Sunday April 11, 12 to 6; 26 bands to perform live on seven stages

Honk Fest West is presenting their 3rd annual festival of acoustic, mobile street bands from across North America in the
West Seattle Junction next Sunday, April 11 from 12 to 6PM. Honk Fest will close California Avenue from Alaska to Genesee Street.

The event is free to the public and will take place on 5 stages featuring 26 different bands around the nation including:

Anti-Fascist Marching Band
Artesian Rumble Arkestra
Bolting Brassicas Marching Band
Brass Messengers
The Carnival Band
Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band
Environmental Encroachment
Extraordinary Rendition Band
Garfield High School Bulldog Drumline
The HBC Brass Band
Hubbub Club
Hungry March Band
Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band (LSJUMB)
Minor Mishap Marching Band
Orkestar Slivovica
Orkestar Zirkonium
Samba Ja
Seattle Sounders FC Soundwave Band
Seattle Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline
Titanium Sporkestra
Yellow Hat Band
Yesterday's Chonies

Here's the Honk Fest West Performance Schedule


Honk Fest West 2010 is coming to West Seattle Sunday, April 11.

The Loyal Heights Community Center is looking for teenage bands from any genre and any area of Seattle to participate in its annual Rock the Gardens event at Golden Gardens.

The event is a series of summer concerts that take place at the Golden Gardens Bathhouse on the beach.

The shows, which take place on July 9, July 23 and August 20, run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and are free and open to all ages.

Each night will focus on a different musical theme and include genres from rock to metal to acoustic to punk to hip hop.

This year, Rock the Gardens is being offered in partnership with the Vera Project, Seattle’s all-ages arts and music center.

Rock the Gardens is currently in the process of recruiting bands.

Any teenage bands looking to play to a crowd in one of the city’s most scenic locales should contact Alexis Govan at or 206.684.4052.

The bands being featured in Rock the Gardens 2010 will be announced in June.

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Courtesy of Alexis Govan

A band performs at last year's Rock the Gardens. The all-teen concert series at Golden Gardens is looking for bands for this year's July and August shows.

The Mobiles will host a live musical journey through the universe of twisted roots rock April 1 at Smokin’ Pete’s Barbecue to raise funds for the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen.

Seattle's Mobiles, are as likely to be inspired by Bob Dylan or John Hyatt, as they are by Joe Strummer or Jello Biafra.

All donations will be given to the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen, located at 5972 Fourth Ave. S. St. Vincent de Paul is committed to serving the poor and the needy with a kitchen that provides bag lunches Monday through Friday, a clothing give-away and emergency financial assistance, among other services.

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Ed Bang of The Mobiles, who will be playing a benefit show April 1 at Smokin' Pete's BBQ.

Cuban music concert precedes screening of "Weekend in Havana"

January 22, 1942, the newly renovated Admiral Theater located in West Seattle debuted, boasting unique filmic innovations and an incredible art deco, nautical appearance, unlike anything Seattle had ever seen.

Built by the same architect that created the Hollywood Pantages, the theater showcased unique murals and etched seahorse glass chandeliers. The theater cost over $200,000 and charged outrageous admissions; adults 35 cents and children, a whopping 11 cents.

The film they showed was Weekend in Havana, a zany musical starring Caesar Romero, Alice Fey and Carmen Miranda. Well hang on to your maracas. Sunday, April 25th, the Admiral Theater will once again show, Weekend in Havana along with a concert by Charanga Danzon, an ensemble of Cuban dance music merging African and European influences, highlighting flute and violin. This could be the last concert to occur at the Admiral according to the owners.

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More than 80 Ballard High School students are inviting the community into "The Secret Garden" for the school's 2010 spring musical.

Ballard High School's "The Secret Garden," a musical adaptations of the 1909 children's novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, opens March 11.

"After doing many of the traditional high school musicals over the past couple of years, we wanted to do a newer show," said Courtney Rowley, Ballard music teacher and director of the spring musical. "'The Secret Garden' is one of the masterpieces of contemporary American musical theatre."

It's the story of a young English girl born in the British Raj in the early 20th Century. She is sent to live with relatives in Britain at 11 after her parents are killed in a cholera outbreak. There she brings new life to a neglected garden, as well as her cousin and uncle.

"'The Secret Garden' is counted among the finest musical dramas, noted for its haunting music and for exploring the human emotions surrounding grief and healing," said Kathy Adolphsen, a parent volunteer on the Ballard High School Music Board.

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Michael Harthorne

Ballard High School students rehearse March 8 for "The Secret Garden," which opens March 12. CLICK IMAGE FOR MORE PHOTOS.

Leah Leinbach always felt shy singing in front of people.

With a push from her mom and choir director Courtney Rowley, the Ballard High School senior shelved her jitters and joined the concert choir last year.

“I’m kind of a newbie,” she said. “[But] I’ve always really loved singing. It took a lot of prodding to finally get me to join, but I’m so glad I did.”

In May, Leinbach and the rest of the choir will get a chance to belt do re mi in a classier setting: New York City's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, accompanied by the Distinguished Concerts International New York professional orchestra.

