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Friday, March 24

Pearl Django

Pearl DjangoThis Northwest quintet has been entertaining audiences and critics for a number of years with swing, gypsy jazz, and variety of other forms of acoustic music. Michael Gray on violin, David Lange on accordian, Neil Andersson on guitar, Rick Leppanen on acoustic bass, and Tim Lerch on guitar are all wonderful individual musicians as well as skilled collaborators. They travel internationally packing crowds into dance halls, nightclubs, and before festival audiences. "Pearl Django play(s) gypsy jazz and they do it with such verve, skill and pleasure that they're pretty much irresistible to jazz and non-jazz listeners alike." Seattle Weekly. Get your tickets now! Visit the website.

7:30 PM, Tickets: $18, Student/low income: $12

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Saturday, March 25

Pearl Django

Pearl DjangoThis Northwest quintet has been entertaining audiences and critics for a number of years with swing, gypsy jazz, and variety of other forms of acoustic music. Michael Gray on violin, David Lange on accordian, Neil Andersson on guitar, Rick Leppanen on acoustic bass, and Tim Lerch on guitar are all wonderful individual musicians as well as skilled collaborators. They travel internationally packing crowds into dance halls, nightclubs, and before festival audiences. "Pearl Django play(s) gypsy jazz and they do it with such verve, skill and pleasure that they're pretty much irresistible to jazz and non-jazz listeners alike." Seattle Weekly. Get your tickets now! Visit the website.

7:30 PM, Tickets: $18, Student/low income: $12

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Sunday, March 26

Mick Moloney & Athena Tergis

Athena & MickMick Moloney combines the careers of professional musician, folklorist, musicologist, teacher and arts presenter and advocate. He is an accomplished singer as well as an instrumentalist and possesses a vast storehouse of songs and instrumental pieces from the Irish and Irish-American tradition. Athena was born in NYC and raised in San Francisco, Athena showed a love and talent for the violin at an early age. From studying in Ireland at an early age to recording and touring, being featured as principal fiddler with the Broadway production of Riverdance or principal soloist on a tour with the Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra and collaborations with Bill Whelan and now Mick Moloney she has been sharing her artistry. Don't miss this show.

7:00 PM, Tickets: $20, Student/low income: $15

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Sunday, March 26

Hootenany

An open sing-a-long of favorite songs from the 60's on up to the current day. A number of performers present songs and Holly Gwinn Graham hosts the event.

2:00 PM, None

Monday, March 27

Pollinator presentation and study group

7:00 PM, None

Wednesday, March 29

Midwifery in Sudan

7:00 PM

Friday, March 31

Mary Flower & Danny O'Keefe

MaryWe are happy to present two stellar performers. Mary Flower from the Portland area returns along with another well-known Northwest songwriter, Danny O'Keefe. Mary Flower is "one of the nation's premier fingerstyle blues guitarists" according to All Music Guide. Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine describes her as "one of those rare guitarists who manage to create a tincture of the aged authentic with the freshly original." In the 1970's, Danny O'Keefe put out a string of albums that cemented his reputation as being among the best songwriters of his generation. These days, casual fans know him best for his Top Ten hit "Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues" or Jackson Browne's version of "The Road" from the classic Running On Empty album. But the story didn't end in the 70's. He continued to release the occasional album and recently returned with "In Time", his first solo release in nine years.

7:30 PM, Tickets: $20, Student/low income: $15

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Saturday, April 1

Squirrel Butter & the Greg Blake Trio

Squirrel ButterWe are glad this duo can return. Squirrel Butter performs traditional and original music influenced by Appalachian, early country, jug band, and blues artists from the late 1800’s through 1950’s. It is a duo with Charlie Beck on banjo, fiddle, steel guitar, and vocals and Charmaine Slaven on guitar, fiddle, vocals and FEET! From his roots in West Virginia Greg brings us his trio with very fine bluegrass and gospel music and he has twice been nominated as Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year. "[Songs of Heart & Home] is a well conceived, nicely executed release with top-flight songs and excellent vocals and instrumental work. Highly recommended." - Bluegrass Unlimited, March '16

