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Nahcotta port hosts scrumptious music, seafood

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Published on August 21, 2018 4:02PM

The 33rd annual Jazz and Oysters festival was held at the Port of Peninsula in Nahcotta on Saturday. An old oyster dredge, the May West, donated to the Port of Peninsula, was converted into a stage for various performers over the weekend.

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The 33rd annual Jazz and Oysters festival was held at the Port of Peninsula in Nahcotta on Saturday. An old oyster dredge, the May West, donated to the Port of Peninsula, was converted into a stage for various performers over the weekend.

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Seattle-based vocalist Eugenie Jones entertained jazz lovers with her powerful yet eclectic vocal style, singing jazz standards and her own written material. Jones won the Northwest Vocalist of the Year in 2015.

Seattle-based vocalist Eugenie Jones entertained jazz lovers with her powerful yet eclectic vocal style, singing jazz standards and her own written material. Jones won the Northwest Vocalist of the Year in 2015.

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Mark Knecht and Val Clement, who just moved to the Peninsula from Colorado, took in the sweet sounds and the salt air at the Jazz and Oysters festival on Saturday.

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Mark Knecht and Val Clement, who just moved to the Peninsula from Colorado, took in the sweet sounds and the salt air at the Jazz and Oysters festival on Saturday.

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The “Oyster Crew,” consisting of (left to right) Dan Findley, Bill Coffin and John Ducharme did a fantastic job of keeping the oysters cooking, as demand for the shellfish didn’t relent throughout the day. Thankfully, over 1,800 oysters were donated by Taylor Shellfish to the Jazz and Oyster festival this year.

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The “Oyster Crew,” consisting of (left to right) Dan Findley, Bill Coffin and John Ducharme did a fantastic job of keeping the oysters cooking, as demand for the shellfish didn’t relent throughout the day. Thankfully, over 1,800 oysters were donated by Taylor Shellfish to the Jazz and Oyster festival this year.

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Rookie shucker Joy Bennett, right, of Oysterville, opened up fresh-cooked oysters as her team prepared plates for hungry customers.

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Rookie shucker Joy Bennett, right, of Oysterville, opened up fresh-cooked oysters as her team prepared plates for hungry customers.

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Oyster lovers sometimes had to wait in long lines before they could trade in purchased tickets for fresh Willapa Bay oysters at the well-attended 33rd annual Jazz and Oyster Festival on Saturday.

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Oyster lovers sometimes had to wait in long lines before they could trade in purchased tickets for fresh Willapa Bay oysters at the well-attended 33rd annual Jazz and Oyster Festival on Saturday.

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Some fans took advantage of the laid-back atmosphere to catch a nap.

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Some fans took advantage of the laid-back atmosphere to catch a nap.

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RJ Marx on saxaphone and John Orr on guitar traded fours on Saturday afternoon. (Trading fours is when two musicians alternate solos in a quick yet concise manner.)

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RJ Marx on saxaphone and John Orr on guitar traded fours on Saturday afternoon. (Trading fours is when two musicians alternate solos in a quick yet concise manner.)

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Organizers said that this year’s Jazz and Oyster festival could be the highest attendance J&O they’ve hosted in recent memory.

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Organizers said that this year’s Jazz and Oyster festival could be the highest attendance J&O they’ve hosted in recent memory.

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The Ilwaco Jazz Band performed at the Jazz and Oysters festival on Saturday. Ilwaco 2018 graduate Devin Cavness energized the crowd with his tenor saxophone solo.

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The Ilwaco Jazz Band performed at the Jazz and Oysters festival on Saturday. Ilwaco 2018 graduate Devin Cavness energized the crowd with his tenor saxophone solo.

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NAHCOTTA — Relocating a music festival that partly celebrates oysters to one of the nation’s leading shellfish ports turned out to be a popular decision on Aug. 18, as possibly a record crowd relaxed and danced in the sun at the 33rd edition of Jazz and Oysters.

The event, one of several produced throughout the year by the Water Music Society, featured the R.J. Marx Quartet, Eugenie Jones and the Ilwaco High School jazz band. They performed on a new stage made from a retired Willapa Bay oyster dredge boat, a type of vessel built with a large, flat deck.

The homegrown product of oysters, donated for the occasion by Taylor Shellfish, generated much satisfied snacking throughout the event.

The Port of Peninsula has become a right-sized venue for local activities this summer. Previously, Jazz and Oysters was held on the Rod Run’s Wilson Field — which was too big for it — and at the Oysterville Schoolhouse, which became too small for the crowd.

Funds raised by the society go to support music-education programs in Ocean Beach schools. Water Music Festival, the society’s major production, is Oct. 12, 13 and 14.



















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