SATURDAY, JULY 16TH
BEER GARDEN STAGE
Music sponsored by RO Enterprises, CFM Carpet, Brown Financial Solutions, Vashon Events, Vashon Chamber, Bandstand Music and The Lodges On Vashon
Rooster plays their own unique take on an eclectic, “free range” mix of rock, blues, pop, new wave, fusion, soul, and funk from the 60s though today. Nothing seems to be off limits for these guys. Wailing guitar, swirling organ, thundering bass, and pulsating drums ensures you’ll be up out of your seat and dancing. The group has rocked the last three Strawberry Festivals, numerous dates at the “Red Bike”, and two years at Vashon’s infamous “Cat Butt” festival. Founders Rick Doussett (guitar/vox) and Ken Widmeyer (keys) welcome newbie members to the flock – Andy Dousett (bass/vox … yes, it’s now a “family thing”) along with Stephen Cooper (drums). New repertoire along with some familiar favorites.
(2:30-3:30pm) THE FIELDHANDS
A fixture in the Vashon Island Music scene, this four-piece plays only occasionally and bring brand new music to the show every time! Jon Whalen on rhythm guitar, and Dorsey Davis on bass, share the lead vocals and song writing duties. The words speak to roaming from here to there, falling in an out of lust, the mundane and magical. From the sleepy beginnings 8 years back to the rough and rocking sounds you’ll hear this year, the band is on a long evolutionary curve. Long-time island rocker Richard Lipke and up-and-comer Emory Medima-Boyajian, round out the FieldHands sound from punchy to rolling and many plateaus in-between. We’re looking forward to the festival once again!
(4:15-5:00pm) GREGG CURRY & RAGGED GLORY
Ragged Glory has evolved a sound around Gregg Curry's original songs that is uniquely theirs -- a sort of rock-and-roll minstrel show/tent revival that mixes the sacred, the profane, and the in-between into a musical stew, new and familiar at once. They recently released their debut CD, "With a Bullet', and they are armed (and perhaps dangerous) with a host of new songs as well. Their concerts are energetic and explore a varied landscape of moods and feelings. The tunes are catchy; the words will alternate between making you laugh and giving you pause; the music will make you want to dance; and chances are, you will grin a lot -- like you do when you hear a song on the radio that makes you want to turn it up. As an added bonus, the band (Curry, Rick Dahms, and Emory Miedema- Boyajian) is frequently joined onstage by a Who's Who of Island talent. As a preview to their appearance at Festival, check them out at greggcurry.com. Then, come out and see them. Bring your dancing shoes.
(5:45-6:30pm) THE ALLISON SHIRK BAND
Allison Shirk is a singer-songwriter whose music blends the rootsy foundation of country with the emotional honesty of rock & roll. Allison is originally from Texas and is the third cousin of Country Music Hall of Famer, Earnest Tubb. Allison's rich voice has just the right amount of grit and warmth and her melodious tunes support her poetic and often personal lyrics that give listeners a sense of her authenticity. Today, Allison is backed by a stellar band of local musicians including Wesley Peterson on drums, Christopher Overstreet on keys, Scott Carness and Doug Pine on guitar, Sarah Howard on backing vocals, and Lonesome Mike Nichols on harmonica.
(7:00-11:00pm) BILL BROWN & THE KINGBEES
Since the last Strawberry Festival in 2015, Bill Brown and the Kingbees have been performing all over Puget Sound. Folks love Bill’s crisp harmonica and no holds barred vocals. They are a favorite for private parties for their energy and dynamic tonal vocals. They average 40 years a piece in professional experience, but still have the vitality of 20 year olds! This 5 piece band featuring John Gaborit on Guitar, Tony Handy on drums, Leslie Shelton on bass and Steve Minzel on keys. The Kingbees’ ability to play a variety from old Rock n Roll to Blues, Disco, Jazz and slow songs that melt lovers hearts!