7:30 PM, Tickets: $15, Student/low income: $10

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Sunday, April 2

Jazz Jam

We are resuming the Jazz Jam for the 1st Sunday of the month. The April jam will start out with a free (donations accepted for the homeless) one hour concert at 2 PM by a horn quartet headed by legendary saxophone performer Chuck Stentz. Then the jam will continue until 5pm. A fine rhythm section of piano, drums, and bass will play throughout the jam with the musicians who sign up to play. Although the jam is free, donations for that rhythm section are gladly accepted.

2:30 PM, None

Tuesday, April 4

Oly Songwriter Circle

7:00 PM, None

Wednesday, April 5

Sophorn Yang, Cambodian Trade Union Activist

Among the six major union federations in Cambodia, there is just one entirely run by women at the top level: the Cambodian Alliance of Trade Unions (CATU). Sophorn Yang, the President of CATU, represents around 10,000 members in 21 factories – and counting. Sophorn started working in garment factories at a young age and rose to become President of CATU at the age of thirty. As union president, Sophorn plays a leading role in national campaigns to win a fair wage and to protect workers’ fundamental rights in the face of restrictive Cambodian trade union laws. As Cambodia’s most prominent woman trade unionist, Sophorn has faced threats, intimidation and violence in retaliation for her activism. Despite all of this, she remains committed to her mission of bringing more women workers into union leadership, and to the leading the Cambodian worker movement to achieve a nationwide living wage. Sophorn has spoken in Asia, Europe, and the United States regarding the struggle of women workers in Cambodia. This spring, she will be touring the United States speaking to various audiences of union leadership, workers and students of the importance and urgency of organizing in this critical moment in history.

7:00 PM

Thursday, April 6

Dayton Edmonds - Storyteller

From southern summer dance grounds to northwest snowy refuges, Dayton, a full-blooded Native American of the Caddo nation, lives a diverse lifestyle and rich artistry. Steeped in traditions of countless generations, Dayton’s stories, work and life serve as a medium to fuse this country’s important cultures and views. Dayton’s storytelling weaves thought-provoking pictures for the mind’s eye. He shares Nature’s lessons as his grandparents taught him, he reveals a philosophy acquired from inherited trials, and comforts with the wisdom and humor of his native people. “My purpose is to tell the story, pass it on for others to hear, feel and enjoy. The stories I tell gently challenge people to grow."

7:00 PM

Friday, April 7

3 Fiddlers 3 Traditions

3 Fiddlers 3 TraditionsThree fiddlers from three very different backgrounds – Danish, American, and Native American (Kristian Bugge, Ruthie Dornfeld, and Jamie Fox) – who love to play together bring their music to Traditions. Each has appeared before on our stage and now they bring the Métis style with a hint of Native American drumming, the Danish, a happy polka party, and the old-time American, a bit of blues and syncopated rhythms. You’ll hear the fiddle in its purest form, unaccompanied, as they each do a short solo set and talk about the music as well as duets and trios. They also feature a few tunes on the 5-string medieval fiddle (“vielle”).

7:30 PM, Tickets: $15, Student/low income: $10

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Saturday, April 8

Scott Cossu

ScottScott is an internationally known, composer, pianist and recording artist. He was up front when New Age was just beginning over 30 years ago. He was one of the first Windham Hill Artists to join with founder Will Ackerman and Alex Degrassi, in their new label out of Palo Alto, California. Scott would affectionately call his music Heavy Mental or Cosmic National Geographic, even though he was one of the grandfathers of the New Age scene; he was labeled a “jazz luminary of the future”, by Billboard Magazine. Much of Scott’s work exhibits departures from the New Age field and includes a melodic blend of jazz, classical and ethnic influences. He has been nominated for a "Lifetime Achievement Award " by One World Music Radio, out of London, and also for "Best Piano Album with Instrumentation" with his latest recording "Safe In Your Arms " by the Zone Music Awards. Lonnie Mardis will be with him on guitar as well as some special guests. Visit the website.

