Kent Summer Concert Series

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Throughout July and August, enjoy a variety of the region’s best live performances in some of Kent’s most beautiful outdoor settings – for free!

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TAKE-OUT TUESDAYS – Noon: – 1 p.m.

July 11 through August 15, 2017

Kent Station Plaza, 417 Ramsay Way

Presented by Kent Station 

WEDNESDAY PICNIC PERFORMANCES – Especially for Kids – Noon – 1 p.m.

July 12 through August 16, 2017

Town Square Park, 2nd Avenue and Harrison Street

Presented by City of Kent Arts Commission and Kent Parks, Recreation & Community Services 

WEDNESDAYS FAMILY DATE NIGHT – 6 – 8 p.m.

July 12 through August 16

Kent Station Plaza, 417 Ramsay Way

Presented by Kent Station 

THURSDAYS AT THE LAKE – 7 – 8:30 p.m.

July 13 through August 17

Lake Meridian Park, 14800 SE 272nd Street, Kent

Presented by City of Kent Arts Commission and Kent Parks, Recreation & Community Services 

2017 Summer Concert Schedule

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July 11

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Knut Bell

Kent Station Plaza at Noon

Based in Washington State, Knut Bell and The Blue Collars perform originals and country classics. You've heard them live on KEXP and the Bob River's Show. 

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         July 12

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Tickle Tune Typhoon – Co-sponsored by the Kent Library

Town Square Plaza at Noon

Dancing vegetables, larger-than-life robots and award-winning music!  This Northwest favorite delivers positive messages and educational topics cleverly disguised as silly fun!

 Aaron Crawford

 July 12 

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Aaron Crawford

Kent Station Plaza at 6 pm

This Americana/country/rock artist draws inspiration from nearly every genre, and writes and performs music that speaks to each listener. Aaron has a love of performing that translates into high energy shows with a unique Northwest vibe. 

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          July 13

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Mo Kenney

Lake Meridian Park at 7 pm

This Canadian singer-songwriter’s alternately playful and cynical lyrics are conveyed through her sultry alto voice and entrenched in intricate guitar work.

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July 18

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The Bobby Medina 4tet

Kent Station Plaza Noon

Spreading happiness throughout the world one concert at a time is Bobby Medina’s motto. The celebrated trumpeter has performed in more than 20 countries with such legendary artists as Ray Charles, Frankie Valli, Four Tops, Temptations & Wayne Newton to name just a few. His band blends jazz, Latin, and instrumental pop sounds to create a family friendly show that spans generations and cultures.

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          July 19

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Joanie Leeds

Town Square Plaza at Noon

Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Joanie Leeds has been compared to Sheryl Crow and Alanis...for kids! Belting out tunes about being green, food fights and hipster culture, Joanie has won first place in the USA Songwriting Competition, an Independent Music Award, and a Gold Parents' Choice Award to name a few. Her original music has been featured in People Magazine, USA Today, Parents Magazine, New York Times and Washington Post. Joanie's songs are played on many radio stations nationwide climbing up the chart to #1 on Sirius-XM's Kids Place Live.

 

 

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        July 19

 

 

 

 

Darren Motamedy

Kent Station Plaza at 6 pm

Saxophonist Darren Motamedy has released 11 Smooth Jazz Albums since 1989. His albums have been played nationally and two were named “Jazz Album of the Year” in 1999 and 2009.  A native of Kent, Darren Motamedy returns from his home in Las Vegas to perform for his local fan base.

 

 

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          July 20

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Incendio

Lake Meridian Park at 7 pm

Incendio, which means “fire” in Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish, tells stories through their unique instrumental world music. An eclectic blend of influences, including classical, jazz, rock, flamenco, Celtic, and even bluegrass can be heard in the band’s music. 

 

 

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        July 25

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Final Notice

Kent station Plaza at Noon

Singer/guitarist Bobbie Evans from Nashville, Tennessee will perform authentic honkey-tonk music backed by Charlie Gould on bass, and Jain Reidel playing drums.

 

 

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          July 26

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Eric Herman and the Puppy Dogs

Town Square Plaza at Noon

Eric Herman’s shows are bursting with comedy, creativity, audience participation, and outrageously fun songs. His "cool tunes for kids” have been featured on PBS Kids, XM Radio, Fox & Friends, The Today Show, and in the Warner Bros. film, Life as We Know It. His videos, led by the viral hit, "The Elephant Song," have become hugely popular, with over 50 million views online.

