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It’s Free Concert Season

June 16, 2015

140905-A-ZZ999-001Not many people know this, but there’s something like 70 million places to see free concerts in Seattle this summer. Okay, that may be a bit of an overstatement, but there are a heck of a lot of free concerts being staged all summer long. Most of them start in July or at least later in the month, but one series has already started.

Oddly enough, it’s one that most people miss even though the Cheap Bastard isn’t sure why.

I’m referring to the Concerts at the Ballard Locks, which are held at 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday from Memorial Day through Labor Day, weather permitting, at one of Seattle’s great attractions. The shows are in the botanical garden on the way to the locks and the fish ladder so you can take in the tunes while you walk to see the boats, amble to the fish ladder or just hang out on the lawn and toss a Frisbee. I’ve taken my kids a couple of times and they loved it.

Heck, there’s even a Classic Car Show on Father’s Day.

Here’s this season’s schedule:

June 20– Musica Molida, Street Organ Music

June 21–Elliott Bay Pipe Band, Traditional Pipe and Drum Music

June 27–Eastside Modern Jazz–Latin, Funk, Jazz-Rock, fusion and contemporary.

June 28–Kirkland Civic Orchestra–Classical and Pop Music

July 4- Seattle Civic Band–Patriotic Music (go fiure).

July 5–Teresa Mae–accoustic and pop music

July 11- Puget Sound Symphony Chamber Players–Classic Wind Instruments

July 12–85th Street Big Band–Swing favorites

July 18–Greenwood Concert Band–Marches and Music for bands

July 19–West Seattle Big Band

July 25–Cherie Blues–Vocal Jazz and R&B

Also, Greater Seattle Fuschia Society Show 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

July 26–Greenwood Concert Band

August 1–Coal Creek Jazz Band

August 2–The Tempos–Big Band Music

August 8–Letter Carriers and FOE Band–Contemporary Big Band

August 9–Ballard Sedentary Sousa Band–Marching Band tunes played by folks who are sitting down.

August 15–Batacuda–Brazillian Samba, Chorus and Forro

August 16– Pacific Cascade Big Band–Swing Era, Jazz, early 1930s through 1950s.

Also, Horseless Carriage Car Show featuring pre-1950s cars

August 22–Mach One Jazz Orchestra–Big Band to Contemporary Jazz

August 23–Microsoft Jumpin’ Jive Orchestra

August 29–Altaeus Woodwind Quintet–Music from all Classical periods

August 30–Lynnwood Community Band

September 5–STRUM–Seattle’s Totally Relaxed Ukulele Musicians

September 6–Around the Sound Band–Famous Marches, Movies and Show Tunes

September 7–Michael Clune & Sleep till Noon Band–Contemporary Blues and Rock

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