7:30 PM, Tickets: $15, Student/low income: $10

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Sunday, April 9

Open Shape Note singing

Open to all who would like to sing in the shape note traditions

5:00 PM, None

Sunday, April 9

Call to Action

7:00 PM, None

Sunday, April 9

Jung Society

7:00 PM, None

Tuesday, April 11

NOW Meeting

5:30 PM, None

Tuesday, April 11

Doula Bi-monthly Meeting

7:00 PM, None

Thursday, April 13

Thurston Climate Action Team

"A Post Election Climate Conversation".

7:00 PM, None

Friday, April 14

Heartsparkle Players

Playback TheaterTake Me Home in collaboration with SideWalk, an organization that aims to end homelessness by offering rapid access to housing. Visit the website.

7:30 PM, Donation $7 - $12 (no one turned away)

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Saturday, April 15

Baby Gramps

Baby GrampsBlues, hillbilly tunes, ragtime, old-time (like early last century) pop tunes are some of what you might hear. Palindromes, tongue-twisters, whimsy, cartoon caricature are a part of it. Convoluted yet rhythmic, gravelly yet smooth, every which way at once....well, of course it is hard to describe what Baby Gramps does. For many years he has been entertaining audiences with a style that once seen is never forgotten. He comes to Traditions each year and we always have a full house and a fully entertaining show.

7:30 PM, Tickets: $15, Student/low income: $10

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Sunday, April 16

A Bluegrass and Acoustic Music Jam

This is a 3rd Sunday monthly jam of bluegrass and acoustic musicians

2:00 PM, Student/low income

Monday, April 17

UkOlympians

This is a song circle for ukelele players and singers. All are welcome but it is not a performance.

7:00 PM, None

Tuesday, April 18

Film "30 Seconds to Midnight"

7:00 PM

Wednesday, April 19

Poetry night

The Olympia Poetry Network will present a reading Wednesday, March 15, by poet Peter Ludwin. The event takes place from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave. SW in downtown Olympia. Ludwin is the recipient of a Literary Fellowship from Artist Trust and the W.D. Snodgrass Award for Endeavor and Excellence in Poetry. His newest book is Gone to Gold Mountain from MoonPath Press. He has won several recent awards including First Prize in The Comstock Review’s annual competition. A world traveler, Ludwin also plays acoustic blues guitar and autoharp. An open mic will precede the reading. The event is free. For more information, call 360-701-2030. Visit the website.

6:30 PM, None

Thursday, April 20

Midwifery and Granada

7:00 PM

Friday, April 21

Claudia Schmidt

ClaudiaClaudia's coming back to Traditions, and we have learned to expect anything at one of her concerts a hymn, poem, bawdy verse, torch song, satire, and the gamut of emotions. Her musicality is astonishing, and her joy and love of performing are contagious.

7:30 PM, Tickets: $15, Student/low income: $10

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Saturday, April 22

Evie Ladin & Keith Terry

Keith & Evie"Evie Ladin is a natural entertainer with a gift for infusing folk practices with contemporary verve." --SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE. The polyrhythmic heat and funk of Evie Ladin's clawhammer banjo, resonant voice, real stories and rhythmic dance have been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Celtic Connections, Lincoln Center to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Based in Oakland, CA, Evie tours solo, duo with Keith Terry, and with her expansive stringband. Visit the website.

7:30 PM, Tickets: $15, Student/low income: $10

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Monday, April 24

Pollinator presentation and study group

7:00 PM, None

Wednesday, April 26

The Fitzgeralds

The FitzgeraldsWe are pleased to present an excellent family ensemble from Canada. They are 3-Time Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champions and Multi-Award Winning Step dancers very much in the tradition of another award-winning Canadian artist, April Verch who has always been a big hit at Traditions. Visit the website.

