First Friday Art Walk – March 1st
Buttercup Lane is delighted to return to the gathering hall at Olympic Theatre Arts at 5:30 P.M. on March 1, 2019 during the First Friday Art Walk. The group covers a variety of music from classic rock and roll, country, R&B, rockabilly, pop, jazz, ’30’s and ’40’s swing, as well as one and a half original tunes. Buttercup Lane members are Mike and Diane Johnson, Rodger Bigelow and Dave Keyte.
Diane, who sings both lead vocals and delectable harmonies with Buttercup Lane, has sung with various groups including the Doodletown Pipers in the mid-60’s. While she was with the Pipers, they performed on several television shows such as the Danny Thomas Special and the Red Skelton Show. She was also involved in musical theatre, appearing in “Music Man” and “Oliver”. Diane sang in an award winning barbershop chorus in Bellevue and several barbershop quartets, performing around the Seattle area. Currently she sings with Mike at a few open mics and with Buttercup Lane at venues such as the OTA, the Lavender Festival, the Air Affaire in Sequim, the Lodge at Sherwood Village, and others.
Mike, who has been singing since his youth, also has fun playing in two local ukulele groups: Ukuleles Unite, located in Port Townsend and the Olympic Peninsula Ukulele Strummers (OPUS) that has groups in both Sequim and Port Angeles. Don’t miss the chance to hear the unique sound he teases from his acoustic/electric baritone ukulele as B.L.’s rhythm player.
Rodger Bigelow, lead guitar and vocals, plays sensitive leads that enhance the music of all generations. His roots in music are derived from Pacific Northwest garage band style he played as a musician working since the early l960’s in Pierce County. Rodger played for the recently retired dance band Round Trip and is currently playing lead guitar with country singer Buck Ellard’s band.
Dave Keyte has been playing some kind of musical instrument since the age of five. For many years he played one of the coolest saxophones going. But, as he got a bit older and wiser, he realized he was working way too hard blowing that sax. The Electronic Wind Instrument (EWI) was a perfect fit – he doesn’t have to work nearly as hard to make the EWI sound like a million bucks, and the EWI has about 50 programmed sounds to chose from. So, whether Buttercup Lane needs a B3 organ sound, a sax, a trombone, or whatever, Dave can do it all on the EWI.
“We have a lot of fun playing and singing. Our band really enjoys a wide range of musical genres. Local audiences have been very complementary and receptive to our music.”
Music starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Gathering Hall.
First Friday at Olympic Theatre Arts is always free to the public where the snack and beverage bar will be open.
OFF Stage (Olympic Theatre Arts First Friday) happens every month on the first Friday,
during the Sequim Art Walk. Featuring a wide variety of entertainers and entertainment,
it is always a fun evening here at OTA!
Olympic Theatre Arts Center is located at 414 N. Sequim Ave. If there is no Production on the Main Stage or in the Gathering Hall, Doors will open at 5:00 p.m., otherwise, see the posting above for an exact time. There is no charge for attendance. Refreshments, including beer, wine, and light snacks will be available for purchase.
For additional information contact the theatre box office, open 1–5 p.m., Monday–Friday, at (360) 683-7326.