The One World Music Festival has become synonymous with first-class entertainment.
Now in its 15th year, Martin Lund’s musical extravaganza is headed to the Orcas Center main stage for two nights of entertainment. This year’s theme is “Everything old is new again.”
“The kids on this island know older music because their parents listen to it and they share it,” said Lund. “It’s an island phenomenon that doesn’t happen in most parts of the United States. Parents are passing down songs and music through the generations.”
In honor of that, Lund is featuring a handful of younger musicians: Allmost Classical will do the Andrews Sisters’ song “Sing, Sing, Sing,” BroGrass (the brothers-only version of the Crow Valley String Band) will present bluegrass, Jaz Lund will sing a “Millenialized” version of “Lullaby on Broadway,” and Jeffrey Cohan will play with his son Tate, an oboist.
The show is on Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $28 for adults and $14 for students at www.orcascenter.org. Lund lowered the prices to allow more accessibility, particularly for families.
Lund is a clarinet, saxophone, flute, accordion and piano player who worked in Los Angeles as a composer, arranger and musician prior to moving to Orcas Island. He started One World in 2002 to raise funds for the Funhouse Commons. This year, money from the show will go towards student scholarships for the Orcas Island Jazz Festival, which runs Aug. 31 to Sept. 3. The nonprofit is under the umbrella of Orcas Open Arts, and will feature vocal and instrument workshops this year. Lund launched the festival in 2015 and it’s been growing each year.
Other musicians in this year’s concerts are fiddler Joel Gamble, bass player Chuck Deardorf, drummer Brian Kirk, singer Larry Murante and guitarist, vocalist Gene Nery. Notable songs in the line up include a tribute to Hank Williams and Lund on the saxophone playing “Evening Prayer” with the Choral Society.
“It’s a variety show. It always has and it always will be. We have a theme each year but it goes all over,” said Lund.