DeMiero fest brings big names in jazz to Edmonds

  • By Jackson Holtz Herald Writer
  • Thursday, March 1, 2012 8:30am
  • LifeGo-See-Do

It’s like a family reunion each year, when some of the biggest names in jazz come to Edmonds to celebrate Frank DeMiero and his lasting contribution to the region’s cultural life.

Now in its 36th year, the DeMiero Jazz Fest this year welcomes New York Voices, Dee Daniels and Greta Matassa, among others.

The celebration has grown to include two festival concerts, tonight and Saturday at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.

During the day, students from around the county have the opportunity to work with some of the professional performers. At night, everyone is invited to take in the tunes.

The top performers and the Kennelly Keys Music All Star Big Band play both nights. The Seattle Jazz Singers take the stage tonight, while Soundstation joins the concert on Saturday.

Both nights begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $35 for general admission, $40 for reserved, $70 for VIP and $25 for students younger than 21.

Buy tickets at or 425-275-9595.

Young, vibrant and seemingly impossible to stop, Anacortes-based The Lonely Forest is headlining a show on Saturday at The Neptune.

Their sound is sparse, ethereal and potent. Well-known in the Northwest, they quickly are getting noticed around the country.

After playing gigs locally, they’re heading to the Bonnaroo Music &Arts Festival in Tennessee later this spring.

Catch them before they become too famous. The Black Whales are opening.

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

Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 day of, at or 877-784-4849.

After cresting musical mountains in the neo bluegrass trio, Nickel Creek, Chris Thile went on to form the Punch Brothers, a more roots-oriented, progressive bluegrass band.

Like Nickel Creek, the Punch Brothers are first-class young musicians. They deliver exciting arrangements of their own material and covers of music from Bach to Radiohead.

The blend of Thile’s mandolin with Noam Pikelny’s banjo, Chris Eldridge’s guitar, Gabe Wichter’s fiddle and Paul Kowert’s stand-up bass is awesome.

Whether you know Thile from Nickel Creek or his more recent work with the Yo-Yo Ma and the “Goat Rodeo Sessions,” here’s a great chance to see and hear him and this terrific band live.

The singer Aoife O’Donovan is appearing with the band.

Catch the show at 8 p.m. Tuesday at The Neptune Theatre, 1303 NE 45th St., Seattle.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $20 day of, at or 877-784-4849.

A record collection really isn’t complete without the Grateful Dead’s “American Beauty” and “Working Man’s Dead.”

These two albums, departures from the Dead’s expanded psychedelic jams, introduced radio-length versions of classics including “Truckin’,” “Uncle John’s Band” and “Friend of the Devil.”

For the past several years, the “American Beauty Project,” a group of bluegrass musicians have come together to re-envision these albums, breathing new life into the songs.

The band Ollabelle, joined by musicians Jim Lauderdale, Catherine Russell and David Mansfield, performed at New York’s Lincoln Center as part of the Great American Songbook series and now bring the show to Seattle’s Benaroya Hall.

As a special bonus, Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux is scheduled to host a question-and-answer session following the concert. Lemieux has worked on re-releases of both of these iconic albums, among other projects. It should be interesting to hear what he has to say.

The show is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Benaroya Hall, University Ave., Seattle.

Tickets are $35 to $85 at or 866-833-4747.

“X-Factor” finalist and Edmonds rocker LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends play Thursday and March 9 at The Triple Door.

This fine musician, 60, spent years out of the spotlight until he was encouraged to participate in NBC’s talent competition.

Now, he’s soaking up the admiration.

Catch him at 8 p.m. Thursday and March 9 at The Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle.

Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 day of the show and $40 for VIP at or 206-838-4333.

Jackson Holtz: 425-339-3447;

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