Summer concerts rock the park

July 26, 2011

By Anna Marum

Howie and Amy McOmber dance to classic rock'n'roll songs as the About Face band performs Thursday evening at Pine Lake Park. Photo by Anna Marum

Families tossed balls back and forth and children danced to the unmistakable melodies of Boston, Journey and Van Morrison at Pine Lake Park July 21. About 500 people braved a few light showers to hear the About Face band, a classic rock cover band. The performance was part of the weekly series put on by the city of Sammamish, Summer Concerts in the Park.

Recreation Coordinator Lynne Handlos said the turnout was the best yet this summer, due to the unseasonable weather in previous weeks. This summer marks the concert series’ 11th year, she said. For this year’s lineup, she picked the most popular bands in the last 10 years. The About Face band returned from 2008.

Handlos said she purposely picks a variety of genres to cater to a wide audience.

“We’ve never had a negative comment,” she said.

Denise Markley of Redmond, a regular attendee, said she enjoys the music and likes that families can run around and play.

She said she hopes the series continues into future years and appreciates that the concerts are free.

Tara Johnson of Issaquah said the concert was fun despite the weather. She loves classic rock, so she enjoyed the About Face band.

“Their Journey song sounded exactly like Journey,” she said.

The concert series kicked off on July 7 and the last concert of the summer will be on August 28. Next Thursday July 28, Dr. Funk, a funk and groove band, will perform.

If you go

What: Summer Concerts in the Park

When: Thursdays, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Where: Pine Lake Park

Cost: Free


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One Response to “Summer concerts rock the park”

  1. Linda Chase on February 20th, 2012 5:44 pm

    Who books the bands that play for the Summer Concerts series? Is it too late to submit a band for this year?

    Linda Chase
    (206) 255-6427

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