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8236 SE 24th St
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Phone: 206.275.7841
Contact: Diane Mortenson
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Enjoy entertainment from local musicians and entertainment acts from around the region on Saturday, July 14th and Sunday, July 15th 2018 at Mercer Island's Summer Celebration festival. Entertainment takes place during the day at Mercerdale Park in downtown Mercer Island and at Luther Burbank Park Saturday night for the fireworks festivities.

Saturday Mercerdale Entertainment
A printable schedule of events can be found here:  SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

10:45 to 11:45 am
veterans ceremony
Veteran's Appreciation Ceremony, Pergola Stage
Come and thank our Veteran’s for their service to our country, at the Veteran’s Pergola in Mercerdale Park at 10:45 am. The Veterans will lead the parade and end in the park for this special ceremony.  We are excited to be hosting special guest speaker Rear Admiral Christopher "Scott" Gray, Commander, Navy Region Northwest. Live musical performance by Mercer Island's Charlie and the Flashbacks. Thank you to all who have served!


12:00 - 1:00 pm
Rain City Time Machine
Rain City Time Machine, Windermere Stage

Rain City Time Machine is the Puget Sound’s premiere cover band, playing danceable hits from The Beatles to Bruno Mars. All music performed live, no click track, no backing tracks.

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 Mercer Island magician, Steffan Soule, 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.  Steffan Soule's magic is recognized with a Kennedy Center Award for the Arts and he performs nationwide. Learn more about Steffan at his website

Wooden O Shakespeare Company
Shakespeare in the Park, Luther Burbank Park 

The Merry Wives of Windsor directed by Corey McDaniel
The boisterous rogue Sir John Falstaff has descended upon Windsor looking for love. He has set his sights on two local ladies, Mistresses Ford and Page. But these two wily wives aren’t about to be bamboozled and set about a variety of schemes to curtail the knight’s shenanigans. Throw in a jealous husband, a fair daughter with many suitors and a mind of her own, plus one over-the-top character after another, and watch Shakespeare practically invent the modern sitcom with this perennial gut-buster. Please note this performance takes place at the amphitheater in Luther Burbank Park. 


2:00 pm
My First Garden
My First Garden Kids Planting Activity, near entertainment stages
For the past 13 years, Windermere Mercer Island has provided a free kid’s planting activity at Mercer Island Summer Celebration and Windermere is excited to continue the tradition this year. Young participants will be planting their own flower in a decorated pot to take home to start their own garden!
Sponsored by Windermere Mercer Island

2:15 - 3:15pm
The Edsels
The Edsels, Windermere Stage

The Edsel’s consist of four Seattle area musicians (Kile Jackson, Wade Reeves, Gary Ballard and Grant Stott) that have over 100 years of total musical experience. Each has played professionally since childhood. For Summer Celebration they will be performing some Beach Boys, Jimmy Buffet and other popular island tunes to help get you into the “Island Vibes” mood!

3:30 - 4:30 pm
Memphis Belles
Memphis Belles, Pergola Stage

The Memphis Belles are a trio of women whose core ballads are bursting with talent from the late 1930’s through the early 1950’s! Their name was inspired by the infamous WW2 aircraft: Memphis Belle. On the side of this aircraft was a pin up girl drawn by Esquire’s George Petty in 1941. Expect to hear tunes from the Andrew Sisters, Glenn Miller, Judy Garland, Dean Martin, Rosemary Clooney, Ella Fitzgerald, McGuire Sisters, Bing Crosby and more!

4:45 - 5:45 pm
Exapsos, Windermere Stage

Exapsos is an alternative rock band consisting of Leah Raissis, her 12 year old brother Zane Raissis, and guitarist Nate Madera. The sibling duo formed in 2012 on Mercer Island after moving from the East Coast. Their influences include Heart, Nirvana, Alice in Chains, and the Stone Temple Pilots. 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, multiple television appearances 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's debut album Unknotted released on January 31, 2018.

6:00 - 7:00 pm

Darci Carlson Trio
Darci Carlson Trio, Pergola Stage

Straight Up Country - No Chaser. Three-time Outlaw Female of The Year Nominee and 2017 winner of Dale Watson's Ameripolitan Music Awards, Seattle's own Darci Carlson delivers a throwback, honky tonkin', true country affair. This ain't no vanity act - this is no non-sense, high energy Country Music with a Rock n Roll edge that is both unique and refreshingly honest. Darci knows her way around an acoustic guitar and a classic country ballad while staying true to her northwest roots. Her smokey-sweet, lived in voice, like the after taste of a fine whiskey, has been compared to greats such as Janice Joplin, Stevie Nicks, and Tanya Tucker.

