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Park explores American Roots through music

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Folk Arts in the Parks program invites the public to the American Roots music series at Deception Pass State Park.

American Roots music series performances begin 7 p.m. Saturdays starting July 16 through Aug. 6 at Deception Pass State Park, 41020 State Route 20.

Artists will perform a variety American music styles in celebration of traditional folk music from the Pacific Northwest.

The American Roots music series is free to the public and the Discover Pass is not required for vehicle access to these performances.

All performances take place in the West Beach amphitheater on the Whidbey Island side of the park, unless raining. If raining, performances will move to  the East Cranberry Lake picnic shelter, also on the Whidbey Island side of the park.

Performers are scheduled as follows:

• July 16 – A Moment in Time: An African-American a cappella gospel quartet from the Seattle area. The quartet often performs at Pike Place Market in Seattle.

• July 23 – Northfork: Ranching rhymes and cowboy songs from Central Washington’s Ahtanum North Fork near Yakima by Sharon “Silver” Glenn and George Thomsen.

• July 30 – Ernest Queen and Queen’s Bluegrass: Traditional bluegrass and Southern Gospel music from the Skagit Valley “Tar Heel” community.

• Aug. 6 – Juan Manuel Barco & His Conjunto: Original songs and traditional music from the TexMex border and the Yakima Valley.

The series is accessible to persons with disabilities. Call 675-3767 or the Washington Telecommunications Relay Service 800-833-6388. Requests must be made in advance.

Washington State Parks is now on Twitter under the handle WaStatePks_NEWS and can be found on YouTube at WashingtonStateParks.


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