CONTACT:

Ronda Billerbeck, Cultural Programs Manager

Kent Parks, Recreation & Community Services

(253) 856-5050

rbillerbeck@ci.kent.wa.us

www.ci.kent.wa.us/arts

KENT, Wash. – June 2, 2005 – Rocking blues, Celtic tunes, playful puppets, sizzling hot pop-rock, Mexican folk music, awe-inspiring juggling and more – Kent’s free summer concerts provide 17 opportunities to enjoy live performance in four of Kent’s most beautiful parks.

Concerts and performances for kids are held Wednesdays and Thursdays at noon. Adults and families will enjoy music featured on Tuesdays at noon and Thursday evenings. The season schedule follows and can also be viewed online at www.ci.kent.wa.us/arts. To request a brochure, call (253) 856-5050 or e-mail artscommission@ci.kent.wa.us.

LISTED BY LOCATION & DAY OF WEEK

Take-Out Tuesdays

Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Kent-Kherson Park, 2nd Ave. and Gowe St., Downtown Kent

July 12 Little Bill and the Bluenotes (blues)

July 19 Toast (American roots music)

July 26 Elliott Bay Pipe Band (bagpipe ensemble and drum section)

August 2 The Ecclestons (Celtic trio)

Wednesday Picnic Performances – Especially for Kids

Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Mill Creek Canyon Earthworks Park, 742 E. Titus St., Kent

July 6 Tickle Tune Typhoon (award-winning music coupled with silly fun)

July 13 Rick Hartman Wonderglobe: Toys to the World (toys, tales and inventions)

July 20 Gentlemen Jugglers (daring juggling and comedic stunts)

July 27 David Maloney (wonderful stories, original songs and old favorites)

August 3 Jim Gamble Puppets Wonderful World of Puppets (Acclaimed marionette artist)

Thursdays at the Lake

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Lake Meridian Park, 14800 SE 272nd St., Kent

July 7 Vicci Martinez (pop-rock, sizzling hot guitar playing and powerful vocals)

July 14 Hot Club Sandwich (eclectic string band performing early 20th Century Hot Jazz)

July 21 Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem (exuberant mix of country blues, vintage swing, modern songwriter fare, Appalachian fiddle tunes and more)

July 28 Men of Worth (traditional and contemporary Irish and Scottish folk music)

August 4 Cascada de Flores (music of Mexico and Cuba)

Playground Performances – Especially for Kids

Noon – 1:00 p.m.

West Fenwick Park, 42nd Ave. S. and Reith Rd., Kent

July 14 Eric Ode (award winning children's singer, poet, and entertainer)

July 21 Tears of Joy Theatre Anansi the Spider (life-size puppets bring West African and Caribbean folk tales to life)

July 28 Lois LaFond & The Rockadiles (celebration of diverse cultures through music)

LISTED CHRONOLOGICALLY

July 6 – Tickle Tune Typhoon, noon (Mill Creek Canyon Earthworks Park, 742 E. Titus St.)

July 7 – Vicci Martinez, 7 p.m. (Lake Meridian Park, 14800 SE 272nd St.)

July 12 – Little Bill & the Bluenotes, noon (Kent-Kherson Park, 2nd Ave. and Gowe St.)

July 13 – Rick Hartman Wonderglobe: Toys to the World, noon (Mill Creek Canyon Earthworks Park, 742 E. Titus St.)

July 14 – Eric Ode, noon (West Fenwick Park, 3824 Reith Rd.)

July 14 – Hot Club Sandwich, 7 p.m. (Lake Meridian Park, 14800 SE 272nd St.)

July 19 – Toast, noon (Kent-Kherson Park, 2nd Ave. and Gowe St.)

July 20 – Gentlemen Jugglers, noon (Mill Creek Canyon Earthworks Park, 742 E. Titus St.)

July 21 – Tears of Joy Theatre’s Anansi the Spider, noon (West Fenwick Park, 3824 Reith Rd.)

July 21 – Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem, 7 p.m. (Lake Meridian Park, 14800 SE 272nd St.)

July 26 – Elliott Bay Pipe Band, noon (Kent-Kherson Park, 2nd Ave. and Gowe St.)

July 27 – David Maloney, noon (Mill Creek Canyon Earthworks Park, 742 E. Titus St.)

July 28 – Lois LaFond & the Rockadiles, noon (West Fenwick Park, 3824 Reith Rd.)

July 28 – Men of Worth, 7 p.m. (Lake Meridian Park, 14800 SE 272nd St.)

August 2 – The Ecclestons, noon (Kent-Kherson Park, 2nd Ave. and Gowe St.)

August 3 – Jim Gamble Puppets Wonderful World of Puppets, noon (Mill Creek Canyon Earthworks Park, 742 E. Titus St.)

August 4 – Cascada de Flores, 7 p.m. (Lake Meridian Park, 14800 SE 272nd St.)

For further information, please call (253) 856-5050, e-mail artscommission@ci.kent.wa.us or visit www.ci.kent.wa.us/arts. The Summer Concert Series is presented by Kent Parks, Recreation and Community Services and the Kent Arts Commission.

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