Music sponsored by Windermere Real Estate & The Vashon Park District

(1:00-1:45pm) PORTAGE FILL  

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Vashon Island's Portage Fill Big Band has been making music for over 40 years, and is a perennial Strawberry Festival favorite.  The sixteen piece big band features musicians both amateur and professional, most being members of the band for over 15 years, with Lou Engels topping the list as a charter member.  Led by director Tony Willing and featuring vocalists Maggie Laird and Lou Mangione, the Portage Fill Big Band opens the Ober Park stage and returns Saturday evening for the Festival Street Dance.  Bring your dancing shoes and have a ball with the Portage Fill!




The S Curves came together in the summer of 2013 as a result of a fun and funky traveling performance party called “The Swamp Bottom Jamboree.” Their debut performance included cocktail dresses under hip waders in the middle of a pond by candlelight, accompanied by the boisterous bass of a croaking bullfrog. The next summer, they revisited that pond in a rowboat dressed in nightgowns. Unexpectedly, the bullfrog made a repeat performance. Cleaned up and dressed up (but without the frog), the S Curves trio is comprised of seasoned Vashon and Seattle performers whether at the O Space, Blue Heron, Red Bike, Drama Dock, Vashon Opera, Seattle Opera, and various gigs over town. The S Curves – Arlette Moody, Elaine Ott-Rocheford, and Stephanie Murray – are Sure to Send you Swaying.  The S Curves are backed by The Straightaways, an acoustic swing combo that puts a nostalgic spin on even the most modern tunes, but isn’t afraid to bust out a beat when they need to. Steve Meyer on upright bass and Marshall Murray on the cocktail drum kit are seasoned performers who provide the backbone. Andre Sapp adds mandolin, ukulele and guitar, depending on what and how many strings he can handle at any given time. Christopher Overstreet brings a stunning array of piano chops, classical technique, and avant-garde sensibilities. Gary Milligan on horn adds some sass and splash.

(4:00-4:45pm) RUMOR HAS IT 

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Rumor Has It plays string-band rock. They began in 2009, when a group of long-time island musicians got together in a Vashon cabin to make music. The path has led to many different styles of music – Americana, R&B, bluegrass-jam, Afro-Celtic - all with their signature musicianship and singing.  Rumor Has It is Roger Taylor on guitar - came from the folk-rock world, where well-crafted songs and harmony vocals are royalty; Steve Amsden on guitars, banjo, and mandolin - commands a musical bazaar including rock, country, folk, Celtic, and bluegrass, and sells his soul to the devil of island music; Paul Colwell – on mandolin – has been in demand in Nashville, co-founded Up With People, and is our wise elder statesman; Sarah Perlman – on fiddle –still sneaks off to play with chamber orchestras when she’s not ripping gypsy blues rock solos; Gordy Ryan – on percussion and vocals – is a world class drummer, weaving African, Cuban, and Haitian rhythms with our string-band groove; and Gen Amsden – on vocals – our girl with dragon tattoos, sings with swag way beyond her years.  Oh, and did we mention - there’s a lot of singing.

(5:30-6:15pm)  RIVERBEND

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RiverBend is the popular island band of Paul Colwell, Rochelle Munger, Peter Larsen, Dave Lang, Cliff Simpson and Chuck Roehm. Chuck & Peter, played for many years as part of the island band, “The Garage Boys” and suspect this may be the 25th year they have played at Festival. Paul is well known for playing with many Island groups as well as the “The Colwell Brothers” and the “Up with People” groups.  Dave is known for his family Cajun band, the Seattle based band Cajun band “How’s-Bayou”, and many other Island groups. Rochelle and Cliff, who are well known on the Island and have played in many venues and styles of music rounds out the group. This band has a wide breadth of musical experience and talent sure to please. With instrumentation ranging from Guitars, Banjos, Mandolins, Fiddles, Accordion, Harmonica and Upright Bass their songs range from traditional old-time country favorites, folk songs, Cajun, new twists on old time rock to original songs. RiverBend will provide a variety for everyone to keep the toes tapping and hands clapping.

(7:00-7:45pm) THE FIELDHANDS 

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The anxiety hives have begun to clear up once more since our show in Nov. last year and we once again venture out into the light to throw down a set of music for our friends on the rock.  Dorsey Davis, Richard Lipke, Emory Medima-Boyajian and Jon Whalen will take the stage at the 2017 Vashon Island Strawberry Festival to mangle some tunes from our one and only album; some familiar material; as well as some brand spanking new music that we’re feeling pretty good about.  So put us on your SF schedule and come shake it up with us. 

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