Saturday Luther Burbank Park

6:30 - 7:30 pm
Rainbow of Hawaii
Rainbow of Hawaii, Fireworks Stage
Rainbow of Hawaii is part of the Halau Hula O Napualani (HHON) Hawaiian School of Dance Seattle, Washington, was founded in 1977 by Kumu Gloria (Napualani). HHON is the oldest Hawaiian dance school (Halau) in Seattle, Washington. Rainbow of Hawaii will be performing hula with live musicians as a part of Summer Celebration!


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!

8:15 - 10:15 pm
Ian Dobsons Pan Leggo
Ian Dobson's Pan Leggo, Fireworks Stage

Ian Dobson's Steel Drum Party show takes the audience on a tropical vacation.  These musicians are world music experts bringing the tropics to frozen communities like Mercer Island for over twenty years.  Ian sings, dances and plays steel drums, ukulele, marimba, and percussion while answering the question of how a Seattle grunge kid ends up playing tropical music for a living. As he recounts his quirky musical journey taking the audience on an interactive musical tour of the Islands and putting them into an island state of mind.   From Hawaiian to calypso to salsa and reggae; jazz and rock to classical. They bring more than just music, come enjoy a complete tropical party experience!


Sunday Entertainment

10:00 - 11:00 am
Jim Basnight Band
Jim Basnight Band, Windermere Stage

Jim Basnight currently performs with his four-piece band all around the NW in WA, OR, MT, WY, UT and ID, with occasional trips to NY, LA, Chicago, Memphis, Atlanta, Cleveland and the San Francisco Bay Area. Jim's music spans blues, country, soul, punk, pop, folk and all styles of rock and roll. Among Jim's artistic favorites are Leonard "Lenny Bruce" Schneider, “Sonny Boy”, The Beatles, The Kinks, Robert "Bobby" Womack, James "Iggy Pop" Osterberg, Albert "Al" Green, John "Johnny Thunders" Genzale, Merle Haggard and James "Jimi" Hendrix.

11:00 - 12:00 pm
Bellevue Community Band
Bellevue Community Band, Pergola Stage
The Bellevue Community Band, founded in 1962, provides the opportunity for musicians from all backgrounds and training to enjoy the pleasure of playing in a band. The musicians of the band represent a broad spectrum of backgrounds including engineers, school teachers, housewives, students, and senior citizens.  The Bellevue Community Band plays a variety of music including traditional marches, patriotic selections, jazz and pop music as well as hits from stage and screen.  This summer their concert selections feature music from Doctor Who, Star Trek, How to Train Your Dragon, and Jurassic Park as well as more traditional band selections.

12:15 - 1:15 pm
Youth Theatre NW
Cyndi Soup- Children's Performance, Pergola Stage
Sing, dance and join the fun with Cyndi Soup as she performs fabadabulous family favorites. Fun and interactive for all ages, enjoy a delightful hour of songs, sing-a-longs, puppetry, storytelling, dancing and plenty of audience participation. Share the joy and magic of Cyndi Soup!

1:30 - 2:30 pm
The Dogtones
The Dogtones, Windermere Stage
The Dogtones are a Pop-Rock cover band featuring three accomplished lead vocalists, soaring harmonies, and a rock-solid danceable backbeat. The Dogtones play songs spanning several decades that virtually everyone has heard...from easy listening to party classics.

2:45 - 3:45 pm
The Ukadelics, Pergola Stage

The Ukadelics, Seattle's favorite tropical ukulele ensemble, is heading to Mercer Island with a truck-load of Tiki fun to add the “Island Vibes” at Summer Celebration! The Ukadelics are Seattle's best kept Ukulele secret, and they'll put a smile on your face and an umbrella in your drink. They have been charming audiences in and around Seattle since 2006, from backyard luaus to larger events and festivals.

4:00 - 5:00 pm
The Chris Stevens Band
The Chris Stevens Band, Windermere Stage
Guitarist and singer Chris Stevens has long been a favorite of Northwest blues fans. Propelled by the driving rhythm section of bassist Mark Dalton and drummer Todd Zimberg, Chris applies scorching blues feeling and surprising musical twists to an eclectic selection of tunes mostly rooted in the blues. The Summer Celebration show will also include the fiery virtuosity of saxophonist Brian Kent, as Chris Stevens Band presents a set of modern and classic blues, some of Chris’s “blues on the edge of jazz” originals and a fine helping of reverb drenched surf guitar favorites! As it happens, Chris is a Mercer Island resident and is known as a dedicated guitar teacher who has taught hundreds of happy Islanders to play.
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