Category: Festival

BC WORLD MUSIC COLLECTIVE

If ever there was a World Music super-group, this would be it. The incredible, 13 member band brings together musicians from Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, Africa, London, and First Nations, all who now make their home in beautiful Vancouver BC. The project first began in the summer of 2015, when the artists were asked to come together to perform at the Vancouver Island Music Festival. After an intense week of rehearsals, the group made their first appearance on the mainstage of the festival. They were such a sensation that they decided to turn this one-off project into one of the great world music bands playing today. SUNDAY

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JESSE ROPER

With an explosive live show, the genuine quality and charisma of Jesse’s versatile blues-rooted soul, rock and country funk is as approachable as his charm. Quickly gaining momentum, the wheels on Jesse’s faithful van keep turning, chronicling a year of extensive touring and success as he becomes a major festival draw. A native of Victoria BC, some may appreciate his throwback vibe akin to Stevie Ray Vaughan and vintage Texas blues. However, Jesse Roper’s music remains current, the organic rawness of his vocals and guitar overshadowing any preconceived stereotypes made of blues musicians. SATURDAY

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DIVINITY ROXX

Perhaps best known for her time with Beyoncé Knowles, Divinity worked as her bassist and Musical Director for over five years including the The Beyoncé Experience Live, the I Am Yours and the I am Sasha Fierce world tours. She has performed with Beyonce at the White House for President Barack Obama, the Grammy’s, MTV Music Awards, Ellen, The Oprah Winfrey Show and Saturday Night Live, just to name a few. Prior to her work with Beyonce, she spent five years touring with Victor Wooten, one of the world’s greatest bass players. She has also backed legends like Bela Fleck, Patti Labelle, Kelly Rowland, Gladys Knight and many more. SATURDAY

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KEN DEROUCHIE BAND

This is an 8-piece Soul/R&B/Funk/Blues band featuring a crisp horn section, a tight rhythm section and amazing 4 part vocals. Influences for the band include everything from Aretha Franklin, Lenny Kravitz, Steely Dan, Jill Scott and Galactic. Given the competition, a band has to put on one heck of a show for The Oregonian to declare them “one of the best live bands in the Northwest.” But the Ken DeRouchie Band has earned that accolade and then some, building a devoted fan base with their party-starting mix of soul, R&B and funk. Vocals, bass, keys, guitar, drums and a “dash of brass” come together in a sound that’s fresh, but always funky. “Ken and his band bring it each and every night. Horns that moan and wail, guitars that grind and soothe and a rhythm section tighter than a frog’s ass. (KINK FM Portland) FRIDAY

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GEOFFREY CASTLE BAND

Legendary fiddler Geoffrey Castle has an amazing history in Port Angeles dating all the way back to the very first Juan de Fuca Festival. In recent years, he has become a well-loved Christmas tradition with hes annual show, Geoffrey Castle’s Celtich Christmas Celebration. Believe it not, this will be Geoffrey’s first appearance at our Festival with a full band in over 15 years! MONDAY

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THE PAPERBOYS

A long-time favorite of the Festival, we are thrilled to announce that Vancouver BC’s Paperboys are back after a three year hiatus. After all, nobody else does it just like the Paperboys. Celebrating their 20th anniversary, they are Mexican Son Jarocho mixed in with Irish Jigs and Reels and a good dose of Country and Bluegrass. You can also add healthy servings of Ska, Soca, African Highlife and even a little White Boy Reggae. SATURDAY, AFTER HOURS

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ACHILLES WHEEL

A recent winner of Northern California’s prestigious 2016 Band of the Year Award, hosted by Lake Tahoe’s KTKE, California’s Achilles Wheel is a high energy Roots and World Music/Rock and Roll band. The band is recognized for its award winning songwriting, its versatility on numerous stringed instruments and the rhythmic earthquake of two full drum sets. Frequently compared to the Grateful Dead, (they have done Grateful Dead tribute shows), they’ve been burning up festival stages from California Worldfest, Kate Wolf, Strawberry and many more. FRIDAY, AFTER HOURS

