will take place at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the arts center. During the talk, noted art historian Rebecca Albiani will discuss the famous temple, dedicated to the goddess Athena and constructed on the Athenian Acropolis between 447 and 432 BCE. Audience members can expect erudite explanations of the elegance of the Parthenon’s architecture and the beauty of its sculpture, and learn more about its influence, even in Washington state. Tickets cost $16 to $24 and are on sale at vashoncenterforthearts.org.
STRINGS RISE UP
It’s enrollment time for RISE (Rock Island String Education), a violin and guitar ensemble group for children in grades 3 to 5. (Younger children may also join the band with permission from the instructors. No experience is necessary to join the classes, which are held before school in the Chautauqua music room. Space is limited, but scholarships are available. For more information contact Kim.Thal22@gmail.com.
STORYTELLING AT THE PUB
A bi-monthly storytelling series at Vashon Brewing Community Pub, in Vashon Village, will continue with new stories, themes and storytellers on Tuesday evenings, Jan. 11 and 25, and Feb. 8 and 22. For more information and to find out how to get involved, visit vashonbrewing.com.
GET JAZZY WITH ROOSEVELT
Vashon Center for the Arts will present a performance by the Roosevelt Jazz Band, one of five jazz ensembles at Seattle’s Roosevelt High School, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the arts center. Led by Director Scott Brown, the band performs throughout the Pacific Northwest, competing in jazz festivals and appearing in events, including the annual “Hot Java Cool Jazz” concert featuring the area’s top high school jazz bands. Advance tickets to the show at VCA are $5 student, $16 member, $18 senior and $20 general, and can be purchased at vashoncenterforthearts.org. All tickets at the door cost $24.