2016: DBST Has a Real Type of Thing Going Down

by Christian Carvajal for OLY ARTS In only five short years, Olympia funksters DBST have graduated from playing downtown dive bars to share stages with the likes of Joe Doria, Monophonics, Blue Lotus, and Eldridge Gravy and the Court Supreme. This sexy sextet mixes blues, rock and funk grooves to please the most discriminating of …

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The 56th Army Band

2016: The 56th Army Band Performs for Music in the Park

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS   Keeping with a long-standing tradition, Music in the Park’s season ends with a live concert from The 56th Army Band. Based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the band plays many local and regional venues. Recently, for example, it appeared at Seattle’s Rock and Roll Marathon and performed a concert at …

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The Tickled Pinks

2016: The Tickled Pinks Hit Music in the Park

by Jennifer Crain for OLY ARTS The Tickled Pinks, a New-York-based swing vocal trio and band, returns to Olympia as part of the Music in the Park series in Sylvester Park on August 17 at 7:00 p.m. The group, founded in 2009, performs classic tunes in the style of The Andrews Sisters, such as “Straighten …

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Brian Ferris, Deb Rutter, Vince Chavez, Tim Stensager, Lorraine Stensager and Evan Ogden are Blind Facsimile.

2016: Classic-Rock Band Blind Facsimile at Music in the Park

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS The classic-rock band Blind Facsimile, aka Blind Fax, is Deb Rutter (vocals), Lorraine Stensager (vocals, keyboards), Tim Stensager (vocals, keyboards), Brian Ferris (guitar, backing vocals), Evan Ogden (drums) and Vince Chavez (bass). Chavez says the band “captures the heart and soul of classic rock, playing music which defined generations. …

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Blues County Sheriff

2016: Blues County Sheriff at Music in the Park

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS On Aug. 5, Music in the Park moves to the Port Plaza at Percival Landing for a show from old-style-blues band Blues County Sheriff. Band members say they live to have fun and put on a great show. “Forget the myth that blues is sad music,” they say. “Our …

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Swing 49

2016: Swing 49 at Olympia’s Music in the Park

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS The gypsy-jazz band Swing 49 performs for Olympia’s Music in the Park this summer. Self-described as offering soulful vocal jazz, virtuosic guitar solos and funky horn lines, Swing 49 is Jacqueline Schafer, vocals; Tovi Newman, guitar; Forest Wilson, guitar; Logan Bean, trumpet and Joe Eunice, bass. Calling Olympia home, …

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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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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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David Christensen, Randy and Jason Linder (courtesy Randy Linder)

2016: The Randy Linder Band: Runnin’ Down a Dream

by Kelli Samson for OLY ARTS Still like that old-time rock and roll? The Randy Linder Band has the music to soothe your soul. After performing for 40 years, Linder gives listeners of all ages a true rock-concert experience. “We play classic rock music because it’s the music I grew up with and my favorite …

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