Market Program

Each week the Maple Valley Farmers’ Market features a wealth of entertainment and activities for all ages. Discover what’s happening at your farmers’ market!

2019 Market Program & Entertainment


June 15th: Opening Day

10:00 – 11:30 – MVYSO

Bio: The Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra is a community based non-profit youth music organization. Our programs are uniquely designed to help students excel musically, connect socially, and grow personally. At the MVYSO, we believe that a music education experience should be available to every interested student. Because we believe this so strongly, we offer both orchestra programs and music programs for students with special needs. We work diligently to keep our tuition low and the quality of our programs high. Visit our website for more information.


12:00-1:30 – Jim Hanna

Bio: Jim brings a variety of original and cover songs with his smooth vocals and rich and resonate guitar work. A veteran performer, he has spent most of his life as a hobbyist musician, playing in bands ranging from folk-rock to bluegrass to solo singer-songwriter performances. Samples of Jim’s original music can be found on Jim’s website. Jim currently plays in Ryegrass, a Seattle based bluegrass band. He formerly hosted an open mic at the Creative Arts Center in Maple Valley.



June 22nd: Kid’s Day

10:00-11:30 – J. T. & the Betty

Bio: J.T. & the Betty is a duo featuring Jo Wilson on vocal and Tom Malphrus on guitar playing ballads, blues, old soul, pop and a little country too.  No loopers, drum machines or backing tracks – just good honest music.



June 29th: Celebrate Independence Day

10:00-11:30 – Rockin’ Horse Dance Barn

Bio: Rockin’ Horse Dance Barn has been putting fun into learning to dance since 1988 with Dave Serfling’s excellent dance skills, patience and teaching style blended with humor. Anyone can learn to dance if they want to. Rockin’ Horse Dance Barn offers group and private dance lessons in Renton to thousands of people wanting to learn Country, Ballroom, Swing, Latin and Line Dancing. There is a wide variety of classes throughout the week being taught by Dave and several other great instructors. Friday nights are always rockin’ at the Rockin’ Horse Dance Barn with a 7pm dance lesson and open dancing from 8-11pm. Fridays are a non-alcohol dance open to dancers 18 and over.


12:00-1:30 – Gary Benson

Bio: I travel from West Seattle…and I’ve been singing and playing acoustic music since my college days….yet my love of music began long before, in the days of listening to a tiny transistor radio pressed to my ear as a youth. My musical influences have been James Taylor, Simon & Garfunkel, Crosby/Stills/Nash, the Beatles, Shawn Colvin, Kenny Loggins, Tom Petty and other artists of that era up to today. Currently I’ve been playing the Coffeehouse and open air venues in the Seattle/Bellevue/Issaquah areas over the past 12 years.
I like to say that “I play the songs I grew up with”— Gary Benson… ‘Music from the Heart’!



July 6th: Pet Appreciation Day

10:00-11:30 – Jim Hanna

Bio: Jim brings a variety of original and cover songs with his smooth vocals and rich and resonate guitar work. A veteran performer, he has spent most of his life as a hobbyist musician, playing in bands ranging from folk-rock to bluegrass to solo singer-songwriter performances. Samples of Jim’s original music can be found on Jim’s website. Jim currently plays in Ryegrass, a Seattle based bluegrass band. He formerly hosted an open mic at the Creative Arts Center in Maple Valley.


12:00-1:30 – Carl Riess

Bio: Originally from the midwest (MN), I started playing piano at age 7. I was writing songs starting at 10. I have a BA in Music where I studied classical guitar. I have been playing and writing all my life. I have a rather laid back fun kind of music. I like saying my style is classic rock, I like the 60’s-70’s sound. I play original music. I create/record my own sound tracks and play along with that. Sometimes I can bring in a drummer or bass player. I play 2 types of guitars: 1974 Gibson LS-6 solid body electric and an Epiphone semi-hollow body Emperor electric.



July 13th: Fresh Fruit Pie Day

10:00-11:30 – Susanna Fuller

12:00-1:30 – E.W. Buck Quintet

Bio: The E.W. Buck Quintet is a Maple Valley based jazz combo, first started in the fall of 2017 by five jazz-loving friends. The quintet is comprised of Ethan Buck on alto saxophone, Cole McKittrick on guitar, Ethan Andrew on piano and keyboards, Robby Potterf on upright and electric bass, and Ammon Thompson on drums. The band plays many different styles of jazz, ranging from classic bebop standards, early swing hits, smooth jazz, and even delves into funk music. The E.W. Buck Quintet has played numerous gigs around the Maple Valley area, and is excited to play once again for the 2019 Maple Valley Farmer’s Market.

Website: @ewbuckquintet on Instagram


July 20th: Celebrating Green Living

10:00-11:30 – Diamonds in the Rough

12:00-1:30 – Staircase To Love

Bio: Staircase To Love is the music duo of Joe Scalone and Dannie McKeown, from the Seattle area performing a wide variety of songs in several genres, including classic rock, folk and country. Some representative covers are from the Eagles, Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan. Joe Scalone is a guitar player, singer and songwriter from Bellevue Washington. His original songs can be heard on the “Staircase Joe” YouTube channel. He also plays with the band, “Marylin and the G Strings”. Dannie McKeown is a singer and flute player from Everett Washington. She also plays with the band, “Marylin and the G Strings”.



