BLAINE — All are invited to the annual International Concerts on the Border Series at Peace Arch State Park on the U.S.-Canada border in Whatcom County.
The free one-hour concerts are at 2 p.m. each Sunday in August, sponsored by the Washington State Parks Folk and Traditional Arts Program.
The series celebrates the Pacific Northwest’s rich tapestry of cultures and traditions with music and dance performances from communities around the world. Blaine’s Tourism Advisory Council is also contributing support.
The schedule is:
- Aug. 4 — Chaopraya Ensemble, Thai classical and folk music and a wide range of dances, from lively regional folk to graceful court dances.
Aug. 11 — En Canto, a multi-ethnic female-led sextet and Seattle’s only Forró band. Forró music has origins in the agricultural traditions of Northeastern Brazil and is a combination of multiple Brazilian rhythms.
Aug. 18 — Juan Manuel Barco Conjunto, a legend of conjunto and Tejano music in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Part of a Texas migrant family, Barco taught himself to play the guitar at age 6 and later taught himself to play the bajo sexto and bass guitar. His music incorporates the many styles he heard from his youth. He now composes his own songs.
Aug. 25 — Radost Folk Ensemble and Dunava.Since 1976, this group has presented the dance, music and song of Eastern Europe throughout the Pacific Northwest. Joining the Ensemble is Dunava, a Seattle-based women’s vocal group specializing in the a cappella folk music of Eastern Europe.
A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to the park, $10 for a one-time visit.