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STANDING ROOM ONLY: Farm comes alive with island music

The only thing missing will be the Oak Ridge Boys and a jug of moonshine.

This very weekend, June 22 & 23, there will be a bonified, heel-clickin’ Hoe-Down taking root at everybody’s favorite publically-owned chunk of non-profit property, Greenbank Farm, replete with suds, barbecue chicken & ribs, live local music and more happy fellowfeeling than you can shake a 4-foot hickorystick at in a 5-foot silo. The discernible gist of this nifty rustic gala is to raise mucho muy dinero for the installation of some sort of ambient heating unit in the big barn, in order that the now-untapped high-rooferific structure may become a year ‘round community center for all manner of events — concerts, weddings, dances, monster truck pulls, etc., etc. — and also so the Greenbank Management Group can tie into a steady source of revenue, thereby becoming a proudly self-sustaining, non-profit operation free of any unnecessary controversy and cant.

“A Hot Time in the Old Barn, Two Nights!” will feature numerous amateur and professional music acts, including: On Saturday, the jazzy stylings of Harbor Sounds Trio (actually a quartet, but who cares?), as well as dance-inspiring originals performed by Oak Harbor’s “almost” all-girl band, Eleventh Hour; and on Sunday, groove to local musician Buffy Cribb’s band BandJax, and the acoustic rock of Adobe Abode (Now, say that one fast 10 times in a row!).

Other events at this veritable orgy of uncomplicated fun include the final round of the Island-Wide Karaoke Contest on Saturday afternoon, with the grand prize-winner’s song being professionally recorded and played all month long on Whidbey Island’s local radio station, KWDB. Yikes! Sunday will also feature highlights from the ongoing series of Island Open Mic Unplugged events, with nothing but local musicians doing their thing. Of course, there will be heaps of food, spirits, pie and coffee, and the whole thing will be broadcast live, all weekend, on KWDB.

At $12 general admission, $10 seniors & students and a mere $5 for kidlins, this is a cheap grin for a pretty good cause that’s a long time coming, so nab your hee-haw stubs right now either on-line at or by calling 679-4656. Tickets also will be available at the door. Do it!

And now for something completely different. The Pacific Northwest Ballet is giving a special performance Monday, June 24, at McCurdy Pavilion in Port Townsend’s Fort Worden State Park (the place is alleged to have excellent acoustics!). Presented by Centrum, this one-time-only program features George Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15 (Mozart), Jardi Tancat as created by Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato and the unfortunately-named Fearful Symmetries (makes me want to grab my pistol), which is the second work Peter Martins has choreographed to the music of John Adams (not Quincey). To order by phone for this 7 p.m performance, call 1-800-733-3608 or visit the web at

‘Memeber that song “Midnight at the Oasis”? It was a platinum-selling single about a quarter of a century ago for jazz performer Maria Muldaur, who didn’t disappear thereafter contrary to popular perception but kept recording, and fairly successfully, right up to the present day. She now has 25 albums to her credit, including 1986’s “Transbluency,” which garnered the New York Times Pop/Jazz Album of the Year Award. Muldaur will be performing on the heels of her latest album, “Richland Woman Blues,” this Friday, June 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the Coupeville Performing Arts Center. You can get tickets at Oak Harbor’s Daily Grind or at Videoville, Great Times Espresso and the Pharmacy in Coupeville.

Whidbey Island artist Pete Jordan’s fantastic paintings are featured through June at Gaskill/Olson Gallery in Langley. Jordan works primarily in oils, depicting local landscapes with a realist flair slightly skewed by swaths of impressionistic color (I don’t actually know what I mean by that, but it sounds good). Also featured at the gallery is the work of potter Joan Govedare, who has crafted a series of ceramic vessels based on the I Ching. Runs through June 30. Call (360) 221-2978 for times.

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