Briefs For June 12, 2019

Posted 6/12/19

Free Spin Cycling classes

Madrona MindBody Institute is offering free Intro to Spin Cycling classes at 10 a.m. on Saturday June 15, 22 and 29.

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Briefs For June 12, 2019


Free Spin Cycling classes

Madrona MindBody Institute is offering free Intro to Spin Cycling classes at 10 a.m. on Saturday June 15, 22 and 29.

Spin is a great low impact, cardio and overall fitness workout, suitable for all levels. Experienced instructors will help teach the basics at a 30-minute class for beginners. Reserve a spot by calling 360-344-4475, emailing, or registering online at

Hootenanny, Then and Now

Pacific Northwest duo Hank and Claire will perform at 7 p.m. June 13 at the Port Townsend Public Library Carnegie Reading Room.

During the performance of “Hootenanny, Then and Now,” attendees will be invited to sing along with songs chosen for their great backstories and sing-along fun, according to a news release.

The songs themselves span over a hundred years of folk tradition, from the 1910 classic “Freight Train” to a folk song written a couple of years ago.

Hank Payne and Claire Favro got together in 2008 and are now married and living in Poulsbo. They pull from traditional and contemporary folk-influenced songs, and add a few originals. Hank and Claire are known for their tight-harmony singing and instrumentals with guitar and banjo. Payne is an award-winning songwriter, and the duo is featured on “River City Folk: Best of 2017.”

The event is free and open to the public.

Coyle Concerts

Jesse Loren Strickman, with Josh Michael accompanying on vocal harmony, light percussion, and piano, will perform at 7:30 p.m. June 15 at the Laurel B. Johnson Community Center, 923 Hazel Point Road, in Coyle.

Entry to the public event is by donation, with cookies and coffee served at intermission.

Strickman is known for potent lyrics and powerfully minimal acoustic music, according to a news release. He highlights darker chapters of his past, offering a bridge to those who are currently struggling from depression.

“Jesse Strickman has played in Coyle once before with a band called Dear Indugu, but he is also a songwriter in his own right and is now touring with accompanist Josh Michael,” said Norm Johnson, founder of Coyle Concerts. “His work is sensitive and emotional and is delivered with his unique musical style that matches the feeling in the lyrics. It’s the kind of singer/songwriter material that needs to be heard in a listening room like the Coyle Community Center.”

For more information, call 360-765-3449.

Sacred Music Concert with Shantala and Mikey Pauker

The kirtan band Shantala returns to Port Townsend along with folk and world artist Mikey Pauker during a performance at 7:30 p.m. June 18 at Madrona MindBody Institute, Building 610 at Fort Worden.

Pauker has been featured in Time magazine as one of the 10 Stars of The New Jewish Music, according to a news release.

The event is part of the Shalom Tour and features sacred chanting in Sanskrit and Hebrew and uplifting songs in the style of world folk music.

Shantala’s core members, Benjy and Heather Wertheimer, are joined by Greg Barnett on bass and Port Townsend musician David Michael on Celtic harp. The music is a contemporary style of kirtan, an ancient form of call-and-response singing of ecstatic chants and sacred music, according to the release.

There will be audience participation and invitation for all to sing.

Pauker’s devotional songs, in English and Hebrew, contain elements of folk, reggae and hip-hop.

Tickets are available in advance online or at the door. For more information call 360-344-4475.


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