7:30 PM, Tickets: $15, Student/low income: $10

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Friday, April 28

Arts Walk

We will have several art exhibits for Artswalk. We have free entertainment. At 6PM the Nova School chorus and orchestra will be presented. At 6:45 the Holy Oly Girls will perform.

5:00 PM, None

Saturday, April 29

Arts Walk Procession Night

Artswalk continues all day and then the magical Procession of the Species happens in the afternoon. Visit the website.

5:00 PM, None

Sunday, April 30

Brian Conway

BrianBrian Conway is one of the premier Irish fiddle players living in America. Brian performs with a skill, grace and force that are steeped in tradition but distinctively his own. Brian has won numerous All-Ireland fiddling competitions, including the prestigious All-Ireland senior championship. New York born, Brian is a leading exponent of the highly ornamented Sligo fiddling style made famous by the late Michael Coleman and passed on to him by legendary Martin Wynne and fiddle great Andy McGann. His talents have also been enthusiastically received all over North America and throughout Ireland and the rest of Europe. Visit the website.

7:00 PM, Tickets: $20, Student/low income: $15

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Wednesday, May 3

Rhythm Future Quartet

RhythmFutureQuartetThis virtuosic foursome, named for a Django Reinhardt tune, offers up a newly minted sound, influenced by the classic Hot Club of France, yet wholly contemporary. Led by violinist Jason Anick and guitarist Olli Soikkeli, the quartet performs dynamic and lyrical arrangements of both Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions that draw upon diverse international rhythms and musical idioms. Visit the website.

7:30 PM, Tickets: $15, Student/low income: $10

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Thursday, May 4

Alan Reid & Rob van Sante

Alan and RobAlan was a founding member (1969) of the famed Scottish band, Battlefield Band, and played keyboards, composed, and sang with them until 2010. He appeared with them several times at Traditions. Now he is doing tours with Rob van Sante, guitarist and collaborator with a number of folk music notables, doing traditional and modern folk music.

7:30 PM

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Saturday, May 6

the Makedonians

The MakedoniansWith sonorous harmonies, rhythms that kick and songs of love, tragedy, loyalty and drink – this wide collection of Northwest musicians has been entertaining audiences with festive village dance music and historic songs of the Mediterranean and the Balkans for almost 30 years. The ensemble resembles a chalgia orchestra, typically comprised of eight or more (sometimes many more) musicians playing a combination of wind, string, and percussive instruments.

7:30 PM, Tickets: $15, Student/low income: $10

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Friday, May 12

The Heartsparkle Players

Heartsparkle PlayersBuilding Resilience: Stories of Kindness, Strength and Hope in collaboration with Window Seat Media, a non-profit that gathers and shares stories to build community resilience, cultural identity and human connection. This performance will be a part of The Resilience Project, a year- long project curated by Window Seat Media. Visit the website.

7:30 PM, Donation $7 - $12 (no one turned away)

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Saturday, May 13

Holly Gwinn Graham

Holly Holly always brings her great wit, her community activism, her fine singing of originals and jazz and folk standards with significant touches of theater including some new songs for a theater production she is creating make for great entertainment. Visit the website.

7:30 PM, Tickets: $15, Student/low income: $10

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Friday, May 19

Peter Mayer

PeterPete has returned from his home in Minnesota each year for the last half dozen. His shows are much awaited by a large following of fans. Typical of responses from listeners and critics is this one. "His guitar work is breath-taking, his lyrics mind-spinning, his singing soul-soothing and his feet-on-the-ground optimism nothing short of healing." --Marilyn Rea-Beyer, music director, WUMB Radio, Boston

7:30 PM, Tickets: $18, Student/low income: $12

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Saturday, May 20

The Stray Birds

The Stray BirdsWe welcome back the Stray Birds after a fine show at Traditions last year. They are brilliant performers with an easy stage presence and great audience rapport." - Beth Duquette, Ripton Community Coffeehouse, Ripton, VT "The Stray Birds, a folk-grass trio from rural Pennsylvania, are gaining traction for their self-titled debut, a collection that showcases the band members' kindred dedication to traditional American folk music. Pastoral and literate, the Stray Birds sing three-part harmonies over drowsy fiddle and gentle clawhammer banjo with obvious reverence to ancient forms." - Steve Leftridge, PopMatters The Best of Americana of 2012

