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BIMA Block Party

It’s the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art’s tenth birthday and we’re throwing a party! Come down to the Island Gateway on August 5 and celebrate with us from 12 PM – 9:30 PM with live music, art activities, food and vendor pop-ups, a beer and wine garden, and so much more!  Experience 12 bands playing across four stages; from Americana to hip-hop, funk to Latin music, BIMA is presenting regional musical acts including darlings of the local music scene:

band name listing including Tomo Nakayama, Shaina Shepherd, Stas Thee Boss, Tres Leches, Reposado, Terror/Cactus, Lydia Ramsey, Abyssinian Creole, Bannister & Maine, Civil Rebellion, Maya Marie, and Mirabai

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Music on 4 stages, vendor market, free admission to KiDiMu and BIMA, Food Popups, Beer & Wine Garden, art activities. Saturday, August 5, 2023, noon-9:30pm. Bainbridge Island Museum of Art & Island Gateway Plaza.

 

 

 

 

 

— PARKING & SHUTTLE INFO —

No onsite parking except ADA parking.

Nearby paid parking at Bainbridge Island Ferry Terminal.

FREE offsite parking at Bainbridge High School, Commodore Options School, and Ordway Elementary School.
If you don’t want to walk, there will be a free shuttle from the front of Commodore Options School, 8489 Madison Avenue N, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. Please note: there will be no shuttle service from 4:00-5:00p.m.

Shuttle service provided by:

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12:00-1:00PM - Gateway Stage

Civil Rebellion

It’s time to resurrect something that’s been left abandoned for too long! A night of careless, fun, energy driven music! Civil Rebellion delivers “unbridled energy” to the stage to bring their audience to life in ways that seem to becoming more and more rare as the modern age pushes forward. That being the amped rock show energy of the past. From the messy depths of punk rock to modern style alternative pop, The Emerald Cities young rock band roams from end to end to incorporate everyone and anyone who chooses to listen. Curated by the fine balance of lighthearted energy driven rock to melodic vocals and guitars, Civil Rebellion is more than certain to guide you day and night, feeling reborn from a time that might seem untreatable. So, without further a due. We can’t wait to see you in the crowds losing all control! Keep it punk! But polite.

A photo featuring the band Civil Rebellion.

12:00-1:30PM - Beacon Stage

Mirabai

Mirabai Kukathas is a storyteller. A playwright, guitarist, and (maybe most importantly) a singer/songwriter, she loves nothing more than telling an absurd story with an honest emotional core. The songs of this genre-blending “floral folk goddess” are characterized by vulnerable lyrics, walls of harmony, collaboration with friends, and a refreshing blend of irony and sincerity. Mirabai was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, although she also grew up in her mother’s native Malaysia. She’s garnered such honors as the Robert Bloch Award for Music, placing at MoPop’s SoundOff, being named one of the Gates Foundation’s 100 Local Changemakers, winning the Young Playwrights Project (twice), and being chosen for the Seattle Opera’s Creation Lab. Since 2020 Mirabai has released 10 singles, 2 EPs, and 2 full-length albums – executing everything with a level of honesty that is equal parts hilarious, heartbreaking, and hopeful. Her art is an act of healing; a confusing celebration of her culture, community, identity, and life.

A photo of artist Mirabai holding a guitar in front of a microphone.

1:00-2:30PM - Plaza Stage presented by Tour Bainbridge

Abyssinian Creole

Abyssinian Creole is the South Seattle duo of Khingz and Gabriel Teodros. Both storied MC’s with multiple decades of group work and solo work behind them, along with community work that both artists have put in from classrooms to building stages for other artists to be heard from. The group’s name symbolizes one of the oldest African nations and one of the newest African tongues, unified in the most visible African culture. A Safe Place For Us / From The Ashes Of Our Homes is the new double album set to launch from the legendary local hip-hop crew in the fall of 2023.
Khingz and Gabriel Teodros from Abyssinian Creole sitting on a porch.

2:30-3:30PM - Gateway Stage

Tres Leches

Tres Leches began one night when Alaia D’Alessandro and Ulises Mariscal heard the doorbell ring to reveal Zander Yates standing at the step waving with an everlasting grin. Together the soon-to-be-formed trio would find an expression for life’s chaos and an escape from societal pre-destiny.

Trio Tres Leches posing for a band photo.

2:30-3:30PM - Buxton Auditorium

Lydia Ramsey

Born at home in the wooded beach town of Indianola, WA, Lydia was raised in a house scattered with instruments, from guitars and mandolins, to clarinets and accordions.  With an upbringing rooted deeply in musical discovery and invention, her earliest inspirations came from her exploration on the piano, through the music of Chopin, Bill Evans, Debussy and Bach.  When she began playing guitar, she drew inspiration from traditional folk artists. These influences shaped the foundation of her songwriting, combining the melodies of classical and jazz composers, with the storytelling and harmonies rooted in folk music. She has been praised for the vintage quality of her dynamic voice and the pure emotions in her songwriting, drawing comparisons to Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt. Her original music has been celebrated worldwide by NPR Music, The Americana Music Association, and featured on HBO’s hit series, ‘Somebody Somewhere.’

Musician Lydia Ramsey playing a guitar and singing on stage.

3:00-4:30PM - Beacon Stage

Maya Marie

Bringing an unforgettable presence to any stage, Maya Marie can captivate an audience as her soulful voice and kicks a beat into your heart. Backed by the grit of rock, soul and blues, she inspires the audience to let go and liberate themselves while digging up her truths from the depths of her soul.
A sepia-toned photo of musician Maya Marie playing the guitar and singing towards the camera.

