GEORGE — A lineup of 12 DJs and producers of electronic dance music (EDM), both famous and up-and-coming — headlined by Illenium and featuring Tiësto — blast off at the Gorge Amphitheatre, 754 Silica Road NW, George, on Saturday and Sunday.

This article was a blog post by Sasha Syssoeva Fair, a classically trained artist in the Wenatchee Valley who recently featured in the main exhibit at the Two Rivers Art Gallery. The artist’s blog is online at sashas-fair.pixels.com/myblog.


WENATCHEE — Disney’s first Broadway stage production was “Beauty and the Beast,” based on the 1991 animated film and score, which ran for 13 years after premiering in 1994. A group of 131 youth, Stage Kids, will perform the same fairytale musical.

WENATCHEE — A medical officer’s stories of World War II are told in 265 eloquent love letters to his wartime bride of two months. Book signings for “A Doctor’s War: Letters and Reflections from the Frontlines of World War II” by the doctor’s daughter, author Peggy Ludwick, are this weekend.


LEAVENWORTH — The sound of music in the Bavarian-style village of Leavenworth is made by the 12-foot-long alphorn. And, this weekend is a special event for alphorn players to workshop and perform in their traditional attire of lederhosen and dirndl.

BREMERTON — A group of nine prominent Wenatchee Valley artists are featuring their work at the Collective Visions Gallery in downtown Bremerton, 331 Pacific Ave., west of the Cascades.

Musicians at wineries near Lake Chelan this weekend play hits from many genres, including country, folk, pop, rock ‘n’ roll and blues. The concert season at The Gorge Amphitheatre opens with an EDM festival. Live music continues into next week in Leavenworth and in Wenatchee for a blues jam.


Dr. Dan Stephens, biology teacher at Wenatchee Valley College, presented an open house of his collection of 460 stuffed birds at his lab at the college Wednesday. It was part of the Leavenworth Bird Fest that continues through Sunday.

TWISP — “Dancing Queen,” “Super Trouper,” “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!” and more timeless songs by ABBA fill the musical “Mamma Mia!,” which is sold out this weekend at The Merc Playhouse, 101 S. Glover St., Twisp.

WENATCHEE — Millennial comedian and former financial advisor Matthew Broussard’s parents are a chemist and microbiologist, so his jokes verge on the scientific.

The live music in North Central Washington extends from this weekend into next week. Most of the venues are wineries and tasting rooms near Lake Chelan, plus a cidery and bars in Wenatchee and Leavenworth host musicians.

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ENTIAT — With few retail businesses in the small town of Entiat, the local chamber of commerce started the Entiat Valley Makers Market three years ago, with the help of a grant from the Chelan County Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, to encourage local tourism.


CHELAN — A stand-up comedian from Olympia — who used to fight fires based out of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Headquarters — is now metaphorically burning down the house with his comedy.


WENATCHEE — Vinyl records out sold CDs for the first time since 1987, NPR reported this year. The first Apple Valley Vinyl Record Expo is embracing that retro trend by featuring 27 vendor tables from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Wineries and bars, the casino’s nightclub and a church are hosting live music this weekend. The weekly favorites, such as jazz night, are set, as are plenty of classic rock ‘n’ roll cover bands and acoustic soloists.

WENATCHEE — In historic downtown, on the first Friday of each month, shops, restaurants and art spaces offer specials and feature artists to showcase the area.

Since it’s the second weekend of the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival, there are extra opportunities to hear live music in the days ahead, along with the local shows at area wineries and bars.

Besides the mainstage entertainment for Apple Blossom Festival, these are the musicians playing at wineries and bars this weekend, as well as a social dance at the Senior Center.

Editor’s note: Judges for the 2022 North Central Washington Wine Awards competition awarded Gold medal status to both of these wines.

Time your visit to a local winery to coincide with a live performance by a musician to make the most of the experience. Whether you want to go to the symphony or a punk bar, here are some options for music this weekend.

LEAVENWORTH — The Wenatchee River Institute’s second annual fashion show showcasing wearable garments using recycled materials and repurposed clothes takes place 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday at the WRI River Haus Lawn, 347 Division St., Leavenworth.

Editor’s note: Judges for the 2022 North Central Washington Wine Awards competition awarded Gold medal status to both of these wines.

COLUMBIA BASIN — Young artists are invited to try for a chance to be shown at the Capitol, according to a statement from U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-WA.