August 12, 2015
A festival of a songs will take place during shopping hours at the South Whidbey Tilth Farmers’ Markets, Sunday, Aug. 16. The most-fun part of this music festival is, for some, a sing-along of many well-known pieces, including peace and anti-war songs of the 1960s, popular oldies and more.
Several members from La Voz de Paz (Voice of Peace), an interfaith choir from Gig Harbor, will present songs praising the Universe (God). From Sound Singers Japanese Choir of Lynnwood come two experienced guitarists and singers—Frank Fukuda and Ouchi Sakae, as well as soprano singer, Masako Price. Takehiro Hara, (also a member of Sound Singers) and Ang Li, both from Seattle Evergreen Men’s Chorus, will also appear. Solo performers will be Fumi Tagata, classical singer and soprano soloist of Island Consort, and Arthur Keast, former Whidbey Islander fiddler/singer.
August 15 is a Japanese holiday marking the end of World War II; therefore the songs for this event promote peace and are aniti-war. Fumi Tagata will sing the beautiful lyrical anti-war song from Okinawa, “Sugar Cane Fields.”
Event organizer Rumi Keast has organized a dozen benefit concerts on Whidbey Island and Gig Harbor since 2011 for various causes including 2011 Japan Earthquake survivor’s support and childhood cancer research.
The performance takes place between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The market is located at 2812 Thompson Road, off SR 525, between Bayview and Freeland. Visitors can find food and drink on site, clean restrooms, wifi and plenty of parking. Local produce is at its freshest and ripest this time of year. SNAP cards and FMNP coupons are welcome. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-544-2278.