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2040 84th Avenue SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Phone: 206.275.7864
Contact: Kai Fulginiti, Arts & Special Events Recreation Co
Email: kai.fulginiti@merc. . .
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SC! 2017 Entertainment


10:45 to 11:45 am
veterans ceremony
Veteran's Ceremony, Pergola Stage
Come and thank our veteran’s for their service to our country, at the Veterans Pergola in Mercerdale Park at 10:45 A.M. There will be presentations by the MI Mayor and the VFW Commander. Music will be performed by the Mercer Island band, "Charlie and the Flashbacks”.

11:45 am - 12:00 pm
Sons of Norway
Sons of Norway Spring Maypole Raising & Dance, Grassy area near stages
Join the Sons of Norway, Risa Dala Scandinavian Dancers and the lively musicians of Skandia Kappel as they celebrate Midsummer by decorating and raising a traditional Scandinavian Maypole or Majstang.

The maypole is a very familiar sight all through the Scandinavian countries during the annual celebration of the summer solstice (a pagan holiday) and is very important in Scandinavian history and tradition.The maypole is decorated with flowers and greenery to celebrate the beauty of summer and the coming of a bountiful harvest. While the midsummer celebration brought families and friends together to dance and visit, it was also a time for young people to meet and marry. In fact, the Scandinavian maypole is not only the symbol of fertility for the farmer’s crops, but also a symbol of fertility for the newly wedded! The two rings on the maypole represent wedding rings, while the rooster on top proudly proclaims good will and happy tidings for all!

12:00 - 1:00 pm
The Macdaddy Band
The MacDaddy Band, Windermere Stage
The MacDaddy Band play all your favorite oldies rock hits from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. This group of baby boomers met in church and had a weekly get together playing music for fun for 10 years. The get-together was so well attended that the group thought they should start a band and 4 years ago TheMacDaddy Band was born. With 5 vocalists, we cover a wide variety of favorites from Jerry Lee Lewis, the Beatles, Kinks, Stones, Elton, Eagles and Elvis and much more– you will be rocking, dancing and singing to the oldies. We are a 5 star rated band and Gigmaster’s Best Band for 2012 and 2013. A repeat client says – “outstanding performers…great selection of songs and good stage presence. – guests were dancing from the first song to the last”.

1:15 - 2:00 pm
Steffan Soule
Steffan Soule- “Magic of Wonder & Reading” Magic Show, Pergola Stage
Sponsored by “Friends of the Mercer Island Library”
The Friends of the Mercer Island Library are proud to sponsor "Steffan Soule’s Magic and Wonder of Reading" a show filled with creative, theatrical magic for family audiences. A magic show by a magician who learned his art through reading magic books and recommends kids do so too! Experience enchantment and learn where to find the secrets of magic. The show will connect all ages to genuine astonishment
.Logo     Steffan Soule's magic is recognized with a Kennedy Center Award for the Arts. Learn more about Steffan at his website

2:00 - 3:00 pm
Cisco Morris
My First Garden Kids Planting Activity & Gardening Talk with Ciscoe Morris, Windermere Stage
For the past 12 years, Windermere Mercer Island has provided a free kid’s planting activity at Mercer Island Summer Celebration. This year, we are thrilled to welcome known gardening expert Ciscoe Morris to lead young participants through planting their own flower in a decorated pot to take home. Ciscoe will answer gardening questions for all ages. Don’t miss this entertaining, and educational gardening segment!
Sponsored by Windermere Mercer Island

3:15 - 4:15 pm
Robbie Christmas
Robbie Christmas, Pergola Stage
Robbie Christmas is a Seattle based singer songwriter and instrumentalist best known for his pure, soulful voice, timeless lyrics and skilled musicianship.
Robbie has kept busy writing producing and recording this release while holding several tri-weekly residencies in and around Seattle. Robbie has performed with Jakob Dylan, Tower of Power, has sung the National Anthem in front of 68,000 NFL fans (Seahawks/49ers), performed with Train, Michael Franti, Andy Grammar, on their "Sail Across the Sun” cruise along with another sold out Seattle Train show. Pat Monahan happened upon Robbie a few years back while visiting one of Robbie's regular events. This chance meeting sparked a friendship and musical comradery. Besides offering live support, the two have co-written a track on this album “When You Want Somebody”. Robbie also pays tribute to Steve Winwood with his own rendition of “Can’t Find My Way Home”.

