REMINDER: Blues & Brews Festival is SATURDAY at Des Moines Beach Park!

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REMINDER: The 7th annual “Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Festival” is this SATURDAY, Aug. 27, at Des Moines Beach Park.

The event will rock out from Noon – 8 p.m., and features blues bands performing live all day, local craft breweries and other beverages, and lots of food.

Tickets are available both in advance and at the gate, and you must be 21 to enter.

Go to to get your tickets today!

Blues & Brews is the summertime production of the Des Moines / Normandy Park Rotary Club, and serves as a benefit for Music4Life™ and the club’s other charities.  Music4Life is a non-profit that provides musical instruments to participating schools for students in need. The organization acquires “lovingly used” musical instruments from adults who no longer need them, gets them repaired and then provides them to public schools in Highline, Edmonds, Mukilteo, Seattle and Shoreline.  The non-profit program acquires used instruments from adults who understand that their highest and best use is to put them back into play. Music4Life also accepts donations to help pay for instrument repairs.

“Summer is when we have to focus on getting used musical instruments repaired and ready-to-play so that students this fall can start to use them as soon as they are enrolled,” Music4Life President/COO and co-founder David Endicott said. “The annual Blues & Brews Festival helps draw financial support and attention to this critical educational need.  We are very glad to have the ongoing support of the Des Moines / Normandy Park Rotary Club as we work to fill this need.”

“The reason this is so important is because research shows that students who participate in instrumental music programs tend to do better in math, science, history, literature, computer science, international languages, reading, writing and other academic disciplines,” Endicott added.  “This is in addition to what they learn in terms of teamwork and self-discipline.  All this is true, unless their parents can’t afford to get them a musical instrument in the first place.  And in today’s economy, many parents can’t even afford to rent a musical instrument.  To this extent, Music4Life is just as much an ‘education program’ as it is a ‘music program.’”

One recent national report found that half of all public school students are from income-eligible families that qualify for participation in the Free-and-Reduced-Lunch program.  The Puget Sound area is no exception.

“Our hope is that adults who know of Music4Life will donate their musical instruments to us now so we can get them repaired,” Endicott says.  “An instrument Donor Form must accompany the instrument and is available for downloading on our Website.”

Music4Life enjoys the support of notable music advocates and other community leaders.  Gerard Schwarz, world-renowned conductor laureate of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, has endorsed the program, saying, “This wonderful program begins with children in elementary school at a time when, if they’re interested and talented in any way, they have the greatest chance of success. Many people tell me of the impact that direct knowledge of instrumental music has had on their lives. We intend to give this advantage to all our children.”

Music4Life™ is supported in part by grants from the Hazel Miller Foundation, First Choice Health; 4Culture (the former Seattle-King County Arts Commission); the Knossos Foundation; various local Rotary and Kiwanis clubs; the Highline Schools Foundation; Nina McLemore LLC; Barnes & Noble; as well as by the law firm of Garvey Schubert Barer; Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Carrabba Violins, GMA Research; Lamar Advertising, the Newspapers in Education Program of The Seattle Times, Cascade Symphony Orchestra, Randy Oxford Entertainment, the Edmonds Center for the Arts, Kennelly Keys Music stores, Music & Arts stores, Hammond Ashley Violins in Issaquah, the Guitar Center stores and others.

Des Moines Beach Park is located at 22030 Cliff Ave South:

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