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The Federal Way summer concert series will bathe Steel Lake Park in live music on six consecutive Wednesday evenings beginning next month.

The city’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department is organizing the free shows in coordination with King County Arts Commission, Federal Way Arts Commission and Target stores.

The series literally will be a variety show, with music ranging from rock to classical.

Panduo, two guys at work on steel drums, will open the series July 10. They’ll be followed on July 17 by Rockaroos playing children’s tunes; on July 24 by Little Green Men, a rock foursome from Olympia; on July 31 by Smilin’ Scandinavians and their polka sounds; on Aug. 7 by Yes, Yes Boys, a Seattle swing band; on Aug. 14 by Rainbow of Hawaii doing (what else?) Hawaiian music; and on Aug. 21 by Bottom Line Duo, practitioner of classical fare.

All shows are scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. and will be outdoors at Steel Lake Park, 2410 S. 312th St., except during inclement weather. Then the venue will shift inside at Klahanee Lake Community/Senior Center, 33901 9th Ave S. (When in doubt, call 661-4050 to verify.)

More about the performers:

• Panduo, July 10. Gary Gibson and Michael Bento perform Caribbean music to listen and dance to. The duo uses a combination of steel drums and electronics.

• Rockaroos, July 17. Dave Kern, a former basement band rocker, switched to children’s music when he created the Rockaroos in 1989. He says he aims to make his songs appealing to parents, too.

• Little Green Men, July 24. The four-member original rock band is fronted by vocalist Pam Webberley and features a bassist, a drummer and a guitarist, all men. Concert organizers say to watch the tall, lanky guitar player, who goes from quiet to “a star as he loses himself in the music.”

• Smilin’ Scandinavians, July 31. Polka, yes. They also go for a blend of Scandinavian folk, traditional country-western and big-band music, plus some humor.

• Yes, Yes Boys, Aug. 7. The four-man swing group likes 1920s and ‘30s American jazz and blues, especially obscure tunes and originals.

• Rainbow of Hawaii, Aug. 14. Gloria Fujii is out to preserve Hawaiian and Polynesian music, traditional and modern. The ukulele is part of her musical storytelling.

• Bottom Line Duo, Aug. 21. This is chamber music, but not the usual classical fare, show organizers say. Picture original arrangements of famous works, as well as contemporary masterpieces.

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