Waikiki Beach Concert

OLYMPIA — Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission have announced the schedule for the 14th annual 2019 Waikiki Beach Concert Series at Cape Disappointment State Park.

The first concert is June 8. The free Saturday concerts begin at 7 p.m. on the lawn at Waikiki Beach in Cape Disappointment State Park, 244 Robert Gray Dr., Ilwaco.

The summer 2019 lineup is as follows:

June 8: Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons

Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons perform acoustic blues, field hollers, fiddle and banjo breakdowns and early jazz. For seven years, their tours have extended their work as teachers and community organizers in Seattle. With their unique integration of performance, education and storytelling, the duo redefines the role of songsters in the 21st century. In 2016, they earned first place in the International Blues Challenge’s solo/duo category.

June 22: Unit Souzou

Unit Souzou performs an expressive blend of taiko and Japanese folk dance. Taiko refers to the art of Japanese drumming and the drum itself. Founders Michelle Fujii and Toru Watanabe are internationally recognized artists and educators based in Portland. “Souzou” can be written three ways in Japanese meaning “creation” (創造), “imagination” (想像) or “noisy” (騒々). Inspired by these words, Unit Souzou builds creative, imaginative works while honoring the history and roots of the taiko art form.

July 13: Beltaine

Beltaine plays Celtic music that features hammered dulcimer, guitar, accordion, flute and pennywhistle. Performing both instrumental and vocal tunes, Beltaine offers a unique blend of instrumentation and musical styles. The original and traditional music performed by Beltaine is inspired from Celtic, folk, rock and classical sources.

July 27: Brownsmead Flats

Brownsmead Flats is an acoustic string band that features guitars, bass, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, fiddle and hammered dulcimer. The band plays traditional bluegrass songs as well as its own take on the genre “crabgrass,” inspired by the maritime heritage of the Pacific Northwest coast.

August 10: The Winterlings

With songs as vivid as feature films, The Winterlings take listeners on unexpected journeys through flooded barns and cedar forests, chemistry labs and ferries crossing Puget Sound. Songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Amanda Birdsall and Wolff Bowden weave guitar, violin, foot drums and banj-itar  with layered vocal harmonies.

Aug. 24: The Unexpected Brass Band

Inspired by the joyous and free-wheeling energy of New Orleans street bands, The Unexpected Brass Band plays good-time, funky music. Their repertoire includes traditional songs, jazz and music from around the world.

The concerts are sponsored by the Friends of the Columbia River Gateway, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Washington State Parks Foundation and the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.

Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to the concerts, unless participants are already camped in the park.

Cape Disappointment State Park is a 1,882-acre camping park on the southern tip of the Long Beach Peninsula, where the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean meet. The park offers two miles of ocean beach, two lighthouses, an interpretive center and hiking trails.

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