“Singing at Lincoln Center, that’s making it big,” Leinbach said. “That’s where singers go when they become famous. I know we’re just a high school choir, but it’s so exciting to sing in front of so many people.”

Rowley, who is in her third year teaching at Ballard, is a bit of a newbie herself. But, when University of Washington associate director of choral studies Giselle Wyers invited the choir to croon Randall Thompson's "Frostiana" under her direction at Lincoln Center, Rowley gladly accepted.

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Photo by Rachel Solomon.

The Ballard High School orchestra rehearses during class. They are preparing for a trip to New York City to compete with other ensembles at the Riverside Church. CLICK FOR MORE PHOTOS.

Ballard High School Principal Phil Brockman was given the first-ever Washington Music Educators Association Administrator of the Year Award Feb. 15 for championing the cause of music as a core quality of education.

He was honored at two concerts during the association's All-State Gala in Yakima. Two Ballard High School students, James Vitz-Wong and C.J. Eldred, were selected to participate in the All-State event.

In a letter nominating Brockman for the award, Ballard High School Music teachers Courtney Rowley and Michael James said he has a vision for the growth and success of the music program at Ballard, but gives the teachers complete creative and strategic control.

"Phil Brockman is the most supportive, caring and respected administrator we have ever had the privilege to work for," Rowley and James said in the letter.

According to the letter, Brockman has found the money and resources to allow the school to add a percussion class and women's treble choir and to produce an after-school musical year after year.

Brockman believes a strong music program is essential to an excellent high school, Rowley and James said in the letter.

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Courtesy of Don Clausen

Ballard High School Principal Phil Brockman (second from right) receives the WMEA Administrator of the Year Award at a Feb. 15 concert in Yakima. With him are (from left) WMEA President Mark Lane, Ballard music teacher Michael James and Don Clausen, past president of the WMEA.

With little fanfare or notice, a new theater company, Ghost Light Theatricals, has moved into the small space on Market Street formerly occupied by Live Girls! Theater.

Ghost Light Theatricals, a nonprofit organization founded in 2003, moved into the 64-seat theater in the lower level of 2200 N.W. Market St. in early January. On March 2, a notice for a liquor license was posted in the window.

The company moved into the Ballard location because they wanted to have their own space after being nomadic for the past seven years, said Matt Lyman, Ghost Light Theatricals' marketing director.

Artistic Director Beth Raas said the permanent home will give the company more opportunities than it had while it was moving around.

Live Girls! Theater vacated the space at the end of December when its lease was up and Ghost Light was able to take it over, Lyman said.

Lyman said the company is hoping to bring great theater to Ballard and its residents.

"It's important in a neighborhood that has as much nightlife as Ballard does to have a theater there," Raas said.

According to its Web site, Ghost Light Theatricals focuses on classical and classically-influenced plays.

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Ghost Light Theatricals performs Molière's "The Misanthrope" last year. The company found a permanent home in Ballard in January.

ArtsWest Playhouse announces the National New Play Network World Premiere of Sunlight by Sharr White, an award winning drama about a family dramatically changed by a turn of political events after 9-11.

Sunlight begins with the story of Matthew Gibbon, a liberal lion and president of an East coast university. Matthew finds himself battling against the ultra-conservative dean of the law school - his son-in-law and former protégé. As the drama unfolds, a question of ethics suddenly escalates into a showdown with dire consequences.

Known for supporting and developing outstanding arts programs and new contemporary plays all over the country, the National New Play Network is collaborating with ArtsWest Playhouse on this production. Sunlight was the 2009 winner of both the Sky Cooper New American Play Prize and the Edgerton Foundation Award for Best New Play. After wrapping up at the Marin Theatre Company in San Francisco, audiences and critics are raving that Sunlight is “A powerfully constructed drama…definitley worth a trip across the bridge.”- (KGO Radio).

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Matt Durham

L-R) John Ulman, Karen Nelsen, John Wray, and Peggy Gannon in the National New Play Network World Premiere of SUNLIGHT at ArtsWest. Photo by Matt Durham

There are jazz bands. There are classical orchestras. Then, there is the Seattle-based Pontiac Bay Symphony.

While they may not play rock and roll, some of their repertoire includes songs more recognizable than the Beatles.

Each Pontiac Bay performance embraces a theme. One concert focused on movie theme songs, including “Jaws,” “Lord of the Rings,” “Jurassic Park,” “Star Wars,” and “2001: A Space Odyssey,” with its trademark, heart-stopping timpani.

Another concert celebrated the Western movie and TV show genre. That song list included “Rawhide,” and “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.”

On March 14, they will perform “The Pontiac Bay Old-Time Radio Show,” which will attempt to duplicate the old radio shows of the 1930s and 40s with a Cole Porter and Duke Ellington big band sound.

The scores will be interspersed with sketch dramas involving sound effects contraptions like the glass “crash box” that simulates windows and lamps braking, and the door and knob box, which often precedes the line, “This is the police. Open up.”

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Steve Shay

Liam Fitzgerald, a Ballard High School graduate, plays percussion for the Pontiac Bay Symphony. They specialize in themes, such as television and film scores, and will perform an old-time radio show March 14.

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