PENINSULA SPOTLIGHT: A world of music at Juan de Fuca Festival this weekend

By Marcie Miller
Peninsula Spotlight

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Main Stage

• 6:20 p.m.: Welcome

• 6:30: Paul Chasman /Terry Robb Guitar Duo

• 7:30 p.m.: The Bobs

• 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.: Jo Miller and Her Burly Roughnecks

Chamber Stage

• 5:45 p.m.: Abby Mae and the Homeschool Boys

• 7 p.m.: Larry Murante

• 8:15 p.m.: David Jacobs-Strain

• 9:30 p.m.: Miss Rose and Her Rhythm Percolators


• Noon to 1:15 p.m.: Larry Murante

• 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.: Sound Waves from Five Acres


Main Stage

• 11:30 a.m.: Andy Mackie Music Foundation

• 12:30 p.m.: Christian Swenson

• 1:45 p.m.: Stevens Middle School Band

• 2:45 p.m.: Okaidja

• 4 p.m.: Moira Smiley and VOCO

• 5:15 p.m.: Gothard Sisters

• 6:30 p.m.: Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band

• 8 p.m.: Tumbao

• 9:30 p.m.: Deadwood Revival

Chamber Stage

• 11 a.m.: Cat Loves Crow

• 12:15 p.m.: Tom May

• 1:30 p.m.: Beth Wood

• 2:45 p.m: Carolyn Caruso

• 4 p.m.: Dornfeld and Høirup

• 5:15 p.m.: Paul Chasman and Terry Robb Guitar Duo

• 6:30 p.m.: Lauren Sheehan

• 7:45 p.m.: Mark Atkinson Trio

• 9:15 p.m.: Moira Smiley and VOCO

Family Medicine Family Fun Zone

• 11 a.m.: Ukulele Workshop with Miss Rose

• Noon: Nuestro Canto, masks and stories

• 1 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.: Andy Mackie

• 3 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.: Christian Swenson

• 4 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.: Dennis Duncan and Don Patzman, storytelling

• 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.:Banjo workshop with Jason Mogi

KONP Elks Stage

• 11:15 a.m.: Zumba Dance Class

• 12:30 p.m.: Port Angeles High School Jazz Combo

• 1:30 p.m.: Gothard Sisters

• 2:45 p.m.: Pearl Django

• 4:15 p.m.: Tumbao Latin Dance

• 5:45 p.m.: Miss Rose and Her Rhythm Percolators

• 7 p.m.: Pearl Django

• 8:30 p.m. to 10:15 p.m.: Stardust

Fine Arts Center Stage

• 11:30 a.m.: David Jacobs-Strain

• 12:45 p.m.: Dornfeld and Høirup

• 2 p.m.: Larry Murante

• 3:15 p.m.: Cat Loves Crow

• 4:30 p.m.: Christian Swenson

• 5:45 p.m.: Carolyn Caruso

Port Angeles Community Playhouse

• 12:15 p.m.: Aspire Youth Choir

• 1:15 p.m.: Hapy's Oasis Dance Co.

• 2:30 p.m.: Nuestro Canto

• 3:45 p.m.: Beth Wood

• 5 p.m.: Okaijda


• 1 p.m.: Black Diamond Fiddle Co.

• 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Sequimarimba

• 4 p.m.: Hapy's Oasis Middle Eastern Dancers


Main Stage

• 11:30 a.m.: Shula Azhar

• 12:30 p.m.: Charlie Brown Juggler

• 1:30 p.m.: Marc Atkinson Trio

• 2:45 p.m.: The Celtic Conspiracy

• 4 p.m.: Bronkar Lee

• 5 p.m.: Abrace

• 6:15 p.m.: Water Tower Bucket Boys

• 7:45 p.m.: File Gumbo

• 9:15 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.: Laura Love Band

Chamber Stage

• 11 a.m.: Naki 'i

• 12:15 p.m.: Bottom Line Duo

• 1:30 p.m.: MandoMorphosis

• 2:45 p.m.: Abrace

• 4 p.m.: Thom Davis

• 5:15 p.m.: Horse Crazy Cowgirl

• 6:30 p.m.: Fish and Bird

• 7:45 p.m.: Jami Sieber

• 9 p.m.: Del Rey

Family Medicine Family Fun Zone

• 11:15 a.m.: Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band Workshop

• Noon to 5 p.m.: Fun with Amazama

• 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.: Bob Lawrence- Markarian bluegrass workshop

