CAPE D - The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to a free series of concerts on Waikiki Beach at Cape Disappointment State Park near Ilwaco. The concerts run through Aug. 25 and feature a wide variety of musical genres, including Celtic, folk, gospel, Tex-Mex and marimba.

The concerts are scheduled to take place at the new Confluence Project amphitheater at Waikiki Beach, which offers views of the Columbia River and Pacific Ocean. All concerts begin at 2 p.m.

July 14 - The Beerman Creek Stringband, a local bluegrass house band.

July 28 - Circled By Hounds, a Celtic music trio from the Oregon coast, performs unique arrangements of traditional songs and tunes as well as original creations by the band.

Aug. 11 - Mexican-American singer and songwriter Juan Manuel Barco and his Tex-Mex Band perform songs in English and Spanish from the Texas-Mexican border corrido tradition. Many of the songs recount Barco's experience growing up in a migrant farm worker family in the 1950s and '60s.

Aug. 25 - Naselle Marimba Band. Naselle high school band students perform their Marimba repertoire, conducted by David King.

The Waikiki Beach concert series is supported by the Friends of the Columbia River Gateway, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program, through grants from Washington State Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts and Washington State Parks Foundation. For more information, contact the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, 642-3029. Information about this and other events in state parks are available online at (

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages a diverse system of more than 120 parks and several recreation programs, including trails, boating safety, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. The 94-year-old park system will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2013.

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