By Jesse Kline, Intern
After four weeks of energetic performances by Pacific Northwest bands, the Lake Tye Summer Concerts have come to a close. Wrapping up the series, Chad and Rachel Hamar with their band, Cloverdayle, played fast, loud, upbeat country songs last Thursday.
The band played to a crowd of about 90 people, the smallest in the series. Despite this, Jeff Baker, the president of the Snohomish Artists Guild, organizers of the event, said that the turnout for the series was better than expected considering this is the first year they’ve tried an event like this in Monroe. The guild considers the series to be an overall success. Additionally, Mike Farrell of Monroe Parks & Recreation considers the series to have been successful and expects larger crowds next year as the event becomes more well-known through word of mouth.
“The concerts are a nice addition to the other variety of events and programs that we host at our parks. What a wonderful way to spend an evening – outdoors right here in Monroe, among family and friends,” he said.
While there are no finalized plans at the moment, the guild would like to run another series next summer, possibly for six weeks instead of four.
In the meantime there is no shortage of music at Lake Tye. The Monroe MusicFest is coming to the park on Saturday, September 7. The event will start at 6 p.m., and tickets are $20, though children 12 and under get in free. Tickets will be available online until August 28 at http://www.monroemusicfest.com/ and will also be sold at Monroe City Hall. The Randy Oxford Band and $5 Fine will be opening for the L.A. Allstars for a night of blues, jazz, country and rock.