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Amazing bands will rock Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Fest on Saturday, Aug. 26

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:33

One of the region’s premier blues music events returns to the shores of Des Moines on Saturday, Aug. 26, as the 8th Annual Poverty Bay Blues and Brews Fest rocks Des Moines Beach Park.

Close to 20 craft breweries will provide the refreshments to enhance the enjoyment of four of the region’s top blues artists.

According to the event’s musical director Steve Swank (pictured above), the featured bands have each garnered multiple awards from the blues community. They include Polly O’Keary and the Rhythm Method; the Stacy Jones Band; Willie and the Whips; and Lisa Mann.

“Lisa Mann was recently honored with the Oregon Blues Album of the Year, one of many awards she’s received during a stellar career”, says Swank. “Both the Washington Blues Society and the South Sound Blues Society have recognized Blues and Brews as one of the top showcases of authentic blues music. The WBS has nominated us as Best Community Based Blues Festival for the past three years.”

Swank reports that artists look forward to playing this unique summer celebration.

“Blues and Brews is always a standout in the annual calendar,” says Swank. “It’s a great setting, so close to the beach, and the bands, as well as the breweries, appreciate that 100% of net proceeds benefit close to a dozen local charities.”

Those charities include the Des Moines Food Bank, Highline Schools, Coats for Kids, Des Moines Parks and Recreation, and Highline Music4Life. The latter provides new and used musical instruments to low income students.

“As a music festival, we think it’s very special that Music4Life is a major benefactor,” says Swank. “Starting kids early with a love for music can be a lifetime gift.”

  • Hours for the event are Noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26.
  • Parking is available at the Des Moines Marina and throughout downtown.
  • Attendees must be 21 years or older.

Tickets and information are available on the event website:

REMINDER: Dance to ‘Fun Addicts’ at final ‘Music in the Park’ Thursday night!

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 08:05

REMINDER: Burien’s ‘Music in the Park’ has its final 2017 performance this Thursday night (Aug. 17), with dancing music from the Fun Addicts!

The final FREE, live outdoor performance will be from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Lake Burien School Park.

Oh, and be sure to wear your dancing shoes!


Please call 206.988.3700 after 5 p.m. to learn if a concert has been relocated. Theatre is rain or shine.

‘Total Eclipse of the Sun’ August Wine Tasting will be Thursday at Tin Room Bar

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 18:12

A ‘Total Eclipse of the Sun’ August Tasting will be this Thursday, Aug. 17, from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Tin Room Bar & Theater.

Featured Wines:

  • Gruet Blanc De Blanc Sauvage – New Mexico
  • Fluer De Parie Rose – France
  • Pacific Rim Chenin Blanc – Washington
  • Boen Pinot Noir – California
  • Sleight of Hand Cellars Spellbinder Red Blend – Washington

More info at

The Tin Room is located at 923 SW 152nd Street in Olde Burien:

Burien’s 10th annual ‘Arts-A-Glow’ will light up Dottie Harper Park on Sept. 9

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 13:13

This year will mark the 10th anniversary of the annual ‘Arts-A-Glow,’ which will light up Burien’s Dottie Harper Park on Saturday, Sept. 9!

This amazing, free and local event – open to all – will run from 5 – 10 p.m., and will include:

  • Lantern making
  • Artist installations
  • Face painting
  • Music performer
  • Food Trucks
  • and of course…the big Procession!

Here are some videos of previous Arts-A-Glows:

Dottie Harper Park is located at 421 SW 146th Street:

Obliteride riders bike through Three Tree Point, where residents raise over $1,000

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 10:02

On Sunday, Aug. 13, numerous Obliteride bike riders cruised through Burien’s Three Tree Point neighborhood, which was festooned in orange pennants as well as throngs of cheering residents clad in orange to support cancer-fighting fundraisers.

Residents from the neighborhood raised $1,010.00 for Fred Hutch Cancer Center while cheering the riders.

The bicyclists, on their second day of a 150-mile ride, turned the corner of SW 172nd Street and Maplewild Ave SW between 9:18 a.m. and 10:50 a.m., and were met with cheers, cowbells and even a pit stop of free drinks donated by generous residents.

