Blessed with a clear, strong and achingly vulnerable singing voice, Mikaiah Sawyer is one of the brightest spots in the Olympia music scene. Drawing inspiration from blues and folk, smoothed with a penchant for crowd-pleasing pop-rock, Sawyer possesses the ability to get listeners to rise to their feet or shed a tear in the flash of a moment. On her three-song EP Rest, she’s buoyed by a lively backing band — but the main attraction is always the agility of her vocals, rising and cascading in tune with her winsome guitar. Hearing the one-two punch of the anthemic “Arise, My Darling” and the sweetly sad “Rest” says more than a thousand words about Sawyer’s vibrant talent.
Sylvester Park, Legion and Capitol Way, Olympia
7 p.m. Wednesday, July 25