By Mario Lorenz
Friends of the Foss Committee Member
Sunday, July 21, noon to 4 p.m., will be the third installment of the Friends of the Foss concert series and will feature the very young with the not so very young in the entertainment world. The series consists of younger performers under 16 years of age to performers more than age 16, making this a true family event. Longevity in this business is often a key to success. On July 21, we are returning to our roots and giving the Foss Summer concerts a new look at seasoned pros and the new and up and coming entertainers.
Ainsley Costello is a 15-year-old singer-songwriter from the Pacific Northwest with a love of country and pop music. She started performing when she was seven years old in school talent shows and musical theatre productions. Since then, she has studied piano, guitar, singing and songwriting. Today, she performs regularly around the Pacific Northwest. Costello has been influenced by artists such as Taylor Swift, Kelsea Ballerini, Cam, Hunter Hayes, Kacey Musgraves and Caitlyn Smith. She is working to find her unique style and sound and is currently working on her first album due in 2019.
The concert will also welcome The Jacob Jess Band, a psychedelic folk band playing a variety of inspired originals and passionate covers. Then young performers from Sound Movement Arts Center will take the stage. Voted 2018 “Best Kids Lessons” and 2019 “Most Loved Performance Arts Center” by Macaroni Gold Daisy Awards, Sound Movement Arts Center’s mission is to deliver high quality dance and performing arts in Tacoma. They provide a positive studio environment with educated and gifted instructors who focus both on technique and the individuality of each child. They offer a nurturing yet challenging atmosphere that propels students to reach their potential as performing artists and individuals.Recreational and competitive classes are offered in jazz, ballet, hip hop, contemporary, tap, acro and cheer beginning at age two.
Also on the playbill is Jim Valley, a Parent’s Choice Award winner for his children’s music and touted by educators as an international troubadour. Valley has had a storied career as an entertainer and composer. Since his early days as a rock n’ roller with his legendary stint as “Harpo” with Paul Revere and the Raiders, Jim’s music has brought a song and a smile to young and old alike. The music and lyrics he composes today inspire toe-tapping and dream-making.
The concert is free and all ages are welcome. The site is located just south of the Museum of Glass right along the Thea Foss Waterway, 1821 Dock St.