Music

Live Kirtan with Shantala! Ecstatic Chants of Devotion

Event: 
Sun, 03/17/2013 - 7:00pm

Please join us for a very special evening of joy-evoking sacred music with one of the greatest Kirtan musicians of our times: Shantala: Benjy & Heather Wertheimer.

Doors Open at 6:30pm. Music Begins at 7:00pm

$15 Advance/ $20 Day of event

There will also be Tea Ceremony courtesy of Omar Khadir and Chakralates by Lydia Love.

Location:Waves Studio, 232 Division St NW Olympia WA 98502

Contact: Waves Studio www.waves-studio.com, 360-705-9100, or info@waves-studio.com

Secure Online Ticket Purchase at: http://conta.cc/WJxVuA

 

Masterworks Choral Ensemble Hosts NW Regional Harmony Sweepstakes Festival

Event: 
Sat, 03/16/2013 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm

Top A Cappella Groups in the Pacific Northwest Make Musical Magic at Harmony Sweepstakes
Join us, once again, as Masterworks Choral Ensemble hosts the Pacific Northwest Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival. The event is scheduled for 7:30pm on Saturday, March 16, at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Olympia.

Experience a kaleidoscope of vocal sounds in an exciting a cappella showcase that celebrates the human voice in all its musical forms. The region’s top a cappella groups will dazzle you with exquisitely superb harmonies, complex arrangements and smooth choreography as they compete in an exhilarating evening of vocal harmony.
Returning to emcee again this year is, Disc Jockey Smilin’ Jay. Musical hosts/guest performers, Six Appeal, also return to the Washington Center stage after their 2012 wins as Pacific Northwest Region AND National Harmony Sweepstakes Champions! 

This concert is sponsored by Washington State Employees Credit Union and Mikael Kautsky DDS

Tickets to the Harmony Sweepstakes range from $13-26 and can be purchased through the Washington Center Box Office: (360) 753-8586

For more information about this concert and Masterworks please visit www.mce.org

Sean Gaskell plays the West African Kora (Harp)

Event: 
Sat, 03/02/2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Saturday, March 2nd- 8pm

The Matrix Coffeehouse- 434 NW Prindle St. Chehalis, WA

$6 admission

Sean Gaskell plays traditional music of the Mandinka people on the 21 string West African Kora. The music is traditionally played by Griots (Gree-ohs, oral/musical historians). The Kora is a very melodic and seemingly peaceful instrument, which is contrary to its musical repetoire. Many songs tell ancient stories of war and hardship, while praising people of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande empire. While the Kora is only 300 years old, many commonly played songs can be traced back 800 years to the founding of the Mande empire. This event took place in Mali in the mid 13th century. Sean Gaskell has studied extensively under the instruction of Malamini Jobarteh and Moriba Kuyateh, both of Brikama, Gambia. He has also studied under Kane Mathis, a Kora player formerly based in Seattle who has lead groups such as "The Kora Band" and "The Sahel Band". Sean released his first solo album "Kora Music of West Africa" in March of 2012. He has performed at the Kartong Festival in Gambia, the Dombondir Festival in Senegal, the Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle and at the Naked Arts- a weekly series featuring raw, traditional music in Charlotte, NC. "Sean's playing and singing are right on when it comes to traditional Mandinka music. Very nice indeed!" says Roderic Knight- a retired professor of Ethnomusicology at Oberlin College Musical Conservatory- Ohio

FAMILY DANCE!

Event: 
Sun, 01/27/2013 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

...a benefit for the Olympia Old-Time Festival.

Muisc by Cobbler and friends. Calling by A.M. Schaefer and Maggie.

Square dances, mixers, and a cake walk!

Located at the South Bay Grange, 3918 Sleater Kinney Road Northeast.

$10 donation.

