Rain doesn't spoil the sounds of the islands


The Mirror

It was pouring rain outside but the music pouring from the Federal Way Community Center on Wednesday brought thoughts of sunshine.

The Islanders Steel Band played Calypso and Reggae music in the Community Center after the concert scheduled for Steel Lake Park was rained out. It was the second concert of a seven concert series planned for Steel Lake this summer.

About 30 people showed up to the indoor event, much fewer than the 400 who showed up to the first event the week before, said Tarra Reardon, Federal Way cultural events and arts coordinator.

“It’s just a part of the gig, you just roll with the punches and do what you’ve got to do,” she said.

Those who did show up Wednesday were happy to hear the band and didn’t mind being indoors. They shook maracas and danced in their seats.

“I think it will be kind of pleasant,” 56-year-old Mary Carpio said before the show. “It’s really wonderful to have this facility.”

Carpio, who has lived in Federal Way just over a year, said she just heard about the summer concerts on a library flier and she looks forward to attending.

“I love music and so it’s nice to have venues with free music,” she said.

Last summer, Carpio drove to downtown Seattle for free concerts. She looks forward local concerts that don’t require much of a commute.

The 2007 Summer Sounds at the Beach will continue each Wednesday evening throughout the summer at Steel Lake Park with live bands from around the Puget Sound.

The City of Federal Way Parks, Recreation and Cultural Service Department, which hosts the events, encourages people to bring picnics, lawn chairs and blankets to the park.

This year’s concerts are sponsored by the Federal Way Arts Commission, 4 culture, Washington Mutual Home Loans, Eagle Tire and Automotive, Windermere Real Estate, Columbia Bank, Keller Willaims Realty, Ball Chiropractic Center and American Family Insurance.

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