Local musicians to play in parking lots of Avamere, San Juan Commons May 4

Posted 5/1/20

Residents and passersby at two of Port Townsend’s senior living facilities will find themselves treated to live music on the afternoon of Monday, May 4.

The musicians are Matt Sircely and …

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Local musicians to play in parking lots of Avamere, San Juan Commons May 4

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Residents and passersby at two of Port Townsend’s senior living facilities will find themselves treated to live music on the afternoon of Monday, May 4.

The musicians are Matt Sircely and Jonathan Doyle.

The retirement communities are Avamere at Port Townsend, at 1201 Hancock St., and San Juan Commons, at 3300 San Juan Ave.

The organizer is Matt Miner, whose official job is as music performance manager for Northwind Arts Center, but he emphasized this impromptu performance “has no connection with Northwind” or any other organization.

“I started out wanting to get the musicians on a flatbed truck, to play in the neighborhoods, but that didn’t get much interest,” Miner said.

Both Sircely and Doyle had expressed an interest in doing “some kind of public performance” a few weeks before their performances in the Avamere and San Juan Commons parking lots on May 4.

Miner subsequently reached out to the nursing homes and received their permission a week before the performance.

According to Miner, continuing such performances will depend on further interest from the musicians and the homes.

“I suppose if we get some smiles and waves from the windows, and maybe an invitation to come back, I’d consider that a success,” said Miner, who would welcome being able to continue the retirement community tour “at any and all of them in town. Before the shutdown, I produced the monthly ‘Arts to Elders’ concerts for Northwind Arts Center, rotating among the five nursing homes here in Port Townsend, so I have a working relationship with all of them.”

When asked what sort of music folks will be in for, who happen to be in the area, Miner said, “Probably quite an assortment. Jonathan is a jazz clarinetist, and Matt plays a range of styles on the mandolin and guitar.”

The performances start at Avamere at 2 p.m., and move onto San Juan Commons hopefully no later than 4 p.m., on May 4, although Miner noted such details will be subject to weather.

Miner promised the musicians would be considerate of everyone’s health and safety by “keeping (their) distance.”

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