WENATCHEE — Trying to categorize Gideon's Daughter isn't easy. In one song a guitar twangs, in another a tambourine jangles, in the next, drums pound in the background. Old-school country, classic rock, bluegrass and indie are go-to descriptors, but none of those quite capture the whole sound.
This year, the Wenatchee Valley Community Concert Association celebrates 80 years of bringing world-class talent to perform live in the Wenatchee valley. As Ruth Pettit, who does publicity for the group, put it: they’ve been “going strong since 1937.”
This Saturday, the world of “pure imagination,” as Gene Wilder put it back in 1971, comes to the Gorge Amphitheatre. Five Quincy High School students are bringing “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” to the stage, along with games, food, and music, for a charitable cause.
After the release of his most recent album “No Lo Había Dicho,” Pepe Aguilar is touring the U.S. and Mexico. Having played Washington previously, he’ll be coming to Wenatchee for the first time this Saturday.
For Short Shakespeareans, a local youth theater program, their 38th year is one filled with firsts. Branching out from their normal rotation of Shakespeare plays, Director Kelly Atwood made the decision this year to put on “Much Ado About Nothing.” The comedy, written by Shakespeare in the middle of his career, has never been done before by Short Shakes. It opens tonight at the Riverside Playhouse.
On July 21, Wenatchee rock ‘n’ roll fans will have the chance to enjoy what bassist Steve Fossen calls the “good vibes of the music of Heart.” First a founding member of the band Heart, Fossen, 66, is now the founding member of a Heart “spin-off” band, Heart by Heart.
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.
Ask Davin Stedman about his Seattle soul band The Staxx Brothers. In response, if you are very lucky, the charismatic singer might treat you to a delightfully winding conversation about the roots of rock, the rise and fall of funk in the Northwest, the future of small-town journalism and geopolitical trends affecting the Canadian loonie, among other things.
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 wenatcheesymphony.org/young-musician-competition.
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.