Peace Arch Park will be hosting a series of concerts throughout the month of August. The musicians will showcase a wide variety of music from around the world and celebrate the unique international spirit of the venue.
The eighth annual Peace Arch International Concert Series will be staged in the park at 2 p.m. on Sundays from August 3 to August 24. Attendance is free, and all ages are welcome.
On August 3, just in time for Drayton Harbor Days, Songs of the Sea will feature fisherman poets and storytellers Jon Campbell and John Van Amerongen, singing classic sea shanties and telling tales of sailors and pirates. Each member of Songs of the Sea has a long history with the sea: Campbell hails from a small fishing village in Rhode Island, and Van Amerongen has operated fishing vessels up and down the west coast since the 1970s. Together, the pair retells classic folk tales from the sea, and introduces a few new ones.
On August 10, the Afro-Brazilian group Show Brazil! will perform at the park. Led by award-winning Brazilian musician Eduardo Mendonca, who has performed for everyone from the Dalai Lama to the Pope, Show Brazil! is a music and dance troupe that celebrates the traditional rhythms of Africa and Brazil.
The following Sunday, August 17, Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble will educate and entertain audiences with their traditional Croatian dances, music and costumes. The dance troupe formed in Anacortes, where many people have roots in the Croatian fishing village of Vela Luka. The group has been performing throughout the world since 1975, and its members span four generations of Croatian descendants.
The final show in the series will take place on August 24. Crumac and the Tara Academy Dancers will perform traditional Irish songs and dances. Crumac, which consists of Tom Creegan, Dale Russ and Make Saunders, has been playing their brand of Celtic music for nearly three decades. The Tara Academy of Irish Dance was founded in Seattle in 1994, and has been prominently featured at Irish festivals around the state ever since.