Bumbershoot announces 2016 dates

It must be because AEG is new at this, but Bumbershoot 2016 — the 46th edition of Seattle’s beloved Labor Day weekend music and art festival — will be over before Labor Day.

AEG Live, which propped up One Reel so the 2015 festival could happen, announced that the 2016 renewal will take place on September 2-4 — a Friday-Saturday-Sunday affair.

Bumbershoot Bumbershoot-logoused to include Fridays, back when it was a four-day marathon. It’s been a Saturday-Sunday-Monday thang for more than a decade, though.

Early bird tickets will go on sale at noon on  November 20 at bumbershoot.com. The release didn’t say if early purchasers would be rewarded with discount prices, as had been a Bumbershoot tradition, but I guess we’ll find out on Friday.

The release did say that the festival will again utilize more venues than in recent years, including Memorial Stadium and KeyArena. , a fan favorite in 2015, will return to EMP. All programming will be announced in spring 2016.

— MM

PGT announces 2016 season

Port Gamble Theater Company has announced their four-show 2016 season, beginning on April Fools Day with “Around the World in 80 Days.” That show will have a three-weekend run, April 1-17.

The remaining shows are:

Robin Hood,” July 8-27

Clue — The Musical,” Oct. 7-23

and “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe,” Dec. 2-18

Information: 360-977-7135, portgambletheater.com

— MM

‘Nutcrackers:’ There’s always room for more

Here’s our current list of upcoming local productions of “The Nutcracker” and other holiday dance shows. If you don’t see yours, e-mail your info to michael.moore@kitsapsun.com and we’ll add it:


Dance Ensemble Northwest, North Kitsap auditorium, 2003 NE Hostmark Street, Poulsbo, 360-779-7090, inmotionperformingarts.org: recorded music; 7 p.m. Nov. 27, 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 28, 3 p.m. Nov. 29; $15-$10 advance, $20-$15 door


Dance Arts Theatre, Bremerton Performing Arts Center, 1500 13th Street, Bremerton, 360-692-4395, danceartstheatre.org: Company and student production, with guests Karen Gabay and Ryan DeAlexandro; recorded music; 7 p.m. Nov. 28, 2 p.m. Nov. 25; $20-$10


Peninsula Dance Theatre, Bremerton Performing Arts Center, 1500 13th St., Bremerton, 360-377-6214, peninsuladancetheatre.org: Company production, with Peninsula Ballet Orchestra, Alan Futterman, conductor; 7:30 p.m. December 4 and 5, 3 p.m. December 6; $27-$14


Academy of Dance, Win Granlund Perfoming Arts Center, South Kitsap High School, 425 Mitchell Avenue, Port Orchard, 360-769-7277, myacademyofdance.com: student performance, recorded music; 7 p.m. December 11 and 12; $20-$10


Just for Kicks School of Dance, Admiral Theatre, 515 Pacific Ave., Bremerton, 360-373-6743, admiraltheatre.org: Student production; recorded music; 7 p.m. Dec. 12, 3 p.m. Dec. 13


Galletta School of Dance, North Kitsap Auditorium, 2003 NE Hostmark St., Poulsbo, 360-779-1122, gallettadance.com: Student production; recorded music; 7:30 p.m. 1 and 7:30 p.m. December 12; $20-$10


Northwest School of Dance, Bremerton Community Theatre, 599 Lebo Blvd., Bremerton, 360-373-5152, bremertoncommunitytheatre.org: Student production of an original holiday story; recorded music; 7 p.m. December 18, 2 and 7 p.m. December 19; $14-$12


Olympic Performance Group, North Kitsap Auditorium, 2003 NE Hostmark Street, Poulsbo, 206-842-1205, olympicperformancegroup.org: Company and student production; recorded music; 7 p.m. Dec. 19 and 20, 2 p.m. December 21

— MM

Sylvie Davidson is Book-It’s ‘Emma’ again

Sylvie Davidson, a North Kitsap native who’s been mixing successful careers in music and theater — and sometimes musical theater — will return to Book-It Repertory Theatre in December to reprise the title role in the theater’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Emma.”

