Concerts in the Park #4: Polecat
Vashon Events and the Vashon Park District have announced the lineup for the annual Summer Concerts in the Park. The extremely popular and free outdoor concert series will begin on Thursday, August 1st and run through Thursday, August 29th. All concerts start at 7:00pm and are held in Ober Park on Vashon Island. Enjoy live music performances from today's top talent in Rock, Roots Reggae, Big Band, High Energy Folk and Cajun Slamgrass performing against one of Vashon's most beautiful outdoor backdrops.
Bring the family! There's plenty of grass and natural berms to spread out those picnic blankets and enjoy some wonderful music on a warm summer night. Families can come relax, let the kids play on the playground and enjoy the entertainment at these summer events.
The Concerts in the Park series is presented by the Vashon Park District.
Supporting sponsors this year are Susan Lofland at John L. Scott Vashon, Sarah & Michael Schosboek at Windermere Vashon, Heidi Grimsley at John L. Scott Vashon, Stacie Trigg at Trigg Insurance, Renee Leboeuf at Green Frog Productions, Mike England at Fairway Insurance, Teri Byrd at Vashon 4 Paws, Julie & Mark Romero at Niece Pumping, Connie Sorensen at Windermere Real Estate/Wall Street Inc, Tom Schwaegler and May Chaleoy at May’s Kitchen & Bar and Jena Thornton at The Lodges on Vashon.
The concert series is curated by Vashon Events. We'd also like to thank Open Space for Arts & Community, our in-kind sponsor for Concerts in the Park as our backup venue in case of bad weather! A big thank you to David Godsey and Janet McAlpin for this insurance plan! If you've never experienced the warmth of community at the cool nights of summer concerts in the park, you're in for a special treat.
Please remember that there are no dogs allowed at Ober Park. Alcohol and smoking are also not permitted.
Thursday, August 22nd, 7-9pm
(High Energy Folk)
Formed in Bellingham, Washington in March 2010, Polecat has quickly established itself throughout the West, with three records and over 300 shows in three years. Their unique instrumentation is comprised of Karl Olson (drums), Jeremy Elliott (electric guitar and vocals), Aaron Guest (vocals and 12-string guitar), Cayley Schmid (fiddle), and Richard Reeves (upright bass). This enables them to seamlessly blend genres including bluegrass, country, Celtic, rock, and world music into their sound. “The core audience of Polecat is, well, everybody. There is a sense of mass appeal attached to Polecat for its unique take on bluegrass, as well as an acknowledged respect for their honest approach to their genre” (H. Nightbert, What’s Up! Magazine, June 2010).
The sense of unity in the band clearly works in their favor as they seem like they’ve been together since birth. Polecat creates music that makes you want to get up and dance.
Aside from their self-titled E.P. and full-length albums ‘Fire on the Hill’ and ‘Fathoms’, one of the best aspects of Polecat is their live show. Their music celebrates life, love, and good times, and it reflects on the faces of the players and their audience. Polecat has shared the stage with several nationally acclaimed acts, including The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, Sam Bush Band, The Hackensaw Boys, The Moondoogies, Fruition and Trampled by Turtles.
“Known for producing stomp-worthy dance tracks, Polecat’s live show is an experience. It’s sweaty and loud in all the right ways – and it’s sure to get you on your feet. Having recently played sets at the Subdued Stringband Jamboree and Summer Meltdown festivals to rave reviews, the group’s debut slot at Bumbershoot is sure to be another stomping good time. “We would like for people to leave the show saying, ‘They belong at Bumbershoot. They belong at a festival with crowds this big – and that’s what they should be doing,’” Elliott said. — Keegan Prosser, The News Tribune