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Music: Peace Arch Park concerts run Sundays in August

The Peace Arch International Concert series starts Aug. 2 with Quichua Mashis at Peace Arch State Park.
The Peace Arch International Concert series starts Aug. 2 with Quichua Mashis at Peace Arch State Park. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission’s Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program hosts the annual Peace Arch International Concert Series at Peace Arch State Park, 19 A St., in Blaine.

The free, one-hour concerts begin at 2 p.m. the first four Sundays in August. To celebrate the Northwest’s diverse cultures, the series features music and dance representing communities and traditions from throughout the state: Ecuadorean, West African, Hawaiian, and a brass band.

A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to the concerts.

First up on Aug. 2: Quichua Mashis. Band members are Quichua Indians from the Andean mountains of northern Ecuador. Better known as the Inca Empire, the Quichua region of South America covers Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. Many of their instruments are handmade, using bamboo, sheep hooves, goat skins and armadillo shells.

The group performs on zampoñas (panpipe flutes), quenas (endblown flutes), the bombo (drum), chakchas (rattle), and charango, which resembles a small guitar with 10 strings. Guitar, bandolin (a short-necked, 15-string lute) and violin accompany the traditional instruments.

Also in the series:

Aug. 9: Gansango Music & Dance Company.

Aug. 16: Halau Hula O Napualani (Napualani Hawaiian Dance Troupe).

Aug. 23: The Ballard Sedentary Sousa Band.

Details: 360-332-8221, parks.wa.gov/calendar.aspx.

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