Davidson originated the role in Book-It’s 2009 production, adapted from the novel by Rachel Atkins, who garnered a Gregory Award nomination for her work.

Davidson, who’s also appeared in Book-It’s adaptations of “The Highest Tide” and “Great ExpSylvieectations,” as well as prominent roles in “A Christmas Carol,” “Jekyll and Hyde” and “Tales of Wasps” at A Contemporary Theatre, other projects in Seattle-area venues and in productions of “Lonesome Traveler: A Journey Down the Rivers and Streams of American Folk” in New York and Los Angeles.

She’s also had success as a singer-songwriter, including membership in the Kitsap-born bluegrass band Waiting For Lizzie.

In “Emma,” which will run December 2-January 3 at the Center Theatre (downstairs in the Seattle Center Armory), Davidson will be joined by another returnee from the 2009 cast, Brian Thompson as Mr. Woodhouse.

Information: 206-216-0833, book-it.org.

— MM


Tower of Power added to Admiral lineup

Tower of Power, whose high-energy, ultra-funky sound propelled them out of the East Bay San Francisco music scene in 1968 and into international prominence, will play a January 26 concert at the Admiral Theatre, the Admiral announced yesterday.

The Tuesday night show will start at 7 p.m., with doors open at 6 p.m. The Admiral’s casual dining menu will be available. Ticket prices range from $75 on the main floor to $20 in the upper balcony.

ToP produced a string of hits, including “Down to the Nightclub (Bump City),” “What Is Hip?” and “You’re Still a Young Man,” has remained a potent live act for more than 40 years, continuing to turn out new music and touring heavily. They are a Northwest favorite, with frequent visits that include an annual residency at Seattle’s Jazz Alley. Despite numerous personnel changes over the years, ToP still can funkafize with the best of them.

The current lineup is powered by founding members Emilio Castillo (tenor sax) and Steve Kupka (baritone sax), along with original members Francis Rocco Prestia (bass) and David Garibaldi (drums). Roger Smith (keyboards), Tom E. Politzer (tenor sax), Adolpho Acosta (trumpet), Jerry Cortez (guitar), Sal Cracchiolo (trumpet) and Ray Greene (lead vocals) rounTOP-walking-medd out this latest incarnation.

Taken from the Admiral’s release:

“ToP performed on records with Neil Diamond, Smokey Robinson, Rod Stewart, Aerosmith, and Dionne Warwick, and influenced a generation of musicians (including Sting, who has told Emilio Castillo that he once had a “Tower of Power clone band” before he formed The Police). In the 1980s, they backed Huey Lewis and the News on world tours. They continued to play their own music in between Lewis’s gigs.

“Tower of Power is experiencing a renaissance, touring most of every year and packing venues in the United States, the Pacific Rim, and all over Europe with its audience of new and old fans. On June 6, 2004, The California Music Association inducted Tower of Power with a Lifetime Achievement Award and cited their 2003 Sony Legacy anthology Havin’ Fun as soul/R&B album of the year, beating out releases by En Vogue and Raphael Saadiq. When asked to describe the band’s music, former Tower saxophonist Lenny Pickett, now musical director for the “Saturday Night Live” band says, ‘ToP is the world’s best rhythm and blues band.’ In reality, ToP’s horn-driven, in-your-face sound is all its own.”

I’ve seen ToP a number of times over the years, in venues from Memorial Stadium at the Seattle Center to the old 99 Club in SeaTac, and they’ve never failed to entertain with top-notch musicianship and a room full of fun(k).

Information: 360-373-6743, admiraltheatre.org

— MM

Spacecraft lands on KEXP’s radar

From our friends at Spacecraft, who’ve been bringing a succession of interesting regional artists to Rolling Bay Hall on Bainbridge Island in recent months. (As much as I’d like to take credit for the above headline, it’s straight off their release. Full disclosure.)

