Sharing the Stage, an idea that originated on a morning ferry commute in December 2009, has resulted in overwhelming support from the community and an amazing response from youth, both in Seattle and on Vashon Island. Sharing the Stage has produced 26 shows in a series that some students have called “the best thing to ever happen on [Vashon] Island.” The series started adding Seattle shows in March 2015.
Sharing the Stage was formed to organize shows on Vashon Island so that dedicated young musicians have an opportunity to open for artists they like and respect in shows designed for what kids want in a show. We wanted to produce shows in professional venues, where kids would be psyched to go, feel respected, and not be told they can't dance the way they want to dance. We wanted to acknowledge the passion, hard work, and dedication that kids put into the music that means so much to them. We wanted student openers to rehearse with professional musician-mentors in the community, and those mentors have consistently encouraged students to seize their moment to express their own voice. And they have done just that.
Our first show was in 2010, and we have produced two or three shows a year following that:
--2010 = Visqueen
--2011 = Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
--2011 = Thomas Marriott & Human Spirit
--2012 = Blue Scholars
--2012 = The Wellingtons
--2013 = The Physics & Kublakai
--2014 = Tangerine
--2014 = BFA: Brothers From Another
--2015 = BFA: Brothers From Another Redux!
--2015 = Hank & Cupcakes
--2015 = The Young Evils
--2016 = Chastity Belt
--2016 = BFA: Brothers From Another
--2017 = Tangerine
--2017 = Tacocat
--2017 = Kuinka
--2017 = Lisa Prank
--2018 = General Mojo's
--2018 = Snuff Redux
--2019 = The Black Tones
--2019 = All-Alumni Show #1
--2020 = Snuff Redux
--2020 = The Black Tones, Lisa Prank & Bree McKenna, JENN CHAMPION
--2020 = All-student Sharing the Stage Club concert
--2021 = General Mojo's live for VHS graduation event
--2022 = General Mojo's
--2022 = Brittany Davis
Getting Involved: Never performed with us before? It's easy--check our our Getting Involved page, and don't hesitate to Contact us if you have any questions!