Word spread rapidly through Issaquah yesterday. Although the Summer Concerts on the Green officially ended Tuesday, producer David Harris...
Word spread rapidly through Issaquah yesterday.
Although the Summer Concerts on the Green officially ended Tuesday, producer David Harris announced an added show, the Issaquah Concert for Hurricane Relief to be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday on the front lawn of the Issaquah Community Center.
“Tuesday’s audience clapped and cheered when we announced it,” Harris said.
Since coming up with the idea, Harris has received hundreds of e-mails and dozens of calls.
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He is the vice president of the nonprofit Music Aid Northwest, which raises money for charity. Earlier this year, he produced a concert that raised $10,000 for tsunami relief.
“We’re a country that gives when other nations need help,” said the Issaquah resident. “Right now people in our own country are in dire need of help. If 1,000 people rally together and each person gives $10, we’ll raise $10,000. That will buy a lot of water or something else for the people in need.”
Harris, who also produces the summer community concerts in Sammamish and Newcastle, said business folks already have made pledges, elected officials have agreed to give pitches to get folks to open their wallets, and musicians volunteered.
“Right now, we have lined up Randy Lee Fader & the Magnettes, Tracy Alan Moore and The Alan White All Star Jam Band,” he said.
Good thing Harris isn’t the retiring type. He’s been fine-tuning his sound and production company since he retired from Boeing 10 years ago.
“You’ve got to do something to keep busy,” he said. “And I enjoy doing good stuff for the community.”
The Issaquah Community Center is at 301 Rainier Blvd. S.
While musicians tune up in Issaquah, Eastside quilters are organizing a quilt drive through Gathering Fabric Quilt Shop in Woodinville.
Yesterday, owner Susan Webster e-mailed hundreds of quilters and customers, asking them to donate to the Katrina’s Quilt project.
“Please bring a quilt you love to the quilt shop,” she said. “We will get these quilts to families who have lost everything.”
Webster, a member of the Woodinville Rotary Club, plans to enlist a Louisiana club to help with distribution.
The renowned Mighty Tiger Marching Band from Grambling State University hits the Eastside Sept. 16 for a concert at Bellevue High School. Although the event is free, only 2,500 tickets were available as of yesterday morning at the information desks at Bellevue Square, Crossroads and Factoria shopping centers.
The city of Bellevue is sponsoring the show.
Call it a warm-up. The Mighty Tigers also will perform at Qwest Field the next two days — Saturday during the Grambling State-Washington State University football game and Sunday during the Seahawks-Atlanta Falcons game.
The Bellevue High stadium is available for the Friday-night performance because the Wolverine football team will be playing Long Beach Poly High School elsewhere.
Where else but Qwest Field?
Sherry Grindeland: 206-515-5633 or firstname.lastname@example.org