Friday — Saturday
Grammy winners at Traditions
Together since 1985, Tingstad and Rumbel have released 19 albums and are Grammy Award-winners. The musical duo returns to Traditions Café and World Folk Art, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia, for two performances. Come out for 8 p.m. shows Friday or Saturday. Tickets are $25, $20 student and low income. Call 360-705-2819 for more information.
She sings jazz
Having performed with the likes of The Nicholas Payton Sextet and as featured vocalist with the Ellis Marsalis Quartet and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Johnaye Kendrick also composes and is accomplished musician. Currently living in Seattle, she is an associate professor of jazz voice at Cornish College of the Arts. Come out to see her quartet perform in an 8 p.m. show Monday at Rhythm & Rye, 311 Capitol Way N. Olympia. For more information, go to tinyurl.com/jvbfqcl.
Brazilian Christmas songs
As part of the Fridays at the First Concert Series, Itamaré Brazilian Jazz Band will be mixing Brazilian-laced Christmas songs for a noon concert Friday (Dec. 16). The group is known for its Bossa Nova, light sambas and Afro-Brazilian sound. Come out to First Christian Church, 701 Franklin St. SE, Olympia for the free performance. Musician donations are appreciated.
Party for Standing Rock
Help support water protectors at the Standing Rock Benefit Concert at 7 p.m. Friday (Dec. 16). In a effort to provide cash to the movement, the concert at Eagles Lodge, 805 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia, will feature Luna Melt, The Lumen and The Hinges. There will be dinner for $5, a silent auction and a sliding scale donation at the door. It is all-ages until 11 p.m. with music and dance continuing into the evening. For more information, go to tinyurl.com/gvcfaqp.
You can sing the Messiah
Get into the holiday spirit and come out to sing or listen at the Handel’s “Messiah” Singalong at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Presented by the Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia, the community event will feature guest conductors and soloists at 7 p.m. Monday. Admission is free; vocal scores will be available for purchase. washingtoncenter.org.
Rock Candy Burlesque does Christmas during its “Oh Christmas Tease” at Rhythm & Rye, 311 Capitol Way N., Olympia. Guest performers include Ruby Runds, Connor MacLoad from Portland and Vixen Valentine from Seattle. Enjoy a fun night of music, women and the art of the tease at the 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. shows Saturday. Tickets $20 general admission, $25 deluxe. Go to tinyurl.com/z6jaend for more information.
Masters of Swing Violin
As part of the Masters of the Swing Violin series at Traditions Fair Trade Café, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia, Michael Gray will pair up with Vince Brown for a night of swing music. Gray has played with Pearl Django and Douce Ambiance, while Brown is known for his guitar work. The 6 p.m. show is Sunday. Tickets are $15. Earlier Sunday, Michael Gray will offer a swing violin workshop at R.L. Ray Violins, 925 State Ave. E., Olympia. For registration and information, call 360-570-1085.
Stories of humiliation
Join in listen to the stories of everyday people at this month’s StoryOly, Olympia’s premier Story Slam event. This month’s theme is “Humiliating” with local community members sharing stories based on the theme. The 5:30 p.m. event Tuesday is at Rhythm & Rye, 311 Capitol Way N. The 21-and-over event is a pay-what-you-can with a suggested donation of $5-$10. More information at amyorca.wixsite.com/storyoly.