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TOO LOOSE ZYDECO/CAJUN BAND

Get ready to get your ya yas out with the ever-popular Too Loose Cajun/Zydeco Band as they rock the house with their infectious brand of Cajun and zydeco dance music from Southwestern Louisiana. With their traditional Cajun/zydeco instrumentation, this band will take you on a rollicking journey into the heart of the Louisiana bayou with two fiddles, accordion, electric and acoustic guitars, piano, the traditional Louisiana rub-board, and a kickin’ rhythm section. SUNDAY, AFTER HOURS

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BALLET VICTORIA

Well known for the sheer virtuosity of its dancing, Victoria’s premiere ballet company, Ballet Victoria, can be found daily working away in their downtown Victoria studio — creating, training and rehearsing original works. Day by day, innovation is happening, quietly but insistently. The music inspires dancers to create beauty and harmony in their dance. Always searching for creativity, beauty and harmony, Ballet Victoria’s versatility is astonishing – from Baroque music to Rock, from Opera to folk songs. The result is pure magic. SATURDAY, SUNDAY

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PAULA BOGGS BAND

Starbucks vet Paula Boggs and the 6-piece Paula Boggs Band traverse jazz, world, rock and Americana. They released their debut album “A Buddha State of Mind” in 2010 and “Carnival of Miracles,” produced by Grammy-winning Trina Shoemaker, in 2015. Their sound is Seattle-Brewed Soulgrass and the band has performed 50+ shows throughout the country since releasing Carnival of Miracles. “The new CD from the Paula Boggs Band is simply put, a masterpiece. Here is a record with every song destined to be well known soon to audiences and equally loved…they have hit this right out of the park.” (Bruce Swan, WPKN) MONDAY

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JEFF SCROGGINS AND COLORADO

A high-energy five-piece bluegrass band from Colorado, their distinctive sound showcases an eclectic range of influences that marry second and third generation bluegrass, delivering a unique experience that captivates audiences and keeps them guessing. It’s a powerful, high mountain “bluegrass explosion” that features world-class musicians, incredible vocals, a solid and energetic rhythm and an easy stage banter that delighted listeners all over the world. Fronted by internationally acclaimed two-time National Banjo Champion Jeff Scroggins, FRIDAY, AFTER HOURS, SATURDAY

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MISSOULA CHILDREN’S THEATRE PRESENTS RAPUNZEL

Missoula Children’s Theatre Presents Rapunzel: Something new and exciting for our Festival – a very special presentation of the children’s classic Rapunzel, led by the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre – The Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT). Featuring local students, Rapunzel will delight you with the beauty, joy and professionalism of the production. How it works: a tour team comes to town with a set, lights, costumes, props and make-up, everything it takes to put on a play… all except the cast. MONDAY

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GLOBAL HEAT

One World, One beat… A Nonstop Funk Rockin’ Hiphop Experience! Since 2006, Global Heat, featuring Justin Murta, has spread its brand of the new Seattle sound to diverse audiences around the world, from Seattle’s Intiman Playhouse to the Shanghai (China) International Music Festival. MC/b-boy Justin Murta has toured the world, performing with Usher and Chris Brown among others. SATURDAY

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WATKINS GLEN

Many historians claim that the Summer Jam at Watkins Glen, held in 1973, was the largest music gathering of people in the history of the United States. Over 600,000 people attended, well over Woodstock’s 400,000. This historic music festival featured just three legendary bands -The Band, the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers. Gabe Johnson, known as guitar for Funk/Rock outfit Elektrapod, has now gathered together some of the very best musicians from the Central Oregon music scene with the intention of recreating SUNDAY

