OTA presents songster Burke Garrett during First Friday

Get ready for a bit of musical history and tunes from the greats — from Ellington and Gershwin to Mercer — all brought to the Gathering Hall at Olympic Theatre Arts Center on Friday, May 5, during the Sequim First Friday Art Walk.

Take a trip down memory lane with host and artist Burke Garrett’s music, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the OTA Center, 414 N. Sequim Ave.

Admission is free and the beverage bar will be open.

“I cover the popular songs from the early to mid-20th century,” says Garrett about his one-man show. “I talk about composers, lyricists and the history relating to song writing in the 20th century.”

That emphasizes the revered “Great American Songbook” music, also known as America Standards, a collection that includes the most important and influential American popular songs and jazz standards from the early 20th century.

Garrett started his first band in 1955 at age 16. He continued to refine the Burke Garrett Orchestra for nearly 15 years, traveling throughout the Northwest playing swing, blues and jazz for everything from the Seattle Auto Show and University of Washington’s Homecoming to former Gov. Dan Evans’ Inaugural Ball.

After a career ranging from concert promotion to regional resort marketing, he now devotes his time to playing and singing classic songs from the “Great American Songbook.”

More in Life

Parenting In Focus: Know your neighbors

I recently moved to a different neighborhood. It really is different. Before… Continue reading

Off the Shelf: Finding a new book

Looking for a great new read to while away a summer day?… Continue reading

NOLS hosts virtual reading groups in August

Local library reading groups are going virtual this August. The North Olympic… Continue reading

Larsen to explain how to grow organic garlic

In the upcoming Green Thumbs Garden Tips series, Pam Larsen presents “Growing… Continue reading

Get It Growing: August in the garden

August is usually the hottest month on the Olympic Peninsula; hopefully this… Continue reading

Community Calendar — Aug. 5, 2020

Deadline for items appearing in the community calendar is noon on Wednesday,… Continue reading

City of Sequim to host ‘Fluidity’ exhibit

The City Arts Advisory Commission’s “Fluidity,” a digital exhibit, will be displayed… Continue reading

Veteran artists highlight Blue Whole Gallery’s August exhibit

Longtime peninsula artists Sally Cays and Jeannine Chappell are in the spotlight… Continue reading

A&E briefs — Aug. 5, 2020

Black Diamond Junction featured at eighth ‘Music Where You Park’ Black Diamond… Continue reading

Most Read