Hello Steel Drum Fans!

I wanted to let you all know about a slew of fun upcoming public shows.  In fact there are so many that I’ll just give you one weeks worth.  Lot’s more the week of June 22nd.  And these don’t even include all the private events!



Come on down to Crossroads Bellevue tomorrow (Saturday) for a really great time, and bring an invented recycled instrument so we can feature you on the show!

6/13/2015, 6pm to 7pm

15600 NE 8th Street Bellevue, WA 98008

Age Limit:

Geared to Kids!

Link for Further Information:



Ian Dobson's Pan Leggo Trio with Ernesto Pediangco and Christian Krehbiel


This is part of Crossroads new-and-very-successful Family First events.  If you haven’t been to Crossroads it is probably the coolest “mall” around.  They have a great stage in the middle of the building and have many live music and cultural events there.  Ian and his trio will perform one hour of family-friendly fun!

As usual, Ian’s show will be very participatory.  We would love for you to bring a “Recycalypso” instrument, one that you have invented out of recycled materials.  If you make one and bring it we will feature your instrument in the show and make fascinating music with it!

For more information on how to do the “Recycalypso Challenge” please go to the link below:


Translated from Caribbean English, Pan Leggo means “steel drum party.”  In the program Ian shares the joy of exploring other cultures through music by recounting his quirky musical journey from Seattle grunge kid to Steel Drum musician.  In the process audiences learn some music and cultural history and gain insight into being resourceful and creative.  Ian’s interactive web site provides learning opportunities before and after the show.

***6/13/2015 1pm to 3pm

Tommy Bahama, Bellevue Square, 575 Bellevue Square, Bellevue, WA 98004


If you are in Downtown Bellevue tomorrow afternoon Maui Jim is having a sunglasses event at Tommy Bahama and Ian will be performing in the store as part of the fun.  Come down and check out his new setup!  Kinda like having a DJ and a steel drum player all rolled into one.  For more information please call 425.274.0268


Ian Dobson's Pan Leggo-Solo


***All the shows below are FREE and are billed in various ways, but essentially they are all Ian’s “Recycalypso” show.  The show is very participatory and parents and their kids are encouraged especially to do the “Recycalypso Challenge” before the show, that is invent instruments out of recycled materials, then bring the instruments to the show so Ian can feature them.  Also anyone who wants to practice or learn the cup song should do so before coming to the show.  You might get to perform the cup song with Ian!  More information on how to prepare here:



***6/17/15 3pm to 3:45pm

Tacoma library system

7001 6th Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98406


***6/18/15 10am to 10:45am

La Conner Library

614 Morris St, La Conner, WA 98257, USA


***6/18/15 3pm to 3:45pm

Mount Vernon City Library

315 Snoqualmie Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98273


***6/18/15 6pm to 6:45pm

Presented by Central Skagit Library

Clear Lake Elementary School, 23631 Lake Street, Sedro Woolley, WA 98284


***Friday, June 19, 2015 1:15pm to 2:05pm

Les Gove Park, 1005 12th Street SE

The perfect day for any child! Live entertainment, inflatable rides, arts & crafts, face painting, over 80 activity & information booths, miniature golf, an ArtRageous hands-on art experience, DARE Expo, food concessions and much more.

Attendees can enjoy pony rides, bungy trampolines and the paintball target range for a nominal fee.  Valley Medical Center  will be offering free helmet fittings and low-cost helmet sales at the festival.

Leashed, licensed and well-behaved pets welcome.



In other news

I have yet to finish my blog entries about my tour this past winter.  It was such a great experience with so many great tales to tell.  That will have to wait.

In the mean time I am working on a new recording to release and to use as on pre-show radio intervies as an example of what people might hear at our concert for Vashon Allied Arts in August.   Creating new material takes a lot of effort, but it sure is rewarding!

Browsing through posts of my musician friends over the past several months I have noted that many former members of my bands are doing amazing things in music, particularly members of the swing band that I founded in the late 1990s. This group doesn't exist anymore but was called the Jackson Street Swing Band, the name being a homage to Seattle music history and to the area where I grew up in the city. Here is a link to a recent article on one of the piano players I had in the band, Carmen Staaf.  Carmen Staaf http://revive-music.com/2015/04/06/6-young-pianists/.  Also Michael Glynn, Emily Asher, Tina Richerson, Michael Cabe, are all tearin' it up in music in NY, Washington, and around the world. So proud to have had you guys in the band!

I look forward to seeing you at some of the many shows this summer!

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