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        July 26

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SweetKiss Momma

Kent Station Plaza at 6 pm

American roots-rock band SweetKiss Momma calls the Pacific NW home, but the heart of their music comes from the South. They have been called “the torch bearers of that southern rock sound that was created by the likes of The Allman Bros. and Lynyrd Skynyrd.”

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         July 27

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Men of Worth

Lake Meridian Park at 7 pm

This Irish Scottish folk music duo combines humor, exciting tunes, and soulful, heartfelt ballads to bring to life the musical heritage of Scotland’s outer islands and Ireland’s west.

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       August 1

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Nick Drummond Trio

Kent Station Plaza at Noon

Nick Drummond is a Seattle-based songwriter and performer. His recent collaborations include the duo Impossible Bird and The Senate. The Seattle Weekly raved, "An absolutely stellar combination of upbeat alt-folk that's mesmerizing and radiates talent."

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         August 2

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Mister G

Town Square Plaza at Noon

A Latin GRAMMY Award winner for Best Children’s Album, Mister G (Ben Gundersheimer) is a superstar in the world of family music.  Called “a bilingual rockstar” by The Washington Post, and “irresistible” by People Magazine, his albums have won three Parents’ Choice Gold Awards. His music spans genres from bluegrass to bossa nova and funk to folk.

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       August 2

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Little Bill and the Blue Notes

Kent Station Plaza at 6 pm

This Northwest original will have audiences singing the blues! "Little Bill" Englehart has been a fixture on the music scene in the region since he first started playing in the mid-1950s.

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         August 3

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The Harmaleighs

Lake Meridian Park at 7 pm

Since this up-and-coming duo came together in 2013, their sound has transformed from an Americana cadence into a unique indie pop/folk fusion. Their anecdotal lyrics are sung through intimately blended harmonies on top of dynamic melodies and bluesy guitar riffs. Hearing The Harmaleighs is like seeing old friends and recounting stories—comfortable and relatable with a healthy dose of witty banter.

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       August 8

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Patrick McHenry

Kent Station Plaza at Noon

Pat McHenry grew up in Spokane, WA and began his career playing in up and coming NW bands. After showcasing in Austin's SXSW Music Festival, he formed Mon Chéri taking duties on singing, guitar, and songwriting. After many shows with the band, local, regional, and national coverage, touring adventures, and being ‘found’ by MTV, he decided to go further with identifying his own sound and strike out with a solo project.

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         August 9

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Roberto the Magnificent

Town Square Plaza at Noon

Roberto the Magnificent rides very tall unicycles; bounces on industrial strength pogo sticks; and juggles sharp knives, flaming torches, and spinning hand saws – all while keeping audiences in fits of giggles.

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       August 9

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Shaggy Sweet

Kent Station Plaza at 6 pm

Three members of this pop/rock band are from Kent. They are best friends and have been performing together since high school. They perform a mix of popular cover songs and originals.

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       August 10

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The Urban Renewal Project

Lake Meridian Park at 7 pm            

The Urban Renewal Project uses instruments from a bygone era to create a signature sound that blurs the boundaries between pop, soul, jazz, and hip-hop. 

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      August 15

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Hook Me Up Band

Kent Station Plaza at Noon

This group of talented professionally trained musicians wows audiences with a variety of vocal and instrumental musical entertainment. They offer something for everyone: Music for dancing, listening, or getting lost in a nostalgic melody. 

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       August 16

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Recess Monkey – Sponsored by Bright Horizons

Town Square Plaza at Noon

Both kids and parents love rockin’ to Recess Monkey!  This trio blends various musical influences with clever and comical lyrics.  There are hints of pop, folk, zany surf rock, and swamp-tinged country.   

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       August 16

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Longstride

Kent Station Plaza at 6 pm

Seattle-based Longstride delivers a reggae-rock-groove with real melodies, amazing execution, and a high energy, crowd-moving stage show

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       August 17

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New Transit

Lake Meridian Park at 7 pm

This Boise-based, four-piece alt-country rock band describes their style as Northwest rock with lyrics inspired by old country song fare and heartache.