July 27th: Customer Appreciation Day

10:00-11:30 – Mark Wayne

Bio: Singer-Songwriter, Mark Wayne, began performing in 1962 in Southern California. He played in bands through the late 1970’s before returning to his home state of Washington. Since arriving in Washington, he has performed as a single act. He has performed at the Auburn Wine & Caviar Co., the Station Bistro Restaurant in Auburn and 7 years at the Auburn International Farmers Market. He specializes in “Golden Oldies”. From The Beatles to Buffet, Elvis to The Eagles and over 100 other artists’ songs as well as his own compositions. His music will take you back to some of your fondest memories.

12:00-1:30 – Stanley Alleyne

Bio: Stanley Alleyne started playing Steel Drums at a young age in his native island of Tobago. While in Tobago he played with The Our Boys Steel Band. He moved to Seattle in 1976 where he played with Tropical Rainstorm, Caribbean Superstars and The Islanders. Since living in Seattle he has played in the Northwest, Oregon, California and Canada. He is one of the Northwest premiere steel drum soloist. He has played for Microsoft, Amazon, Everett Golf and Country Club, Sandpoint Golf and Country Club and many other companies, events and organizations. Stanley plays a wide variety of musical styles calypso, reggae, soca, oldies, salsa, pop, jazz and more. He is available for parties, weddings, bar mitzvahs, concerts, fairs, special events or just about any other gathering of people. He is also available for bookings internationally.



August 3rd: Celebrating Eating Healthy and Staying Fit

10:00-11:30 – Big Mischief


12:00-1:30 – Ryegrass

Bio: Ryegrass has been playing as a Bluegrass band in the Seattle area since the turn of the century. Individually they’ve been at it for decades. John Burke picked with core revivalist folkies of the ‘60’s and helped bring fiddlers Benny Thomasson and Mark O’Connor into the limelight. Steve Marx on banjo is a musical grandson of both Groucho himself and Gus Kahn of Tin Pan Alley fame. Jim Hanna and Paul Michel are old Ohio boys; Jim honed his guitar chops in and around L.A. in the ‘70’s; Paul haunted traditional masters in Appalachia, New England and County Clare. Chip is our heart and soul, with his steady bass and testy tolerance for talking instead of picking.


August 10th: Celebrating National Farmers Market Week

10:00-11:30 – Voice in the Valley

Bio: Encouraging the musical talents in the greater Maple Valley area since 2010, Voice in the Valley Music Studio is provides the highest caliber of voice, piano, violin, viola, guitar, ukulele and songwriting lessons to all ages! Located in the heart of Maple Valley, our highly educated and experienced instructors are here to help you achieve your musical goals.


12:00-1:30 – Russell Hendricks

Bio: Russell Hendricks A.K.A. Lord Scruffy ( not a real English Lord, but certainly Scruffy) brings Olympic style mandolin playing from the shores of Harris creek outside of Duvall Wa. to the Maple Valley Farmers Market. Playing an eclectic selection of blues and jazz from the first half of the 20th century and accompanied by the once rare Kazoogle. A one man show in the tradition of Tampa Red and Papa Charlie Jackson.


August 17th: Seniors and Armed Forces Day

10:00-11:30 – The Muddy String Band

Bio: The Muddy String Band plays an eclectic blend of Bluegrass standards along with some popular and some little known old-time Folk and American music from the early 1900’s through the 1960’s, with a little Grateful Dead and Rolling Stones just to mix thing up. They perform a selection of songs not typically heard in the Pacific Northwest that will make you clap your hands, stomp your feet and sing along to feel-good tunes.

12:00-1:30 – South Sound Suzuki Strings


August 24th: Community Connections Day

12:00-1:30 – Lucia Flores-Wiseman

Bio: Lucia Flores-Wiseman is an up and coming singer/songwriter from Maple Valley, Washington who blends folk and rock with blues and jazz vocals to create a sound that is distinctively her own. Only seventeen years old, Lucia’s hauntingly emotional performances weave mature sounds reminiscent of Brandi Carlile and Ray LaMontagne. A commanding performer, Lucia continues to entertain audiences both large and small at local coffee shops, wineries, and festivals around the Pacific Northwest. Lucia just finished recording her first original single, “Time to Leave” with Tinkham Road, an eclectic folk band with a regional following. Balancing her high academic standards and musical aspirations has not been an easy task, however, she looks forward to returning to the studio to complete a full album in the near future. You can find more of Lucia’s performances on her professional Facebook page, Instagram, or by visiting her website.



August 31st: Vendor Appreciation Day

12:00-1:30 – Maple Valley Big Band

Bio: The Maple Valley Big Band was formed in June 2012 and is made up of about 17 members from surrounding areas. The MVBB specializes in big band, swing, jazz, funk, and standard tunes from the ’30s to today. Comprised of musicians of all ages, the band’s instrumentation consists of saxophones, trumpets, trombones, and a rhythm section. The MVBB performs for the community of Maple Valley and is available for hire.



September 7th: Seahawks Day

10:00-11:30 – Jet Steppers

Bio: Jet Steppers Square Dance Club is a family oriented activity. We accept singles and couples and offer lessons in September of every year. We dance at Cedar Grange in Maple Valley right next to the Cedar River. We dance the 1st and 3rd Saturday October through May and the 3rd Saturday of July, August and September. Our Caller is Chuck Martin and our cuer is Linda Nold.



September 14th: Pollinators Day


September 21st: Preserve the Tastes of Summer


September 28th: Emergency Preparedness Fair