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.”