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Several concerts and matzah making in Phinney-Greenwood this weekend

Here are a few highlights of what’s happening in and around the neighborhood this weekend. Check our Events calendar for more.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents Jim Page in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Little Sara and the Night Owls at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell (all levels welcome) from 2-4:15 p.m. on Sunday.

MMSC Day School, 8420 Dayton Ave. N., is hosting a Model Matzah Bakery at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

Seattle Folklore Society presents MAC: Ryan McKasson, Elias Alexander and Colin Cotter at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building. Tickets in advance are $18 general; $16 SFS/PNA members, seniors and students; kids half price (all tickets are $2 more day of the show).

MAC is Ryan McKasson (fiddle), Elias Alexander (small pipes, harmonium, vocals), and Colin Cotter (guitar, vocals), and they play powerfully-energetic, traditional Scottish tunes and original songs – part of the natural progression of Celtic music as it has worked into the American consciousness.

McKasson, Alexander, and Cotter are three well-versed in the Celtic music tradition, and the music that they write and perform is steeped heavily in this timeless tradition while also calling upon influences ranging from rock to classical. Their performances reveal fiery personas tempered with artistry, finesse, and virtuosity as they draw from a deep well of innovative original music and lush arrangements of traditional songs and tunes.

Ryan McKasson is a Scottish fiddler (former National Scottish Fiddle Champion) and tune-writer from Seattle who tours with a number of well-known bands around the world.

Traffic wise this weekend:

  • Seattle Sounders play Club Necexa at 7 p.m. Saturday at CenturyLink Field.
  • Taste Washington at CenturyLink Field Event Center from 2-5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. About 10,000 people are expected to attend each day.
  • Be prepared for significant traffic delays on I-90, I-5 and SR 520 this weekend. I-90 will be reduced to one lane westbound from 11 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday. The southbound I-5 express lanes will not open for the morning commute on Saturday or Sunday; the express lanes will open northbound at 1:30 p.m. each day, as crews clean up trash and fill potholes, perform electrical work and other maintenance tasks. And eastbound SR 520 will close between Montlake Boulevard and the Lake Washington Boulevard East onramp on Saturday and Sunday nights for the West Approach Bridge North project.

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