Don’t Miss Casey MacGill Swingin’ at the Highline Classic Jazz Festival March 9

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The Highline Classic Jazz Festival – coming Saturday, March 9 – will include a featured performance by Casey MacGill, singing, playing his ukulele and leading his 14-piece swing and jump orchestra from 9 – 10 p.m.

Casey’s band will be playing dance music reminiscent of Count Basie, Bob Crosby, Duke Ellington, and Artie Shaw.

Another not-to-be-missed group, playing earlier in the day (4:10 p.m. in the Auditorium), is Sylvia Herold & The Rhythm Bugs. The Rhythm Bugs present richly harmonized swing and early pop songs…..from high-society jazz to low-down Basin Street ballads, the focus is on the elegant vocal arrangements, reminiscent of the Pied Pipers and the Boswell Sisters – check out this video:

For the uninitiated the venue itself is an attraction. Built in 1926 as the Washington State Freemasons Retirement Home, the Landmark Event Center building provides the perfect setting for Classic Jazz from the early years. The Festival presents fifteen bands on three stages within the Center – music and dancing in the building’s two large rooms and a quieter, acoustic jazz setting in the sumptuous Lounge. Two beer and wine bars, as well as coffee and water, add to the party atmosphere, and a five-course dinner, including drink and dessert, is available for $15.00 from EJ’s Custom Catering:

  • Chicken Tandoori
  • Beef Pot Roast with Baby Carrots
  • Indian Spring Brown Rice Pilaf
  • Organic Baby Greens Salad w/ Raspberry vinaigrette, maple spiced pecans, Gorgonzola
  • Assorted Mini Desserts
  • Glass of wine (or other beverage)

More information including directions, band bios and schedule, and ticket info at

This great jazz experience includes: Concerts, Dancing, Food and Drink, and an opportunity to mingle with the musicians. The bands include:

The three music venues allow for more concerts. There will be dancing and comfortable seating in the Auditorium and in the Banquet Hall, and the elegant Living Room will be the site of the new Acoustic Lounge, with small groups in an intimate setting.

A full dinner, at $15.00, will be provided by EJ’s Catering ( and there will be two no-host bars.

Tickets are $40 for adults, $35 for seniors (65), and FREE for youth 18 and under. Tickets are available online at Brown Paper Tickets (, at 3 Wishes Boutique (929 152nd Ave SW, Burien), or by calling Burien Arts at 206-244-7808.

Check the KPLU Calendar, B-Town Blog and Highline Times for Festival ticket giveaways.

For $150.00 individual sponsors will receive:

  • Two tickets to the Festival (Value $80)
  • VIP parking – right at the front door of Landmark Event Center (Priceless)
  • Three tickets for the Jazz Get-Away Drawings. Each ticket is good for two chances to win a Jazz Get-Away for two to a Coastal Hotel Group destination (Hotel Fifty in Portland or Cedarbrook Lodge in SeaTac), including overnight stay and dinner, PLUS admission to a jazz nightclub, transportation or valet parking, PLUS a basketful of prizes including CDs from the Festival bands, wine, chocolates, and more! (Tickets – $50 value)
  • Satisfaction of knowing you’ve contributed to the preservation of classic jazz in the Puget Sound area. (Also priceless)

The fifth annual Festival is presented by Burien Arts, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing affordable access to visual and performing arts in the Burien/Highline area, and by Landmark Event Center, a 1926 historic building overlooking Puget Sound. It is sponsored by Cedarbrook Lodge & Copperleaf Restaurant, 4Culture, SoKing Internet Radio, Robinson Newspapers, New Balance Chiropractic, Sterling Savings Bank, Hale Computers.

The Landmark Event Center is located at 23660 Marine View Drive South, Des Moines, WA 98198;

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