It’s hard to beat this lineup: 17 summer concerts, one comedy and juggling act and one theatrical performance — Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” — all free events in Edmonds.
The shows, at three venues, include performances of gypsy jazz, a Sousa-style marching band, storytelling, bluegrass, a cappella, Brazilian music, and West African music and dance.
The performances kick off July 14 in City Park, with the Gypsy jazz band Ranger and the “Re-Arrangers.” The well-known Northwest group has performed at previous Edmonds summer concerts and most recently was in the city for the Edmonds Arts Festival.
“Gypsy jazz is always a ton of fun,” said Laurie Rose, Edmonds’ arts program specialist.
Next up, on July 21, is The Seattle Shakespeare Co.’s production of “Twelfth Night.” The group returns to Edmonds each summer for performances of Shakespeare’s plays.
Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel, the duo known by their last names and who have been performing together for 34 years, will perform on July 28.
West African Gasango Music & Dance is scheduled on Aug. 11, performing traditional African music and contemporary choreography.
Latin-style jazz is featured on Aug. 18, performed by Correo Aereo, making a return trip to the City Park stage.
Tuesday midday concerts and Thursday evening concerts begin next week, both at Hazel Miller Plaza.
Tuesday events are from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Thursday’s from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
The Tuesday concerts begin with an unusual musical pairing, Miho and Diego Sounds of Japan and Latin America.
“They were kind of doing their separate things, but crossed paths, kept comparing notes and concluded the two cultural sounds could blend well together,” Rose said. “People love it.”
Miho Takekawa primarily plays the marimba and Diego Coy plays the quena, an Andean flute.
Other performances include Katrina Ji and Culture Shakti performing folk dances on July 23; comedy, juggling and stunts provided by Roberto the Magnificent on July 30; and bluegrass, Americana and gospel music performed by Roosevelt Road on Aug. 20.
The a cappella group 20/20 kicks off the Thursday evening series. The group’s four male and one female singers are making a return appearance to Edmonds on July 18. They last performed in Edmonds in 2017 at the Hazel Miller Plaza.
“People adored them,” Rose said.
If you’re looking for a change-up in musical styles, check out Santa Poco on Aug. 8, a five-piece country music band with a debut album called “The Way It Goes.”
Wynne, a multi instrumentalist, has made appearances at the South by Southwest festival.
Sharon Salyer: 425-339-3486 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
City Park shows
Free summer concerts in City Park, Third Avenue S. and Pine Street, July 14 to Aug. 3, Sundays at 4 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Concerts canceled at 2:30 p.m. in case of rain. More at www.edmondswa.gov/summer-concerts.html.
July 14: Ranger and the “Re-Arrangers,” Gypsy jazz band
July 21: “Twelfth Night,” Seattle Shakespeare Co./Wooden O, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
July 28: Tingstad & Rumbel, contemporary instrumental
Aug. 4: The Ballard Sedentary Sousa Band
Aug. 18: Correo Aereo, Latin jazz
Aug. 25: Dmitri Matheny, The urt Bacharach Songbook
Hazel Miller Plaza shows
Free summer concerts at Hazel Miller Plaza, Fifth Avenue S. and Maple Street, Tuesdays 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and Thursdays 5 to 6:30 p.m. in July and August. Concerts take place rain or shine. More at www.edmondswa.gov/summer-concerts.html.
July 16: Miho & Diego, sounds of Japan and Latin America
July 23: Katrina Ji & Culture Shakti, Rajasthani folk dance
July 30: Roberto the Magnificent, comedy, juggling, stunts
Aug. 6: Imagination Band, music and storytelling
Aug. 13: The Side Project, acoustic indie and pop covers
Aug. 20: Roosevelt Road, bluegrass, Americana, gospel
July 18: 20/20, a cappella
July 25: The Bylines, jazz-inspired pop
Aug. 1: Jovino Santo Neto Trio, Brazillian music
Aug. 8: Santa Poco, country
Aug. 15: Sundae + Mr. Goessl, contemporary and vintage jazz
Aug. 22: Maiah Wynne, indie, pop, folk