Here are some photos courtesy Elston Hill (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Some additional photos taken by Scott Schaefer:

And some raw video shot by Schaefer and shared live on the Blog’s Facebook Page:

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Also, here’s a photo taken later in the day by Photographer Aaron Wells, who said:

“Families fishing and enjoying a mild Sunday evening at Three Tree Point in Burien, Washington, following an early morning rainfall which ended a record 55-day dry spell.” (click image to see larger version:)

Families fishing and enjoying a mild Sunday evening at Three Tree Point in Burien, following an early morning rainfall which ended a record 55-day dry spell.

“This is my first ever professional panorama, created using six different images taken with the Sony SLT-A77V and mounted on the newly purchased Nodal Ninja 3 MKII. Amazing evening to play at 3TP,” Aaron added.

CLIFF’S EDGE: One for the Road and Back Home, Too

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 10:12

Our daughter checked out the two audio books we took with us on our annual visit to a family reunion in Montana a few days ago. As I write this, we’re in St. Regis, Mont., one day out on our way back.

We finished one of the two books this afternoon. We may or may not get to the second in the 300 or so miles we have yet to go.

I’ll be satisfied with having gotten through the first.

It’s titled, “The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears,” written by Dinaw Mengestu, an Ethiopian émigré.

Based on the description of the audio book’s contents, I doubt that it would have been my choice for an extended road trip. That would have been my loss.

As far as I’m concerned, it’s what an audio book should be. We have listened to it. We have discussed it among ourselves in short bursts. We well may talk about it after we’re back home.

I’ve been rehashing it in my mind throughout the trip, partly as a result of the story it tells, but also because of the context in which we were hearing it.

It’s a tale of Sepha Stephannos, an Ethiopian, and two friends who have come from other African countries to take up immigrant lives near the historic Logan Circle district in Washington, D.C.

It’s an area rich in history, significant in the daily life of the nation’s capital, a popular tourist destination. But as Sepha arrives, at the turn of the 21st Century, it has become a low-income, decaying part of the city hosting an increasingly black-American population and immigrants.

What American cannot relate to this scenario or one similar to it?

From a historical perspective, such situations have been part of a thread in our nation’s tapestry and that of human existence throughout the world.

We’ve been among the boldest people in celebrating acceptance of new people to our midst, acceptance that has been tested at different times in different parts of the country.

Sepha’s tale of moving from one society to another comes out of revolution in Ethiopia where he witnesses his father’s abduction by soldiers in his own home in Addis Ababa, and leads him into the midst of a community’s evolution in America.

We’ve witnessed this tale before where comfortable situations become uncomfortable. Old inhabitants find the familiar suddenly unfamiliar. New inhabitants over create new familiarities. Old and new together redefine comfort.

That, in part, is Sepha’s story.

Another part is a reminder that these processes can involve major disruptions, even political revolution or social evolution .

But inevitably they come down to individual gains and losses, individual successes and failures.

Sepha’s experiences with both are the stuff of his story.

It has been good listening, and I’ll bring what I learned from it back to Burien with me where I will have cause to continue to reflect on it, I’m certain.

Cliff Rowe is a retired journalist and journalism professor. (He practiced both in a time before journalists and what they produced were considered “enemies of the people.”) He and his family have lived in the Shorewood area of White Center (then Burien) since 1969 when they returned to the Northwest after seven years in the Chicago area. There, following graduate school, he wrote and edited with the Chicago Sun-Times and with Paddock Publications in the Chicago suburbs. On moving here, he was with The Seattle Times for 11 years before turning to teaching journalism at Pacific Lutheran University for 35 years, retiring in 2015.

Rat City Brass will play for FREE at Marvista Park this Sunday, Aug. 13

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 09:00

Rat City Brass will play for FREE at Marvista Park in Normandy Park this Sunday, Aug. 13, from 5 – 6:30 p.m.

“We’ll play under the gazebo in Normandy Parks’ Marvista Park — so many parks! — while you relax on the lawn and enjoy a leisurely Sunday afternoon.”

Here are some videos of the band playing live:

Upcoming shows:

  • Aug. 20: Kuikna – Roots Music
  • Aug. 27: The Tikigraphs – Tropical & Hawaiian music from the ’40s to the ’60s

Summer Concerts Flyer

Marvista Park is located at 19990 4th Ave SW in Normandy Park:

Celebrate UFOs – including The Maury Island Incident – with Beer(!) Oct. 26

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 15:10

The Washington State History Museum in Tacoma will be celebrating the 70th Anniversary of two of history’s most notable UFO sightings with a 21+ evening of beer tastings and all things flying saucers on Thursday, Oct. 26, from 7 – 10 p.m.

