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Weekend of music at Treehouse Café includes Chuck Prophet

The men behind the music. The band bringing to life the music of Karl Kasperson includes Robin Kutz, Tom Svornich, Leif Kasperson, Neal Komedal and John Draper.  - Photo Courtesy Of Robin Kutz
The men behind the music. The band bringing to life the music of Karl Kasperson includes Robin Kutz, Tom Svornich, Leif Kasperson, Neal Komedal and John Draper.
— image credit: Photo Courtesy Of Robin Kutz

The Treehouse Café — the downtown Lynwood restaurant, bar and concert venue — will host two special musical performances this weekend.

First, singer/songwriter Chuck Prophet will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8.

Prophet is a prolific musician and has worked with artists as diverse as Dan Penn, Alejandro Escovedo, Warren Zevon, Kelly Willis, Lucinda Williams and Aimee Mann.

His original tunes have been performed by legends like Solomon Burke and Heart, and his national television appearances include “Austin City Limits,” Letterman and Carson Daly.  His music has increasingly been featured in film and television, including as the closing track of episode two of “True Blood.”

Tickets are on sale for this 21-and-over show. The cost is $20.

Then, at 8 p.m. Saturday, August 9, the cafe will again host the Karl Kasperson tribute Whiskey Raindrops.

Kasperson, a third generation Bainbridge Islander, was a well-known figure in the community.

He owned and operated the Bainbridge Island Lumber Store until 1987. And he was the kind of unique and life-affirming American character whose generous nature, room-filling laugh, love for life and general quirkiness made him a community staple.

His comedic exploits are well-documented: He established an archery range that ran the length of his store’s paint aisle, and he would often initiate games of street tennis and the occasional bottle rocket war. He would even, on occasion, leave the store unattended to pursue his other love: fishing. Customers would find a sign on the door that read, “Gone Fishing. Take what you want. I’ll bill you later.”

Everyone knew that Karl Kasperson knew how to have fun. But what many people did not know about Kasperson was that he was a talented songwriter.

According to the official story behind the upcoming tribute, written by Leif and currently posted on the Treehouse Café website, after retiring “he especially enjoyed making up his own songs and lyrics. Every week, for weeks on end, when Karl was supposed to be taking ‘guitar lessons,’ he would instead bring his tunes in to Robin Kutz in order to have them put into musical notation. This was done by having Karl sing or whistle the melodies and Robin figuring out, or trying to figure out, what the notes actually were.”

Saturday's show is the second performance of Kasperson's music performed by his son Leif Kasperson, Neal Komedal, Robin Kutz and Tom Svornich.

Also, included on reeds, will be John Draper of “The New Deal Rhythm Band” fame.

Tickets are on sale, the cost is $10.

Visit to purchase tickets and to see a schedule of all other upcoming concert events at the downtown Lynwood eatery.


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