Monthly Archives: June 2015

Music schedule for Whaling Days is here

The mainstage entertainment schedule for the 2015 edition of Whaling Days was posted on Facebook earlier today, so we’ll pass it on here. All shows are at Silverdale Waterfront Park:

Friday, July 24

6 p.m. — Circle Twerks

7 p.m. — Garage Heroes

8 p.m. resizedimage600363-hxhstreetclrbiglogo-gallery— Heart by Heart (all-star Heart tribute band featuring bona fide Heart originals — and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame members — Steve Fossen and Michael DeRosier). Band members (pictured at left, l-r) are Somar Macek, Randy Hansen, DeRosier, Fossen, Lizzy Daymont and Bob Rivers.

Satudray, July 25

Noon — The Tonze

1 p.m. — Driftin’ Harbor Rats

2 p.m. — The Pro-Nouns

3 p.m. — Doktor Diablo

4 p.m. — Small Tribes

5 p.m. — The Fame Riot

6 p.m. — Erotic City (Portland-based Prince Tribute)

8 p.m. — Coldnote

Sunday, July 26

Noon — Ranger and The Re-Arrangers

1:30 p.m. — Adrian Xavier

3:30 p.m. — Randy Hansen (Jimi Hendrix tribute. Hansen’s also a member of Heart by Heart, so he’s doing double Whaling Days duty)


— MM

Three Dog Night kick off Admiral’s 2015-16 season

Three Dog Night, who put the capper on the Admiral Theatre‘s 2012-13 season, will kick off the 2015-16 schedule, according to information from the theater.

The 1960s-’70s hitmakers played to a sold-out Admiral throng on June 8, 2013. They’re back for an 8 p.m. show on Oct. 2, the first of 28 shows announced by the Admiral in their upcoming subscription season. Season-ticket sales begin July 7, with “half-season” ducats up for grabs on July 21. Also on July 21, single-show tickets are available for pu0703_KSFE_3DogNightrchase by Admiral Theatre Club members and sponsors. The general public can pick over single-show tickets starting on Aug. 4.

Three Dog Night is fronted by original vocalists Cory Wells and Danny Hutton, and also boast original guitarist Mike Allsup. Original keyboardist Jimmy Greenspoon, who was with them for two previous Kitsap shows in recent years, died of cancer in March.

The band headlined the Kitsap County Fair and Stampede in 2008.

Other shows announced for the 2015-16 season include:

Oct. 17 — Cirque Mechanics Pedal Punk

Oct. 23 — Remember When Rock Was Young (Elton John tribute)

Nov. 6 — Macy Gray

Nov. 13 — Gaelic Storm

Nov. 29 — Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Dec. 4 — Chris Mann

Jan. 8 — Celtic Nights

Jan. 15 — Under The Streetlamp

Jan. 20 — Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra

Jan. 30 — Travis Tritt

Feb. 5 — Morgan James

Feb. 17 — Belle Starr

Feb. 26 — ABBA Mania

March 5 — “Ragtime” the Musical

March 12 — Lunasa with Tom O’Brien

March 16 — Mystery Artist (to be announced)

March 19 — Rhythmic Circus

March 23 — Barrage 8

April 1 — Glenn Miller Orchestra

April 9 — Prima Trio

April 13 — “Saturday Night Fever” musical

April 17 — Timber!

April 29 — Johnny Clegg Band

May 6 — John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band

May 12 — The Waifs

May 20 — The Kingston Trio

June 4 — Chubby Checker & The Wildcats

The “Mystery Artist” scheduled for March 16 is someone, we assume, who’s almost, but not quite signed on the dotted line, and no official announcement can be made until that’s done. It’s what happened with Chris Isaak a couple seasons back.

Information: 360-373-6743,

— MM

Sledd plays Dvorak for Bremerton Symphony opener

The Bremerton Symphony Orchestra has announced its six-concert 2015-16 season, which begins on Oct. 10 with an all-Dvorak program featuring the return of former North Kitsap resident Claire Sledd for Dvorak’s violin concerto.

