The Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District sponsors a variety of special events for all ages in our community. Concerts, dances, record hops, poetry readings and humanity programs are some of the many events held throughout the year. Scroll down to see our current events!
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Join us for an intimate evening with our friends Pearl Django as they celebrate the release of their newest CD! Tickets will be on sale after March 1 by calling our office at 206-842-2306, or you can pick them up at Vern's Winslow Drug. $17 advance, $20 door, $10 students. Island Center Hall, 8395 Fletcher Bay Road, Bainbridge Island.
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With a performance history spanning almost two decades, Pearl Django endures as one of the most highly regarded Hot Club style groups working today. Although the band’s roots are firmly in the music made famous by Django Reinhardt and Stephan Grappelli, its extensive repertoire includes traditional jazz classics and original compositions. Pearl Django has performed at festivals, dances and nightspots throughout the U.S. and abroad. They have played at the prestigious Festival Django Reinhardt in Samois sur Seine and have been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” The band’s signature style is marked by pristine and dexterous string work, colors of Bal Musette, the steady pulse of rhythm guitar and an unmistakable swing that delights audiences of all musical sensibilities. Throughout the years, Pearl Django has cultivated a devoted and enthusiastic following and they continue to play to packed houses wherever they perform.
Troy Chapman, Guitar; Ryan Hoffman , Guitar; David Lange, Accordion; Michael Gray, Violin; Rick Leppanen, Bass
Voted favorite area jazz band 2003, by Seattle Weekly readers!
"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
“Pearl Django: The gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt done to perfection!”
—Paul de Barros, The Seattle Times (2002)
Come on down to Island Center Hall for a Sunday afternoon concert with these stellar performers. Bluegrass, Americana and music lovers of all kinds will enjoy this close-up and family-friendly event. Tickets will be on sale after March 1 by calling our office at 206-842-2306, or you can pick them up at Vern's Winslow Drug. $17 advance, $20 door, $10 students. Island Center Hall, 8395 Fletcher Bay Road, Bainbridge Island.
With a fourth critically-acclaimed album and expanded touring schedule, John Reischman and the Jaybirds are a top-flight band delivering a truly fresh blend of original songs and instrumentals, old-time heritage, and bluegrass power.
Featuring nine new songs and tunes from all five founding band members, Stellar Jays is the latest in a series of CDs to win rave reviews for a trademark, old-time-infused bluegrass sound that respects tradition while advancing the music. The nomination of Stellar Jays for two 2007 Canadian Folk Music Awards follows praise such as this from Nashville Public Radio: “A masterpiece — a fascinating and fresh-sounding collection of tunes that incorporate the best elements of bluegrass and old-time into a killer new sound.”
“On the evidence of Stellar Jays, John Reischman and the Jaybirds are in their prime as contemporary bluegrass musicians capable of maintaining and extending the music's legacy,” says Billboard.com. Bluegrass Unlimited magazine describes tone-master and composer John as “one of the world's undisputed masters” of the mandolin, a frequent accolade since his days with the Tony Rice Unit and California's Good Ol' Persons. John went on to record two outstanding solo albums and numerous sessions before forming the Jaybirds in 2001 to release a self-titled debut album, followed by the Canadian Juno-nominated Field Guide, and in 2005, The Road West.
“Though Reischman is the leader and front man, he gives each of them plenty of room to shine, and together they produce music that is seamlessly excellent and rewarding,” Sing Out! magazine says of the superb West Coast ensemble led by John from Vancouver, B.C. “The folks he's playing with are neck and neck with him all the way,” Victory Review magazine says of the original line-up: John on mandolin, Jim Nunally on guitar, Trisha Gagnon on bass, Nick Hornbuckle on banjo, and Greg Spatz on fiddle.
Join us for a blast from the past pool party! Food, Games and More to celebrate the Park District’s 50th Birthday! Watch this space for more info. Admission: 50 cents.
Island Center Hall, 8395 Fletcher Bay Rd
Singles & couples; Adults & teens.
Dressy casual. Be kind to wood floor;
Wear shoes with clean soles, no black marks.
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May 9 – Clave Con Jazz with Guest Artist Eugenie Jones! Latin, Swing & Jazz
$20 includes 7:30-8:30 pm workshop, 8:30-11:00 pm dance, live music!
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Bring your guitar, voice, uke, fiddle, stand up bass, mandolin or any other instrument, for an old fashion song-swapping song-circle at Pru’s House! Beginners and veterans learn from each other, no stage fright and no pressure; sit in or just come to listen! A great place to try out original work, practice a favorite “cover”, or just gain skills on that brand new gift instrument! All ages welcome, from 8-108, and it’s FREE! Hot drinks provided, Third Friday, 7:30pm, monthly. HT 1/16, 2/20, 3/20, 4/24, 5/15, & 6/19
PLEASE NOTE: April jam is on the fourth Friday, April 24.
Yep, we'll see you all this summer at Battle Point Park each Wednesday from July 8 - August 19, 7:00pm. Line-up to follow - check back in early May.
Mark your calendars for a day of fun and festivities. Games, contests, hands-on children's activities, food and music - what could be better? Oh yes - a gigantic cake! Save the date and watch this space for more info!