Benefit for KAOS at Classic Winemakers with Jenny Jenkins and Elbow Coulee

Event: 
Sat, 01/26/2013 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm

 KAOS Community Radio is kicking off 40 years of broadcasting this month, and Classic Winemakers is helping the station celebrate by hosting a special benefit and wine tasting.

Music by Jenny Jenkins and Elbow Coulee
At Classic Winemakers
325 4th Ave. E.
$5 cover benefiting KAOS
The event is 21+
Wine will be available for purchase by the glass

The Illuminated Ball

Event: 
Sat, 02/02/2013 - 8:00pm - Sun, 02/03/2013 - 1:00am

Kickstart the 5th Annual Olympia Old Time Music Festival

Event: 
Wed, 01/09/2013 - 7:15pm - Mon, 01/28/2013 - 10:00pm

Show the 5th Annual Olympia Old Time Music Festival some love on Kickstarter. Pledge what you can, every little bit helps so let's make this the best festival yet! Thanks so much for your consideration.

Crow Drummers with Sean Gaskell (West African Kora) and Mukana Marimba

Event: 
Sat, 12/15/2012 - 8:00pm - 11:00pm

Crow Drummers (West African Drum Ensemble) with Sean Gaskell (West African Kora) and Mukana Marimba (Music from Zimbabwe)
Saturday, December 15th
Doors at 7:30, show 8pm
@ The Olympia Ballroom (above Urban Onion Restaurant)
116 Legion Way SE
Olympia, WA 98501

Admission: $10 general/$8 students

Bios:
Sean Gaskell plays traditional music of the Mandinka people on the 21 string West African Kora.  The music is traditionally played by Griots (Gree-ohs, oral/musical historians).  The Kora is a very melodic and peaceful instrument, which can often feel contrary to a repertoire which tells ancient stories of war and hardship,while praising people of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande empire. While the Kora is only 300 years old, some of the songs date back as many as 800 years to the founding of the Mande empire, which took place in Mali in the mid 13th century. Sean Gaskell has studied extensively under the instruction of Malamini Jobarteh and Moriba Kuyateh, both of Brikama, Gambia. He has also studied under Kane Mathis, a Kora player formerly based in Seattle who has lead groups such as "The Kora Band" and "The Sahel Band". Sean released his first solo album "Kora Music of West Africa" in March of 2012. He has performed at the Kartong Festival in Gambia, the Dombondir Festival in Senegal, the Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle and at the Naked Arts- a weekly series featuring raw, traditional music in Charlotte, NC. "Sean's playing and singing are right on when it comes to traditional Mandinka music. Very nice indeed!" says Roderic Knight- a retired professor of Ethnomusicology at Oberlin College Musical Conservatory- Ohio.

Hillstomp with the Oly Mountain Boys

Event: 
Fri, 11/09/2012 - 9:00pm - Sat, 11/10/2012 - 1:00am

After taking a year or so off, Hillstomp brings their bucket-n-slide brand of rock & roll (formerly known as North Misissippi style punk blues) to the Olympia Ballroom this Friday, November 9. Our own Oly Mountain Boys are opening the show. All ages, $10, $8 with student ID.

Sassparilla at the 4th Ave. Tavern

Event: 
Sat, 11/03/2012 - 9:00pm - Sun, 11/04/2012 - 1:00am

Mainly comprised of Kevin “Gus” Blackwell (vocals, cigar box guitar, national resonator guitar), the father and son combo of Ross “Dagger” MacDonald (harmonica) and Colin “Sweet Pea” MacDonald (washtub bass), Naima (vocals, accordion, washboard), and Justin Burkhart (drums), Sassparilla is a rollicking band filled with many a jaunty, bluesy rendition that can coax even the most predisposed human beings to get riled up in a finger-snapping and body-rocking kind of way.  (Celebrity Cafe My Nguyen 1/17/12)

If you like Hillstomp (who will be at the Olympia Ballroom 11/9 BTW) you are sure to enjoy this band from Portland.

Sinners welcome!

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