KONP Elks Stage

• Noon: Olympic Dixielanders Youth Jazz Band

• 1 .p.m.: Contra Dance workshop with Erran Sharpe

• 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Contra Dance with Odd Hack Band and Erran Sharpe

• 4:30 p.m.: File Gumbo

• 6 p.m.: Tarish

• 7:30 p.m.: Delta Rays

• 9 p.m.: SuperTrees

Fine Arts Center Stage

• 10:45 p.m.: Lauren Sheehan workshop

• Noon: Marc Atkinson Trio

• 1:15 p.m.: Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band

• 2:30 p.m.: Lauren Sheehan

• 3:45 p.m.: Stanley and Kip Greenthal

• 5 p.m.: Del Rey

Port Angeles Community Playhouse

• 11:30 p.m.: Judith Kate workshop

• 12:45 p.m.: The Sitting Room: A play by Rebecca Redshaw

• 2 p.m.: Port Angeles Community Players: Max Mania

• 3:30 p.m.: Charlie Brown

• 4:30 p.m.: Bottom Line Duo


• 1p.m.: Naki'i

• 2:15 p.m.: Fantasia Batan

• 3 p.m.: Shula Azuar belly dancers

St Andrew's Episcopal Church

• 10 a.m.: Special Jazz Mass


Main Stage

• Noon: Sin Fronteras

• 1:30 p.m.: Memorial Day Ceremony with Rick Porter, Sarah Shea vocals, and the PA High School color guard

• 1:45 p.m.: Bdumpbump!

• 3 p.m.: Geoffrey Castle

• 4:30 p.m.: Closing Ceremonies

• 4:40 p.m: Adrian Xavier

Chamber Stage

• 11:30 p.m. to 12:15 p.m.: Jami Sieber

• 12:30 p.m.: Blackbird

• 1:45 p.m.: Stanley Greenthal

• 3 p.m.: Cort and Kia Armstrong

• 4:15 p.m.: The Whateverly Brothers

Family Medicine Family Fun Zone

• 10:30 a.m.: Yoga with Julie Silveria

• 11:30 a.m.: Bronkar Lee workshop

• 1 p.m.: Dan Lieberman workshop

• 2 p.m.: Sin Fronteras workshop

Fine Arts Center Stage

• Noon: Geoff Castle

• 1:15 p.m. Kory Nagler Duo

• 2:30 p.m.: Peninsula poets Tess Gallagher, Alice Derry and Tim McNulty

• 3:45 p.m.: Fish and Bird


• 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. : Community Drum Circle
PORT ANGELES -- The 17th annual Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts begins today, centered at the Vern Burton Community Center, but spreading music and performing arts to venues across town through Memorial Day, Monday.

More than 125 performances will keep things lively, with acts ranging from local folk musicians to international performing groups.

Anna Manildi, festival executive director, said this year's festival features a mix of about one third new performers and two thirds returning favorites who have played the festival at some time.

"People really love certain performers," she said, or they may not have had a chance to hear someone who got raves reviews from other festival-goers.

Most of the performers this year come from the United States, particularly the Seattle area, although there are performers from Africa, Europe and South America.

Hard to book

Manildi said international groups are harder to get, as they have to be playing in the area, such as at Seattle's Folklife Festival, in order to book them for the Juan de Fuca Festival.

The festival board strives for a lively mix of performers, Manildi said, with only about one-fifth of the applicants getting gigs at the festival.