“Spacecraft, the new Bainbridge Island arts non-profit, has gotten the attention of Seattle’s premiere alternative music outlet, KEXP. Two upcoming Spacecraft shows at Rolling Bay Hall have been designated as “recommended,” and will be presented by Audioasis, KEXP’s long running Northwest music program, hosted by DJ Sharlese.

1106_KSFE_BrothersThe first show is Seattle-based hip-hop trio Brothers From Another (pictured at left) on Saturday, November 7 (7:30 p.m., doors open at 7). Travis Thompson, spoken-word poet and rapper, opens. Next up in the series on Friday, November 13, is Gifted Gab (8 p.m. show, 7:30 p.m. doors). “Gabby” Kadushin has been compared to Queen Latifah, and deserves comparison to Missy Elliot as well.

Morgan Terry, Spacecraft co-founder and artistic director, said, “KEXP plays many of the artists who have performed for Spacecraft audiences. It’s an honor to have KEXP checking us out and wanting to be involved in our shows. We’re stoked to have them representing.”
Both shows are presented by Spacecraft at Rolling Bay Hall, 10598 Valley Road NE.

Advance tickets are available for $10, and $12 at the door.

Information: 206-818-5646, spacecraftpresents.org; Brown Paper Tickets — 800-838-3006, brownpapertickets.com

— MM

One Time Players’ ‘Buried Child’ postponed

One Time Players’ production of Sam Shepard’s “Buried Child,” which was to have opened on Oct. 29 at the Chameleon Theater in Port Townsend, has been postponed because of illness in the cast, according to the company’s Web site.

The show has been rescheduled tentatively for January. The ensemble cast includes Lawrason Driscoll, Michelle Hensel, Peter Wiant, David Wayne Johnson, Katie Kowalski, Jason Noltemeier, and Dave Cunningham, and the release said most of those actors would be available for the January dates.

Information: 360-385-6207, onetimeplayers.org. Tickets: Brown Paper Tickets, 800-838-3006, brownpapertickets.com.

— MM

‘Little Shop,’ ‘Reefer Madness have Kitsap connections

If you go to Second Story Repertory‘s production of “Little Shop of Horrors,” it’s likely some of the cast and crew will be familiar to you.

Seattle Musical Theatre‘s “Reefer Madness,” winding up a two-weekend run this weekend, also has some familiar faces on stage and behind the scenes.

“Little Shop” is directed by Ken Michels, who’s done a number of shows at Bainbridge Performing Arts, and will be helming BPA’s holiday production of “Mary Poppins.” Joanna Hardie, who was a performer, choreographer and assistant director of BPA’s “A Chorus Line,” also directed last season’s “The Drowsy Chaperone” and will have the helm for “The Little Mermaid” next May. Hardie is playing Audrey, the female lead, at Second Story.

Cherisse Martinelli, who grew up on Kitsap stages and was the 2015 recipient of the Miss West Sound title, is cast in the trio. Doug Fahl doesn’t have any stage credits in Kitsap, was one of the leads in the 2009 film “ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction,” which was shot in Port Gamble. Port Orchard’s Justin Silver is the plant puppeteer for Audrey 2.

Second Story’s next show, which opens Dec. 4, is “A Christmas Carol,” which features John Clark — so memorable teaming with Curtis Jacobson in “The Mystery of Irma Vep” at Key City Public Theater last summer — as Ebenezer Scrooge.

SMT’s “Reefer Madness” is directed by former BPA artistic director Steven Fogell, and his cast includes Bremerton’s Michelle Abad as The Placard Girl.

Second Story Repertory is in the Redmond Town Center. The show runs through November 15, with 8 p.m. shows on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with a closing 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 15.

