Live shows on the Pier return in Port Angeles

PORT ANGELES — Pato Banton, the internationally recognized reggae artist, can hardly wait around to arrive in Port Angeles, where by he and his band, the Now Generation, will be component of the eight-7 days Live shows on the Pier lineup.

“We’re pretty energized to convey our good vibration,” the London-born Banton explained in an interview from Lake Elsinore, Calif., where by he life.

The Now Technology will just take the Metropolis Pier stage at 6 p.m. July 28, at the tail stop of Banton’s West Coast tour. He has longtime good friends who reside in this article, so he’ll remain for a couple days, just to take pleasure in the area.

Banton’s live performance arrives at just about the center of the sequence of totally free shows, which commence July 7. The songs in these two-hour concert events will array from reggae and gypsy jazz to classic rock and country swing, with artists from Port Angeles, Port Townsend, Sequim — and Brooklyn, N.Y., the place Banton’s bandmate, Antoinette Rootsdawtah, grew up.

“I just booked Aba Kiser,” previous Juan de Fuca Foundation government director Kayla Oakes said excitedly, ideal right after she’d extra the Port Townsend singer-songwriter to the combine. Kiser, aka Abakis, provides a established that ranges from handles of Sam Cooke and Beyonce to her very own primary music.

Oakes completed assembling the Concerts on the Pier right before resigning from her publish as govt director of JFFA her very last day was June 15. JFFA Administrative Manager Kari Likelihood is orchestrating the Live shows on the Pier while Oakes’ successor is uncovered.

JFFA, the presenter of the series, experienced to terminate last year’s reveals owing to the pandemic. The 2021 rebirth is a tiny shorter in length than former years — two months as a substitute of 3 — but “luckily it is an out of doors series,” Oakes reported.

Live performance-goers who are not total vaccinated are questioned to preserve 6 ft from people today outdoors their homes if they are unable to do so, “we check with that you wear a mask,” Oakes stated.

If the climate turns moist, the Concert events on the Pier transfer below the Gateway pavilion at Front and Lincoln streets, she included.

In mid-August, the band Backwoods Hucksters will show up, with Sequim’s Cort Armstrong foremost the way. Armstrong relishes speaking about his bandmates: Eric Bogart, “an astonishing guitar participant,” bassist Paul Stehr-Environmentally friendly, fiddle players Jon Parry and Joe Gish and harmonica player Sean Divine. That musician has a heavenly title, but “he’s a sinner like you and me,” Armstrong quipped.

As for the Hucksters’ audio, “we refer to it as mountain blues,” he reported, including that Divine “loves bluegrass songs, while it is not his major detail … so he sings the bluegrass music we do in a common Chicago blues type of type.

“Sean and I have been singing with each other for many many years,” reported Armstrong, so “the band is form of the intersection of our personalities.”

Here’s the Concerts on the Pier lineup, when additional information can be located at underneath “Concerts” and by phoning 360-457-5411.

• July 7: AntBath provides underground garage surf audio.

• July 14: Country swing and classic pop with Abakis.

• July 21: Option folk/rock with Crushwater.

• July 28: Good reggae with Pato Banton and the Now Era.

• Aug. 4: Gypsy jazz with Ranger & the Rearrangers.

• Aug. 11: Americana and blues with Backwoods Hucksters.

• Aug. 18: Rock ’n’ roll handles with A few As well Several.

• Aug. 25: Vintage hits with Black Diamond Junction.


Jefferson County senior reporter Diane Urbani de la Paz can be achieved at 360-417-3509 or [email protected]

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