August 17: Gus Clark and the Least of His Problems

We are heading east to Mercer Island to the first ever Northwest Dance Network Hoedown. We hope you put your gardening tools down and come join the fun. Wear your cowboy duds or summer best. We have the perfect band: Gus Clark and the Least of His Problems.

Over the years, Gus Clark has proved himself as a staple of the Seattle music scene. He is an accomplished musician and singer who delivers classic barn-burners, good time dance tunes, bittersweet heartbreak ballads, and his own originals. The music will be an unmatchable mix of early jazz, jug band, country blues, old time, Cajun, and Klezmer.  Joining Clark will be his “musical sibling” the Virginia-raised fiddle virtuoso and singer/Songwriter Annie Ford.  The dynamic duo are the perfect music for the Hoedown at the Mercer Island VFW. Other musicians likely to be on stage include Kelly Van-Camp on drums, Austin Jacobsen on bass, Jonah Byrne on fiddle, Owen Thayer on pedal steel guitar, and Nate Rogers on piano.

The dance will be held at the Historic Mercer Island Veterans of Foreign War’s Keewaydin Clubhouse. It was built in 1922 and has since been used as a community gathering place.  The clubhouse features a 1500 square foot hard wood dance floor and room for socializing.The windows open to the breeze from Lake Washington. There is some parking at the VFW, with additional parking 2 blocks away on the lid over I-90. Across the street is the historic Roanoke Tavern.  And we will have a cash wine and beer bar at the VFW.

Pre-dance lesson: 7pm to 8pm.  Scot McKay and Cindy McMichael will  teach a two-step lesson.

Dance: 8pm to 11pm

Cost: $15 general admission payable by cash or check at the door, $10 students under 23 with ID.

Location: Mercer Island VFW, 1836 72nd Avenue SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040. Take  I 90 east towards Mercer Island. Exit on West Mercer Way, Exit 6.

Details:  Please bring a sweet or savory snack to share. Check that your boots are clean and do not mark the floor.  For the comfort and well-being of all our dancers, especially those with sensitivities, allergies or asthma, please do not wear perfume or fragrances. Thank you

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