Nikles and Canote Candlelight Concert

KPTZ partners with Trinity United Methodist Church’s Candlelight Concert series to present Bobbi Nickles and Jere Canote on the air May 26 from 7-8pm with no intermission. Nikles and Canote are a local fiddle and guitar duo. This concert is also being presented as an in-person event at Trinity United Methodist Church.

Port Townsend based fiddler Bobbi Nikles has performed in a wide array of bands: old-time, Irish, Jazz combos, and contradance bands. Her fiddling is luscious and rhythmic. She has contributed to Strings magazine with articles on bowing technique and instrument evaluation and she founded and directed the acclaimed day camp “Fiddlekids” in Berkeley CA. She teaches at camps, workshops, and in her private studio, and has been on staff at the PT elementary school YEA Music! program and at Centrum’s Festival of American Fiddletunes. Her playing incorporates a 30-year depth of knowledge and experience. Bobbi has appeared on KPTZ’s programs “Tossed Salad” and “Cats in our Laps,” where she performs the closing theme music.

It all started for Jere when he received a guitar for Christmas while in high school in California. He began singing and performing with his twin brother Greg as the Canote Brothers.  They moved to the Puget Sound area in the early 1980s and played for nearly two decades with dance caller and musician Sandy Bradley, doing festivals and a weekly live radio show on KUOW. Along the way, Jere picked up the banjo, the ukulele, and the harmonica. The twins then forged a career performing and teaching their own brand of Americana. They have taught all over the country and have often been featured at Centrum’s Fiddle Tune Festival. Jere moved to Port Townsend in 2015 and found a kindred musical spirit in Bobbi Nikles!  They specialize in lively fiddle tunes, antique swing & blues, and country songs old and new!

Monika MickHager, PT City Council Member

(Airdate: May 17, 2022) Our Town host Maryanne McNellis interviews Monica MickHager, a  first-term Port Townsend City Council member. Monica has been involved in city politics for years, serving over a decade on the Planning Commission, many years on Parks & Recreation and School District committees plus 19 years with the PT Film Festival. But running for elected office was a big step. She took office in January 2020, just before the pandemic shut everything down. Monica had campaigned aggressively on getting the town’s debt load under control and repairing our pothole-riddled streets. But with the city under strict emergency orders, there was little chance for major change. Still, Monica’s stint as a council member has been eye-opening. She understands more fully why it takes so very long for the city to change policies. That doesn’t mean she has given up on her goals. In addition to focusing on debt reduction and streets, she is also working on affordable housing, renters’ rights, and parking management. And then there’s the ever-growing deer herd in Port Townsend. Monica has meticulously studied every issue and is ready to suggest what she sees as better solutions. Not everyone agrees, of course.

County Public Health Report – 5/16/22

The following is a summary of the presentation during the Public Health briefings at this week’s Board of County Commissioners meeting made by Jefferson and Clallam County Public Health Officer Dr. Allison Berry. Also Willie Bence, Director, Director of Emergency Management, gave a report. The summary below was provided by and used with the permission of Jefferson County Government.

Click here to read complete notes on the day’s briefings

From Bed Races to the Grand Parade

(Airdate: May 16, 2022) This week’s Attention Please! is all about Rhody, the Port Townsend Rhododendron Festival. Joining host Phil Andrus are Festival organizers Laina Amerson, Mary Baker Crozier, Melanie Bozak, and Wyatt Ranson.

Song Club Radio Hour Live! 

KPTZ announces Song Club Radio Hour, LIVE at Wheeler Theater on the Fort Worden campus in Port Townsend, featuring performances from artists heard on KPTZ’s weekly program Song Club Radio Hour.  Presented by Rainshadow Recording, the live performance is  on Friday May 20 at 7:30pm. The Friday Night Song Club is a collective of songwriters from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Participants are given a word or a phrase around which to write a song. The results are presented weekly online at the Song Club Radio Hour livestream, as well as here on  KPTZ. Song Club is the brainstorm of Seattle-based Joel Myers, lead guitarist for Port Townsend’s own Kilcid Band. This is only the second-ever Song Club live show, this time in the beautiful, intimate Wheeler Theater in Port Townsend at Fort Worden State Park. Celebrating 70+ episodes of Song Club Radio Hour, Song Club Live! will feature performances from MarCo (aka Maram Arifi & Conor Sisk), Wilderness Carwash, Von Wildenhaus, Memory Land, Night Wizards, Dustin Lanker, Nico Janssen, Caleb Thompson, Stephen Gilbert, Oxy The E, Justin Tamminga and more! Song Club Radio Hour airs weekly on KPTZ, Fridays at 10pm.