Music at the Market – A Weekly Treat


One of my favorite features of our market is the music – it brings a vibrancy to Sunday afternoons at Mercerdale Park no matter what the weather is.  The terrific variety and talent of the musicians playing at our market each Sunday occurs thanks to John Morris, a Mercer Island resident who has coordinated music for the market since it’s inception in 2008.  John and his wife Karen have their own Cajen/Zydeco band called Swamp Soul that plays around Seattle.

John Morris and Karen Kasen of Swamp Soul

John Morris and Karen Kasen of Swamp Soul

During our 18 week season, John schedules a different group to play each Sunday from 11 am to 2pm introducing shoppers to a fantastic mix of musical sounds and styles. The Mercer Island Community Fund has sponsored our music program for the past several years.  Thank you MICF and John for bringing music to the market every Sunday!

Joining us to celebrate our 6th anniversary is a musical duo with strong roots in the farmers market movement.  The Summer Januaries, guitarist/vocalist Sean Michael Robinson and fiddler/vocalist Rachel Erin Sage started busking at Pike’s Place Market several years ago playing traditional American and Irish fiddle tunes.  I think you will find their sound and synergy to be fresh and oh so yummy this sunny Sunday afternoon.  

Summer Januaries - Rachel Sage and Sean Robinson

Summer Januaries – Rachel Sage and Sean Robinson

The Summer Januaries are celebrating the National Farmers Market Week by playing at a different market every day this week and next.  We are thrilled they will join us at our market on Sunday from 11 am to 2pm.  Their plunge in the pond in their  video looks pretty darn appealing, especially with this week’s warm weather. 

Come by on Sunday to hear the Summer Januaries, sample some Marionberry pie from High 5 Pie and pick up a 2013 market tote. And don’t forget your peaches, berries, salmon, cheeses, melons, corn, tomatoes, peppers, pasta, wine, honey, hummus and more . . .


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