Rock the DockRock the Dock is our Summer Concert Series. Kicking off on the Fourth of July.
The docks will definitely be rocking this summer in Bremerton. Now in its fifth year, the Rock the Dock concert series on the Louis Mentor Boardwalk at Bremerton Marina has been such a success that this year organizers have extended the night's schedule and made it three hours long. This seven concert series kicks off on the fourth of July and continues on and Saturday nights through August. The line-up of exceptional talent has something for all music tastes, from folk to country, pop, alternative music and good old rock ‘n roll.
The series kicks off with a bang on Monday, July 4 with two bands performing for a special Independence Day celebration, followed by the Sinclair Inlet Fireworks Show. Jessica Lynne and the Cousins will go on at 5:30 for two hours followed by Massy Ferguson at 8pm and will play through until 10:00 p.m. The fireworks will follow at 10:30 p.m.
The free concert series is made possible by a partnership of the Port of Bremerton, City of Bremerton and the Downtown Bremerton Association who all worked collaboratively to invest in and grow the series. Not only have they pulled out all stops in booking top talent this year, they have also hired a professional booking and production company and upgraded the sound setup to enhance the listening experience. Added to the mix is the new canopy, recently purchased by the City to cover the City's stage. This combination of amenities promises to make the Bremerton Boardwalk one of the finest outdoor music venues in the Puget Sound area.
“A concert series of this caliber is something you’d expect to see in cities much larger than Bremerton,” says Michael Goodnow, executive director, Downtown Bremerton Association. “We have a combination that’s hard to beat: top notch talent, a gorgeous waterfront setting that is the envy of many cities and easy access. The venue is a short walk from the ferry terminal and we have room at the marina for more than 100 boaters. We hope these concerts will become must- do events on everyone’s summer calendar and look forward to welcoming visitors from all over the Peninsula, Seattle and beyond, and showing off our revitalized Bremerton Harbor District.”
The concerts are from 5 to 8 p.m. (with the exception of July 4 when the music will run 5-10 p.m.). Start the party early! The food vendors and the beer (and wine) garden open at 4 p.m. This year we are featuring Silver City Brewery. Bring your own chairs and enjoy the night.
Summer Concert Line Up...
5:30 pm Jessica Lynne and the Cousins
Sometimes authentic country music artists do not grow up in what we would consider hotbeds of country music. Sometimes they grow up in Haslev, Denmark, the native town of current Seattle resident, Jessica Lynne, a sensational and rising country star and one of London Tone Music’s most successful artists. She explains how it all started: “When I was 12, I was home with the flu and our TV provider had a “chance channel” available for a limited time. Well, this time it was CMT and being at home with nothing to do and feeling really horrible, I just kind of left it on that channel and little by little just fell in love with the genre.” Faith Hill’s, Wild One, a song that was #1 at the time, inspired her immediately. “I felt like she was singing about me,” she remembers. “It touched my heart in a way that I had never felt before.”
8:00 pm Massy Ferguson
You know only good things can come from a band that named itself after a farm-equipment company. But Seattle's Massy Ferguson is not as hayseed as you'd expect. Their songs are steeped in the classic Americana of the Uncle Tupelo, the Jayhawks, and the Backsliders. Rich with imagery of highways, truck-stop coffee, whiskey, road-weariness, and bad motels, Massy Ferguson make cinematic roots music about the blue-collar aspects of our nation.
10:30pm Fireworks over Sinclair inlet
5 pm Boy Blue Band
6 pm Ben Union
Union is a deliberate songwriter, his sonic libation adhering to the highest standards of a reckless night. His lyrics don’t sleep and his rhythms are driving stolen wheels on a suspended license downhill toward a cliff. There are unmistakable flavors of R&B and Soul, hints of Reggae and Funk, and a splash of low-end beats poured over a light serving of Rock for refreshment. At the end of the night, you don’t care what’s in it; You know it tastes good and does its job every time. Ben is that time you drank all that champagne and rum punch and never got the hangover you most certainly deserved.
In the white collar world of entertainment, Ben Union is a blue collar man who looks better in a suit than the guy whose name is on the tag and wears it like he doesn’t even care. His lyrics and melodies carry the familiar traces and notes of all the dues a man should pay, tearing up the clubs from the back of a van and paying his bills by the sweat of his brow, earning him the calluses, scars and aches of life that few men know in their youth. His songs are a story that every person can relate to; Whether pointing out the lies you tell yourself or bringing you to tears with a heart wrenching ballad of love lost, Union is a refreshing voice of truth in a culture of feigned honesty. His music is like a 5 o’clock shadow on a pretty face that’s not there for the sake of fashion, but because it’s a cold world out there and a working man has no time to primp at dawn. Truth is rough, but sets you free. Ben Union has been liberated.
