This year marks the sixth summer of concerts offered outdoors at Cape Disappointment State Park, near Ilwaco, Washington. The Waikiki Beach Concert Series receives its name from the small pocket beach where the North Jetty meets the rocky cape. The amphitheater which serves as the setting for these folk concerts was designed as part of the Confluence Project, designed by architect Maya Lin of Vietnam Memorial fame. There are six performances planned for the summer, one on each second and fourth Saturday evening of June, July and August.
June’s performances include two regional acts, regionally known MIGHTY GHOSTS (mightyghosts.com) play original Americana acoustic roots music, and open the season on JUNE 11, with the new time for shows (no longer 2pm, conflicting with the beach-crowds), starting at 7pm. JUNE 25, all-female Bluegrass Band THE MISTY MAMAS (mistymamas.com), take the stage.
If you’ve never been to a performance of the Waikiki Beach Concert Series June is the month to check it out. Washington State Parks are free for the rest of the month. Starting July 1st, all park visitors will be required to buy a $10 daily Discover Pass or a $30 annual pass. These passes will be available in the next few weeks, wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold in Washington, as well as at Cape Disappointment State Park. The concerts themselves are free due to the support of the Friends of the Columbia River Gateway. This non-profit group operates the gift stores at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and at the Carriage House near the North Head Lighthouse. They support a variety of special events throughout the year in our area Washington State Parks and are now concentrating their efforts towards restoring the North Head Lighthouse.
This summer’s concert series at Cape Disappointment State Park will continue to offer beautiful music in a beautiful location. Bring your sunglasses if you’re lucky and an umbrella if you’re not. Come early, play on the beach a bit and enjoy a picnic dinner. Stay late and enjoy the sunset with the sounds of folk music ringing in your ears. For more information about these concerts, call (360) 642-3029.