The two cases being celebrated include the Kenneth Arnold UFO sighting and the Maury Island incident, which both took place in Washington in 1947. These two events gave rise to the terms “flying saucer” and “men in black” and kicked off a craze of sightings that year, which included the Roswell incident and many others.

The evening event includes beer tastings with Three Magnets Brewing Co., a showing of the film The Maury Island Incident with the filmmakers, UFO-related crafting with the The Museum of Flight, open exhibit galleries, and more.

Admission is $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and includes a commemorative glass and two drink tickets – buy tickets here:

More info here:

It’ll be a night you won’t soon forget, regardless of what the men in black try to tell you…

The Washington State History Museum is located at 1911 Pacific Ave in Tacoma:

Get your UFO on at Classic Eats’ ‘Ancient Aliens Night’ Wednesday, Aug. 16

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 13:39

Advertiser Classic Eats will be holding ‘Ancient Aliens Night’ on Wednesday, Aug. 16, from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

This is a regular event held on the third Wednesday of each month (NOTE: the date in the poster – 8/17/17 – is incorrect):

For all you AA’s out there, this night is for you.

Spend an evening watching an episode of the Ancient Aliens with a 30-minute open discussion on the topic of the night.

Is it possible?

Is it true?

Were we visited in the past?

Will they return?

Let’s spend a night having a meal, beverage and chatting.

Meet new friends and likeminded folks.

Not aware of the theories? Join us for an eye opening, mind opening discussion.

WHERE: Classic Eats Party Room, 918 SW 152nd Street, Olde Burien

WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

“We look forward to your input and ideas!”

REMINDER: FREE ‘Music in the Park’ with LeRoy Bell this Thursday night!

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 16:15

REMINDER: Burien’s ‘Music in the Park’ continues this Thursday night (Aug. 9), with soulful music from LeRoy Bell & His Only Friends!

It’ll be another amazing – and FREE – concert in a great setting.

Here are some videos of LeRoy and the band:

The free, live outdoor performance will be from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Lake Burien School Park.


Please call 206.988.3700 after 5 p.m. to learn if a concert has been relocated. Theatre is rain or shine.

8th Annual Blues & Brews Festival will rock Des Moines Beach Park Sat., Aug. 26

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 14:02

The 8th Annual Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Festival will rock the waterfront at Des Moines Beach Park on Saturday, Aug. 26.

Lisa Mann – winner of the prestigious 2016 Blues Music Award and the Oregon Music Hall of Fame Album of the Year – will headline the Rotary Club of Des Moines/Normandy Park’s annual fundraiser. Here’s a video of her band in action:

Mann is one of four award-winning artists who will perform this year. The lineup also includes Polly O’Keary and The Rhythm Method, the Stacy Jones Band, and Willie & the Whips. Music begins at 12:30 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m.

The festival also features adult refreshments pouring from 20 of the Northwest’s best craft breweries, plus wine and cider offerings.

Admission – which includes five beer tastings – is $35 in advance and $40 at the gate. Advance tickets can be purchased online at:

The event, which attracts more than 1,000 blues enthusiasts from throughout the Northwest, is a fundraiser of the Rotary Club of Des Moines and Normandy Park. All proceeds benefit community projects and organizations, including Highline Music4Life, which provides musical instruments for low income students. Funds will also be used to assist homeless youth attending Mount Rainier High School, to purchase coats for local children, and to support the Des Moines Area Food Bank, Shine Brite Mentoring, the Highline Schools Foundation and other community projects.

Attendees must be over 21. Parking is available at the Des Moines marina and throughout downtown Des Moines. All event details can be found at

Sponsors of this year’s event include: The Waterland Blog; Brian Seth/Allstate; Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices; Great American Casino; Full Circle; South Sound Blues Association; Groove Merchant Northwest; Washington Blues Society; Murray’s CarStar; Coldwell Banker – Danforth; Vitality Chiropractic; B&E Meats and Seafood; Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority; Gehrke Baker Doull & Kelly, Attorneys at Law; and Great Northwest Insurance Brokers.

