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Fundraising concerts support new stage for Duvall

  • Written by Valley View Staff

Two concerts planned for this summer will raise money to replace Duvall’s aging mobile stage. Raise the Stage Dinner and Concert takes place on Saturday, June 24 at 6 p.m.,  at Kokopelli Gardens in Duvall.

The $35 ticket includes dinner and concert with Seattle musicians Reggie Garrett and The Snake Oil Peddlers, who play a unique urban strain of acoustic music that is rhythmically strong with blended influences of folk, Latin, blues, Celtic, rock, and jazz.

VV stageReggie Garrett has been compared to acoustic legends Richie Havens and Bill Withers. Also performing will be Duvall’s own Cool Water, made up of Brooke Pennock and Wendy McDowell, who play harmony-driven folk rock. Cool Water is often compared to the Indigo Girls and Melissa Etheridge. Brooke and Wendy have played at Sandblast and toured locally and nationally.

Both groups, who are known for their original song writing, also play a mix of cover tunes and are sure to provide a great evening of entertainment in the storybook setting of Kokopelli Gardens. This event is for ages 21 and over with a no-host beer and wine bar. Tickets are available at brownpapertickets.com.

The second concert hosted by Friends of DCC this summer will be Raise the Stage with Austin Jenckes on Saturday, July 29th. It will be an all-ages show, and tickets go on sale June 25th, with more details to follow.

It may seem unusual to raise money for city-owned equipment; the mobile stage that is the focus of many community gatherings throughout the year might be taken for granted in a larger city.

In Duvall, a city where community events are cherished but resources are often stretched, the stage is at the heart of bringing people together for events such as the popular SummerStage concerts, Sandblast’s unique sand sculpture art festival, and kid-centered Holiday Tree Lighting.

The stage, which the city of Duvall bought at a surplus auction in 2004, has also been used for Duvall Days, 4th of July in Carnation, and much more. But at 50-plus years old, Duvall’s stage is well past its life expectancy and has some problems that limit its usefulness.

The $125,000 price tag for a new Showmobile mobile stage seemed beyond Duvall’s reach until 4Culture, the arts funding organization for King County, awarded the City a grant for $40,000 toward a new mobile stage.

The Friends of Duvall Cultural Commission have been hard at work to raise the balance. Kass Holdeman, former producer of SummerStage, who is point person for the fundraising effort, is confident the goal can be reached with additional grants, sponsors and community support.

“My biggest fear each year was that something would go wrong with the stage,” she said. “This is a great opportunity to provide a mobile stage for Duvall that will ensure events like SummerStage can continue for the next 50 years.”

Now is the time to show your support for all of the free programs the city has brought to the community over the years. Donations of any amount can be made at the website GoFundMe.com/duvallstage. 

A custom SummerStage guitar pendant, created by local jewelry artists Kassie Olivera and Shelly Loynes, is offered as a thank you gift for donations at the $100 level and above! The pendant comes in bronze, copper and fine silver, and is worn by both women and men. Donations may be tax deductible. Friends of DCC are in partnership with Northwest Art Center and Cascade Performing Arts Council. More information about Raise the Stage is at www.duvallculture.org.

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