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American Roots Music Series returns to Deception Pass State Park

June 21, 2013 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Folk & Traditional Arts in the Parks Program invites the public to the Seventh Annual American Roots Music Series at Deception Pass State Park on Whidbey Island.

Each concert in the series of outdoor performances begins at 7 p.m. Saturdays starting July 13 and running through Aug. 3 at Deception Pass State Park, 41020 State Route 20 in Oak Harbor. The series celebrates the roots of American music and features traditional folk music from the Pacific Northwest by local artists. Admission is free to all performances. The Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to all performances.

Unless raining, all performances are scheduled in the West Beach amphitheater on the Whidbey Island side of the park. If raining, performances will move to the East Cranberry Lake picnic shelter, also on the Whidbey Island side of the park.

Music performances are scheduled as follows:

  • July 13 – Ryan McKasson and Dave Bartley, traditional Scottish music on fiddle and guitar
  • July 20 – La Famille Léger, Acadien and Québécois house music from eastern Canada
  • July 27 – Canote Brothers; traditional Anglo-American old-time fiddle tunes, country songs and swing
  • Aug. 3 – A Moment in Time, Seattle African-American a cappella gospel quartet

This series is accessible to persons with disabilities. If special accommodations are required in order to attend the event, call the park office at (360) 675-3767 or the Washington Telecommunications Relay Service (800) 833-6388. Requests must be made in advance.

The American Roots Music Series is part of a broader series of events celebrating Washington’s diverse cultures and presented by the Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program. The program is a partnership between the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, the Washington State Arts Commission and Northwest Heritage Resources with funding provided by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Washington State Parks Foundation. For a full schedule of Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program events, visit

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The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages a diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. Washington State Parks turned 100 years old on March 19, 2013, and will celebrate with events in parks all over the state, all year long. For more information, visit

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