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!

September

September 1 – Vendor Appreciation Day

Scheduled to appear:

  • 10:00-11:30 am – J. T. & the Betty
  • Website: www.facebook.com/JTandtheBetty
    J. T. & the Betty is a duo featuring ballads, blues, old soul and pop, with a little country tossed in for fun. J. T. & the Betty plays music from the 1800’s through the current decade and has played art walks, jams, open mics and coffee houses throughout south and east King County. Whether a sweet, sweet ballad or a boot stomping ditty, J. T. & the Betty aims to play good songs for good times. J. T. & the Betty features the vocals of Jo Wilson and guitar of Tom Malphrus.
  • Noon – 1:30 pm – Mark Wayne
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    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.

 

September 8 – Seahawks Day

Scheduled to appear:

  • 10:00-11:30 am – Jet Steppers
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    The Jet Steppers is local square dance club currently dancing in Maple Valley. At present we have approximately 80 members ranging in age from teen to senior (over 65) and in dance proficiency from brand new to long in experience. We dance together on the first and third Saturdays of ever month beginning September 15th at the Cedar Grange hall at 22531 Maple Valley Highway. The Club has been together since 1976 and actually began life as a part of the Boeing Co. Recreational Program, hence the name ‘Jet Steppers’. We welcome into our membership people at all levels of dance proficiency or no proficiency at all. If you have never square danced before we can teach you how and we’d love to have the opportunity to get you started. Our next season of lessons begins on Sept 13 and we are signing up new students right now. For more information call us at 206-824-7575.
     
  • Noon – 1:30 pm – RJ & Company
  • Website: www.facebook.com/rayjrox
    Ray and Julie Johnson, married 57 years, have been playing together for over 25 of those years, now as “R. J. and Company.” Ray, on his Petosa accordion with electronic bass, rhythm and many instrumental sounds, is enough in itself but add Julie and her alto sax (and maracas or tambourine as needed) and you have a big sound that has been well-received wherever they perform. They also sing solos or duets for more variety. Variety is their specialty–standards, Latins, polkas, Swedish waltzes and “big band” music mainly but they have also played Irish or Cinco de Mayo music, etc., for special events. They perform mostly for retirement communities from Everett to Tacoma but also play for dances (Renton Senior Center with a quartet most recently), memorial services and special group gatherings. Pictures and music samples are on their facebook page.

 

September 15 – Pollinators Day

Scheduled to appear:

  • 10:00-11:30 am – Gary Benson
  • Website: https://myspace.com/garybensonmusic
    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’!
  • Noon – 1:30 pm – Rockin’ Horse Dance Barn
  • Website: www.learn2dance4fun.com
    The Rockin’ Horse Dance Barn will be providing beginner Line Dancing with instruction and music. 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.

 

September 22 – Preserve Tastes of Summer

Scheduled to appear:

  • 10:00-11:30 am – Michael Gelotte
  • Website: https://www.facebook.com/NotesUnlimited
    Born and raised in Juneau Alaska, Michael Gelotte has been playing music since middle school. With over 55 years on clarinet as well as the ability to play accordion, guitar, and penny whistle, Michael brings an interesting and compelling act that is sure to entertain people of all ages. From The Beatles to Puccini to John Denver, Michael plays it all. He has played in a variety of different groups and venues such as the Utah Symphony, the Rainier Symphony, the Maple Valley Bagpipe band (in which he is the Pipe Major), and several performances at the Washington State Fair. 
  • Noon – 1:30 pm – Carl Riess
  • Website: carlriess.com
    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.

 

September 29 – Emergency Preparedness Fair

Scheduled to appear:

  • 10:00-11:30 am – Chris Mongillo
  • Website: www.facebook.com/theimpressionistsmusic
    Chris Mongillo is the front-man for a Seattle-based cover band called, “The Impressionists.”  Chris’ band plays up-tempo hit music from the ’50s through the ’90s and is a perfect fit for your wedding, live music venue or corporate/private event.
  • Noon – 1:30 pm – The Muddy String Band
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    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.