SATURDAY, JULY 16TH
OBER PARK STAGE
Music sponsored by Windermere Real Estate
(1:00-1:45pm) PORTAGE FILL
Formed in 1971, the Portage Fill Big Band has been a perennial crowd favorite at Strawberry Festival for as long as most can remember. Made up of 18 current or former island residents, Portage Fill is a classic "Big Band" with full horn and sax sections, backed up by a complete rhythm section, and features 2 vocalists for the crowd's listening and dancing pleasure. Portage Fill is well known for their selection of Big Band swing tunes from the 30's and 40's, but is versatile enough to work in some blues, Latin, or even rock and roll numbers to put on a show for all ages and musical tastes. Look for the Portage Fill Big Band as they start the music at Ober Park on Saturday, and of course, at the Street Dance on Saturday night. Whether you're there to dance or listen, the Portage Fill is a band you don't want to miss!
(2:30-3:15pm) RUMOR HAS IT
Rumor Has It combines indigenous rhythms with their signature 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 through many different styles of music, all with their unique style of musicianship and singing. They’ve always been a vocal band, and now they are adding an indigenous vibe by following the sound of a different drummer. Roger Taylor - on guitar - came from the folk-rock world, where well-crafted songs and harmony vocals are king; Steve Amsden – on many guitars, banjo, and citern - 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 string-band 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.
(4:00-4:45pm) DELILAH PEARL & THE MANTARAYS
Put on your dancing shoes, your skinny ties, those sartorial dark-rimmed glasses and lets swango again like we did last night. From Vashon Island, Delilah Pearl and the Mantarays crafts a signature sound and a style all their own. Throw in a bit of 1940’s hepcat jazz, a heap of modern soul and R&B, a smoky torch ballad and there you have the simmer, Delilah Pearl reinventing the classic diva with shades of Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and “Lady Day”. The Mantarays, always dressed to the nines -- stylish threads togged to the bricks, reat pleat with a drape shape! -- deliver the goods freshened by years of gigging in all sort of genres from jazz to rock to soul to bossa nova to the Avant garde. DPM -- making hay, making waves, making whoopee since 2012.
(5:30-6:15pm) SUBCONSCIOUS POPULATION
Subconscious Population….a band that everyone on this Island knows and has always been a huge part of our musical and spiritual history on Vashon Island. The original band dates back to 1980, with different members coming and going, but always centered around front man Ron Hook. Santana was a huge influence in the beginning, but Sub-Pop found its own vibe that blended Reggae, jazz, blues, rock and country together. Drawing on the infinite source of knowledge and inspiration, Subconscious Population quickly became an Island favorite - it's always been about the dance and positive vibes!
(7:00-8:00pm) MANUEL MONESTEL
Manuel Monestel has recorded 16 CDs with his wildly successful band Costa Rican band “Cantoamérica”, and he has recorded CD’s as solo Singer and with other bands. In 1974 he founded his first band “Erome” and later became part of “Tayacán” a band directed by Nicaraguan folk star Luis Enrique Mejía Godoy. He is the co-founder of the Costa Rica New Song movement with Luis Enrique Mejía, Rubén Pagura, Bernal Monestel, Dionisio Cabal, among others. Since the 1980's, he researches and reinvents “Limonese Calypso”, a genre of the Afro Costa Rican culture influenced by Walter Ferguson.” He and his band are often credited with popularizing Limonese Calypso throughout Costa Rican and Central America. Manuel has traveled the world, sharing his music at festivals and concerts on 6 continents playing along Pete Seeger, Roberto Carlos, Silvio Rodriguez, Mercedes Sosa, Pablo Milanés, Tito Rodríguez "El Temucano", Daniel Viglietti, Chico Buarque, Paul Kantner.