That concert, one of four at the Bremerton Performing Arts Center, also will feature Bremerton Symphony Chorale director and mezzo-soprano LeeAnne Campos in a performance of “Four Biblical Songs.” Dvorak’s Symphony No. 6 seals the deal on music director and conductor Alan Futterman‘s season opener.

“Organ Principals, Swell to Great” finds the Symphony visiting Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in Bremerton on Nov. 14 and 15 for a program including works by Debussy, Vivaldi, Barlow, Reinecke and Saint-Saens. The first four pieces will feature members of the Symphony’s woodwind section — respectively, clarinetist William Ferman, bassoonist Adam Williams, oboist Amy Duerr-Day and flutist Deliana Broussard. Organist Peggy Maurer will be featured in a performance of Saint-Saens’ Organ Symphony.

The Symphony and Concert Chorale have their annual holiday get-together on Dec. 13, a 2 p.m. matinee, featuring J.S. Bach and C.P.E. Bach’s “Magnificat” and Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, among other Christmastime goodies.

Saint Saens is back for the March 12 concert with his “March militaire. That concert also features Nielsen’s Symphony No. 4 and the violin concerto of Paganini, with guest Erich Woo up front.

The focus is on light opera for the April 15 and 16 concerts at Gateway Fellowship in Poulsbo (Friday evening) and the Sylvan Way Baptist Church (Saturday evening). The Symphony and Chorale will perform a concert version of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “H.M.S. Pinafore.”

The season concludes on May 22 with a 4 p.m. concert featuring performances by the BSO Young Artists Competition winners, and the Symphony and Chorale combining for Prokofiev’s “Alexander Nevsky and Disciples.”

Other events include the annual “Brunch With Bach” fund-raising brunch and performance on Jan. 23; a Feb. 9 family concert at the Admiral Theatre, with the Symphony playing and the Peninsula Dance Theatre dancing Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” and a preview performance of the Paganini violin concerto with Erich Woo; the Symphony League Gala on Oct. 25, with Campos performing Telemann’s “Canary” cantata; Bremerton Youth Symphony concerts on Nov. 22, March 13 and May 15; and a trio of chamber performances in different Kitsap venues on Oct. 24 (Campos and Telemann) and Jan. 15 and 17 (Gounod’s “Petite Symphonie”).

Information is available at 360-373-1722, or by following this link:

— MM

CSTOCK’s 2015-16 season opens with ‘Godspell’

CSTOCK won’t be at the Silverdale Community Center when they start their 2015-16 season in September. But they’ll be in business nonetheless.

The company have announced and posted their season, with all shows to be performed at a new venue. The company is in negotiations with the Central Kitsap School District (for the use space in Central Kitsap Middle School (the former Central Kitsap Junior High). CSTOCK learned earlier this year that they must vacate the community center space by summer’s end. Their popular “Camp CSTOCK” summer youth workshops will go on as scheduled, with four two-week sessions through August.

The entire 2015-16 season looks like this:

Sept. 11-Oct. 4 — “Godspell

Nov. 27-Dec. 20 — “Shrek

Feb. 12-March 6 — “Mary Poppins

April 15-May 8 — “Anne of Green Gables

June 17-July 3 — “Children of Eden

CKMS also will host a pair of CSTOCK’s talent showcases, an all-age edition on Oct. 17 and a youth version on May 21. The theater also announced that Friday and Saturday performances would continue to have 7:30 p.m. curtains, but the 4 p.m. Sunday matinees and non-reserved seating they began with the current younger-than-21 production of “The Pirates of Penzance” will carry over to the new season.

More details as they become available. You can also check for updates here:

— MM

Paradise announces all-musical 2015-16 season

Paradise Theatre in Gig Harbor will go all-musical for their 2015-16 season, which will begin at their longtime Fishermen’s Hall home off Burnham Drive, but could well finish in a different venue.

