Music, Arts, and Fun | A Mercer Island Tradition

As part of our ongoing mission to support the arts and build a vibrant, interconnected community on Mercer Island, MICA is a proud title sponsor of the 33rd annual Mostly Music in the Park festival series. Beginning in 1986, MMIP has been a cultural fixture at Mercerdale Park each summer, and as always, the concert series features a slate of headlining musical acts. However, this year organizers have expanded the offerings with more than just tunes: get your hands dirty crafting your own visual artworks with MIVAL; test your skill at lawn games, and try your luck with weekly giveaways donated by New Seasons Market. Local food vendors, dance demonstrations, and family-friendly activities will also be on hand for each performance.

Concert organizers received over one hundred submissions from musical artists around the world and six were selected. Click on the names to see and hear each artist. Here’s a look at these talented musicians:

Duende Libre – July 11

The festival kicks off with Duende Libre, a local trio that uses jazz as a foundation to explore sounds from around the world. From African rhythms to Latin flavor, Duende Libre’s eclectic performance is sure to bring together lovers of music of all genres.

Donovan Keith – July 18

Austin, Texas-based Donovan Keith is polishing his dancing shoes to get ready for MMIP, so be prepared for a high-energy soul and pop performance that leaves you breathless. Donovan is known for his high-flying vocal ability, magnetic stage presence, and the snappiest three-piece suits you’re likely to see at this year’s festival.

Jessica Lynne – July 25

When you think of Denmark, you probably think of Lego, Vikings, and little butter cookies. How about country music? Well, it’s time to start. Country artist Jessica Lynne grew up in Haslev, Denmark and comes to us by way of Nashville and eventually Tacoma, bringing her rock- and gospel-influenced southern sound to our pacific northwest stage.

Joe Blue & the Roof Shakers – August 1

Get ready to dance until you drop with Joe Blue & the Roof Shakers, five energetic guys known for putting on a show you can really cut a rug to. From blues to classic rock covers and originals, Joe Blue is sure to have the island bouncing.

Mōtus – August 8

If 2019 has not been funky enough for you, we have just the prescription: take a dose of jazz, some R&B, a dash of neo-soul and blend them together with horns, drums, and multiple voices. In other words, you need Mōtus in your life. Don’t miss this unique blend of musical styles.

Filé Gumbo – August 15

If you miss Bourbon Street, dream of lobster étouffée, feel a kinship with Clifton Chenier, and think Paul Simon didn’t go far enough on Graceland, you need Filé Gumbo in your life. This incredible quintet brings their blend of cajun, zydeco, soul, R&B, and Dixieland jazz to the island for what promises to be a spicy final night of the festival.

All MMIP shows begin at 6:00 p.m. and admission is free for all ages. For more information, visit the website.

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