Manildi said they look for a variety of performers who will be a good fit for each stage.

"Each stage lends itself to a certain type of performance," she said.

The main stage, in the Vern Burton Community Center, is good for family acts, physical performers and groups requiring a larger setup, while the chamber stage, down the hall in the city council chambers, is a more intimate acoustic venue.

The Port Angeles Fine Arts Center stage is also good for acoustic sets, as well as readings and spoken word performances, while the nearby Port Angeles Community Playhouse will be used for several short plays during the festival.

The Elks stage, in the Elks Naval Lodge at First and Lincoln streets, has an excellent dance floor for a variety of dances throughout the weekend.

And, Manildi pointed out, all performances at the outdoor stage are free, as is the adjacent street fair.

"There's no cost to sit outside and listen to music or go to the street fair," she said.

"There is a lot to satisfy the senses."

Opens at noon

The festival opens at noon today with a performance by Seattle folksinger/songwriter Larry Murante on the outside stage.

The official festival opening at 6:20 p.m. on the main stage, in the Vern Burton Community Center, is followed by performances by guitarists Paul Chasman and Terry Robb; a capella group The Bobs and Jo Miller and the hillbilly swing group Jo Miller and her Burly Roughnecks.

For enthusiasm and energy it would be hard to beat Ghanian drummer, dancer and singer Okaidja, originally from Ghana but now living in Portland, Ore.

Okaidja was born into a family of singers, but after seeing the Ghawafrica Dance Ensemble train in his hometown as a child, "something moved" in him, and he was intent on joining the group.

He did, and at 19 was accepted as a professional dancer for the Ghana Dance Ensemble at the University of Ghana.

He toured with that group and taught drum and dance workshops in Germany before being invited by Portland-based dance leader Obo Addy to join his group.

Okaidja now teaches and performs solo across the United States. He has also recorded two albums, including "The Traditionalist," featuring interpretations of the folkloric songs of his Ghanian youth and the more modern, "Obutu Apla."

He performs on the main stage at 2:45 p.m. Saturday and at the Port Angeles Community Playhouse, 5 p.m. Saturday.

Other highlights of the festival include performances by Laura Love, on the main stage, 9:15 p.m. Sunday; gypsy jazz group Pearl Django, playing on the Elks stage 2:45 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and a "Legends of Mexico" performance by Neustro Canto, on Saturday at noon at the family fun zone stage in the Vern Burton Center and at the playhouse at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Wraps Monday

The festival wraps up Monday with a 4:40 p.m. performance on the main stage by Seattle-based reggae artist Adrian Xavier.

Xavier has been playing and headlining events for more than a decade, with a blend of dynamic and original reggae tunes.

He said he is committed to being a voice for the voiceless, performing extensively for events that benefit the environment, indigenous peoples, youth organizations and more.

His music "crosses social and cultural barriers, providing deeper understanding of our global community, helping find tools to create solutions," he said.

This will be the last Juan de Fuca Festival for Manildi, who is stepping down after 10 years and 10 festivals.

She plans on taking a summer off before considering other career options.

Times, venues, tickets

The Juan de Fuca Festival is centered at the Vern Burton Community Center, 308 E. Fourth St.

That location includes the main stage, chamber stage, family fun zone, outside stage and street fair.

Over venues are:

• Elks Naval Lodge, 131 E. First St.

• Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, 1203 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

• Port Angeles Community Playhouse, 1235 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. today through Sunday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday.

Tickets are available at any venue during the festival.

Four day wristbands, good for all venues throughout the festival, are $45 for Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts (JFFA) members, students and seniors; $55 general.

Daily admission is $12 for members, students and seniors, $14 general on Friday and Monday and $15 members, students and seniors, $17 general on Saturday and Sunday.

Children 12 and younger are free.

For more information and a full schedule, visit

Last modified: May 27. 2010 3:10PM
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