Open Space for Arts and Community and Vashon Events are teaming up to bring the community back together for some wonderful local live music outdoors on Saturday, June 26th with Welcome Home concerts. The event will feature two shows, the first from 12-2pm, and the second from 4-6pm. The concerts will take place in the spacious Open Space meadow to allow plenty of room to enjoy the music from a distance. Laird Gonter/Bandstand Music will be providing the sound and staging for the event.
David Godsey, who is producing the concerts on behalf of Open Space, looks forward to hosting so many musicians in this first in-person concert at Open Space since 2020. “The artists coming together are some of Vashon’s finest. There are too many artists and musicians on the island to spotlight everyone in an afternoon, but we’re thrilled to have a wonderful slate of Vashon musicians of all ages performing. During this long, chilly winter, we’ve been talking with Vashon Events and Bandstand Music about finding the perfect opportunity to bring people together again, so we’re really delighted to create this concert series that accomplishes that goal in a physically-distant way.”
Performing in the first concert from 12-2pm will be John Browne, Kate Atwell, Gregg Curry, Steve Itterly & Lonesome Mike Nichols, Chris Anderson & Steve Amsden. The second concert from 4-6pm features Phil Royal, Gus Reeves, Madeleine Wolczko, Tim Couldn’t Make It, and Danny Newcomb.
The Welcome Home Concerts and the return of Night Light Drive-In are the first of many events taking place outdoors at Open Space this summer, such as laser light shows, Up Up Circus, Vashon Rep Summer Theatre Festival, Open Air Aerial Festival, the Big O Drive-In gala and several more. Says Godsey, “These concerts and the other events here this summer are a springboard into the blooming of the outdoor ‘rooms’ at Open Space, and all of the capacities and offerings they create for the community. We’ve been planning on improving our outdoor event capabilities for the past decade, so we’re excited to continue on last year’s outdoor successes.”
For the Welcome Home Concerts, the outdoor seating will be divided into sections, so that parties can enjoy each other’s company without creating a large crowd. These sections, or “pods,” are available for $20 per 4-person pod (includes people of all a
es except toddlers and infants). Seating selections are first come, first serve, but all pods are designed to provide a wonderful view. Tickets are available for purchase online, as well as at the door (subject to availability).
Tickets are for one show only. If you would like to attend both performances (12pm and 4pm), please purchase tickets separately for each show. Online ticket sales close at midnight on Friday, June 25. Masks are required at Open Space unless drinking or eating. And please, leave your pets at home.