The museum will be your host. And the bands…they’re brought to you by Island Rec.
They’ll be layin’ down a groove come midweek over on the south east side of town, as the 13th annual Music on the Lawn Summer Concert Series unfolds with five successive Wednesdays of top-flight musical entertainment, Wednesday, July 10.
Shall we mention that it’s free? After a dozen years, admission still is. Picnic baskets are encouraged. As is dancing, if the spirit moves.
Speaking of spirits, history shares the spotlight at Island Rec’s free yearly music fest, with the lawn out back of San Juan Island Historical Museum, 405 Price Street, for seating and the front porch of the ‘ol Crook House as the backdrop for a make-shift concert stage.
All shows start at 6:30, and close at 8:15 p.m.; pets, alcohol are prohibited.
Kicking off this year’s Music on the Lawn series is Commonly Courteous, a Portland-based trio that prides itself on the mix and delivery of fast-paced upbeat rhythms and a sultry, authentic soul-driven sound.
Here’s the rest of the lineup:
July 17: The133D Army Band is really two bands, featuring the 11-piece Brass Patriots, performing early Baroque to New Orleans Street Band music, followed by General’s 7 Dixie Band, with horns, drums and a banjo and a play list that ranges from Dixieland to Johnny Cash
July 24: Winner of the 2012 Memphis International Blues Challenge, on Beale Street, the Wired features Washington Blues Society Performer and Songwriter of the Year, Kevin Sutton, with Rick ‘the stick’ Jacobson on drums and Seattle’s Keith Bakke on bass.
July 31: Latin/World music trio Correo Aereo infuse traditional music of South America with its own unique blend of string and percussive instruments, and top it all off with soul-bending vocal harmonies.
Aug. 7: The Fabulous Rhythmatics, San Juan Island’s own “bad boys of blues” band, takes the stage to close out the series in the second week of August. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the band is sure to send the series off with spirit and in style. For info, 378-4953, or visit, www.islandrec.org.