3:30-5:00PM - Plaza Stage presented by Tour Bainbridge

Terror/Cactus

Terror/Cactus is the digital folklore and psychedelic electro-cumbia project of Martín Selasco. Born in Buenos Aires and raised in Miami, the Seattle-based producer draws from a wide variety of Latin-American influences in his productions including Argentine folk, Peruvian chicha, and Colombian cumbia. These influences are woven into hypnotic electronic beats featuring psychedelic guitars, dub lasers, and field recordings.

Two members of Terror/Cactus, one wearing a bull mask on the right and one wearing a monkey mask on the left.

5:00-6:30PM - Gateway Stage

Reposado

That soothing yet profound fire in your Soul. The feeling of elevation, but with a deep-rooted Culture. Now imagine mixing that with a strong hit of Funk, chopping up a little Jazz, a steady (HEAVY) shake of Afro-Beat, and served in a Cuban Cigar smoked glass. This cocktail of flavors is what we call “T E Q U I L A F U N K.”

Reposado means: Rested. It is the middle-aged of the Tequila family, preferred by Tequila connoisseurs because of its balanced flavors. You can also find Reposado Mezcal & Tobacco. R E P O S A D O represents a Balance. Having wisdom of age and spirit of youth, highs of a celebration and depths of an intervention, the light joy of a freedom and the weight of certain truths.

We are a family of Musicians and Artists that can vary from a 6-15 person ensemble and you never know what surprise guest will be joining us. You are guaranteed a unique experience every time.

Members of the band Reposado in a red-tinted and dimly lit bar. One member in the center is standing holding a microphone and two other men on the right are playing saxophones.

5:00-6:30PM - Buxton Auditorium

Stas THEE Boss

Born on Hilltop in Tacoma, but raised in the Southend of Seattle, Stasia represents her home through and through.  After learning all the lyrics to Snoop Dogg’s “Gin and Juice” at the age of 8, she realized that a career in Hip-Hop was her destiny. She is formerly one half of the Psychedelic-Space-Rap-Jazz duo THEESatisfaction, with whom she produced, wrote and performed. She signed with Sub Pop Records in 2011, and released two albums. She was able to spread her love of music to many countries like France, UK, Australia, China, Portugal and Iceland. She is a member of the Black Constellation, along with Shabazz Palaces, Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, Nicholas Galanin, Nep Sidhu and Erik Blood. She currently resides in Seattle and continues performing music as a solo artist, DJing on KEXP, at Havana Social Club, and local parties.

A black and white image of Stas THEE Boss against a white backdrop smiling with her arms outstretched towards the camera.

6:30-8:00PM - Plaza Stage presented by Tour Bainbridge

Tomo Nakayama

Born in Japan and raised in Seattle, Washington, Tomo Nakayama is an artist whose melodic, complex and emotionally compelling music has been praised by NPR, New York Times, and The Stranger. After two critically acclaimed indie-folk albums “Fog on the Lens” and “Pieces of Sky” (named “Best Folk Act” by Seattle Weekly), he surprised his fans by releasing the synthpop album “Melonday” (on Seattle label Porchlight Records). Co-produced by Yuuki Matthews (The Shins, Teardrops, Sufjan Stevens) and mastered by Dave Cooley (M83, Paramore, Tame Impala), “Melonday” was named one of the Top Albums of 2020 by Seattle Times, KEXP, and Seattle Met Magazine, and debuted at #1 on KEXP’s NW Charts. He has toured across the US and Japan, sharing the stage with Built to Spill, Thao, Daði Freyr, Fleet Foxes, Michael Hurley, Sons of Kemet, Ben Gibbard, Damien Jurado, Wye Oak, and Cornelius. He has collaborated with Dave Matthews, Sera Cahoone, Jherek Bischoff, and Jeremy Enigk (Sunny Day Real Estate). He also composed music and appeared as an actor in the Lynn Shelton film “Touchy Feely” with Elliot Page and Rosemarie DeWitt.

Layered portrait of musician Tomo Nakayama looking up and to the left, towards the camera, and down and to the right.

6:30-8:00PM - Beacon Stage

Bannister & Maine

Kristen Ferguson and Anne Mathews are Bannister & Maine, a musical duo from Kingston. Both accomplished musicians with years of experience in various bands (Kristen: the Outskirts, Ferguson & Co; Anne: the Lonely Coast, the Toy Boats), their talents combine in a beautiful harmony-filled repertoire of American music. From classic country and R&B to funky roots, folk, and beyond, these vibrant musicians bring a distinctive expertise to acoustic Americana.

Artists Bannister & Maine, one holding an acoustic guitar on the left, and and the other holding an electric bass guitar on the right.

8:00-9:30PM - Gateway Stage

Shaina Shepherd

Shaina Shepherd is a singer, songwriter, vocal teacher, and community organizer in Seattle, WA. Known for her pervasive style as front-woman to soul-grunge band BEARAXE, her notable vocal stylings have brought her into various creative spaces — from collaborating with Duff McKagan, Chong The Nomad and Acid Tongue to sharing stages with rock stars like Dave Matthews and Thunderpussy to being a soloist with the classical ensembles around the country. Inspired by the parallels between gospel and garbage metal, Shaina Shepherd is not your average vocalist. Living in the city where both Soundgarden and Quincy Jones cut their teeth, Shaina lends her soulful voice to projects of all genres.

Portrait of Shaina Shepherd looking towards the camera.