Smoke doesn’t faze outdoor concerts in Port Angeles, Port Townsend

The shows will go on in Port Angeles and Port Townsend in hopes that the smoke that prompted Sequim’s cancellation of its outdoor concert Tuesday night will have dissipated enough to allow the air to clear.

The city of Sequim canceled the Music in the Park concert scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday because of unhealthy air quality caused by British Columbia and Eastern Washington wildfires.

Ranger and the Re-Arrangers, which describes itself as a Seattle Gypsy band, was scheduled to appear at the James Center for the Performing Arts at Carrie Blake Community Park, 500 N. Blake Ave.

The concert is tentatively rescheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 11, City Clerk Karen Kuznek-Reese said Tuesday.

The Olympic Region Clean Air Agency rated as “very unhealthy” in Clallam and Jefferson counties Tuesday. The National Weather Service expects to lift its air quality alert for Western Washington by 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Daring Greatly will perform on City Pier at the Port Angeles Concerts on the Pier from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

“We looked at it and the alert ends tomorrow, so I think we’re OK,” said Marc Abshire, executive director of the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce, on Tuesday.

Daring Greatly also will perform at Port Townsend’s Concerts on the Dock on Thursday. Concerts are at Pope Marine Park Plaza. Seating opens at 4:30 p.m. Music is set from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

“We’re going with the hope that there is going to be a big air change,” when a predicted marine breeze comes through Wednesday evening, said Mari Mullen, executive director of Port Townsend Main Street, which organizes the outdoor concerts.

In case of inclement weather, the outdoor concerts can move inside the Cotton Building nearby, Mullen said.

“That’s our Plan B.”

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