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Kwamane Bowens, AKA Groovie Mane 

He drops hits on, and off, the football field.

Former D-1 gridiron star Kwamane Bowens, who returned to Whidbey to coach Coupeville High School football players for several seasons, also records as Groovie Mane.

Tuesday morning he dropped his newest song, “Couple Days,” featuring Mx and French Inhale.

 

To follow Bowens in his lyrical career, check out his Soundcloud page:

 

Or listen to his newest song here:

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The show will not go on.

The latest casualty of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is the Oak Harbor Music Festival, which was cancelled Thursday afternoon.

The event was scheduled for September 4-6.

Through seven previous go-rounds, the festival, which started in 2013, raised $35,000 for scholarships, which was divvied out between 27 graduating seniors.

Held in Oak Harbor’s downtown, the event pulled in musical talent from across the nation, while also giving a spotlight to local artists.

The festival featured more than 30 acts, while also providing space for food vendors, arts and crafts booths, sidewalk cafés, and a beer garden.

The following statement was released by the festival board:

 

In sadness for today, but filled with great hope and love for the future, we announce the cancellation of the 2020 Music Festival.

We have no doubt that when we return on Labor Day weekend in 2021 for our ninth annual event, our town will once again swell with the joy and celebration that is an end-of-summer touchstone for our friends and neighbors here on Whidbey Island and for our guests from across the Northwest and beyond.

In these uncertain times, our greatest concern is for the health and safety of the musicians, volunteers, vendors, our generous sponsors, and guests who pack SE Pioneer Way each year.

Three days of free music bring us close, elbow-to-elbow and heart-to-heart with each other. We cannot imagine a socially-distanced Oak Harbor Music Festival.

We are humbled by the way our community members — our local businesses and friends and public servants, City and County — have wrapped their arms around this festival.

You have volunteered countless hours every year; you have donated and sponsored this event; you all have had our back every step of the way.

We truly believe that, together, all of us have made Oak Harbor a better place.

Between now and 2021, we will keep our community informed as we heal and recover from this crisis.

We will honor and build on relationships and commitments already established with our supporters and partners.

And as always we will devote our energy faithfully to our mission: to inspire the community with the power of music.

With love and gratitude,

Cynthia Mason
Oak Harbor Music Festival President
& the OHMF Board of Directors

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Sarah Lyngra

Stay connected through piano.

Coupeville Middle School volleyball coach Sarah Lyngra is also a piano teacher, and is sharing lessons from a book she wrote for young children.

She’s making video lessons for each chapter of the book, and is sharing them for free on the internet.

Lyngra is putting up a new story each day, as she works through the 10 lessons offered in her book.

To take a look at what she’s doing, pop over to https://vimeo.com/user18798340.

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Thane Peterson was among a group of CHS students invited to perform at an honors choir/band event at Western Washington University. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Combining vocals and instrumentals, Coupeville High School students took the music world by storm earlier this week.

Nine Wolves traveled to Western Washington University Monday to take part in the WWU Honor Festival, a showcase for talented choir and band students.

Mica Shipley, Thane Peterson, Ashleigh Battaglia and Melissa Otto participated in choir, and the video below showcases some of their work.

They were joined by Jakobi Baumann, Harris Sinclair, Nikolai Lyngra, Kaley Grigsby and Jaschon Baumann, who played in the honors band.

The event drew students from Island, San Juan, Whatcom and Skagit counties.

 

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Kiara Burdge (John Fisken photo)

There’s no stopping Kiara Burdge.

The former Wolf cheer captain, who graduated with the Coupeville High School Class of 2017, is back in the spotlight (where she deserves to be), after dropping a new song.

Two Simple Words” is actually from 2015, and it’s the first song she wrote, but it just made its internet debut thanks to SoundCloud.

Burdge, who has gone on to write and sing quite a bit more, remembers this first effort fondly, as it lit a fire under her creative side.

“This song has a special place in my heart because it was the first time I realized creating music was a possible outlet for me, and that realization changed my life,” she said.

So, take a listen, and catch an ever-soaring star, so you can say you knew Kiara before the rest of the world caught on to how amazing she is.

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