Seattle Musical Theatre is at 7120 62nd Ave. NE in the Sand Point neighborhood. There are 7:30 p.m. shows on Oct. 29 and 30, and a 10:30 p.m. late-night show will close the run on Oct. 30.

Information: Second Story Repertory — 425-881-6777, secondstoryrep.orghttp://secondstoryrep.org  Seattle Musical Theatre — 206-363-2809, seattlemusicaltheatre.org

— MM

Three Dog Night’s Cory Wells dies at 74

Cory Wells, one of the lead singers of Three Dog Night, died unexpectedly Tuesday at his Dunkirk, N.Y. home, according to a release on the band’s Web site.

“It is with deep sadness and disbelief that I must report the passing of Cory Wells, my beloved band mate for over 45 years,” announced Danny Hutton, the band’s other lead singer. “Cory was an incredible singer – a great performer, he could sing anything.”

Wells, a co-founder of Three Dog Night, performed with the band up until September of this year when he developed a problem with severe back pain. One of the shows cancelled as he received treatment was an Oct. 2 show at the Admiral Theatre, which was later reschedu10556435_10202819441836410_2812609378941138398_nled for next March 25. Word from Three Dog Night on the status of upcoming shows is forthcoming.

“Cory was like a brother in so many ways,“ Hutton said. “We had been together since 1965 and I am in shock at this sudden loss.”

According to the release, “Wells, whose band The Enemys was the house band at Whisky A Go-Go, met Hutton, a solo artist and a writer/producer at Hanna Barbera Records, when they had both been invited to tour with Sonny and Cher. After that tour, Hutton contacted Wells about forming a group with three lead singers. Three Dog Night went on to have 21 consecutive Top 40 hits. The band, fronted by Wells, Hutton and , recorded the music of the best (and mostly undiscovered) songwriters of their time including Randy Newman, Harry Nilsson, Elton John, Laura Nyro, Paul Williams and Hoyt Axton among many others. The group’s eclectic taste, combined with their ability to recognize and record hits in a unique, distinctive and appealing style, resulted in Three Dog Night dominating the charts for years.

“Wells balanced his professional life with family and leisure pursuits.   An avid fisherman, Wells appeared on national TV, filming several episodes on “The American Sportman” in New Zealand and the Amazon.   He also participated in charity fishing tournaments around the country and took time whenever he could to teach his grandchildren to fish and enjoy the natural beauty of the Great Lakes and Western New York.  Wells is survived by Mary, his wife of 50 years, two daughters and five grandchildren.”

Wells’ loss is the second blow in less than a year to Three Dog Night. Founding keyboardist Jimmy Greenspoon died of cancer last March.

Three Dog Night played at the Admiral to a sold-out house in June, 2013. The Oct. 2 date also was sold out. The band also played a Kitsap date in 2008, headlining the Kitsap County Fair and Stampede.

Information on the status of the March 25 show at the Admiral will be available at 360-373-6743 and admiraltheatre.org.

— MM

CD review: Lemolo’s ‘Red Right Return’

I got to caught up with Lemolo‘s Meagan Grandall prior to the release of the new CD “Red Right Return,” and the start of her national house show tour, which kicks off with a CD-release party on Nov. 6 at the Crocodile in Seattle (check out the story at kitsapsun.com/entertainment, and in the October 23 issue of Kitsap A&E, part of that day’s Kitsap Sun print edition.1023_KSFE_Lemolo1

The official release of “Red Right Return” isn’t until November 10, but Meagan was kind enough to supply me with a review copy. That review also is posted at kitsapsun.com and will be in the October 23 A&E.

A preview snippet: “More densely layered than its prececessor, “Red Right Return” still manages to keep the haunting intimacy and musical minimalism that made “Kaleidoscope” so memorable.”

You can also hear sample two of the tracks on the CD, “Low Halo” and “Hold Light,” and pre-order copies of “Red Right Return” at lemolomusic.com.

Read the review here: http://www.kitsapsun.com/entertainment/cd-review_16673101

— MM