An Evening of Off-Center Acts

Orcas Center 917 Mt. Baker Road, Eastsound, WA

The Black Box Theatre is where we can showcase edgier, experimental artists and forms, and 2020 kicks off with an “Off-Center” music event featuring three live music acts and wrapping up with a DJ set.

Headlining the event is San Francisco singer / songwriter John Thompson. Supporting local acts include the incendiary song hammers of Ed Word (aka Matt Helms) the unbridled melodies and enthusiasm of Skeleton, aka Pedro Lopez and Kellen Comrie. After the sonic samplings of these three craftsmen, we will push our chairs and cares aside and dance to a 2 x 4 DJ set by locals Luka Palisæde (aka Stephen Fairweather) and Jake Perrine.

$5.00

Whale of a Show – Rescheduled!

Orcas Center 917 Mt. Baker Road, Eastsound, WA

For over 15 years, Whale of a Show has featured youth of all ages sharing their passions and talents on center stage. But in the olden days, Whale of a Show was performed by adults! We're bringing back the Adult Whale of a Show on Friday, January 17th!

“Whale of a Show” is an island tradition that includes singing, dancing, theater, musical performances, and more! Come see your fellow islanders show off their talents on center stage!  After all, why should we let the kids have all the fun?

$15 – $47

Triple Americana: Carolyn Cruso with Tom Rawson & Ellen van DerHoeven

Orcas Center 917 Mt. Baker Road, Eastsound, WA

Tune up your vocal chords, you’ll need em! Three of the NW’s finest troubadours, Tom Rawson, Ellen van der Hoeven, and Carolyn Cruso, are bringing a night of Triple Americana: songs, stories, harmonies and tunes inspired by the coffeehouse to Orcas Center. Throughout the evening, Susan Slapin's artwork will be displayed in the background. Susan’s artwork is poetic in nature, with an emphasis on both the world of intuitive color, and relative abstractions of the natural world.

$15 – $47

Martin Taylor with Special Guest Gene Nery

Orcas Center 917 Mt. Baker Road, Eastsound, WA

Martin Taylor is a multi-award winning guitarist and Acoustic Guitar magazine calls him ‘THE Acoustic Guitarist of his Generation’. He dazzles audiences with his solo shows, which combine virtuosity, emotion, humor, and a strong stage presence while his inimitable style has seen him recognized as the world’s foremost exponent of solo fingerstyle guitar playing. Taylor has invented and developed a way of playing the guitar that is admired, and often imitated, by guitarists all over the world.

$15 – $47

An Off-Center Dance Party

Orcas Center 917 Mt. Baker Road, Eastsound, WA

Orcas Center Presents in the Black Box An Off-Center Dance Party! Saturday, February 15th 8pm Tickets: $5 at the door, Ages 15+

Che Apalache

Orcas Center 917 Mt. Baker Road, Eastsound, WA

Che Apalache began as a bluegrass band, but eventually incorporated Latin American styles into their repetoire. Combining instrumental prowess with tight vocal harmonies, they have curated an authentic blend of genres to reflect the nature of their lives, evoking images from Appalachia to the Andes. Their most recent album, Rearrange My Heart, is produced by banjo legend Béla Fleck.

$15 – $47

The Gothard Sisters

Orcas Center 917 Mt. Baker Road, Eastsound, WA

Blending Celtic, folk, classical, world and northwest musical influences, the Gothard Sisters bring songs to life with violin, acoustic guitar, mandolin, bodhran, djembe, octave violin, whistle and vocal harmonies, creating music that is “vivid, inspirational and captivating.” (Tim Carroll, Folk Words Review 2018)

$15 – $47
Recurring

Chicago – Local Cast!

Orcas Center 917 Mt. Baker Road, Eastsound, WA

In roaring twenties Chicago, chorine Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband Amos to take the rap...until he finds out he's been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another "Merry Murderess" Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the "American Dream": fame, fortune and acquittal. This sharp edged satire features a dazzling score that sparked immortal staging by Bob Fosse.

$15 – $47

Bobby Bare Jr. and Lilo Sanchez

The Village Green - Outdoors 203 N Beach Rd, Eastsound, WA

As part of Orcas Center's Summer Concert Series, Bobby Bare Jr. and Lilo Sanchez will be performing LIVE and IN-PERSON on the Village Green in Eastsound on June 18th. COVID-friendly precautions will be taken to limit the number of guests in the immediate stage area.

Third World United (3WU) with Dustin Fox

The Village Green - Outdoors 203 N Beach Rd, Eastsound, WA

Seattle Sacred Music and Art (SAMA) and Orcas Center present Third World United (3WU)  as part of the  Summer Concert Series. 3WU will be performing LIVE and IN-PERSON on the Village Green in Eastsound. COVID-friendly precautions will be taken to limit the number of guests in the immediate stage area.

