Ah, summer — the time when a performing arts lover’s attention turns to picnics, low-backed chairs and perhaps the occasional mosquito.
Lacey has not one but three summer entertainment series, two of which launch this week. This summer, there will be quite a few notables performing as part of the Huntamer Park series.
Probably the biggest-name act is Spike & The Impalers, playing July 29. The Seattle classic-rock band, which began on 102.5 KZOK’s “The Bob Rivers Show,” last played the park in 2015 during the South Sound BBQ Festival.
“They were a huge hit,” said Jeannette Sieler of Lacey’s Parks and Recreation Department. “Even in the rain, there were 700 people who came out to see them, so we decided to have them back. You would normally pay to see them, so it’s cool to have them at a free concert.”
Xakary the Magician, performing Tuesday, was seen on “America’s Got Talent” in 2015.
“He sawed Heidi Klum in half,” Sieler said. (And how many people can say that? Check out the Auburn magician’s feat.) His performance is part of the city’s children’s entertainment series, co-sponsored by the Lacey Timberland Library.
Seattle’s Recess Monkey, performing June 27 as part of the children’s series, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Children’s Album for 2016’s “Novelties.”
Canadian singer-songwriter-comedian Norman Foote, performing July 25, won a Juno — the Canadian version of the Grammy — for his 2013 album “I Love My Shirt.” Foote aims a lot of his material at older children and is known for his ventriloquist routine and for clever twists on traditional folk songs with such lyrics as “Mama's little baby loves short'nin' bread/… Mama's little baby has high cholesterol.”
Olympia’s Olson Bros Band, performing July 15, won both the 2013 Lakefair Battle of the Bands and the Country Showdown, a national songwriting contest.
Other winning performers in the lineup include pianist Scott Cossu of Olympia, whose awards include a Lifetime Achievement Award from One World Music Radio, and Earshot Jazz winners Dmitry Matheny of Centralia, who plays the flugelhorn, and Kate Voss, a Seattle singer who is half of the duo Sundae & Mr. Goessel.
“The theme for this year is award winners,” Sieler said. She pointed out that “Zootopia,” screening July 22, won both an Oscar and a Golden Globe last year. And its director, Byron Howard, is a 1990 graduate of The Evergreen State College, where he studied storytelling through literature and film.
Concertgoers have a chance to be award winners, too. The final concert/movie combo, on Aug. 5, also will feature a lip-sync contest open to both children and adults.
Lacey in Tune
What: Lacey celebrates summer with abundant live entertainment and Saturday-night films.
When: Children’s entertainment at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, lunchtime concerts at noon Wednesdays, and Saturday concerts at 7 p.m. with movies following at dusk
Where: Huntamer Park, 618 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey
Information: 360-491-0857 or ci.lacey.wa.us/laceyintune/
June 20: Xakary the Magician
June 27: Recess Monkey (family music)
July 11: Border Collie International (performing dogs)
July 18: Leapin’ Louie (comedy)
July 25: Norman Foote (comedy and music)
Aug. 1: Eric Haines (comedy, music, juggling)
June 22: High Sierra (Dixieland jazz)
June 29: Brass Patriots 133rd Army Band (brass)
July 5: Scott Cossu (jazz, boogie and blues)
July 12: Blues County Sheriff (old-school blues)
July 19: Blaze & Kelly (contemporary folk rock)
July 26: Sundae & Mr. Goessl (vintage jazz)
Aug. 2: Dmitri Matheny (modern jazz)
July 15: Olson Bros Band (country) plus “The Lego Batman Movie” (PG)
July 22: Missy G Band (country) plus “Zootopia” (PG)
July 29: Spike & The Impalers (classic rock) plus “School of Rock” (PG-13)
Aug. 5: John Welsh Band (world music), plus a lip-sync contest and “Sing” (PG)