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Monday night jams draw a crowd

WENATCHEE — It’s 7 p.m. on a Monday. Most bars in town are quiet tonight. But at the Riverside Pub at Columbia Valley Brewing, the party is just starting.

Crowdfunding a classical concert

Methow Valley composer and conductor Tara Kaiyala Weaver hears music in her mind. Her own classical compositions — most of which have never been played out loud — fill her ears. Now she is turning to the internet to help make her dream come true: an orchestral performance of her compositions by professional musicians.

Timbrrr! time in Leavenworth

Did you buy your tickets to the Timbrrr! Winter Music Festival yet? According to event organizers, tickets are running low, so you may want to get right on that today.

Symphony announces 2016 Young Musician Competition

The Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce the 2016 Angela Schuster Svendsen Memorial Young Musician Competition to be held April 16. The Young Musician Competition is open to all musicians in the Greater Wenatchee Valley (Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan Counties) who will be entering the 10th, 11th or 12th grade in the fall of 2016. The competition is open to all musicians, whether they are attending public, private or home schools. Musicians will find the application form online at

The Mondegreens bring folk-tinged indie to Leavenworth this weekend

It’s like something out of a movie — too good to be true. Three high school friends who practice singing harmony in their high school band room in Chico, California, start a band covering the Avett Brothers and the Beatles. The band gets bumped to the back burner when they all go to different colleges, where so many high school bands go to die. But somehow, through winter breaks spent recording in their parents’ living rooms, the band doesn’t die. In fact, it grows.

Everything is going to be alright: Shawn Mullins is coming to the Snowy Owl Theater

After nearly a decade struggling to make it work as a singer-songwriter, Shawn Mullins hit it big. His song, “Lullaby,” caught the ear of an Atlanta disc jockey in 1998, then spread to radios stations across the country. You probably know at least the chorus: “Everything’s gonna be alright. Rockabye. Rockabye.”

Symphony announces 2015-2016 season

The Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra has announced its 2015-16 season lineup. The theme of the year is “Music You Know and Love,” and that’s just what the season includes: classical favorites from Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, Copland, Brahms and Shostakovich. Here’s the schedule:

Four questions with… Olivia de la Cruz

For as long as she can remember, Chelan native Olivia de la Cruz has been drawn to music. So as a young woman with a big voice, she took a job as a singing server at Tsillan Cellars, “an experience that tore down the last shreds of self-consciousness and gave her the gift of fearlessness,” according to her official bio. Nowadays, she’s part of a tight-knit group of professional musicians living in Seattle, playing her unique brand of folksy, lyrical Americana at frequent gigs around the state as her career ...

Motopony plays Caffè Mela tonight, a homecoming for guitarist and singer Mike Notter

WENATCHEE — Mike Notter is a realist. Even now, as a valued member of two acclaimed Seattle-based bands, the Wenatchee native is keeping his day job as a window washer. It’s the responsible thing to do, he says. But with one of those bands — indie rockers Motopony — having a bit of a moment, releasing a new album and hitting the road, there may soon come a time when Notter hangs up his squeegee.

Back to the blues: Winthrop festival returns for 28th year

Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of the Carlton Complex Fire, when four separate wildfires merged into one massive force that destroyed 300 homes in Okanogan County. While the largest wildfire in Washington history raged and smoke and panic spread through most of the Methow Valley, nearly 2,000 people gathered on a ranch just outside of Winthrop to dance and sing the blues.

Summer concert series returns to Ohme Gardens tonight

Ohme Gardens — with its serene pools of water, shaded stone pathways, cool temperatures and unbeatable views of the valley — is about as special a backdrop for live music as you can get around here. Tonight, the five-show Summer Concerts in the Gardens series kicks off at the alpine retreat with Seattle jazz guitarist Michael Powers and his band. All shows start at 6:30 p.m. The series organizers, Robert and Rio Sandidge of RLS Productions, will set aside 25 percent of the net ticket sales for an endowed Wenatchee ...