2016: Pumphouse Has Something for Everyone

by Christian Carvajal for OLY ARTS Pumphouse is an Olympia-based rock band that draws from the sock-hop days of the ’50s all the way up to the bar rock of the 21st century. They play tight because they are tight: band decisions are made as a collective. So when drummer-vocalist Terry Brodsky, bassist Ed Hess, …

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Creative Theatre Experience

Creative Theatre Experience 2016

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS This summer marks the 36th season of children’s theater programs and performances by Creative Theatre Experience at Olympia High School. The program is run by Kathy Dorgan, drama director at OHS. Classes are offered in art, drama, music and other aspects of the performing arts. “CTE’s mission,” said Dorgan, …

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Andy Crow

The Mighty Andy Crow (Obituary)

by Ned Hayes and Christian Carvajal for OLY ARTS June 8, 1933 — July 12, 2016 Andy Crow, regionally renowned organist and musician, passed away on the afternoon of July 12. Crow was celebrated throughout the Pacific Northwest as a musician who was equally skilled on the organ and piano. He played many recitals, wrote original scores for …

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Capital Lakefair Car Show

On Your Marks for the Capital Lakefair Car Show

by Kristopher Stewart for OLY ARTS On the evening of Friday, July 14, hundreds of Lakefair attendees will flock to Marathon Park along Deschutes Parkway in Olympia — some in muscle cars, luxury Mercedes, or even ’50s coupes — to attend Capital Lakefair’s annual car show. The event opens at 4:15 p.m. for participants in …

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Capital Lakefair Queen and Princesses 2016

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS Olympians probably aren’t acquainted with many royals. But every year, Capital Lakefair gives the South Sound its own royal court, chosen in the spring from among junior girls at local high schools. Here’s a look at the royal court for Capital Lakefair 2016:   Jaclyn “Jackie” Deshaye, 17 Lakefair …

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Danny Vernon, "Illusion of Elvis"

Lakefair Week 2016 Calendar of Events

by Christian Carvajal for OLY ARTS Wednesday, July 13, noon – 11 p.m., Public Employee Appreciation Day Coupons, available from the information trailer or WSECU booth, offer a reduced price on concession fare to civic servants. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.          Lakefair Juried Art Show (Governor Hotel, 621 Capitol Way S) 12 p.m. …

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A Classical Ear: Emerald City Music

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS Music lovers can get an earful of classical music at Emerald City Music’s new series of chamber concerts, starting July 14 in Olympia. The new series, founded by New York violinist Kristin Lee and arts administrator Andrew Goldstein of Seattle, aims to bring chamber music to a wider audience. …

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The Olson Brothers Band

2016: Olson Brothers Band Performs for Olympia’s Music in the Park

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS The Olson Brothers, Luke and Isaac Olson, are a country band from Olympia. They won the 2013 Capital Lakefair Battle of the Bands and a national songwriting contest with “Sunrise,” the original song they got to play at the Grand Ole Opry. Drummer Seth Bowman, bassist Milo Mullen and …

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Broke North rocked the stage in a previous competition.

Capital Lakefair’s High School Battle of the Bands

by Kristopher Stewart for OLY ARTS The opening night of Capital Lakefair, July 12, will bring a variety of performances to the main stage at Heritage Park, but one is set apart from the rest. The annual “Battle of the Bands” event, which pits high-school bands against each other, runs from 6 p.m. to 8:30 …

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The Nashville Tribute Band

All-Stars in The Nashville Tribute Band

by Guy Bergstrom for OLY ARTS Bands come and go–but The Nashville Tribute Band has endured for more than 12 years and 500 shows around the world. Now they’re bringing that show to Olympia on July 14. Founder Jason Deere is an award-winning songwriter and producer, and he explained that the members of the band …

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