Presidents Day at the Locks  —  Concert

Sunday Feb 19, 2017
Noon 3:00 PM

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
3015 NW 54th St.
Seattle, WA 98107

Making The CutHear some of the contestants from the ‘Making the Cut’ Songwriting Contest perform their songs about the centennial of the Ballard Locks and Lake Washington Ship Canal.

This concert is part of the ‘Presidents Day at the Locks‘ festivities.

The concert will feature nine of the many contestants in the contest.  Each act will perform about three songs, including their contest entry.

Judging for the “Making The Cut” contest is still in progress. The top 15 songs will be professionally recorded, thanks to a grant from 4Culture.  A CD will be released in early July.


Noon — Al Hirsch

Featured song: Salmon Bay Charlie – The last indigenous couple living on Shilshole Bay.  “Salmon Bay Charlie saw it all.”

12:20 — Bob Morgan

Featured song: Across the Lakes, July 4, 1917 – A great event was staged to mark the opening of the locks, but what happened to the last Duwamish village on the Black River?

12:40 — Justin Wood & Michael DiRoberts

Featured Song: Concrete & Steel – The epic dream of ordinary workers to build the future. “Concrete and steel, they last near forever.”

1 pm — Rob Kneisler

Featured song: Lift Me Up – A trip through the locks as an ode to the journey of life.

1:20 — Sheldon Rosevear

Featured song: The Fish Ladder Song – A catchy sing-along about watching fish as they continue their life cycle.

1:40 — Bruce Baker, maybe Mary Garvey

Featured song: Clunk Go the Shovels – Workers of many nationalities add their efforts to dig the cut.

2 pm — David Doll

Featured song: 1916 Salmon Run – From the point of view of some very confused fish.

2:20 pm — Alex Exarhos

Featured song: Lost & Found at the Ballard Locks – A jazzy tune about a kayaking trip through the canal on a warm summer day.

2:40 pm — Marek Skoczylas

Featured song: Ballard Locks Engineers & Sailors – From the point of view of the optimistic immigrant, a tribute to the people who find solutions and get things done.

This project was supported, in part, by an award from:

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