No Concert - Bremerton Summer Brew Fest
5 pm WEPA! with Malo Castro
6 pm Longstride
Seattle, Washington based group, Longstride is the best new band set to explode onto the music scene. Longstride equals Reggae-Rock-Groove with real melodies and amazing execution with a ‘High energy, crowd moving’ stage show. Longstride has emerged with a unique and distinctively lyrical Reggae-Rock-Groove identity. Their debut album “Days Like These” exhibits the breadth, power and soul of the band’s sound.
Longstride is comprised of members who have played and toured separately from Hawaii to LA, Alaska and all over the Northwest. Longstride began performing in August 2012, their first show was opening for The Los Lonely Boys and they have since been packing out clubs from Seattle to Tacoma, Everett, Olympia and beyond!
5 pm Hippy & the Squids
6 pm Creme Tangerine
Creme Tangerine is a dynamic five piece band from Seattle that performs the music of The Beatles for thousands each year. Rather than focusing on the personalities or look of The Beatles, Creme Tangerine focuses on performing their beloved music live for all to enjoy. Their performances have included The Beatles most recognized hits as well as different eras of the Beatles music and “the White Album” and “Abbey Road” in their entireties. Their high energy, quality performances appeal to those already familiar with and new to the music of The Beatles.
For over a decade Crème Tangerine has been thrilling audiences in the Pacific Northwest with its unique approach to performing the music of the Beatles and favorite classic rock/pop hits. Hailing from Seattle, WA, and including five professional musicians, Crème Tangerine performs for thousands each year and creates a dynamic live music experience filled with energy, fun, humor, and spontaneity known only from the Beatles and this favorite era of popular music. Their fun and exciting shows are in high demand by top tier clients/venues when the event energy needs to be electric, engaged, and inspired.
5 pm Chyeah Chyeah
6 pm Ethan Tucker Band
Ethan Tucker’s trademark sound of acoustic roots and layered electric guitars combined with an unmistakable soulful and bluesy vocal, is a recipe which has garnered attention from some of his most popular contemporaries, as well as bonafide legends.
Born in Olympia, Washington, Ethan has traveled the country with Jimmy Cliff, Buddy Guy, and The Wailers as well as national support slots with musical peers Slightly Stoopid, G-Love, and Michael Franti.
With Ethan’s newest release Misunderstood, now out on Stoopid Records (2015) his enthusiasm for collaboration is seamlessly exemplified on his 11-song album produced by Michael Franti and Mario Caldato Jr., (Beastie Boys, Jack Johnson, G Love), and includes special guests Money Mark, Norwood Fisher (Fishbone) and Thomas Pridgeon (Mars Volta).
Ethan’s career took off after impressing Michael Franti with an impromptu backstage jam in Spearhead’s dressing room long before ever playing a show together. Ethan was summoned by Franti to come to his studio in San Francisco, CA to record what would later become some of the more infectious tracks on Misunderstood. From there, a bond between the two artists was solidified. The first single “Crazy Tonight” was arranged, recorded, produced at Franti’s studio, also features him on guest vocals. This track, coupled with the reggae-pop hybrid “Cool Kids” (also produced by Franti) opens a new album that is a cohesive coming of age for an artist in Ethan’s shoes – except “ET” as some fans call him, doesn’t wear shoes!!
5 pm TBA
6 pm SWAY!
SWAY plays mostly new music to keep the party going! You'll hear the latest Billboard chart-topping songs by artists like Bruno Mars, Usher, Rihanna, David Guetta, Lady GaGa, Justin Timberlake, The Weeknd, Jason Derulo, LMFAO and Ariana Grande, all performed to perfection. Add in a dash of retro with Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Prince, AC/DC, Chic, and you've got live mashups, remixes & medleys done up the SWAY way!
5 pm TBA
6 pm The Dusty 45’s
The Dusty 45s have inspired and fired up crowds for over two decades. With a dynamic sound and signature style, they champion the foundations of American music to the delight of fans and critics alike. Ripping through their original hits while paying homage to the likes of Buddy Holly, Herb Alpert, Johnny Cash and Louis Armstrong, the band brings audiences to their feet and leaves them begging for more. Their finished product is a sizzling sound uniquely their own.
Led by singer/songwriter and trumpeteer, Billy Joe Huels, the band features Jerry Battista (lead guitar), Robin Cady (upright bass), Kohen Burrill (drums), and William Stover (piano). Huels and his outfit have steadily built their fan base at festivals and roadhouses around the country, including 7 appearances at Bumbershoot, and as support with Wanda Jackson on Adele's "21" tour in 2011. In 2015 they were featured on the Cayamo Music Cruise, alongside top artists, Lyle Lovett, John Prine, Lucinda Williams, Kacey Musgraves and Brandi Carlisle. The band was also recently featured at Seattle's renowned 5th Avenue Theatre in their production of the musical, “Grease”. This marked a return to the 5th Avenue stage for Huels who starred as Buddy Holly in the theatre’s acclaimed production of "The Buddy Holly Story".
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