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As the rockets’ red glare and our collective hotdog hangover finally fades, we turn out attention to the weekend and some much needed quiet after the traditional hullabaloo that is the Grand Old Fourth on Bainbridge Island.

Yeah, right.

Down some caffeine, Bainbridge, because the rush is about to begin!

The 2019 Bainbridge Island Rotary Auction & Rummage Sale once again saw mountains of donations sorted, stacked and priced by a veritable army of Rotarians and eager volunteers alike, the fruits of their labor overflowing the rooms and campus of Woodward Middle School (9125 Sportsman Club Road).

The official Preview Night event begins at 5 p.m. Friday, July 5, and the opening rush promptly at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 6.

Visit for all the details.

Happy hunting, treasure seekers.

That’s already a lot, but it’s not close to all, because Friday isn’t just any Friday – it’s First Friday!

Participants in the beloved monthly event, organized by the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association and sponsored by the city of Bainbridge Island, include nearly 30 galleries, show rooms, museums, shops and offices.

The action, as always, will be in full swing from 6 to 8 p.m.

Visit for a complete list of this month’s venues.

After all that, should you need some sweet sounds to relax to (you will), consider trekking over to Lynwood because LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends will rock the Treehouse Café at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets, $25 general admission and $35 for reserved table seating, are now available (entrance is 21-and-older only) at

Having performed with B.B. King, Van Morrison, Etta James, Al Green, Michael McDonald, Colin Hay, Mavis Staples, Keb Mo, Taj Mahal, Leon Russell, Sonny Landreth, Charlie Musselwhite and Los Lobos, not only has Bell grown as a touring artist, but the experience has given his music an edge that places him in a league of performers creating a sound that crosses many demographics.

Bell’s “Only Friends” features Terry Morgan on bass who has played with Dee Daniels, Pat Wright & The Total Experience Gospel Choir, Dave Lewis, Thelma Houston and others. The mighty force on drums features Davis Martin, formerly of the band Maktub, and Daniel Walker on keyboards.

The party keeps going the very next day with a most talented trio.

Shannon LaBrie, Emily Otteson and Alicia Michilli will share the stage at the Treehouse Café at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 7 for a special free concert event.

Entrance is for those 21-and-older only; visit to learn more.

From LaBrie’s farm in Nebraska, Michilli’s home in Motor City and Otteson’s Portland paradise, “United By Song,” consists of three very different women with two things in common: they are singer-songwriters and they all now reside in the heart of Tennessee.

LaBrie said, “Music City has a powerful energy. It connects complete strangers by building communities of singers, songwriters and creatives. It doesn’t matter where you’re from, when you meet another artist, your soul instantly feels connected. That’s the magic of Nashville and we want to share it with the Northwest.”

LaBrie and Michilli met at a show in East Nashville, of which LaBrie said, “I just fell in love with her voice and spirit. I just knew we would become collaborators and now I’m thankful to call her a good friend. This will be our fourth tour together and I know for sure it won’t be our last.”

Otteson said, “The first time I heard Alicia and Shannon sing, I knew we had something good! Goosebumps good!”

All three women have joined forces this summer to unite genre, voice, spirit and experience. They will be performing “In The Round,” which is a traditional style of performing in Nashville.

The show will combine Americana, bluegrass and Motown styles of music, which is enough to keep most people’s attention, but the real win will be hearing the women sing together in three-part harmony.

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