Summer sounds return of downtown’s waterfront concerts

With summer in full swing, Kirkland’s resort-town atmosphere takes a festive turn this week as the annual Summer Concert Series returns.

  • Wednesday, July 9, 2008 12:00am
  • Life

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With summer in full swing, Kirkland’s resort-town atmosphere takes a festive turn this week as the annual Summer Concert Series returns.

Outdoor performances at Marina Park run now through the end of August on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. and Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. The concerts are free, but a donation of $2 is suggested to help support the series (sponsored by the city, Evergreen Healthcare and Feek/Justice Financial Services).

The series celebrates its 30th anniversary this summer with the theme “Where were you in 1978?”

Some highlights include: disco-tribute band Afrodisiacs on July 8; Celtic music from Tiller’s Folly on July 24; Kings of Swing on July 29; Beatles tribute band Creme Tangerine on Aug. 12; and the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra on Aug. 19.

The variety of entertainers and musical performances over the next seven days offers a glimpse of how popular the Summer Concert Series has become and how wide its net is cast.

Performing tomorrow at 7 p.m. (July 10), Canadian country trio The Higgins visit Kirkland from nearby Delta, British Columbia. The group released its first album, “The Real Thing,” last month. The family band’s music is a blend of sibling harmonies, guitar-driven country and good ol’ rock n’ roll.

The series kicks off next week with world rock musicians Sol’ Jibe at 7 p.m. on Tuesday night. According to the band’s press release, its sound is something like “Dave Matthews meets the Gypsy Kings.”

Free parking is available at the Peter Kirk Parking Garage, three blocks east of Marina Park. For more information, visit

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