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!

June

 
June 16 – Opening Day Ceremonies

Scheduled to appear:

  • 10:00-11:30 am – MVYSO
  • Website: www.mvyso.org
    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.
  • Noon – 1:30 pm – Tahoma High School Jazz Band
  • Website:
    The Tahoma High School Jazz Ensemble is one of the premier performing ensembles in the region. They perform and compete in festivals and competitions throughout each year. This year our ensemble had the opportunity to perform a live concert with international trumpet star, Bobby Medina and Woodwind Jazz Specialist from Las Vegas, Darren Motamedy. One of our jazz combos was featured on Afternoon Jazz on 88.5 KNKX with Bobby Medina. Continuing our developing tradition of recording, our ensemble just completed their second annual jazz CD featuring music from two of our jazz ensembles and both of our jazz combos! The Tahoma Jazz Ensemble is under the direction of Mr. Matthew Cole.

 

June 23 – Kid’s Day

Scheduled to appear:

  • 10:00-11:30 am – Clifford Okamoto
  • Website:
    My name is Clifford Okamoto I have played at the Maple Valley Farmers Market for five years. I play Guitar, Ukulele, and Harmonica. My music is a mix of pop selections from different eras including both original compositions as well as instrumentals. My major influences are in the areas of rock and roll and blues, however, I am also influenced by jazz, country and folk music.
  • Noon – 1:30 pm – Russell Hendricks
  • Website: 
    I’m a retired timber cutter living in the Snoqualmie Valley who now spends his time building cabinetry playing music and running a ten acre farm with sheep, blueberries, and a large vegetable garden. I am a self accompanied mandolin player (sort of a one man band kind of thing) playing jazz blues and novelty tunes from the 1920’s up to the 1950’ from Billie Holiday and Count Basie to Jenny Pope, Louie Jordan and Big Joe Turner…have been playing on the east side for several years at farmers markets, local events, and private parties and am looking forward to playing my fourth year at Maple Valley.

 

June 30 – Celebrating Independence Day

Scheduled to appear:

  • 10:00-11:30 am – Stanley Alleyne
  • Website: www.mpanist1.com
    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.
  • Noon – 1:30 pm – 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’!

July

 
July 7 –  Pet Appreciation Day

Scheduled to appear:

  • 10:00-11:30 am – TBD
  • 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.
 
July 14 – Fresh Fruit Pie Day

Scheduled to appear:

  • 10:00-11:30 am – Kassidy Lynne
  • Website: https://kassidylynne.com
    Drawing musical inspiration early in her life from artists such as Taylor Swift, Hannah Montana and Carrie Underwood. Kassidy began taking vocal lessons at the age of 11. Her perseverance and drive to pursue music that she was told is not obtainable or realistic, only proves her determination to pursue country music professionally. To prove to others that whatever your dreams are, they are obtainable with faith, hard work and the right people who believe in you. 
    In 2015, she began songwriting in Nashville with songwriter and recording artist Jordan Pruitt. Later that year, she teamed up with producer Paul Moak (Mat Kearney, Third Day) to record her debut EP titled “Carolina Water.” Carolina Water was nominated and won the Hollywood in Music Media Award in November 2017 for Best Country Song.
    In 2017, a hip injury sidelined her from playing volleyball, which led to spending 100% of her time traveling back and forth to Nashville writing and working on her vocals. Kassidy has been given the opportunity to write with some amazing songwriters over the year, which led to her single, Baby Just Cruise produced by Trainwreck Music. Baby Just Cruise was released as a single in February, 2018 on all handles including a YouTube Video.
    Kassidy recently toured with High School Nation and will be joining them again in the fall and spring.
  • Noon – 1:30 pm – Paul Kara Ross
  • Website: www.paulkaraross.com
    Paul Kara Ross is a Seattle area multi-instrumentalist specializing in Native American, Celtic and New Age music. Paul currently plays Native American, Pueblo (Anasazi and Mojave), Xiao and Shakuhachi flutes, Irish uilleann pipes and whistles, bouzouki, mandolin, classical guitar, and several types of electric basses as solo instruments. Paul has had the honor of playing the first Phi Zeta flute created, an instrument designed off of the Fibonacci Spiral or Golden Ratio Equation.
 
July 21 – Green Living Day

Scheduled to appear:

  • 10:00-11:30 am – TBD
  • Noon – 1:30 pm – The Muddy String Band
  • Website: 
    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 a sing along to feel-good tunes.

 

July 28 – Customer Appreciation Day

Scheduled to appear:

  • 10:00-11:30 am – Rockin’ Horse Dance Barn
  • Website: www.learn2dance4fun.com
    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.
  • Noon – 1:30 pm – Ryegrass
  • Website: 
    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

August 4 – National Farmers’ Market Week

Scheduled to appear:

  • 10:00-11:30 am – J. T. & the Betty
  • Website: www.facebook.com/TJandtheBetty
    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 – TBD
     

 

August 11 – Eating Healthy and Staying Fit

Scheduled to appear:

  • 10:00-11:30 am – TBD
  • Noon – 1:30 pm – Russell Hendricks

 

August 18 – Seniors and Armed Forces Day

Scheduled to appear:

  • 10:00-11:30 am – Jim Hanna
  • Website: www.jimhannamusic.com
    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 at www.jimhannamusic.com.
    Jim currently plays in Ryegrass, a Seattle based bluegrass band. He formerly hosted an open mic at the Creative Arts Center in Maple Valley.
  • Noon – 1:30 pm – Maple Valley Big Band
  • Website: https://maplevalleybigband.weebly.com
    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. 

 

August 25 –  Community Connections Day

Scheduled to appear:

  • 10:00-11:30 am – Stanley Alleyne
  • Website: www.mpanist1.com
    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.
  • Noon – 1:30 pm – South Sound Suzuki Strings
  • Website: 
    South Sound Suzuki Strings is an instrumental choir of Suzuki violinists and cellists from all over South King County from age 3 through high-school. During the school year, students meet weekly to rehearse, learn music theory, and prepare for upcoming recitals and concerts. Students share their love of music by performing pieces from classical to fiddle and everything in between at places like the Puyallup Fair, Tacoma Rainier’s baseball games, Celebrate the Nativity in Maple Valley, and the Washington State Capitol. South Sound Suzuki Strings is directed by violinists Wynne Nuernberg-Park from Kent and Melanie Barber from Maple Valley.
     

September

September 1 – Vendor Appreciation Day

Scheduled to appear:

  • 10:00-11:30 am – TBD

  • Noon – 1:30 pm – TBD

 

September 8 – Seahawks Day

Scheduled to appear:

  • 10:00-11:30 am – TBD
     
  • Noon – 1:30 pm – TBD

 

September 15 – Pollinators Day

Scheduled to appear:

  • 10:00-11:30 am – TBD
     
  • Noon – 1:30 pm – Rockin’ Horse Dance Barn
  • Website: www.learn2dance4fun.com
    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 – TBD
     
  • Noon – 1:30 pm – TBD

 

September 29 – Emergency Preparedness Fair

Scheduled to appear:

  • 10:00-11:30 am – TBD

  • Noon – 1:30 pm – TBD