Tony Furtado, Stephanie Schneiderman, Jacob Miller

The Village Green - Outdoors 203 N Beach Rd, Eastsound, WA

As part of Orcas Center's Summer Concert Series, Jacob Miller, Tony Furtado, and Stephanie Schniederman will be performing LIVE and IN-PERSON on the Village Green in Eastsound on June 27th. COVID-friendly precautions will be taken to limit the number of guests in the immediate stage area.

Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms and The Horsenecks

The Village Green - Outdoors 203 N Beach Rd, Eastsound, WA

As part of Orcas Center's Summer Concert Series, Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms and The Horsenecks will be performing LIVE and IN-PERSON on the Village Green in Eastsound on July 10th. COVID-friendly precautions will be taken to limit the number of guests in the immediate stage area.

The Talbott Brothers and Brograss

The Village Green - Outdoors 203 N Beach Rd, Eastsound, WA

As part of Orcas Center's Summer Concert Series, The Talbott Brothers will be performing LIVE and IN-PERSON on the Village Green in Eastsound on June 18th. COVID-friendly precautions will be taken to limit the number of guests in the immediate stage area.

Summer Series Finale!

The Village Green - Outdoors 203 N Beach Rd, Eastsound, WA

The final event of the Summer Concert Series is not to be missed! Music, Merriment, Dancing, Aerial Acrobatics, and more will grace the Village Green stage as we celebrate the end of summer. Much thanks goes to Doe Bay, and the SJC Parks Department for partnering with Orcas Center to create fun-filled, COVID-Friendly summer events for our community!

Jazz Fest 2021: Jazz Improv 101 (Lecture)

Orcas Center 917 Mt. Baker Road, Eastsound, WA

The Orcas Island Jazz Festival (OIJF), Orcas Island's premier jazz event, lights up Orcas Center for three days every Labor Day weekend, with additional concerts scheduled throughout the year. Established in 2015, OIJF is dedicated to celebrating and sharing the music of jazz with the Orcas Island community and visitors, to introducing this quintessential American art form to new young audiences through education and performance, and to raising appreciation for the art of jazz in all audiences.

Free

Jazz Fest 2021: Marina and the Dreamboats

Orcas Center 917 Mt. Baker Road, Eastsound, WA

The Orcas Island Jazz Festival (OIJF), Orcas Island's premier jazz event, lights up Orcas Center for three days every Labor Day weekend, with additional concerts scheduled throughout the year. Established in 2015, OIJF is dedicated to celebrating and sharing the music of jazz with the Orcas Island community and visitors, to introducing this quintessential American art form to new young audiences through education and performance, and to raising appreciation for the art of jazz in all audiences.

$5 – $57

Jazz Fest 2021: Duende Libre

Orcas Center 917 Mt. Baker Road, Eastsound, WA

The Orcas Island Jazz Festival (OIJF), Orcas Island's premier jazz event, lights up Orcas Center for three days every Labor Day weekend, with additional concerts scheduled throughout the year. Established in 2015, OIJF is dedicated to celebrating and sharing the music of jazz with the Orcas Island community and visitors, to introducing this quintessential American art form to new young audiences through education and performance, and to raising appreciation for the art of jazz in all audiences.

$5 – $57

Jazz Fest 2021: Martin Lund and the Off-Island All Stars

Orcas Center 917 Mt. Baker Road, Eastsound, WA

The Orcas Island Jazz Festival (OIJF), Orcas Island's premier jazz event, lights up Orcas Center for three days every Labor Day weekend, with additional concerts scheduled throughout the year. Established in 2015, OIJF is dedicated to celebrating and sharing the music of jazz with the Orcas Island community and visitors, to introducing this quintessential American art form to new young audiences through education and performance, and to raising appreciation for the art of jazz in all audiences.

An Evening with George Winston – POSTPONED!

Orcas Center 917 Mt. Baker Road, Eastsound, WA

George Winston is undeniably a household name. He’s inspired fans and musicians alike with his singular solo acoustic piano songs for more than 40 years while selling 15 million albums. A tireless road warrior playing nearly 100 concerts annually, live performance for Winston is akin to breathing. Winston’s music is evocative, offering us all a chance to take a step back from our perpetually busy lives and let our minds adventurously wander.

Tickets go on sale Sunday, August 29th


Links to ticket sales will be announced in our weekly newsletter.
Contact info@OrcasCenter.org to be added.

DJ Spooky – Rebirth of a Nation

Orcas Center 917 Mt. Baker Road, Eastsound, WA

In 2004, artist-composer Paul Miller, aka DJ Spooky, re-edited director D.W. Griffith’s problematic 1915 silent film as “Rebirth of a Nation.”  Rebirth of a Nation is a culturally significant project that examines how exploitation and political corruption still haunt the world to this day. Look through the lens of DJ Spooky’ s unique art of mixing. Mr. Miller will be joined on stage by “Tres Voci”, local artist consisting of Pamela Wright, Holly King, Scott Heisinger, and guest Violinist Dr. Rachel Bishop. 

$30