PHOTOS: Backyard nature and beauty abounds in Burien

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 17:20

Story & Photos by Elston Hill

We in Burien are so fortunate to have the Northwest vegetation and temperate climate, which attracts all kinds of wildlife into our backyards.

Sitting in our backyard for a couple of hours this weekend, we captured these images of some of the visitors.

Rabbits are incredibly plentiful this year, and I am told they have attracted an influx of coyotes.

Click images to see larger versions/slideshow:

Hi-Liners will sing and dance while washing your car on Saturday, Aug. 12

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 14:18

Members of Burien’s Hi-Liners will sing and dance while they wash cars this coming Saturday, Aug. 12, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Annex Parking Lot.

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 12, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE: The Burien Annex Parking Lot, 14501 4th Ave SW (map below).

HELP: Volunteers Needed: Please send an email with your choice of shift (9 a.m. – Noon or 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.) to:

More info here:

PHOTOS: Walkers enjoy public Art during Sunday’s WABI Burien Art Walk

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 11:57

Story & Photos by Elston Hill

Despite the yuck in the air, there was good attendance on Sunday, Aug. 6 for the WABI Burien Art Walk, led by Maureen Hoffmann.

Maureen did an outstanding job explaining the art on a our that start at the Community Center Annex, Dottie Harper Park, the Burien Courthouse, Transit Center, then around downtown before finishing at the “Art Alley” between SW 152nd and 153rd Streets (download PDF of map here).

One interesting piece of artwork on the main street in Burien is the first photo of a leafy tree pictured in black and white. Look closely. Can you see any of the nice faces in the tree?

Click images to see larger versions:

PHOTOS: More great photos of our strange smoky skies & a weather update

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 13:18

From Elston Hill comes more great photos showing our strange smoky skies, courtesy wildfires in British Columbia being pushed our way by a southerly wind.

On Thursday morning, Vashon and Blake Island were barely visible through the smoke as Burien fisherfolk fished from the beach and boats (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Sunset on Wednesday night was an ooze of smoke. Smoke is so intense that surface of the sun is actually very visible, with a sunspot quite clear on the left:

Normally, one could not shoot photos of birds at midday…but the light at Noon is more like sunset light on an ordinary day. It is hot and birds appreciate dishes of water:

The National Weather Service extended its ‘Excessive Heat Warning’ until 9 p.m. Friday evening, Aug. 4:


* TEMPERATURE…High temperatures today will be sightly cooler but still quite warm in the upper 80s to lower 90s.

* TIMING…Through this evening.

* IMPACTS…Heat illnesses are possible with temperatures this warm.


An Excessive Heat Warning means that a prolonged period of unusually hot weather will occur, creating a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.

…and also issued an alert about the smoke:


Smoke from wildfires is expected to remain over Western Washington through at least Saturday. Air quality on average will be unhealthy for sensitive groups. People with respiratory problems should limit outdoor activity if possible.

For more information:

Detailed Forecast:

  • Friday Afternoon:Widespread smoke. Sunny, with a high near 87. North northwest wind around 5 mph.
  • Friday night: Widespread smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 64. North northwest wind 6 to 9 mph becoming south southwest after midnight.
  • Saturday: Widespread smoke. Sunny, with a high near 85. South wind 5 to 8 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon.
  • Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 64. North northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light after midnight.
  • Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 88. Light and variable wind becoming north northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
  • Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 63.
  • Monday: Sunny, with a high near 87.
  • Monday Night: Clear, with a low around 63.
  • Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 84.
  • Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 62.
  • Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 85.
  • Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 63.
  • Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 83.

Writer shares her thoughts on the passing of Steppenwolf’s Goldy McJohn

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 10:22

By Rachel Lusby

As many of you probably now have heard, the world lost an amazing musician recently – Goldy McJohn, original keyboardist and founding member of Steppenwolf, the band that brought us songs such as “Born to Wild” and “Magic Carpet Ride,” passed away on August 1st.

I had the privilege several years back of writing a whole profile on Goldy for The B-Town Blog. We had discovered he lived in the south Seattle area, and jumped at the chance to meet him. This was about 4 or 5 years ago. Since the day I interviewed him, we have been friends. His sudden passing weighs heavily on my heart, and this is why I decided to write something in his honor.

