Headliners Wally & The Beaves, Radio 80 and Gig Harbor’s legendary band, The Shy Boys, will supply the entertainment for this year’s Maritime Gig Festival, which runs June 6 and 7. All performances are free and take place at Skansie Brothers Park.
Born out of a mutual love of the music and pop culture from the 1950s and 60s, Wally & The Beaves formed in the spring of 2011 by six of the most respected artists and musicians in the Pacific Northwest. Their unique show has been gaining a loyal following ever since. Each member of the band brings a bit of humor by dressing like well-known iconic characters from the era. There is Buddy Holly, a soda jerk; the “Rebel Without a Cause,” Roy Rogers; and the Hawaiian beach bum and beehive hairdo original, Polkie Dottie. From Dean Martin to The Beatles via Ray Charles and Ricky Nelson, Wally & The Beaves are sure to put on an entertaining show, performing at 12:30 on June 6.
Saturday night is 80s night! Radio 80 specializes in 80s Pop radio hits from New Wave to Rock. From Duran Duran and Van Halen to Cyndi Lauper and Pat Benatar, Radio 80 brings together great vocals with an energy and visual experience that is fun and reminiscent of the 80s. Guys, wear your tight leather pants, funky colors and your favorite rock band T-shirts! Ladies, bring your neon tank tops, bangle bracelets, jellie sandals and loop earrings ... and don’t forget the big hair! Radio 80 performs at 7 p.m. June 6.
Gig Harbor’s legendary Shy Boys will take the stage Sunday (June 7) afternoon at 3 p.m., providing a fantastic finale to the Maritime Gig weekend. The Shy Boys play acoustic rock from the 70s and 80s with extraordinary energy, and have been voted South Sound Magazine’s best band and Evening Magazine’s Top 10 Best of Western Washington for three years in a row. This year will mark the Shy Boys’ fifth appearance at the Maritime Gig and their first on Sunday (June 7).
Geoffrey Castle, who performs June 6 at 6:15 p.m., is an electric six-string violinist who fearlessly brings the violin back to center stage with virtuoso showmanship and a 21st century attitude. From his beginnings as a street musician in New York City and Paris, he rose to play in the Tony Award winning Broadway production of “M. Butterfly.” A theme of Castle’s career is to destroy people’s pre-conceived notions of what is possible on a violin, which he does every time he takes the stage. A bandleader and solo artist — with several critically acclaimed releases on his own Twisted Fiddle Music label — Castle has also managed to share stages with an illustrious group of musicians including Blues Traveler, all of the original and current members of Heart, Buddy Miles and Alan White of Yes.
Known for their energy on stage, original music and sweet harmonies, The Olson Bros Band burst onto the country music scene in 2013, winning the Lake Fair Battle of the Bands and a national songwriting contest (The Texaco Country Showdown). Currently playing shows all over the state of Washington, the band is influenced by Toby Keith, Lee Brice, Billy Currington, Zac Brown, Jake Owen, Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift and Florida Georgia Line. This popular country music band from Olympia performs at 5:30 Saturday afternoon.
Two stages will be in use throughout the weekend. Other performances Saturday include Gig Harbor High School student Katelyn Hart (2 p.m.), the Kopachuck Middle School Jazz Band (2:30), the Gig Harbor High School Jazz Choir (3:15), the Harbor Winds concert band with conductor Eric Swanson(4:00), and family entertainer Cap’n Arrr (4:45) performing the “The Misadventures of Cap’n Arrr” show. On Sunday, festival-goers will enjoy performances by talented youth from Harbor Dance (10 a.m.) and Harbor Voice (11 a.m.). Swing Fever, a classic big band, will be performing many of the standards of Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Etta James as well as more contemporary artists such as Better Midler and Norah Jones.
The Maritime Gig Festival is a special, two-day event presented on the first weekend of June by the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce each year. For a complete listing of events for both days, visit www.maritimegig.com.