Now in it's 17th year, this popular summer concert series at Deception Pass State Park is a celebration of America's wide variety of musical traditions.
2023 American Roots concert series
Come tap your toes and enjoy the fun at one of Washington's most beloved and beautiful state parks.
Time: All concerts are 7-8 p.m.
Location: All concerts are held at North Beach Amphitheater (Directions) at Deception Pass State Park
Drómeno is a traditional ensemble presenting regional folk music from the Greek mainland and beyond, overlapping into the surrounding regions and finding the musical legacy that connects the traditions of the Balkans. Featuring clarinet and voices, the instrumentation includes accordion, saxophone, violin, oud, bouzouki, zourna, guitar, laouto, kanun and percussion, and enables the group to span the sounds of Greek music, from western Macedonia and Ipiros, through Thessaly, Thrace and Asia minor.
Listen to Drómeo on YouTube!
With deep roots in traditions spanning Latin America, Los Flacos seamlessly weaves harp, violin, a spectrum of Andean flutes, many forms of percussion and regional stringed instruments to create an ever-changing sound. In performances, Los Flacos present their favorite Latin American regional folk styles from southern Mexico and the Caribbean to South America with careful attention to the intricacies of each tradition. Still, Los Flacos are not strict traditionalists. While remaining faithful to their roots, they always pour their own voices and expression into the music.
Listen to Los Flacos on YouTube!
Quickdraw String Band
Emerging from the American string band tradition, Quickdraw String Band plays a repertoire of Old-Time, Early Bluegrass, Country Blues, and Ragtime, including some of their own originals. Experienced and hard-working, they have been performing around the Pacific Northwest off and on for the past twenty years. Their style defies categorization into any singular genre but is solidly grounded in acoustic tradition. Their sound consists of various configurations of mandolin, fiddle, guitar, dobro, bass, banjo, and vocals.
Listen to Quickdraw String Band on YouTube!
Jenner Fox tells the stories of people and places with unparalleled compassion and respect. Jenner comes from a family of river guides. He followed the family river trade and recorded his debut album to make some extra money selling CDs on the boat ramp after rafting trips. Five albums later, a decade of cutting his teeth on the river and road, Jenner is a storyteller, a cargo bike advocate, a Pacific NorthWesterner, and a rare kind of songwriter.
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Foleada is a Seattle-based Forró band with a focus on Pé de Serra style. Forró is the heartbeat of Northeast Brazil and it draws on many musical styles, from Afro-Brazilian music like samba and baião to European polkas. On the other hand, Forró dance borrows from Cuban salsa and Samba de Gafieira, a Brazilian ballroom dance. In other words, it’s a partner dance and it’s a lot of fun! The band features Brazilian vocalist Adriana Giordano, accordionists Jamie Maschler and Gabe Hall-Rodrigues, Michael Catts on bass, Jeff Busch and Sam Esecson on percussion
Listen to Foleada on YouTube!
The Rhapsody Songsters
Learn about the Rhapsody Songsters.
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Duende Libre is a dynamic and uplifting quintet that blends elements of Afro-Cuban jazz with Brazilian samba, American funk, and traditional West African music into a unique sound of their own. Duende Libre features longtime collaborators Alex Chadsey (piano, keyboards & compositions), Farko Dosumov (electric bass), and Jeff “Bongo” Busch (drums & percussion), Frank Anderson, a dynamic and engaging vocalist, drummer, and dancer, and Chava Mirel, electrifying singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist.
Listen to Duende Libre on YouTube!
PLU Steel Band
PLU Steel Band is a steel pan drum ensemble featuring students, alumni, and faculty of Pacific Lutheran University’s Department of Music.
Check out the PLU steel band on Facebook!