Sounds of Summer concerts return to Battle Point

The Sounds of Summer concert series, presented by the Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District, will return to Battle Point Park every Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. from July 11 through Aug. 15.

There is no cost to attend these all-ages shows. There will be kid-friendly activities and light concessions will be available.

Visit www.biparks.org/special-events for more information and a complete concert lineup.

This year’s shows are:

July 11 – St. Paul de Vence

Don Yates of KEXP says of St. Paul de Vence: “The band’s dynamic, acoustic-oriented sound includes guitars, accordion, ukulele, autoharp, banjo, mandolin, assorted percussion and more, fleshing out well-crafted songs with warm, soulful harmonies and occasional anthemic choruses.”

July 18 – Luau Cinder

Based out of Seattle, the last decade has seen Cinder build a reputation of unique live shows that peak with improvisational energy. No two shows are ever the same with a vast musical repertoire of original tunes and a few choice covers to throw into the mix.

July 25 – The Joey Jewell Frank Sinatra Tribute

Jewell’s 10-piece band’s “Tribute to Frank Sinatra and Friends” is the closest thing to the big show in the Copa Room.

Aug. 1 – LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends

Finishing eighth on the debut season of XFactor USA, Bell has gained millions of fans all over the world who fell in love with his soulful vocal sounds and timeless style.

Aug. 8 – The Navy Band Northwest Funk Band

The Navy Band Northwest Funk Band performs throughout the Pacific Northwest for public concerts and educational outreach. The Funk Band is comprised of two trumpets, two trombones, two saxophones, drum set and a bass. The group’s versatility shines with a diverse repertoire including jazz, New Orleans standards, funk, and an assortment of popular cover songs arranged for this energetic instrumentation. The group consists of talented Navy musicians, providing a high-impact performance for audiences of all ages and walks of life.

Aug. 15 – Nearly Dan

The demands of the music of Steely Dan are high, both in technical proficiency and in preserving the sarcastic, knowing attitude originally conceived. Seattle-based Nearly Dan does well on both fronts, fusing together the chops of 12 diversely talented artists (with backgrounds in jazz, rock, R&B, country and swing) into a veritable butcher’s shop window of precisely cut bass lines; surgical, highly reminiscent guitar solos; a biting yet sophisticated horn section and richly marbled beats. Nearly Dan’s recipes avoid over-earnest adulation, coolly presenting Steely Dan’s Burroughsian black humor and notoriously perfectionist musicianship.

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