A musical tribute to America in Everett

  • Thu Jun 28th, 2012 8:49am
  • Life

By Jackson Holtz Herald Writer

Dust off the red, white and blue, it’s time for an old-fashioned, country style patriotic party.

“A Star Spangled Songfest” is The Hometown Hootenanny’s June showcase of flag-waving, sing-along, and get-ready-for-July-4 merriment.

This month’s showcase features “An American Child,” “God Bless the U.S.A.,” “Letters From Home” and “The Battle of New Orleans,” and other country-flavored patriotic tunes.

Michelle Bernath and Katie Silva lend their voices to the Hometown Band, which has grown to seven members.

The band now includes Stanwood’s Buck Hammock on lead guitar and pedal steel, Everett’s Jim Barela on rhythm guitar, Larry Greenleaf on bass guitar, Dave McCabe on drums and lead singer Dan Leal, plus Cal Winston of Monroe on rhythm guitar, mandolin and harmonica, and Arlington’s Duane Trueblood on keys.

Joining the band this month are Danika Nolton and Friends, a bluegrass group featuring 13-year-old Danika on fiddle.

Also performing will be Jenny and the Blue Moon Boys, a family band from Marysville whose lineup includes Marysville Parks and Recreation Director Jim Ballew, his siblings, Jim, David and Jenny Wiltse, and Jim’s son, Ben, and nephew Jeff.

Volunteers from American Legion Post No. 178 of Marysville will lead the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. Sisters Lexi and Brianna Jason will honor the nation with the “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave., Everett.

Tickets are $16.50 for adults, $13 for seniors and students, and $5 for children 12 and younger.

Military and veterans can buy $10 tickets the day of the show beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets available at 425-258-6766 or www.brownpapertickets.com.

When a gunman opened fire at Seattle’s Cafe Racer, a community gathering spot, he took lives but he couldn’t destroy the strong spirit of the place.

That spirit and the memory of those killed will be celebrated tonight with a show at the Neptune.

The Best Medicine: An Evening of Music, Comedy and Silent Auctions to Benefit The Victims of the Cafe Racer Shooting will feature some of the region’s finest performers.

Montlake Terrace comedian Kermet Apio joins Cathy Sorbo to provide levity and laughs. Alt-country bands Star Anna, Kasey Anderson and Liam McCormick are scheduled to perform, as is the Seattle band The Maldives.

The evening will be hosted by the fabulous Diva LeDeviant.

What’s best is that the money raised will help the victims’ families.

The show starts at 8 tonight, the Neptune Theatre, 1303 NE 45th St., Seattle.

Tickets are $25 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.

New Orleans’ legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band stops in Seattle for a night of the very best from the French Quarter.

Founded in 1961, the band began touring just two years later.

Alumni include Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong, among others.

Today’s band is directed by Ben Jaffe, the son of the founders.

The music starts at 8 p.m., Monday, The Neptune Theatre, 1303 NE 45th St., Seattle.

Tickets are $35 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.

Kathryn Dawn Lang, better known by her stage name, k.d. lang, returns to Seattle on Tuesday with a show at the Woodland Park Zoo.

This Grammy-winning pop singer is best known for her hits “Constant Craving” and “Miss Chatelaine.”

Her latest album, “Sing it Loud,” released in 2010, was recorded in Nashville and has a definite country feel.

She’s appearing with her band, the Siss Boom Bang. The Milk Carton Kids are opening.

The concert is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Woodland Park Zoo Amphitheater, 750 N. 50th St., Seattle.

Tickets are $38 at zoo.org/zootunes.

Jackson Holtz: 425-339-3447; jholtz@heraldnet.com.