Northwest NEWS

July 15, 2002


Michael Powers Group in Park

The Michael Powers Group will entertain at the Belmark Arts Onstage in the Park summer concert Wednesday, July 24, at 6:30 p.m. at McCormick Park on the Snoqualmie River at NE Stephens St. and Main St. in Duvall.
   A chance skateboard accident led jazz guitarist Michael Powers to a career in music. As physical therapy to strengthen the wrist he injured in the accident, he took up strumming the guitar. Soon he was frequenting jam sessions and sitting in with all kinds of bands to develop his eclectic taste in music.
   Powers' blues-influenced style of contemporary jazz "seamlessly and simultaneously honors the past, celebrates the present, and fearlessly reaches into the future."
   He says, "It's hard to categorize my music, although it usually ends up in the jazz record bins. If I had to put a label on it, I would call it contemporary instrumental music. It's a sound rooted in the jazz tradition that keeps pace stylistically with pop, R&B, and blues; with blues being at the core of my inspiration." Whatever you call it, Powers combines stunning technique with inspired musicality to give a fresh voice to the guitar as a solo instrument.
   The concert series is presented by the Duvall Arts Commission, the King County Arts Commission and local business sponsors.
   For more information about these concerts and for directions to McCormick Park, visit
   For those with mobility impairments that make accessing the park difficult, There will be a free shuttle leaving from City Hall on Main Street every 15 minutes beginning at 6 p.m.
   Due to the temporary closure of the Woodinville-Duvall bridge, be sure to allow time for a detour across the Novelty bridge or High Bridge Rd. if you are coming to Duvall from the west or north.
   To volunteer to help at any of these summer events, call 788-2983 or e-mail