Goldy was a fascinating individual, and a big personality. The first time I met him he was so excited for me to be there, and to talk about his passion. His excitement for life was contagious. He told me about growing up and being a trained classical pianist, and how, from there, he got into rock and roll music. He talked about various bands he was in prior to Steppenwolf, including one with the late great Rick James called “The Mynah Birds.” He hopped on his piano and showed me a bit of his talent. I even was sent home with a great photo of Steppenwolf, signed by him in a gold pen. This has hung on my wall since the day I got it.

Over the years I became friends with Goldy. I know that is probably a bit odd, a woman as young as I am being friends with a man of Goldy’s age, but he had the energy of someone far younger. He invited me to one of his big birthday celebrations, and it was one of the most fun nights of my life. He jammed with people, playing some classic rock tunes and some of his own from Steppenwolf. He was so talented on the keyboard, I thought he could probably play in his sleep.

I will miss Goldy dearly. I’ll miss his sporadic messages on Facebook, just asking how I’m doing, and what’s new, and him telling me about any project he was working on at the moment.

Regardless of what anyone may have heard about the person Goldy was, I can say with full confidence from first hand knowledge, that Goldy was a caring individual, whose musical talents still bring joy to people’s lives.

To those others who loved him, especially his lovely wife, I offer you my condolences. As the old Righteous Brothers song goes, “If there’s a rock n roll heaven, well you know they’ve got a hell of a band.”

Here’s a video tribute to Goldy:

Meet Artist Julie Blakemore at reception at Burien City Hall Friday at 5:30 p.m.

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 14:01

Meet the August/September featured Artist – (Julie) Blakemore Studio and Gallery – at a reception at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 4 at Burien City Hall.

She will be debuting her new series ‘Birds in Flight.’

Come to Floor 3 of the Burien City Hall/Library Building to enjoy fine art and meet the artist.

The B-Town Beat music and art walk is also happening along SW 152nd Street.

FREE ‘Music in the Park’ continues Thursday night with Bootleg Sunshine!

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 13:52

REMINDER: Burien’s ‘Music in the Park’ continues this Thursday night (Aug. 3), with dynamic newgrass from Bootleg Sunshine!

It’ll be an amazing – and FREE – concert in a great setting.

Here are some videos of the band performing live at the Tractor Tavern in Seattle:

The free, live outdoor performance will be from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Lake Burien School Park.


Please call 206.988.3700 after 5 p.m. to learn if a concert has been relocated. Theatre is rain or shine.

PHOTOS: It’s been a couple of smoky days in Burien lately…

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 11:01

Courtesy Elston Hill comes these great photos showing the recent smoky skies in Burien:

“I was startled when we got home at 3 p.m. Tuesday. The sky looked yucky. Very hazy and/or dirty. Turns out that not only will we have heat in the coming days, but the air quality will deteriorate as well. Compounding the air quality issues are fires in BC with smoke drifting our way. Well before official sunset, the sun turned red this evening. The Olympics were not visible. And at the normal sunset time, there was only a black ooze above the Olympics.”

Also note – there is a Burn Ban in effect, and according to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. the current air is unhealthy for sensitive groups:

For August 2-4: Air is UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS in many parts of Puget Sound due to the British Columbia wildfires. Children, pregnant, and older adults, and those with pre-existing heart or lung conditions should stay inside if you can. High smog levels are also likely in the afternoons in the Cascade foothills.

Click images to see larger versions/slideshow:

Put on your red shoes and dance the blues outside TONIGHT with ‘Bowie Vision’

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 10:44

REMINDER: The excellent David Bowie tribute band ‘Bowie Vision’ will perform for FREE tonight – Wed., Aug. 2, 2017 – outside at Des Moines Beach Park, starting at 7 p.m.

Bring the whole family, your camping chair, a picnic – then prepare to put on your red shoes and dance the blues while enjoying the sun and sunset of Puget Sound.

There will also be a Beer & Wine Garden sponsored by Destination Des Moines.

Here’s a video showing this band in action:

Paid parking is available at the marina nearby.

“Donations are always welcome and appreciated to keep the arts alive in our beautiful city!”

For more information, click here.

Des Moines Beach Park is located at 22030 Cliff Ave S. (NOTE: go to the actual park, NOT the Auditorium)


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