An Evening of Swing & Jazz with Red & Ruby!

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm

Join Red & Ruby for a swinging good time as they perform a varied collection of hot & cool tunes from the great American songbook. Red & Ruby is award winning jazz vocalist LaVon Hardison accompanied by Olympia's ubiquitous jazz guitar player Vince Brown. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library.

The Olympia Timberland Library is located at 313 8th Ave SE. Please call 360-352-0595 with any questions.

Emerald Street: Race, Class, Culture, and History of Hip Hop in the Northwest

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

From its beginnings in 1979, to Sir Mix-a-lot’s “Posse on Broadway,” to Macklemore, Northwest hip hop has been informed by local history as well as the diversity that defined the scene. Led by author and professor Daudi Abe, discover how Northwest hip hop is a living document of our region’s social and political movements, styles, energies, and ideologies, and how it embodies a unique sense of community. This event is cosponsored by Humanities Washington and the Friends of the Tumwater Timberland Library.

The Tumwater Timberland Library is located at 7023 New Market St SW, accessible via Intercity Transit route 12/13.  Call 360-943-7790 for more information.

Shantala (Benjy & Heather Wertheimer) Living Waters Kirtan Tour featuring Steve Gorn

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

We are overjoyed to announce the return of Shantala: Benjy & Heather Wertheimer, to Olympia for a very special Kirtan Concert. This evening of sacred music and chanting also features the great Steve Gorn. These world renown Kirtan musicians are coming to Olympia as part of their Living Waters Tour. Please join us.

Tickets: Advance$15 / $20 Day of Event. Payment for advance tickets must be completed prior to event date. Click Here for secure online ticket purchase.

Location: Unity of Olympia 1335 Fern St, Olympia WA 98502

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Contact: Ronny Temple

Irish Dance with Scoil Rince Slieveloughane

Sat, 12/03/2016 - 1:00pm - 1:45pm

Celebrate the coming of winter with Irish dance. Dancers from Scoil Rince Slieveloughane will perform a lively mix of traditional and modern Irish dances. Slieveloughane is the largest and most renowned Irish dance troupe in the Pacific Northwest. Sponsored by the Friends of the Tumwater Timberland Library.

We’re located at 7023 New Market St SW, accessible via Intercity Transit route 12/13.  Call 360-943-7790 for more information.


Masterworks Choral Ensemble Presents: Jingle – A Christmas Celebration

Sat, 12/03/2016 - 7:30pm

The winter holiday season would be far from complete without Masterworks Choral Ensemble’s festive concert of Christmas carols and popular songs of the season.  Join MCE the evening of December 3 at the Washington Center for “Jingle – A Christmas Celebration.” 

It’s the perfect venue to share the holiday spirit and unforgettable music with the whole family.  Masterworks’ concert will bring you a sense of joy and renewal, along with a fine dose of nostalgia and an ample helping of fun. 

Count on traditional favorites, some delightful surprises, plus a chance to sing along.  “Amen! Tell It On The Mountain!”, takes the audience on a bluesy, gospel holiday ride.

“Bell Carol,” a ringing adaptation of a Ukrainian carol, breathes joy and energy into the darkest December night. 

Timeless standards like “O Come, All Ye Faithful” and “Do You Hear What I Hear?” share the evening with modern, witty takes on the season like “The Twelve Days Of A Re-gifted Christmas” and “Text Me Merry Christmas”.  Talented soloists and small ensembles alternate with the full choir.

An extra attraction is Benjamin Martin performing on alto sax.  Benjamin won MCE’s Youth Music Competition at the high school level.  Now a sophomore at North Thurston High, he plays in several local ensembles and studies both piano and saxophone.

The concert begins at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are $25 for adults, $21 for Seniors, and $13 for students.  Purchase tickets online at Masterworks’ secure website, at the Washington Center Box Office, 360-743-8586, or at Washington Center’s

PoetryMusic: Where Words and Music Meet

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm

A delightful meeting of music and poetry ranging from Shakespeare to Robert Frost and Maya Angelou. In the tradition of the classical art song, where composers wrote music for the poetry to be sung, the chamber jazz duo PoetryMusic combines poetry, exquisit music and visual images for a truly unique multi-media experience. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Library.

This free program will be held at the Olympia Timberland Library, located at 313 8th Ave SE. Please call 360-352-0595 with any questions.

South Puget Sound College Orchestra: Symphonic Overtures and Holiday Favorites

Sat, 12/03/2016 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Symphonic Overtures and Holiday Favorites

Saturday December 3, 7:30 pm

The South Puget Sound College Orchestra presents its first concert of the 2016-2017 Season. Selections include Overtures by Verdi and Humperdinck, Max Bruch’s Kol Nidrei with Tacoma cellist Stuart Hake, and seasonal favorites featuring vocalist Troy Fisher.

 Tickets may be purchased online at, by calling 360-753-8586, at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts box office, or at the door.

 General admission $10

Seniors, students, military $7

SPSCC students, staff, faculty FREE

The South Puget Sound College Orchestra is an auditioned performing group of 68 students and community members ranging in age from 18 to 82. It was founded in 2014 by orchestra director and SPSCC music professor Chip Schooler.  

Sean Gaskell Plays Music of the West African Kora

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm

Asheville, NC transplant Sean Gaskell will give a performance and educational demonstration on the kora, an ancient 21-stringed harp from West Africa. The former Olympia resident will feature both traditional songs that are the heart of the kora repertoire and his own compositions. Sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Library.

This free event will take place at the Olympia Library located at 313 8th Ave SE. Please call 360-352-0595 with any questions.

TIKEN JAH FAKOLY Epic Reggae Concert

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 7:30pm - Fri, 10/28/2016 - 12:00am

TikenJahFakoly.Olympia.Rhythm Rye ConcertTiken Jah Fakoly created a fresh new African reggae style by recording in Jamaica and then adding West African instruments. The Mali-based political exile from Ivory Coast uses the same technique on this new set of reggae covers, on which he is joined by a remarkable cast. It starts with Is It Because Im Black?, a hit in Jamaica for Ken Boothe in 1973, which now begins with gentle African kora, ngoni and balafon as Fakoly duets with an on-form Boothe, before Jamaicas legendary rhythm section Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare kick in. There are also appearances by U Roy and Max Romeo on an inventive set that includes such re-worked 70s classics as One Step Forward, along with a Buju Banton song and a French-language tribute to Fakolys compatriot Alpha Blondy.

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Kirtan Concert with Gina Sala at Unity of Olympia on December 11

Sun, 12/11/2016 - 6:30pm

Please join us for a soulful and enlivening evening of sacred songs and chants with Gina Sala. In sacred names, deep chants and good grooves, the mind rests in the heart like the bee in the flower! A life-long chanter, global vocalist, composer, and teacher, Gina Sala, offers “the silky essence of Indian vocal traditions with a tenderness that draws the listener deep into the heart" -Yoga Journal.

Sunday December 11, 2016 at 6:30pm at Unity Church of Olympia, 1335 Fern St SW, 98502.

Advance Tickets are $15. Tickets are $20 on the day of the event. 

Click Here for more information and secure online purchase of advance tickets.

Or Contact Ronny Temple for more details.

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