2020 Market Program

As a result of current restrictions in place, we are unable to have live entertainment at our Market this year. Although we won’t be able to use our brand new pavilion for music this season, we still want to support our local entertainers and show our appreciation for their ability to bring us together as a community.

Maple Valley Farmers’ Market

Entertainer Hall of Fame

Big Mischief

Big Mischief is a big band founded and led by trumpeter Jason Garcia. It’s namesake was inspired by Jason’s 4 year old son who loves to tinker with things to figure out how they work. Big Mischief’s playful nature is evident in its enjoyment of performing a wide variety of jazz styles. Many of these come in the form of exciting, original arrangements written by the band’s composer and 3rd trumpeter, Brent Irwin. It can perform with as many as 17 pieces, but is usually a 10 piece group. The smaller size can pack a powerful punch; a credit to the skill and experience of its musicians. It’s members are from the Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia area and have decades of experience with careers in music education, freelancing, and U.S. military bands. The band has enjoyed collaborating with numerous exceptionally talented vocalists. 

Facebook: @BigMischiefLittleBigBand

Carl Riess

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.

Website: www.carlriess.com

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/chriess

Chris Mongillo

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.

Facebook: @TheImpressionistsMusic

Clifford Okamoto

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.

E.W. Buck Quintet

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.

Instagram: @EWBuckQuintet

Gary Benson

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’!

Jet Steppers

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.

Facebook: @JetSteppersSquareDanceClub

Jim Hanna

Jim lends his smooth, tenor vocals and strong flatpicking guitar work to a variety of catchy original songs and cover tunes. A veteran performer, he has spent most of his life as a hobbyist musician, playing in bands from folk-rock to bluegrass, along with solo singer-songwriter performances. Samples of Jim’s original music can be found on Jim’s website.

Website: www.jimhannamusic.com

Facebook: @JimHannaMusic

YouTube: https://www.reverbnation.com/jimhanna

JT & the Betty

JT & the Betty, the Betty for short, features the wonderful voice of Jo Wilson and the guitar accompaniment of Tom Malphrus.  Playing songs heard on the radio in their youth, teen and adult years along with old time traditional and modern pop selections, the Betty has developed a set of familiar, engaging and treasured songs, all in the name of creating a good time experience. JT & the Betty formed in August of 2017 from a Craigslist ad posted by Tom and answered by Jo. Tom lives in Renton and Jo in Clearview, north of Woodinville. The distance between the two, although inconvenient for commuting to practice, has been beneficial for setting up entertainment opportunities spanning Pierce, King and Snohomish counties.

JT and the Betty’s music is family friendly and familiar, making the Betty a great entertainment option for events open to all ages. JT & the Betty specializes in entertaining small space venues like coffee shops and garden parties, but the Betty is quite capable of playing larger venues too like restaurants and public markets. Over the last three years JT and the Betty has played, farmer’s markets, wine bars, coffee shops, art shows, restaurants and private parties. For those wanting more than a duo, JT & the Betty can expand into various formats of three to six musicians with the addition of double bass, mandolin, violin, harmonica and horns. For more information please contact us at: benditblue@gmail.com or call or text at: 425-289-8609

Facebook: @JTandtheBetty

Kassidy Lynne

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.

Website: https://kassidylynne.com

Lucia Flores-Wiseman

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 Eighteen 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.

Website: http://luciafloreswiseman.com

Facebook: @LuciaFloresWisemanMusic

Instagram: @LuciaFloresWisemanMusic

Maple Valley Big Band

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.

Website: https://maplevalleybigband.weebly.com

Maple Valley Idol Jr.

The Maple Valley Idol Jr. Program is sponsored by the Maple Valley Creative Arts Council. Auditions for this fun program take place in the spring for kids ages 7-15. Twenty talented kids audition for three judges. The judges then narrow down the contestants to twelve finalists. The Finalists compete a few weeks later for cash prizes, community “swag,” and the honor of being crowned the 2020 MV Idol Jr. Winners! The Judges select the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. The audience votes for “Audience Choice.” All finalists and winners perform throughout the year at farmers markets, festivals, basketball games, community events, and more! For more information please visit the following website.

Website: www.maplevalleyarts.com

Mark Wayne

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.

Michael Gelotte

Originally from Juneau Alaska, Michael started playing clarinet in 6th grade band. Later on, he learned oboe and was playing with the Juneau symphony in his freshman year of high school. He has a degree from the University of Washington in woodwind performance and conducting as well as a degree from Brigham Young University in music theory and composition. He has played with groups such as the Utah symphony, the Rainier Symphony, and the Maple Valley Big band.


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.

Website: www.mvyso.org 

Quiet Heart

‘Quiet Heart’ is a musical Duo featuring Gary Benson on acoustic guitar/vocals and Ariel Westfall on lead vocals and harmonies. Our style of music can be described as ‘Classic American Folk/Indie’…from James Tayor to Alison Krauss and other artists from the ’40’s to the present. We sing and play our music ‘from the Heart’— as ‘Quiet Heart’!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Quiet-Heart-2114659845499493/

Rockin’ Horse Dance Barn

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.

Website: www.learn2dance4fun.com

Russell Hendricks

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.


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.


Sealth, from Maple Valley WA, is a high energy acoustic duo who performs classic rock and standard Americana hits. Sealth plays everything from the Mamas and the Papas to Led Zeppelin to Van Halen to Johnny Cash and June Carter. The high energy rock duo incorporates washboard, airboard, harmonica, and kazoo along with their acoustic guitars to create classic covers and original songs with a folky, Americana twist.

Website: www.sealthlive.com

Facebook: @sealthlive

South Sound Suzuki Strings

South Sound Suzuki Strings is an instrumental choir of Suzuki violinists 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 and the Washington State Capitol. South Sound Suzuki Strings is directed by violinists Wynne Nuernberg-Park and Anita Knight.

Staircase To Love

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”.

Website: http://staircasetolove.com

Stanley Alleyne

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’s premier steel drum soloists. 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.

Website: www.mpanist1.com

Susanna Fuller

Vocalist Susanna Fuller has performed in concerts, conventions, television and stage productions in the Seattle area over 35 years. She sings Jazz, Pop, Blues, Country, Showtunes, Classical/Opera and World Music Styles that have delighted audiences with her versatility and sound. She enjoys impersonating Sarah Brightman when opportunities present themselves. Susanna is a member of Cascade Jazz and has performed with them for 10 years as their vocalist and an additional percussionist. She is also a songwriter, recording artist, voiceover talent, actor and vocal performance coach.

Website: www.susannafuller.com

The Muddy String Band

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 things 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.

Website: https://muddystringband.yolasite.com/

Voice in the Valley

Encouraging the musical talents in the greater Maple Valley area since 2010, Voice in the Valley Music Studio 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.

Website: www.voiceinthevalley.com