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TRIO VORONEZH

Trio Voronezh: Vladimir Volokhin, Valerie Petrukhin and Sergei Teleshev formed Trio Voronezh in 1993. The folk trio named themselves after the working-class city of Voronezh from which they studied and perfected their craft – a city of over a million people approximately 350 miles south of Moscow. In 1995, Trio Voronezh sprang onto the international stage after they were discovered playing classical favorites and folk tunes in a Frankfurt, Germany subway station. Since then, their remarkable career has included guest performances with many of the top symphony orchestras in the US and Europe SATURDAY

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DAVID JACOBS-STRAIN

A long-time favorite of the Juan de Fuca Festival, David Jacobs-Strain is a fierce slide guitar player and song poet from Oregon. He’s known for both his virtuosity and his spirit of emotional abandon. His live show moves from humorous, subversive blues to delicate balladry and then swings back to swampy rock and roll. David has appeared at major festivals throughout the world including a stint on the faculty of Centrum’s Blues and Heritage workshop at the age of 15. SUNDAY, AFTER HOURS, MONDAY

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POLECAT

When Polecat had their very first rehearsal in 2010, some of the members hadn’t even met each other before, but you’d never guess it knowing that they’ve since played over 400 shows bustling with chemistry and character. Each member comes from a different location and radically different musical backgrounds. Somehow, however, when the music starts playing there is sense of unity in the band that clearly works in their favor and it seems like they’ve been together since birth. Their unique instrumentation enables them to seamlessly blend genres including bluegrass, country, celtic, rock, reggae, and world music into their sound. SUNDAY

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MERIDETH KAYE CLARK

Merideth is an artist, traveler, musician, songwriter, singer, and actress. Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Merideth earned a Masters in Musical Theatre at San Diego State University. Her career as a concert artist and musical theatre performer is extraordinary, having played many major roles from Nancy in Oliver (Seattle’s 5th Ave.) to Elphaba in the First National Tour of the Broadway Musical, Wicked. For our Festival, Merideth will perform Joni Mitchell’s BLUE, one of the most iconic albums of all time, FRIDAY, SATURDAY

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MICHAELA ANNE

Rooted in the Americana tradition, Michaela’s songs evoke the ever-changing landscape of American life – blending country, soul and folk with heartfelt lyrics and a powerful vocal delivery. Her most recent album, Bright Lights and the Fame, was one of Rolling Stone’s “15 Great Country and Americana Albums You Didn’t Hear in 2016,” an honor she shared with folks like John Prine and Wynona Judd. Rolling Stone noted that it evokes “the country-rock sound of the Eagles and the emotional vocals of Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris.” SATURDAY

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DIMITRI MATHENY

The San Francisco Chronicle calls Matheny “one of the jazz world’s most talented horn players.” Acclaimed for his warm tone, soaring lyricism and masterful technique, American flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny has been lauded as “one of the most emotionally expressive improvisers of his generation.” (International Review of Music) An honors graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Matheny vaulted onto the jazz scene in the 1990s as the protégé of jazz legend Art Farmer. SUNDAY

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JOY IN MUDVILLE

If you’re ever in Port Angeles wondering where everybody went, you may want to check out wherever Joy In Mudville is making the scene. The band features some of our favorite musicians with Jason Mogi on clawhammer banjo/acoustic and electric guitar/vocals, Kim Trennary on acoustic guitar/bass guitar/vocals and Paul Stehr-Green on bass guitar/vocals. The music they create together combines influences from old-time bluegrass, folk, rock, country, blues and funk. SUNDAY, MONDAY

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WHISKEY MINSTRELS

Award-winning songsmith Bruce Coughlan and award-winning multi-instrumentalist Nolan Murray team up to share music and stories from four decades on the road. Their music reflects years spent drawing influences from the tap-roots of Roots music. At times you’ll hear Celtic influences and stories from their times in the highlands of Scotland. At other times, the Bluegrass and Country Blues of their journeys through the South. Songs from all the roads in-between. SUNDAY

