Gordon Lightfoot, plus a fest in Lynnwood

The various local summer music series are winding down, but there’s still time for a few more concerts, including the Rock-It Fest Sunday in Lynnwood’s Wilcox Park.

Be a part of local rock ‘n’ roll history with the first-ever festival. Local unsigned high school and college-age bands performing include Eaven Til, Thank You Kindly, Terrace Tragedy, The Wilderness, Zero Year and Mirror the Ghost.

Rock-It Fest went from concept to reality when co-owners of Rock-It Music, Jeff Jewett and Rick Ryan, pitched the idea to the Lynnwood Arts Commission.

Gordon Lightfoot: Author of more than 400 songs, his classic hits include “Sundown,” “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” “Beautiful,” “Rainy Day People,” “Early Morning Rain,” “Carefree Highway,” “For Lovin’ Me” and “If You Could Read My Mind” and “Ribbon of Darkness.”

His songs have been covered by singers including Judy Collins, Elvis Presley, Olivia Newton-John, Sarah McLachlan, Bob Dylan and Richie Havens.

Lightfoot’s songwriting talents and understated folk style earned him five Grammy nominations and 17 Junos (seven for best folksinger, two for composer of the year).

Randy Oxford Band: The Blues Performer of the Year and trombonist leads a sextet of veteran musicians. Oxford, a member of the Washington Blues Society’s Hall of Fame, is one of the few blues-based trombonists to lead a band.

The Ballard-born musician’s father took him to see “The Music Man” when he was a child and Oxford latched on to the trombone. His trombone skills eventually led to a position with the U.S. Army Band.

After he moved to the Seattle area, Oxford did a three-year stint with the ever-popular Junkyard Jane, and then started playing host to weekly jam sessions for the blues community. Although he had his own band, Oxford decided to disband and start over, retaining only a guitarist and drummer in the new Randy Oxford Band.

Highway 101: Blending country roots with rock ‘n’ roll energy created a fresh style and took the quartet to four number-one singles (“Somewhere Tonight,” “Cry, Cry, Cry,” “Do You Love Me,” “Who’s Lonely Now”), 16 top-10 hits and two Vocal Group of the Year awards.

Highway 101 has earned a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year and Single of the Year, and was the first country band with aggressive production that was fronted by a female singer.

Tumbao: The Edmonds’ music series ends with salsa music. Tumbao incorporates Latin and Caribbean elements while maintaining the jazz flavor. Expect montuno, salsa, cha-cha and other Latin rhythms and blazing trumpet solos.

Northwest Sound: The finale to Everett’s International Music Series is Northwest Sound, an award-winning 80-man barbershop chorus. Seven-time winners of the Evergreen District Chorus Championships, the group represented the Northwest in seven International Barbershop Chorus Contests and placed as high as ninth in two of them.

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