Ballard Locks / Hiram M. Chittenden 2015 Free Summer Concerts

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Ballard Locks / Hiram M. Chittenden 2015 June Free Summer Concerts

There are many wonderful things about living in the Seattle area, including the many free summer concerts. One of the best annual series is held weekends at the Chittenden Locks in Ballard.

Built in 1911, the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks are known locally as the Ballard Locks. It is a wonderful place to spend a sunny day: exploring the botanical garden, boat watching and visiting the salmon ladder. There are plenty of open spaces perfect for playing games and a perfect place to enjoy a frugal picnic lunch before the concert.

The 26th Annual series kicks off Saturday June 6 with the Highline Community Symphonic Band and finishes up on Labor Day (September 7) with the Michael Clune & Sleep till Noon Band. The concerts begin at 2 p.m. every Saturday & Sunday, surrounded by Seattle’s beautiful scenery on the lawns of the Chittenden Locks. The music genre varies from show to show, making it easy to find ones that fit your taste and schedule.

JUNE

Saturday June 6
Highline Community Symphonic Band ~ classical concert music
Sunday June 7
Cascadia Big Band ~ Post -swing Big Band
Saturday June 13
Barneleikarringen ~ Children’s Scandinavian Dance
Sunday June 14
The MoodSwings ~ All-female Big Band Jazz ensemble
Saturday June 20
Musica Molida ~ Street Organ Music
Sunday June 21 Father’s Day
Elliott Bay Pipe Band ~ Traditional Pipe and Drum Music
10 a.m. to 3 p.m Classic Car Show ~ Cars of the 20s, 30s and 40s
Saturday June 27
Eastside Modern Jazz Latin, Funk ~ Jazz/Rock fusion & Contemporary Jazz
Sunday June 28
Kirkland Civic Orchestra ~ Classical and Pop Music

JULY

Saturday July 4
Seattle Civic Band ~ patriotic music
Sunday July 5
Teresa Mae ~ Vocalist performing acoustic & pop music
Saturday July 11
Puget Sound Symphony Chamber Players ~ classic wind instruments
Sunday July 12
85th Street Big Band ~ 30s, 40s and 50s Swing Favorites
Saturday July 18
Greenwood Concert Band ~ Marches and Music for Bands
Sunday July 19
West Seattle Big Band ~ Big Band Swing and Jazz
Saturday July 25
Cherie Blues ~ Blues infused Vocal Jazz and R&B
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Greater Seattle Fuschia Society Show Fuschia Flower Show
Sunday July 26
Greenwood Concert Band ~ Marches and Music for Bands

AUGUST

Saturday August 1
Coal Creek Jazz Band ~ Traditional Dixieland Jazz
Sunday August 2
The Tempos ~ Big band music
Saturday August 8
Letter Carriers & FOE Band ~ Contemporary Big Band
Sunday August 9 
Ballard Sedentary Sousa Band ~ Greatest Marching Band Hits
Saturday August 15
Pacific Cascade Big Band ~ Swing Era Jazz, early 1930s until late 1950s
10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m ~ Horseless Carriage Car Show (pre 1950s cars)
Sunday August 16
Batucada ~ Brazilian Samba, Chorus and Forro
Saturday August 22 
MachOne Jazz Orchestra Big Band to Contemporary Jazz
Sunday August 23
Microsoft Jumpin’ Jive Orchestra Jazz Music
Saturday August 29
Altaeus Woodwind ~ Quintet Music from all Classical Periods
Sunday August 30
Lynnwood Community Band ~ Non-profit Community Band

SEPTEMBER

Saturday September 5
STRUM ~ Seattle’s Totally Relaxed Ukulele Musicians
Sunday September 6
Around the Sound Band ~ Famous Marches, Movies and Show Tunes
Monday September 7
Michael Clune & Sleep till Noon Band ~ Blues and rock

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