The new season is being promoted at performances of Paradise’s current show, “Seussical,” which runs through July 11 (a review of the June 20 performance can be found here:

Into The Woods” will kick off the seven-show season, followed by a holiday production of “Scrooge, the Musical.” Those might be the only shows on the new schedule to be performed at Fishermen’s Hall, which is destined for the wrecking ball to make way for a new development. Paradise’s artistic directors, Jeff and Vicki Richards, have been told they must strike set by the end of 2015, and they’re actively looking for a temporary new home even as they shift a $1.2 million capital campaign into high gear, with the goal of building a new performance space in or around Gig Harbor.

The complete season looks like this:

Sept. 18-Oc t. 10 — “Into the Woods

Nov. 20-Dec. 12 — “Scrooge, the Musical

Feb. 5-27 — “Nunsense

March 11-April 2 — “The Fantasticks

April 22-May 14 — “Next to Normal

June 17-July 11 — “The Little Mermaid

August 5-27 — “Fiddler on the Roof

The company also will put on their annual Haunted House at Fishermen’s Hall in October.

We’ll keep you posted on Paradise’s efforts to find new digs for 2016, and on the progress of the capital campaign.

— MM

Jaws on the big screen

By Katrina Dahlke:jaws_poster-TCM-40

40 years ago, the tale of a quiet tourist town hunting a shark for vengeance hit the big screen. Steven Spielberg directed the movie based on a Peter Benchley novel that had been published the year before. And it was what we would consider today a summer blockbuster.

I’m going to come right out and admit I have never seen “Jaws.”

And as someone who hasn’t seen it, my own non-memories of Jaws mostly have to do with John Williams’ film score. Actually, just two notes from the film score.

When I was a kid before I knew what sharks were, or the horror that Jaws was for that matter, I would get chased around the pool by my dad going “duhn-duhn, duhn-duhn,” speeding up as he got closer until he caught me. Those E and F notes were part of a game; they were the build up to me screaming in delight and pretending to escape.

In middle school, I was informed that the harmless notes were the sound of a man-eating shark coming to eat my limbs. It therefore made sense for my older cousin to use “duhn-duhn, duhn-duhn” to prepare his sister and me for his attacks in dark, murky lake water each summer. You can bet I scrambled for the boat as fast as my uncoordinated legs could get me.  Shark or no shark, the sound sparked suspense, and the adrenaline that followed was enough to make me move. I was not going to be pulled under and half drowned.

This weekend there will be no need for imagination or false adrenaline. In honor of the 40th anniversary, several movie theaters will be showing “Jaws” with its music, Moby Dick-esque undertones and Spielberg’s direction on the big screen. You’ll be able to hear and watch in a dark, cool theater just like opening day in 1975.

Bainbridge Cinemas: Sunday, June 21 at 2 p.m. and Wednesday, June 24 at 7 p.m.

Olympic Cinemas: Sunday, June 21 at 2 p.m. and Wednesday, June 24 at 7 p.m

Regal Poulsbo Stadium 10: Sunday, Jun 21 at 2 p.m.

Afton Prater’s career is trucking along

On the title track of her second EP release, Afton Prater sings about wanting a truck.

Now, a Sumner dealership wants to use her music to help them sell trucks. Sunset Chevrolet / Sunset Trucks has partnered with Prater, a Klahowya senior-to-be, to use her song “I AftonWant a Truck” in their western Washington radio and TV advertisements.

The 17-year-old singer-songwriter continues to mix the cobbling of a country-pop music career with high school. She’ll take advantage of the summer vacation to play several gigs, starting with KMPS’ pre-function for the June 27 Kenny Chesney concert at Century Link Field. She’ll play at 11 a.m.

Sunset Trucks is sponsoring her full-band show July 12 at Art on the Ave in Tacoma, where she’ll play with keyboardist Kim Enloe, drummer Jonathan Enloe (also a Klahowya classmate), guitarist Brett Angelo and bassist Steve Warren. On Aug. 13, she’ll play for Yakima’s Summer Nights concert series.

