Jaya Lakshmi & Ananda Kirtan and Sacred Music with the Saraswati Dream Band

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 7:00pm


Join devotional music duo Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda along with the Saraswati Dream Band (Ankush Vimawala on tablas, Richard Cole on bass and Will Marsh on sitar and guitar) for a mystical evening of celestial melodies and sacred mantras! 

Its been several years since Jaya Lakshmi & Ananda came to Olympia, so we are very happy and excited for their return! This wonderful evening will be held at 7pm on April 10th at Unity Church, 1335 Fern St SW, Olympia, WA 98502.

Tickets are $15 Advance/$20 on the day of the event. Click Here for secure online purchase of advance tickets. For more information visit or contact Ronny Temple, 360-485-2013,

The Esoterics - Choral works based on poems by Rumi

Sun, 03/13/2016 - 3:00pm - 4:15pm

The Esoterics present a concert
based on poems by Rumi 

Sunday | 13 Mar 2016 | 3:00pm
St John’s Episcopal Church
114 20th Ave SE | Olympia

Over the course of 2016, The Esoterics will perform four concerts based on the work of single poets. The first of these programs is based on the poetry of the 13th-century Sufi mystic, Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, more simply known as RUMI. For Rumi, music was a vehicle through which the devoted could connect with the divine, and in so doing, the soul would be both destroyed and resurrected at once. Central to Rumi’s poetry was tawhid, the longing to reunite with a beloved, either divine or mortal. Through his verse, Rumi’s philosophy advocated for the unlimited and peaceful tolerance of all creeds, kindness, charity, and a heightened awareness through love.

The compositions in this program come from a wide array of composers, and are as evocative as Rumi’s own verse: whirling and wafting, suggesting order in chaos, clarity in the cloud, and the universal embrace of all. These pieces include: the five Canticles of Rumi by the San Francisco composer Mark Winges, There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground by Twin-Cities composer J David Moore, Walk to the well by Washington composer David Asplin, Song of the night by Philippine composer Nilo Alcala, All day and night music by Yale composer Christopher Theofanidis, and Jāvdāni [Eternity] by The Esoterics’ director Eric Banks.


Sunday afternoon’s performance will be produced by the St John’s Concert Series.
Admission to this concert will be by donation.

About Chamber Music: The War of Shostakovich and Stalin

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm

Emerald City Music explores the tumultuous life of Soviet-era composer Dimitri Shostakovich. Was he a passionate nationalist or a bitter rebel blending as a chameleon in the presence of Stalin? Emerald City Music is a new chamber music series bringing 45 world-renowned artists to Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Library, and will occur after regular library hours.

This event takes place at the Olympia Timberland Library, located at 313 8th Ave SE. Please call 360-352-0595 with any questions.

Shantala Kirtan with Steve Gorn!

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Please join us for a soulful evening of sacred music and chant with world renown Shantala and flutist Steve Gorn. Its been several years since we were last graced with their presence so we are overjoyed to announce their return to Olympia as part of their Living Waters Tour.

Tickets are $20 on the day of the event or $15 if purchased in advance. To purchase in advance and receive the discounted rate Click Here and enter EARLYBIRD in the Promo Code field. No paper tickets are issued.  Simply present your name when you arrive. For more information contact Ronny Temple or visit

Location: Unity Church, 1335 Fern St SW, Olympia, WA 98502  

Shantala Kirtan Tour

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 7:00pm - 8:45pm

Its been several years since we were last graced with their presence so we are overjoyed to announce the return of Shantala, Benjy & Heather Wertheimer, to Olympia for a very special Kirtan. This evening of sacred music and chanting also features the great Steve Gorn. These world renowned Kirtan musicians are coming to Olympia as part of their Living Waters Tour. Please join us.

Tickets are $20 on the day of the event or $15 if purchased in advance. Click Here for more information and advance discount tickets.

Arts Walk Halloween Dance Oly Dance House Party with The Sexbots / Heddie "Nightfox" Leonne / Project DieSlow

Sat, 10/03/2015 - 10:00pm - Sun, 10/04/2015 - 2:00am

Flier for Dance Oly Dance House Party




Dance Oly Dance, Olympia’s local dance TV show, invites you to yet another televised dance party on Saturday, October 3rd, 10pm 'till late. Dance in front of video cameras at a West-side house party. The one-hour episode will air in January on TCTV.


Party opens at 10pm with an hour long EDM beatset by Project DieSlow.


Then get down to an hour-long EDM beatset by DJ PhilosoBoy.


TV recording goes from 11pm to midnight.


Party continues with live performances by Ilima & The Sexbots and then local rapper Heddie “Nightfox” Leonne.


Ilima & The Sexbots early evening Arts Walk show @ Gallery Next

Sat, 10/03/2015 - 6:15pm - 7:15pm


Get all hot & bothered on Arts Walk Saturday evening with Ilima & The Sexbots as they perform at the Urban Medicinal/Gallery Next, 121 Legion Way SW, Olympia WA, shortly after 6pm.


Then, get all hot & bothered again with Ilima & The Sexbots at the Dance Oly Dance House Party later that night.


Beat Happening Book Release & Live Show

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm

Join us at the Olympia Library for a celebration of the album Beat Happening

All library programs are free and open to the public.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Feel free to contact the library with any questions!  360-352-0595.

Olympia Jazz Central presents Dmitri Matheny Group at Rhythm & Rye

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Renowned jazz artist Dmitri Matheny will celebrate the international release of Sagebrush Rebellion, his tenth album as a leader, on Monday, August 31 at 8:00 pm at Rhythm & Rye in Olympia Washington.

The Olympia Jazz Central-sponsored appearance, part of a 100-city tour of the United States, will showcase selections from the new album, balancing fresh, original works with familiar jazz classics, hard bop, west coast cool and beloved standards from the Great American Songbook.

The Dmitri Matheny Group, directed by flugelhornist and composer Matheny, features Brian Kinsella on keyboard, Jeff Johnson on bass and Greg Williamson on drums.

“The Dmitri Matheny Group is a cohesive and seamless unit,” writes All About Jazz, “serving up equal parts soulful expression, caressing phrases, imaginative asides, and dedicated lyricism.”

Queer Rock Camp Show @ Olympia Library!

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Come out, get loud (in the library!), and rock out with local bands featuring volunteers and campers from this year's and last year's Queer Rock Camp, a program of Stonewall Youth that aims to empower youth and build community through music. QRC supports the fluidity of gender and sexuality and sees music as a way to amplify resilience and self-expression. In just one week, campers learn an instrument, form bands, write songs, and perform at a public showcase at the Capitol Theater (on Saturday, August 15th). Bands performing at the library include Agatha and K8YH8R.

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