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THE EDGE IMPROV

Join The Edge for an ingeniously improvised evening of on-the-spot comedy, all from audience suggestion. For two laughter-filled decades, the nine-member troupe’s riotous antics have inspired rave reviews from everyone alike – certainly one of the funniest improve groups around. As The Edge co-founder Frank Buxton notes, “Improv is like standing on the edge of a cliff and then jumping off. You leap and you hope you can fly.” “And indeed they can, riding the thermals, playing off each other’s antics and spring-boarding from audience suggestions.” (Bainbridge Island Review) SATURDAY

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CIRQUE LOVE LOVE

Cirque Love Love is a one-man-cabaret – juggling humor, lust, and vulnerability. Come for the high caliber circus, stay for the intrigue, leave when it’s over. Ty, short for Tyrannosaurus, tall by any other measure, has been performing his original works for more than a decade. Join him on his newest journey as he throws thoughts, spins stories, and rolls the romances of his past into a circus extravaganza. A spectacle set to original live music and classic pop that will tug at your heartstrings. SATURDAY

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SHOT IN THE DARK

Shot in the Dark found each other by individually answering the same craigslist ad, all with a common love for singing a cappella music. Hailing from all over the US and beyond, this is a truly unique group of musicians, with backgrounds ranging from college a cappella and opera, to touring chorales, barbershop, and musical theater. Founded in 2012, they hit the ground running, placing as a finalist in the Lady Antebellum A Cappella Cover Contest in their first year. SUNDAY

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HIROYA TSUKAMOTO

Hiroya is a one-of-a-kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan. He began playing the five-string banjo when he was thirteen, and took up the guitar shortly after. In 2000, Hiroya received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the United States. He formed his own group in Boston “INTEROCEANICO (inter-oceanic)” which consisted of unique musicians from different continents including Latin Grammy nominee Colombian singer Marta Gomez. The group released three acclaimed records SUNDAY

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CRUSHWATER

We are thrilled that local favorites, Crushwater, are finally making their long-awaited debut at our festival. With their high energy blend of original songs, visceral lyrics and rock n roll enthusiasm, it’s easy to see why crowds frequently get dancing right out of the gate. Songwriter, guitarist and lead singer, Scott Sullivan, has four original albums to his credit and his songs have gained international acclaim after being featured in many films and TV shows. Chandra Johnson, on violin and vocals, adds balance and elevates the songs and live shows with her virtuosic skill on violin and her sublime rootsy vocals. SUNDAY

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MICHAEL STEPHEN RIVERS

Michael Stephen Rivers says, “If it’s not good news, you need a new translation.” Like fresh bread out of Love’s kitchen, he brings songs ready to nourish your soul. Best known on the Peninsula as the director of the Peninsula Men’s Gospel Singers, Michael is also an accomplished solo performer who regularly tours to the Midwest and performs in the Pacific Northwest. He includes “Old Time” favorite gospel hymns, sing-along songs and original tunes in his performance on vocals, guitar and piano. SUNDAY

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KITTY & THE ROOSTER

Kitty & The Rooster is a wild and crazy rock n’ roll duo from Vancouver BC featuring Jodie Ponto banging on the cocktail kit and Vancouver guitar legend Noah Walker. They are known for their surf-tastic hooks, clever lyrics, and ridiculously fun shows. Noah (The Rooster) Noah has played guitar all over the world, from Turkey to Tokyo to New York City and, with CR Avery, has played some of Canada biggest festivals. Jody (Kitty) keeps the beat with her mad drumming and is also the photographer of their hilarious band photos. SATURDAY, AFTER HOURS

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HIGH DIVIDE

High Divide is a Seattle based group with deep roots on the Olympic Peninsula. Originally hailing from Sequim, the boys from High Divide have been making music together in various forms for over a decade, and just finished recording their debut album. Their sound has been described as a harmony-driven, acoustic blend of Americana, folk rock, and country. FRIDAY, SATURDAY