More information on what Afton’s up to can be found here:

— MM


Olympic Music Festival is a third-generation thing

The Olympic Music Festival, which enters its 32nd season with a pair of concerts on June 27 and 28, will bcome a third-generation affair this summer.

Cellist Alexander Hersh is one of four Iglitzin Fellows who will perform alongside festival and fellowship founder Alan Iglitzin, OMF artistic director Julio Elizalde and other veteran professional players in the 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday concerts.

Hersh’s father, violinist Stefan Hersh, and his uncle, Julian Hersh, both have built long and successful musical careers, and both have performed in multiple OMF seasons. His grandfather, violist and 0626_KSFE_AHershpianist Paul Hersh, has been a fixture at the festival almost since its inception back in the mid-1980s, while maintaining his own successful teaching and performing careers.

Ironically, Alexander is the only Hersh on the roster of performers for the 13 weekends of 2015 festival performances. He actually is a fourth-generation musician — great grandfather Ralph Hersh was violist for the Stuyvesant Quartet and principal violist for both the Dallas and Atlanta symphony orchestras. His mother, Roberta Freier, also is a professional violinist.

The festival kicks off with a program honoring Iglitzin, consisting of a pair of Brahms string sextets and featuring longtime collaborators Charles Wetherbee, violin, and Korine Fujiwara, viola.

More details on this year’s festival are available here: Also, watch for Kitsap A&E‘s upcoming festival preview online and in the June 26 issue of the Kitsap Sun.

— MM


Noah’s, Grub Hut make ‘best burgers’ list

The Web site just gave a shout-out to 15 places around Washington where you can — according to them, anyway — get a pretty good burger. The list included the Grub Hut in Kingston and Noah’s Ark in Bremerton.

(The Grub Hut was listed No. 6 on the 1-15 list with Noah’s at No. 10, but it wasn’t clear whether the numerical order had any significance.)

The Lunchbox Laboratory in Gig Harbor (a burgerie that also has locations in Seattle and Bellevue) also made the list.

Of course, the post was beset by comments from people wondering why their favorite burger bars weren’t included. Commenters listed Kitsap-area joints including Fat Smitty’s (on Highway 101 in Jefferson County), Bubba’s in Allyn, the Blue Ocean in Port Orchard, Crazy Eric’s in Bremerton and the 101 Diner in Sequim.

They missed my personal favorite in the state, too, Beesley’s (off I-5 at the Vader-Ryderwood offramp). Look for the big sign that just says “Eat.” Cougar Country in Pullman was included, which got my attention because it was good all the way back when I went to school there, back around the time the earth was cooling …

You’ve got to have your own favorites, too, both in Kitsap and in places you’ve visited around the state. Let us know in the comments space.

And if you want to see the whole list, you can find it here:

— MM

When you’re ready … and they’re not

Sometimes, you just have to wing it …

That’s the position all of us here at Kitsap A&E found ourselves in earlier this week when we scheduled cover art for the release of the summer blockbuster movie “Jurassic World,” that would feed readers in to either a review or feature — or both — inside.

We knew it would be tight. The first press run for A&E is Tuesday, and our sources for the materials we needed were vague on whether we’d get anything in time.

We didn’t.

An hour before our off-the-floor deadline, we had no review. No preview. No puff piece, no making-of sidebar, or Chris Pratt feature, or Bryce Dallas Howard retrospective. No Interview with the Dinosaur.

We had a quick staff meeting, and the assignment finally fell to me: Phony something up.

I was, after all, the logical person for the job, for three reasons: 1. I have decades of experience knowing very little about subjects that I go ahead and write about anyway; 2. Having been a sportswriter in a past life, the instruction “20 inches in 20 minutes” leaves me completely nonplussed; and 3. … who am I kiddin’? I’m the only one here.

This link:

will take you to what resulted, and what readers who get that first press run of A&E got this week. I offer it here as a curiosity, as an example of what we in the “go-with-what-you’ve got” line of work do on those occasions when we’ve got nuthin’.

In retrospect, maybe “Interview with the Dinosaur” might not have been such a bad idea …

— MM