I've got another bunch of great kid-friendly shows this week, a number of teen-friendly workshops, family-friendly concerts at various locations, and one over 21 show. Starting with the family-friendly....

what are you doing for the 4th of July? You don't know you say? Why not head up to Suncadia resort with the family and enjoy Splash Fest!?

Or, if you are in the Issaquah area on Saturday, July 11th, you can catch me performing at Grand Ridge Plaza. Here are details about these two events:

***Splash Fest at Suncadia Resort -Ian Dobson's Steel Drum Party-Trio

7/4/2015 1:30pm to 3pm

Village Amphitheatre and Pavilion, 270 Big Hill Drive, Cle Elum, WA 98922

Artist: Ian Dobson, Ernesto Pediangco, Christian Krehbiel

Tickets: Free!


Ian Dobson’s Steel Drum Party performs from 1:30pm to 3pm, but festivities go on all day, from 10am-4pm. Besides the irresistible summer music, you get: • Waterslide Bouncy House (Free) • Build-A-Boat 10:00am($60/boat) • Water Balloon Toss (Free) • Dunk Tank (Free) • Foam Party (Free) • Surf Machine (Free) • Make Your Own Bubbles Craft ($5) Come out to a lovely location on a beautiful day and celebrate the 4th of July with Ian Dobson!

***Grand Ridge Plaza-Ian Dobson's Steel Drum Party-Solo

7/11/2015 2pm to 5pm

Plaza Fountain, Grand Ridge Plaza, 1451 Highlands Drive Northeast, Issaquah, WA 98029, United States

More information at: http://www.grandridgeplaza.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/GRP_SummerConcerts-3.pdf

Details: Ian will perform three sets of irresistible summerry music at the Plaza Fountain at Grand Ridge Plaza. Come enjoy Ian's music as well as the strolling musicians and entertainers that will be in the plaza. Ian will feature his super unique setup and perform on steel drums, electronic marimba, ukulele, percussion, and voice.

Below is one of my few over-21 events:

***Bahama Breeze-Ian Dobson's Steel Drum Party-Solo

7/4/2015 6pm to 9pm

15700 Southcenter Pkwy, Tukwila, WA 98188

NO COVER CHARGE! Just the price of your food/drink.


Ian hasn't performed at the Bahama Breeze in several years. They are bringing him back to spice up some of the Saturday nights this summer. We are pretty sure he'll be performing out on the deck where the live music usually happens. Come on down and enjoy the Caribbean food and fun atmosphere!

***Make Music-Save The Planet (Children/Family Program)

Recommended for ages 4 through 14

Artist: Ian Dobson Solo


Come join the fun and dance, clap, and stomp along to live steel drum music! What do all super heroes have in common? They face challenges, learn to be creative, work hard and find solutions to problems. You can become a musical super hero as you learn how to invent your own instrument using materials you might throw away. Learn about music superheroes of the past and be a music superhero for the future and how you can use your superpowers to save the planet! Learn how you can be music superheroes by inventing your own way to make music out of recycled materials. http://kcls.org/calendar/detail_expanded.cfm?view=event&&kw=Make+Music+and+Save+the+Planet

1. 7/1/2015 11:30am to 12:15pm Fairwood Library, 17009 140th Avenue Southeast, Renton, WA 98058

2. 7/1/2015 4pm to 4:45pm (then performing in same location for Sammamish Farmers Market from 5pm to 6pm) Sammamish Library, 825 228th Avenue Southeast Sammamish, WA 98075

3. 7/7/2015 4pm to 4:45pm Vashon Library, 17707 100th Avenue Southwest, Vashon Island, WA 98065, United States

***Bucket Drumming Remix: Unmask your Drumming Talent!--THIS IS A WORKSHOP

Recommended for ages 11 through 18


Ian Dobson Solo


How are the Caribbean Islands, physics, music, and computers related? Attendees will play bucket drums and help produce the Kent Library's Summer 2015 Bucket Drumming Remix and find out! In this program Ian Dobson shares how people waith few resources in various cultures have used their creativity and resourcefulness to engineer sophisticated musical instruments from recycled materials. The primary example used in the show is the Caribbean instrument called the steel drum. Ian begins the show by performing on the steel drum, getting attendees involved with dancing and rhythmic games, providing a bit of cultural and historical background, and introducing the musical concept of “syncopation” which is so prominent in Caribbean music. He then presents a section on the physics of the steel drum with the cognitive learning objective of students being able to explain a sound wave and how multiple different pitches are achieved on one piece of material. Recycled buckets are then given to the students and they are asked to explore the sounds of the bucket themselves, apply the physics learned from the steel drum to the sounds created by the bucket, and be able to explain the basic physics of how the bucket sounds are made. Ian then explores syncopation more deeply by teaching students basic bucket drumming with the physical learning objective of students being able to demonstrate syncopation. To finish up the show Ian introduces digital technology into the mix so that attendees can relate their workshop experience more to the contemporary digital music that teenagers listen to. Attendees perform acoustic sounds that Ian then captures digitally with the cognitive learning objective of being able to explain what happens to the sound wave when it becomes digitized. Attendees collaborate with Ian to decide which digital processes to apply to these acoustic sounds and a final acoustic/digital performance is created.

1. 7/2/2015 2:30pm to 4pm Graham Pierce County Library, 9202 224th Street East, Graham, WA 98338

2. 7/9/2015 2pm to 3:30pm Woodinville Library, 17105 Avondale Road Northeast, Woodinville, WA 98072, United States

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

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