Northwest NEWS

July 17, 2000


Sandblast 2000 features Music in the Park, July 29-30


A cappella artists M-Pact will entertain at this year's Sandblast.

   Duvall's annual summer arts festival, Sandblast 2000, will be held the weekend of July 29 and 30.

   Accompanying the sandcarving on the beach and the artwalk throughout McCormick Park, a full schedule of performances promises to add another dimension to the experience. Beginning with the opening ceremonies at noon on Saturday, festivalgoers can expect a stellar lineup of musicians, dancers, and other performers throughout the weekend.

   Featured a cappella artists M-Pact present their sensational singing, fantastic arrangements in the pop-jazz-rock mode, original songs and classic pop favorites, high energy, and exciting choreography.

   Singer-songwriter Brooke Pennock, a 1998 Lilith Fair finalist, brings her unique blend of soul and folk, performed with soft, yet striking vocals and simple acoustic guitar.

   Alaska Native Cultural Heritage Association (A.N.C.H.A.) shares their tradition of song, dance, storytelling, regalia, spirituality, and language.

   The Stillwater Hillbillies, Melody Ranch, and Charles Eliott lend their local flavor to the musical gumbo.

   The top three winners of Friday evening's youth talent show reprise their winning acts, and musicians are welcome to sign up for Saturday evening's open mic.

   A highlight of the Sandblast festival will be Fiddletunes, featuring appearances by violinist, mandolinist, and fiddler Paul Anastasio, and fiddler Ruthie Dornfield with guitarist John Miller.

   Rounding out the weekend, the Sassycats harmonize their way through a wide-ranging repertoire, striking familiar chords on everyday topics like celebrating baldness and doing dishes.

   Sandblast 2000 is sponsored by the Duvall Arts Commission, the Duvall Foundation for the Arts, and King County Arts Commission. McCormick Park is located on the east bank of the Snoqualmie River in Duvall. From Main Street (Hwy. 203), look for the parking lot at NE Stephens Street between the Duvall Café and the Duvall Chiropractic Clinic.

   For more information, call 425-788-6209, or visit