Tree Lighting Caroling - Photo by Joanie Jones

Tree Lighting Caroling – Photo by Joanie Jones

Festivities begin at 5:00pm but come out early and visit with friends and shop!

The Okanagon International Chorus will be performing at the Oroville Christmas Tree Lighting at Centennial Park. The Tree Lighting is a beautiful event that drives away the Grinch, lifts the spirit, and spreads the joy of music. Please come out and celebrate this special holiday event. And sing your heart out!!

Sunday – September 27, 2015
Riverside City Park
11:00am til the last note falls

Come to Riverside, Washington and support this fund raising benefit performance at Riverside City Park. And don’t forget to bring a good dose of generosity! Hosted by Organizers/Volunteers and the Riverside Volunteer Firefighters Assn.

First cut at the lineup – schedule to follow. People are still calling in! Pardon spelling errors, cell phones were involved.

Lota Duarte – MC
Special Guest Laura Love

Jim Blue, ‘Pepsi’ Bob Houghan, Bob Brewer and the Bad Habits, Jack Burchard, Harry Carlton, Fish Cohoe, Company Band, Road Dawgs, Mike Duarte, Brock Hires, Duffy Hover, Skyhorse ‘Indian Mike’ Lara, Jeremy Johnson, Glen Lisenbee, Terry Llewellyn, Bob Long, Edna Mae Hinger – Accordion, Dave McClure – music, cowboy humor, Tom McCoy, Hillbilly Mike Blakely , Doni Phillips, Phillip Quintasket – Doc Holiday Band, Randy Battle Bluz Band, Ruby Scene – Denny Richardson, Dave Sexton, Slippery Slope – Chuck Oakes … Many more!

Bake Sale ~ Local homemade baked goods (whole pies, cakes, cookies, and brownies)

Heatstroke Screen Printing will be selling Okanogan Strong” t-shirts and hoodies.

Food items needed ~ Beef or regular hot dogs, hamburger and hot dog buns, condiments, onions, celery, Bush’s Original Baked Beans, cupcake and cookie ingredients or fresh baked, beverages, bottled water, coffee, ice, dessert plates, paper boats, aluminum foil, and sanitary gloves and wipes.

Please bring a jacket, lawn chair/blanket and “your own desire to help” and enjoy a day of Fantastic Live Music and Entertainment, Great Food and Fun.

Riverside Benefit Poster - Please Share!

Riverside Benefit Poster – Please Share!

Our friends with the Issaquah Singers group in Issaquah are doing a beautiful thing for our area. Please tell your friends and share the poster linked at the bottom of this post.

Issaquah Singers Fire Benefit Concert Flyer

Issaquah Singers Fire Benefit Concert Flyer


On September 15, 2015 the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center ( reported that there were 13 active fires in eastern Washington still burning that have destroyed over a million acres and that over 6,000 firefighters were working to put out the flames that have destroyed about 200 homes and 150 other structures. People and animals are still being impacted by the devastation.

To support those in need, a concert to benefit fire victims will be presented by the Issaquah Singers on Sunday, September 27 at 2:00pm at Faith Methodist Church, 3924 Issaquah Pine Lake Road, Issaquah. Admission is by donation. Due to the generous sponsorship of Faith United Methodist Church, all the money collected will be donated to three agencies serving those impacted by the fires:

  • Okanogan County Action Council – works to provide housing, food and job services to reduce poverty, currently directing their efforts to assist fire victims.
  • Soup Ladies – volunteers provide meals for first responders in disasters and emergencies.

  • Restoring Hope Foundation – provides support for livestock and ranchers impacted by the fires.


Those unable to attend the concert may mail donations to Issaquah Singers, P.O. Box 387, Issaquah, WA 98027.

Guest artists Dr. Duane Bowen and Velma Walker will perform with Issaquah Singers. Dr. Bowen is a retired music professor at Eastern New Mexico University and former conductor of the Issaquah Philharmonic Orchestra. Velma Walker is the pianist and music director for the Community Church of Issaquah where she and Dr. Bowen regularly perform.

For the past 40 years Issaquah Singers has been singing joyful, inspirational and uplifting songs without charge at civic events and senior living centers. Issaquah Singers is supported in part by a grant from the City of Issaquah Arts Commission and by private donations.

Come for the great music and contribute to a worthy cause. Questions may be directed to Dorothy Hay, Conductor, Issaquah Singers,

Please share this PDF poster.

Issaquah Singers Fire Benefit Concert Flyer

The Ruby Scene Band

by Dennis Peterson

Named for the little ghost town of Ruby, Washington, the Ruby Scene group is a varying lineup of local performers led by Denny Richardson. The players on this evening were Denny (guitar, vocals), Ruby Collins (keyboard, vocals), Cristina Del Rosario Solorzano (vocals, cello),  Steve Bell (conga drum), and Patti Bell (flute).

Denny, Cristina, Ruby, Steve, and Patti

Denny, Cristina, Ruby, Steve, and Patti

After a minor glitch getting the sound gear going the band hit full stride, delivering stirring ballads interspersed with light and happy tunes well into the evening. The mix of songs coupled with the instrument selections was mesmerizing, and the soft voices of the flute and cello blended into spiritual and spirit-lifting harmony that belongs to the night sky.

Ruby Collins exploited the dynamics of the keyboard to drive the mood from slow gentle to driving rhythms, and Denny’s vocal interpretations were at times mystical. Cristina’s voice is unbelievable. Ranging from low, deep and sultry to lively and vibrant gospel, every note she delivers is filled with a piece of her soul. You cannot get enough of it. The skill Steve brings to the hand drum is legend, and this night was exceptionally exceptional. Patti’s flute soared above the orchards and vineyards like a soft wisp carried on the wind.

Esther Bricques Winery’s music garden is the ideal location for performances like this, and as the shadows grow long and fade, and the stars ease across the sky, the sense of peace and calm works wonders for the soul. It is hard to imagine a more enjoyable early fall evening.

Hump Day at Taber’s Barn

by Dennis Peterson

Hump day at a winery, and live music. That is a nice combination. Feels right and it sounds right. Wednesdays at Taber’s is a riddle solved at the last minute – you don’t know for sure who’s going to be playing until you get there but it doesn’t matter because it’s going to be good. It was really good this time. Mr. “I got a little money in my pocket going jing a ling a ling” Cory Pellegrini opened up the night with his Texas Outlaw southern music lineup, proving to everyone present Chesaw has Talent, oh hell yes! This is Taber’s favorite son, no doubt about that.

Cory Pellegrini - a Theresa Hawkins photo

Cory Pellegrini – a Teresa Hawkins photo

At his first break he turned his Martin guitar over to veteran Jazz/Blues master Randy Battle who put on a little guitar clinic, delivering some of his original songs and covers of some early Beatles faves to huge applause. Randy knows his way around a guitar like no other. This repeated three times over the evening but there was more in store.

Randy Battle

Randy Battle – Photo by Nancy Peterson

Randy headed back to Riverside and on his heels came Big Bill Cottrell with his smooth delta blues guitar picking style and just as quick Dennis Peterson broke out the harmonica kit and the sweet sounds of a delta blues jam filled the air. It don’t get mo’ bettah! People who left early missed the best of the evening!

Bill Cottrell - a Theresa Hawkens photo

Bill Cottrell – a Teresa Hawkins photo

Music at the Barn is winding down for the season so don’t miss out on the remaining hump day at the Barn shows, and don’t leave too early!