4:30 - 5:45 pm
Megs McLean
Megs McLean, Windermere Stage
Megs McLean is the voice behind her no rules country-grunge music "Crunge" she has been featured on "top 10 next women of country". Megs McLean is a full time professional singer/songwriter and performer who is featured on MTV Live, Pure Country, VH1 Classic, and radio stations throughout the nation. Megs and her band deliver an energetic mix of guitar driven Country/Grunge originals and energetic covers of new-country favorites.

6:00 - 7:00pm
Two Scoops Combo
Two Scoops Combo, Pergola Stage
Eric "Two Scoops" Moore is an artist; a Blues artist who transcends the stereotypical categorization of Blues. The thing that sets him apart is his unique view of the world we live in. As all great Blues artists are, Eric is a storyteller whose slant on life gives his music a wonderful twist full of humor, optimism and love. You'll hear plenty of Blues, boogie-woogie, swing, jump and even some good ole rock and roll.

Two Scoops seems to have the uncanny knack of taking an ordinary life situation and turning it into an interesting theme, even something as basic as eating. Eric injects each story with an obvious love of life and a wry sense of humor. His voice and piano playing are at once honest, introspective and warm, showing the listener a true glimpse of the world of "Two Scoops" Moore!!



6:30 - 7:30 pm
Brian Vogan & His Good Buddies, Firework Stage
An innovative Seattle Kindie band featuring creative, fun and downright danceable music for children and their parents. Brian and his Good Buddies have performed all around the Seattle area and the northwest for nearly a decade. Seattle children's musician, Brian Vogan, writes engaging and creative songs for the whole family. As an early childhood music teacher, Vogan works with preschool age children throughout Seattle and performs regularly with his band ‘The Good Buddies'. The songs he crafts are inspired by the interests and ideas of his students and the result is a foot stomping great time for music lovers of any age!

7:30 - 8:00 pm
Uncle Stinky
Uncle Stinky’s Magic Show, Fireworks Stage grassy area
Long time, favorite Summer Celebration magic vendor, Uncle Stinky (aka Jonathan Docter) is much more than just a magic shop. Uncle Stinky is a professional musician who performs for camps, fairs, private events and stage shows. This year, we are thrilled to have Uncle Stinky perform a magic show for us in addition to hosting his magic shop at both the main festival and fireworks celebration at Luther Burbank Park. Everyone has that “trickster uncle” who does gags, right? Uncle Stinky has a special ability to teach tricks to his audience after fooling them himself. He is always prepared, carrying tricks for all ages at prices that beat a typical magic shop. Visit his booth to learn hands on tricks and then watch his show to see how it is done by a professional magician!

8:00 - 10:15 pm
Oncore, Fireworks Stage
Sponsored by the Mercer Island Arts Council. With the hottest players from New York, Chicago, Detroit, Washington, California, Hawaii, and Alabama...Summer Celebration brings you a fantastic performance by Oncore! MESMERIZING, Energizing, & Moving Audiences All Over the WORLD with GOOD TIMES…Oncore provides a full variety of music, high energy and an interactive experience, with an emphasis on dancing with over 500 songs in their repertoire! Oncore believes that a party should be for the people. They aim to please. As a totally LIVE band (with no backing pre-recorded tracks), they complete the show through their dynamic and spontaneous ability to READ-&-PLAY-TO-THE-CROWD, an art form in itself. The effect: the band and the crowd become one amazing experience! Oncore understands and practices this concept by playing to the crowd’s desires.

