OYSTERVILLE -What could be better than slurping oysters, sipping wine, amidst soothing jazz on a summer afternoon? That's Jazz and Oysters on the Long Beach peninsula.

For 17 years, Jazz and Oysters has brought outstanding jazz performers to the Long Beach Peninsula in festival at its stellar outdoor setting in the schoolyard of historic Oysterville.

Attracting jazz aficionados to music enthusiasts, festival goers listen to wonderful jazz, lounge in lawn chairs, eat barbecued oysters hot off the grill, savor elegant desserts from local restaurants, all accompanied by a glass of wine, beer or a favorite soda.

Featured this year is singer/songwriter Mary Kadderly who brings one of the Pacific Northwest's most distinctive voices. Jazz, heartfelt ballads and classic R&B pop are all in her repertoire of inspiring originals. Accompanying her is Dan Balmer on guitar, Micah Kassell on percussion, and Scott Steed on bass.

Kadderly has been featured at the Blue Note in New York, the Reno Jazz Festival, the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival and the Milford, Connecticut Coffeehouse Concert Series, as well as throughout the northwest at well-known Seattle's Bumpershoot Music Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, Seattle and Salem's Art Festivals, Portland's Art Museum, while continuing to perform night club and concert circuits.

The Willamette Week said, "The gutsy vocals of Mary Kadderly can warm your bones, move your soul, and break your heart all in one set."

Her first CD "Down Right Big Time" was followed by "I Go Zoom" which was five weeks in the top ten CDs on the Northwest charts.

Sunday, Aug. 18, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. is this year's festival in Oysterville. Admission at the gate is $12 for adults, $6 for ages 6 to 12, and no charge for those under 6. Food is ala carte. We ask that you bring no outside food, nor your dog, but please bring a chair or blanket. The Jazz and Oysters Festival is a benefit for the Peninsula Water Music Festival in October.

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