June 26, 2012
By Katie Larsen
Arts Commission production returns for 15th season
A lawn full of dancers and picnickers sat the Issaquah Community Center enjoys a band performance during a Concerts on the Green series. By Greg Farrar
The Penguins will kick-off the new season by playing a Vegas-style show. The concerts run from 7-8:30 p.m. every Tuesday until Aug. 28. The grounds open at 6 p.m. for picnicking and early seating.
David Harris, volunteer producer for the series, said the most popular type of music is anything upbeat.
“It’s a professionally run show,” Harris said. “I try and make it like a mini-major concert” so people who can’t afford a big concert ticket can attend and have the same experience.
A variety of music is planned this year including: country, Latin and salsa, funk, rock, swing, Celtic violin and a Pink Floyd tribute band. All bands scheduled are from the Pacific Northwest.
If you go
Concerts on the Green
All shows are from 7-8:30 p.m. on the Issaquah Community Center lawn, 301 Rainier Blvd. S.
“I can’t imagine there isn’t something for everyone,” Harris said.
He said the typical concert brings about 500 viewers.
“I put it under the term community building. It’s really a community event,” he said. “It helps bring people together.”
The series, in it’s 15th year, is at 301 Rainier Blvd. S. and presented by Issaquah’s Parks & Recreation and the Issaquah Arts Commission, in collaboration with the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah.
The Kiwanis Club helped find all the sponsors for each concert and also sells hot dogs and hamburgers at the shows. The money made goes directly back into the community, Harris said.