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POETRYMUSIC

For over 30 years, Chris Lee and Colleen O’Brien have been performing as a world class chamber jazz duo — currently as PoetryMusic, which is a project in which they perform poetry that is sung and set to music. “I can highly recommend PoetryMusic with musicians Chris Lee and Colleen O’Brien. If you like jazz and if you like poetry, this program is an incredible blend of the two. Chris plays the vibraphone, box drum and frame drum, while Colleen plays the cello andhas a deep resonant voice perfect for jazz-style vocals. SUNDAY, MONDAY

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KATE POWERS & DAVID RIVERS

Kate Powers (fiddle) and David Rivers (guitar) have been playing music together for a year. They initially joined forces to record Kate’s album, Jump, but since then have decided to continue playing concerts and dances as a duo. Their joint musical style is a powerful mix of Bluegrass, Scottish, Irish, Cape Breton, Old-Time, and some of Kate’s original compositions. SATURDAY

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TREASURE ISLAND

Led by our very own Richard Stephens, this show is a great tale of “buccaneers and buried gold.” It’s also a great coming of age story. Treasure Island was a smashing success as part of JFFA’s Drama in the Schools Program. Scheduled last February, the show was presented to over 2,000 kids, kindergarten to 6the grade, at five local elementary schools. We are pleased to be able to present it at the Juan de Fuca Festival. SATURDAY

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HADASSAH GRACE

Hadassah grew up in Senegal, West Africa, and moved to Port Angeles, her father’s hometown, in 2014. She graduated at 18 from Peninsula College in June, 2016. She is currently studying Global Politics and French at Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina. She was invited to perform her original songs at the Juan de Fuca Festival of May 2016, by virtue of having won the Peninsula College talent show in February 2016. Hadassah enjoys composing music and poetry, singing with her sisters,and being involved in an a capella group at Gardner-Webb University. FRIDAY, SATURDAY

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POSER YOGA

Yoga connects breath with movement, and your body will be SO THANKFUL when you slow down and start to pay attention. The practice of Yoga can be beneficial in many ways. Depending on what you need, you could see a vast improvement physically, mentally, spiritually and even socially! No previous experience is necessary, and no matter your size, flexibility (or lack of!), age, or fitness level, you CAN practice Yoga. Are you nervous to try Yoga for the first time? Give yourself a break, and don’t compare yourself to those who ‘know what they’re doing’. FRIDAY at 3:30, SATURDAY and SUNDAY at 10:30, MONDAY at 11:30. SATURDAY at 4:00 (Limber for Lemurs)

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TALL TALES

Johnny Appleseed, Pecos Bill, Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox – famous names from some of the tallest tales.  Join us as we spin a yarn about some of the humbler heroes from North American history.  for the mighty swings of John Henry to the bravery and daring Molly Pitcher and Kate Shelly, these […]

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TWISTED ROOTS

Marty Kaler and Bob Lawrence-Markarian first played together more than 35 years ago. After their paths diverged for a few years, they reunited and found that the magic was still there. Developing their own style, Twisted Roots plays old and new tunes, featuring finger-style guitar, ukulele, banjo, Dobro, lap-steel guitar and humor. The band expanded to include Leo Bidne on vocals, bass and guitar and Marilyn Kaler on harmonica, melodic, percussion and vocals. SATURDAY, MONDAY

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Useful links about the beautiful Olympic Peninsula

Wild and exciting.  Intriguing and beautiful.  The Olympic Peninsula boasts a wide array of exploration possibilities. Beaches!   The Olympic Mountains!  Rain Forests!  Lakes! Museums!  Historical architecture!  Fine dining! The Port Angeles Chamber Of Commerce right in downtown is perhaps the best place to begin planning your trip. Lodging Restaurants The Olympic National Park Port Angeles […]

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