7:30 PM

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Friday, May 26

The Rhythm Runners

The Rhythm RunnersWe have had two fabulous concerts with this 5 piece group, formed to bring us Prohibition Era Jazz with musicians from New Orleans and New York and Seattle. Greg Ruby on guitar is well-know in the NW for being part of Pearl Django and Hot Club Sandwich and his own groups, Gordon Au of New Orleans on trumpet has played with 25 Grammy winners, Charlie Halloran also of New Orleans on trombone has likewise played with the greats, Dennis Lichtman of New York on clarinet is part of the epicenter of dynamic young swing and jazz players, and bassist Cassidy Holden from his base in New Orleans tours internationally with his own band. This is a CD release concert!

7:30 PM, Tickets: $15, Student/low income: $10

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Friday, June 2

Andrew Finn Magill

Andrew Finn MagillAndrew Finn Magill grew up immersed in music, spending every summer at the Swannanoa Gathering Folk Arts Workshops learning fiddle from some of the finest folk musicians in the world. By age 16, he was a two-time finalist at the All-Ireland Championships and he is equally proficient in several American folk idioms such as old-time and bluegrass. He has toured France with the popular Celtic music & dance revue, Celtic Dances, under the musical direction of Liz Knowles & Kieran O’Hare, and produced a Fulbright-MtvU-funded concept album, Mau a Malawi, with Malawian Afro-vibes artist Peter Mawanga, about those affected by AIDS. He currently resides in Rio de Janeiro, where he is a sought-after violinist in Brazilian styles and leads O Finno, his own quartet of choro musicians.

7:30 PM

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Friday, June 9

Los Flacos

Los FlacosWe always look forward to a spirited concert of traditional Latin American music from Los Flacos With Abel Rocha (of Correo Aereo) on harp, quatro and vocals and Tim Wetmiller (of Hot Club Sandwich) on fiddle, Alfredo Chavez on guitar, and Diego Coy from Colombia on a variety of flutes.

7:30 PM, Tickets: $15, Student/low income: $10

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Friday, June 16

The Slocan Ramblers

7:30 PM, Tickets: $15, Student/low income: $10

Friday, June 30

Roy Book Binder

Roy Book BinderRoy has the goods: the original, the bare-knuckle, the low-down . . . blues. Who can say they were friends with the Rev. Gary Davis, Pink Anderson and Robert Lockwood? And toured with Arthur Big Boy Crudup, Hot Tuna, JJ Cale & Bonnie Raitt ? Roy can. He has the stories, the licks, and the mystery of timeless music in his fingers. He’s been featured on a PBS special and interviewed by Terry Gross on “Fresh Air.” He plays and he entertains, feeding us music and stories, and the evening is a celebration for us all.

7:30 PM

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Saturday, September 9

Uncle Bonsai

Uncle BonsaiSeattle super-harmonizers UNCLE BONSAI are the Tim Burtons of folk music – dark and hilarious, but with moments of great insight and beauty. Singers Patrice O’Neill, Arni Adler and Andrew Ratshin (also the trio’s guitarist) present an often dizzying vocal relay of intricate harmony. The group aligns itself with the underachiever, the dejected, the outsider, in densely-packed lyrics that fly by in a whirr at times, and take a skewed stance on topics such as first-world problems, the creation of the universe, the afterlife, and holidays with family. The group returns to Traditions Fair Trade to perform songs from the upcoming release, "The Family Feast," along with old favorites. Visit the website.

