Blue(grass) & More at the Garden Show

Blue(grass) & More at the Garden Show


 Free, festive South Lobby Concerts 

While you’re enjoying the incredible gardens, shopping and seminars at the garden show, be sure to check out our many other features – including free concerts, four times each day, that will lift your spirits. Here’s a sampling of the great musicians appearing on our South Lobby stage this year.

Orville Johnson’s (above) name is well-known to Seattleites who love bluegrass. He moved to Seattle in 1978 where he was a founding member of the legendary NW folk/rock group ‘The Dynamic Logs’ and over the years has played with, John Hartford, Maria Muldaur, Richie Havens, Sam Andrew (Big Brother and the Holding Company) and Mick Taylor (Rolling Stones). (Thursday, 2/21 at 2 pm.)

The Wiretappers are an acoustic string band from the Seattle area, playing a mix of Juke Joint music, Western Swing, classic country, dancehall honky-tonk, and hillybilly jazz, with a bit of bluegrass, jazz standards, gypsy, and funky folk mixed in. (Friday, 2/22 at 2 pm and Saturday, 2/23 at 11 am)

We all wear sensible shoes to the garden show, since we will be spending so much time exploring all the great things the show has to offer. But you can also stop and listen to Sensible Shoes’. This group of women balance great vocal delivery with fun, innovative staging. (Saturday, 2/23 at 5 pm)

Be prepared for some joy! The Total Experience Gospel Choir bursts with love, joy and enthusiasm – humanity! It is hailed as one of the Pacific Northwest’s finest soulful ensembles. Pastor Patrinell Staten Wright started the group as a gospel music class at Seattle’s Franklin High School in 1973, and the choir has grown to become an international sensation. (Sunday, 2/24 at 2 pm)

Miles and Karina are David Miles Keenan and Nova Karina Devonie. Their music is the happy result of a 20-year collaboration. Since their early days with cowgirl supergroup Ranch Romance, with whom they recorded 3 CD’s, they have been writing and performing locally in their home town of Seattle. (Thursday, 2/21 at 5 pm.)

The melodic originals of Seattle pianist Nelda Swiggett draw from her long list of influences, from jazz to Afro-Cuban, to gospel, blues and more. Nelda formed her first band in 1990, and has since performed at many of Seattle’s leading clubs, concerts and festivals, including the Earshot Jazz Festival and Bumbershoot, among others. (Thursday, 2/21 at 11 am)

How about a quick Flamenco dance between all that shopping and seminar watching at the garden show? You might want to break out your dancing shoes with the sounds of Julian Catford’s classical guitar flavored with a decidedly Spanish and Brazilian beat. (Wednesday, 2/20 at 11 am)

Rounding out our lineup will be jazz musician Jose Gonzales, bluegrass musicians Cascade Cutups, Choral groups Kirkland Choral Society and Captain Smarty Pants, folk/rock singer Redeker, along with the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Primo Basso. Find the complete schedule on our website. ~ Janet

South Lobby Concerts

  • Bill T
    Posted at 21:29h, 03 February Reply

    What a lineup! Pat Wright and Orville Johnson are both Seattle treasures in their own, very different ways.

    And you didn’t mention the kids stage, but last year I (51 year old kid) really enjoyed the song stylings of Caspar Babypants, aka Chris Ballew from the Seattle rock band Persidents of the United States of America. Hey, another Seattle treasure!

    • Janet
      Posted at 22:44h, 03 February Reply

      Yes, the Sprout Stage will again be rockin’ to the tunes and silly songs of Caspar Babypants, Nancy Stewart, Your Imaginary Friend, and this year we welcome those 3 zany guys, Recess Moneky!

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