10:45 - 11:30 am
MI Chinese Association
Mercer Island Chinese Association, Pergola Stage
The Mercer Island Chinese Association was established in January of 2017. They are a family based non-profit organization formed by local Chinese residents. Their mission is to bond and assist new Chinese immigrant families to adapt to the mainstream lifestyle here while maintaining their own cultural background. The Mercer Island Chinese Association focuses on education and community relationship building.

11:45 am - 12:45 pm
DoctorfunK, Windermere Stage
From the Northwest United States, a region long known for producing energetic and fresh musical talent, blazes the Emerald City's latest sensation. Seattle's own DoctorfunK.

DoctorfunK was established in 1995 and has set the standard for new soul music in the Pacific Northwest. Echoing the legendary passion of famed horn band Tower of Power and that "Bay Area Sound," this 10-piece ensemble has maintained the tradition and more.

With their first national release,"Prescription for Soul" on the Oakland-based label, Strokeland Records, DoctorfunK joins other standouts such as Glenn Waters and Fred Ross, as well as Doc Kupka's own Strokeland Superband.

1:00 - 1:30 pm
Youth Theatre NW
Youth Theatre Northwest, Pergola Stage
Selected cast of Music Man Jr.

Youth Theatre Northwest is a school, theatre, and home for children and families. Since 1984, YTN has been one of the region's premier educational arts organizations, providing a wide range of programming of tens of thousands of children and young adults ages 3 to 18 who comes to YTN from throughout the Puget Sound region. YTN offers year-round classes and produces up to 12 professional shows per year for thousands of audience members. Through production process and classes, children and young adults explore the depths of their creativity and experience the thrill of live performance and helps young people find their "inner light" of self-confidence, sensitivity, creativity, and leadership.
Selected cast of Music Man Jr. will be performing at Summer Celebration.
This summer, YTN is producing the following shows:
~ Music Man Jr. (at Mercer Island High School Performing Arts Center) July 14-30
~ Go Dog. Go! (at Emmanuel Church Court Yard) August 11-26

1:45 - 2:45 pm
Exapsos, Windermere Stage
Exapsos is an alternative rock band consisting of 18 year old Leah and 11 year old Zane Raissis. The sibling duo formed in 2012 after moving from the East Coast. Their influences include Heart, Fleetwood Mac, and the Foo Fighters. Since moving to Washington State, Exapsos has performed at school functions, competitions and various community events. Leah’s powerful vocals and robust guitar playing to Zane’s precise drumming skills has gained them recognition in local newspapers such as the Mercer Island Reporter, a television appearance on King 5 New Day Northwest, airplay on Hot Jamz Seattle and The Bridge, local radio stations. They have acquired thousands of views on their YouTube channel due to impart of their eclectic collection of originals and covers. Exapsos will be releasing their debut album in September 2017. To stay updated with them follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

3:00 - 3:45 pm
Alleyoop, Pergola Stage
Alleyoop children's concerts and parties include musical games and active playful songs, and so much more. The children become the show, as they dance and play along. Then there are the puppets. Billy Bear the Silly Bear gets the children laughing with his antics and spoonerisms. Toby the Tortoise, and the Dancing Man join in the fun. Alleyoop plays guitar, Appalachian dulcimer, and baritone ukulele.

4:00 - 5:00 pm
Bootleg Sunshine
Bootleg Sunshine, Winderemere Stage
These dynamic Newgrass kids put jalapeños all up in yo’ corn bread, making some dang spicy jams! It means a healthy dose of Mountain stomping, and a heavy pinch of Afro-Cuban heat, all topped with lyrics deep as sea cucumbers, love, death, and scrambled eggs.

Members of Bootleg Sunshine have been orchestrally-trained, have busked in the falling snow, have performed for Governors and billionaires, have given up entirely, have relearned entirely, have performed for penguins, the newly-born, the dying, the safety instruction lecture before take-off, and even music venues, both enormous and intimate.

Bootleg Sunshine have “a mean violin player… their sound is so diverse and distinct that one moment you’ll hear bluegrass you’re moving your feet to, and the next second you’re pondering if you’re catching hints of Afro-Cuban rhythms in the same song. #musicnerdproblems”
-Seattle Art Museum

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