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Dusty Strings 32nd Annual Open House

Free for all ages!
Saturday, December 9
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Celebrate the holidays and usher in the new year with live music! Dusty Strings’ annual Open House is a thirty-two-year tradition you don’t want to miss. With live music every-hour-on-the-hour, homemade cookies, and hot apple cider from morning to night, it’s the perfect event to bring your friends and family to as you prepare for the holidays. This year’s artists are:

The Daphnes (11:00 AM)
The Daphnes feature Seattle’s versatile harpist and Dusty Strings Music School teacher Monica Schley on harp and voice, Nate Omdal on bass and Julie Baldridge on violin. This unconventional group draws sounds from neo-folkster M. Ward, ’90s alternative bands Mazzy Star and Cowboy Junkies, and jazz musicians Pharaoh Sanders and Alice Coltrane.

Mrs. Phelps (12:00 PM)
This new band—whose name we’re not saying has anything to do with an Olympic gold medal swimmer—plays straight rock, soul, and rhythm and blues. Members include Kate and Claire Molloy, Joey and Stella Beihl, Isabel Russak, and Erika Monda.

 

The Jelly Rollers (1:00 PM)
The Jelly Rollers play blues the good old way, combining heavy rhythm, soulful guitar, tasty harmonica, and sweet, rousing harmonies to create their own fresh brand of blues. Featuring guitar, bass, and harmonica, this group plays an eclectic brand of Americana, drawing from blues and roots music to create a spectacularly unique show that is an absolute must-see.

The Gin Joints (2:00 PM)
The Gin Joints perform with a variety of people and instruments—including Dusty Strings Music School teacher Birch Pereira on bass—allowing them to play venues as diverse as sit-down dinner theaters to clubs, festivals, and dances. The original Gin Joints trio includes Jason Goessl on guitar and Adrian Van Batenburg on drums. Over time the band has featured an ever-evolving group of musicians based out of Seattle, New Orleans, and New York City.

Sundae + Mr. Goessl (3:00 PM)
Sundae + Mr. Goessl are Seattle’s premier vintage jazz duo featuring Earshot Magazine’s vocalist of the year, Kate Voss, and Seattle’s busiest freelance guitarist, Jason Goessl. Together, this dreamy duo delivers a show packed with wit, charm, and serious chops.

 

Super Saturated Sugar Strings (4:00 PM)
Powerful, funky, and alt-folky, the Super Saturated Sugar Strings have a nostalgic, yet contemporary sound rich with vocal harmonies, string melodies, and an element of carnival sideshow. Their gypsy-country vibe has stirred a fervent congregation of dedicated fans.

 

Orville Johnson (5:00 PM)
All over the country, guitarists, songwriters, and critics praise Orville Johnson for the authentic and soulful touch he brings to every song he plays. Easily moving from one style to another as he picks up the guitar, dobro, and mandolin, Johnson’s original songs and renditions of deep cuts from the roots and blues canon charm and captivate even his most sophisticated fans. We’re doubly lucky to have him as a mainstay performer at Dusty Strings, as well as a long-admired teacher in our Music School!

The Buckaroosters (6:00 PM)
The Buckaroosters sprang to life on the road when a group of Buck Owens-loving musicians were touring with the play, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline. A tribute to the then-living Owens, they re-create his music with all the precision and good humor intact. Prolific performer Dave Keenan, who also teaches in our Music School, and Nova “She-Buck” Devonie front this sparkling country outfit.

Gus Clark (7:00 PM)
Have a good time feelin’ bad with Gus Clark as he croons through honky-tonk heartbreak classics and toe-tapping two-steps. Honoring the deep tracks of golden-era country singer-songwriters, alongside original material, Clark and his boys keep the tradition alive with tender romance and a refreshing, sweet sincerity that tugs your heartstrings and makes you smile through the heartbreak.

Country Dave Harmonson with Michael J. Smith (8:00 PM)
Most country musicians in the Pacific Northwest will tell you there’s one guy who’s seen and played it all: Country Dave Harmonson. Touring the country circuit throughout the ’70s and ’80s with bands like Stampede Pass, Shade Tree, and Road Apple, he went on to open for the likes of Dwight Yoakum, Asleep at the Wheel, Emmylou Harris, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and Justin Townes Earle – and played guitar and lap steel for dozens of bands in between. This Texas cum Tacoma native headlines our Open House this year, highlighting the Pacific Northwest’s role in American country music.