7:30 PM

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Friday, September 15

Hot Club Sandwich

Hot Club SandwichGreat string swing tonight with the return of Hot Club Sandwich to our stage. Performing from San Francisco to Seattle, New York to Fargo, at clubs, colleges, theaters and ballrooms, festivals and farmers markets, and on subways and street corners, Hot Club Sandwich has established itself as one of the leading Django-inspired bands on the Northwest's Gypsy jazz scene.

7:30 PM

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Saturday, October 14

Gypsy Soul

Gypsy SoulGypsy Soul is singer/lyricist, Cilette Swann, and multi instrumentalist/composer/producer, Roman Morykit. With 12 albums and 1.5 million downloads later, their music has also been featured in television shows such as Providence, Roswell, and Felicity among others. Their 2012 release, entitled, “The World Is My Country" received the Independent Music Award for Best Cover Song for their version of “Angel from Montgomery” as well as winning the runner up position in the International Acoustic Music Awards in the Folk/Americana/Roots category. THE SUNDAY SHOW has been cancelled

7:30 PM

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Friday, October 20

Bill Staines

BillThe legendary songwriter and performer returns to Traditions for another great evening of songs and music. "Bill Staines has been my hero since 1977. He carries on where Woody left off-carrying on the tradition of stories and characters you wish you knew.“ Nanci Griffith

7:30 PM

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Friday, November 24

Tellabrations

This is an annual storytelling event sponsored by the Olympia Storytelling Guild in conjunction with storytelling events across the country. Storytellers: Margaret Allen Lott, Rebecca Hom, Billie Mazzei, Mitch Nelson, Eileen McKenzie-Sullivan and Randi Moe will be sharing their varied stories. MC will be Bruce “Bear” Whitehouse More information at southsoundstory.org or email info@southsoundstory.org

7:00 PM, None

Saturday, December 2

Dana Lyons

Dana and AnneThis is an annual December event with Dana. He is the singer/songwriter best known for his outrageous hit comedy songs “Cows With Guns,” “RV” and “Ride The Lawn.” “Every movement has its minstrel. The unions had Woody Guthrie. The peace movement had Phil Ochs. The environmental movement has Dana Lyons”. Captain Paul Watson, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Note that this concert will start at 7PM!

7:30 PM

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Saturday, December 9

Bryan Bowers

BryanBryan visits us each December or January and provides us the opportunity to listen, to sing, and to laugh as the stories roll out from this long-standing and widely-lauded performer. His virtuosity on autoharp and rousing vocals take him all over the country.

7:30 PM

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Friday, December 22

Tingstad & Rumbel

Tingstad & RumbleWe welcome back Grammy-award winning musicians Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel for two holiday shows. Since 1984 Eric and Nancy have been combining their considerable talents into a musical duo that has produced numerous recordings, legions of fans, and anticipation for each live show. Eric evolved from electric rock guitar to an interest in classical and jazz to solo performing of his original “impressionistic” compositions. Nancy took her interest in wind instruments, oboe and ocarinas to play with the Paul Winter Consort and then to this duo, which has toured throughout the country. Visit the website.

7:30 PM

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Saturday, December 23

Tingstad & Rumbel

Tingstad & RumbleWe welcome back Grammy-award winning musicians Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel for two holiday shows. Since 1984 Eric and Nancy have been combining their considerable talents into a musical duo that has produced numerous recordings, legions of fans, and anticipation for each live show. Eric evolved from electric rock guitar to an interest in classical and jazz to solo performing of his original “impressionistic” compositions. Nancy took her interest in wind instruments, oboe and ocarinas to play with the Paul Winter Consort and then to this duo, which has toured throughout the country. Visit the website.

7:30 PM

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Saturday, December 30

Jim Page & Orville Johnson

Jim & OrvilleJim Page is a long-time Northwest favorite. “Jim's been writing great topical songs for as long as I can remember, bringing his acute wit and wry humor to a host of subjects that can really use both. In the tradition of Woody and Dylan, he cuts right to the heart with music you actually enjoy listening to. I'm a longtime admirer.” - Bonnie Raitt

7:30 PM

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300 5th Avenue SW, Olympia, WA 98501
360-705-2819
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