Saturday, July 22, 2017 This Week's Paper

10th annual Concert in the Park

// Summertime favorite features free admission, free BBQ, praise music and big band jazz

The joyful sounds of contemporary praise music and big band jazz will fill the great outdoors at Browns Point Lighthouse Park on July 24 during the 10th annual Concert in the Park.

Presented and hosted by Marine View Presbyterian Church, this much-anticipated summertime event requires no admission fee, so it is a perfect outing for the entire family. It all starts at 5 p.m. with free hot dogs, chips and sodas provided by the church. Then at around 5:15, the live music begins. Bring your own picnic lunch if you like, and chairs and blankets as well; some seating will be provided on a first-come basis. It is a good idea to bring a sweater or other wrap as well in case the evening gets cool, as it can easily do with the park being right on the water.

“It’s a beautiful setting with the waterfront and backdrop of the Olympic Mountains,” said longtime Marine View Church member Jim Foster, a key organizer of this popular concert and of the church’s monthly outdoor concert series Jazz LIVE at Marine View.

Foster said he has been keeping an eye on National Weather Service forecasts in our area and so far things look good for this Sunday. “We’ve only been rained out once,” he noted, but if the day should be a wet one the concert will move inside the church property at 8469 Eastside Dr. N.E.

On the concert playbill are favorite ensembles from Marine View Church including the Soundview quartet and the Marine View Contemporary Praise Band, which can be heard at Marine View’s Sunday services. In the past, this concert event included only praise band ensembles, but this year the music lineup will reflect the success the church has had with its monthly Jazz LIVE at Marine View series. Taking the stage for the first time at Concert in the Park will be Jim Kerl’s Swing Session Big Band. This 18-piece orchestra plays great music of the 1940s up to the music of today’s top contemporary big band jazz writers with original compositions and arrangements by nationally recognized writers.The band features some truly gifted jazz soloists – Clark Gibson and Ted Dortch on saxes, Brad Smith on trumpet, Dan Haeck on trombone, with a stellar rhythm section anchored by Ken French on drums, and the soaring lead trumpet of Ted Bowden. Lead vocalists Joey Jewell and Trish Hatley round out the sound and leave audiences wanting more.

Browns Point Lighthouse Park is located at 201 Tulalip St. N.E. For more information, visit