"Students Share the Stage with Rock Group"
by Juli Goetz Morser, Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber Arts Editor, May 13, 2015
Vashon student musicians will open Sharing the Stage’s 11th concert for the headline band The Young Evils this weekend.
Since Sharing the Stage’s inception in 2009, Vashon High School musicians have opened for guest artists such as Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Blue Scholars and Brothers from Another. The dynamic program pairs student with professional artists and musical mentors.
The performance this weekend will include a student from the Harbor School, seventh-grader Emmett Sherman. VHS teacher Harris Levinson, one of the event founders, described Sherman as “playing electric guitar for one year and sounding like a vet.”
Other performers include VHS student Alia Goering, who will play the ukulele, sing and perhaps brandish a new original tune. An Open Mic favorite band, Mumphrey, led by Isaiah Graham Hazzard, with Kate Atwell on vocals, Chris Beardsley on keys, Aaron Kitchener on sax, Dan Geen on guitar and Quinn McTighe on bass, will also play, as will Ten Cent Time Machine, which recently played a two-set show at the Open Space for Arts & Community.
Sharing the Stage reached out to the lead singer and guitarist The Young Evils, asking them to became the music mentors for the students. The pair traveled twice from Seattle to the island to help the young Vashon musicians prepare.
Levinson said Sharing the Stage is excited to be co-producing the show with Debra Heesch, “a tour de force producer of many memorable shows on Vashon and in Seattle.”
The show begins at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Red Bike. Tickets are $7 for students and $12 for adults and are available at the VHS office and brownpapertickets.com.