Arts and Entertainment

Summer Sounds will be variety show

The Mirror

Professionals and the starry-eyed will be among the featured performers in the annual Summer Sounds at the Beach concerts this July and August in Federal Way.

The seven-week series of free outdoor shows at Steel Lake Park will begin in July with traditional American music dating to the 1920s, and will end in August with something more contemporary: Amateurs competing for the title of Federal Way Idol, ala the popular “American Idol” television show/talent contest.

A maximum of 60 singers –– all required to live within the Federal Way school district, be at least 16 and pay a $20 non-refundable entry fee –– will compete in auditions July 19 and 21 at Knutzen Family Theater to be one of 12 finalists in Federal Way Idol. The grand-prize winner, picked by audience votes in live performances in the Summer Sounds finale Aug. 17, will receive $500, a recording session and a spot in a regional competition in September at the Puyallup Fair.

Officials with the Federal Way Parks and Recreation Department, which is helping organize everything, hope Idol will put an extra

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