WEEKEND: Port Angeles band Eggplant to dish up tunes for community Saturday get-together
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Eggplant, a rock íní soul band based in Port Angeles, plays a community dance this Saturday at the Vern Burton Center. From left are Thomas Swinford, Craig Dills, Zubrie Kamau, Israel Butler, Kevin Briggs and Stew Mueller. -- Photo by Rebecca Hawes-Winters

By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News

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PORT ANGELES — Eggplant, the six-piece funk-blues-soul band, will dish out the songs for another “Just for Fun” community dance this Saturday night at the Vern Burton Community Center, 308 W. Fourth St.

Dance instructor Steve Johnson and his crew host this party from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, while those 15 and younger get in free. Johnson’s students — from his Wednesday night swing classes at the Port Angeles Senior Center — also pay no admission.

“We play Stevie Wonder, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Bob Marley,” for example, said Israel Butler, Eggplant’s keyboardist.

The band also features Zubrie Kamau on congas, djembe and shakers; drummer Craig Dills; bassist Tom Swinford and two singer-guitarists, Stew Mueller and Kevin Briggs.

The group often plays at Bar N9ne, 229 W. First St., on Thursday nights, Butler added. That’s open-mic night, so after the rest of the performers do their sets, Eggplant takes the stage.

The band’s name comes from a convergence of apparel, according to Butler.

One day, all of the band members were wearing tie-dyed T-shirts — in colors that reminded them of an eggplant.

“That’s what they tell me,” said Butler, who joined Eggplant in October.

Dancers are invited to bring their own soft drinks Saturday night, along with snacks to share. More information about this Just for Fun dance and Johnson’s classes is available by phoning 360-457-5950.

Last modified: April 11. 2013 6:12PM
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