The Candlelight Concert this month will feature Mike and Val James.

The Candlelight Concert this month will feature Mike and Val James.

Mike and Val James highlight Candlelight Concerts series

PORT TOWNSEND — Mike and Val James, Port Townsend singers and instrumentalists, will perform at Trinity United Methodist Church during its Candlelight Concerts series on Thursday.

The performance will be at 7 p.m. for one set with no intermission at the church, 609 Taylor St., across from the Port Townsend Community Center in uptown.

The doors will open at 6:30.

Masks are encouraged for in-person attendees.

It will also be streamed live at, where participants can find a link for the Candlelight Concerts Online and ways to donate.

The concert will be simulcast on KPTZ FM 91.9.

Admission is free, with a suggested donation $15 per person.

Half the proceeds will go to The Recovery Café, a non-profit program of Dove House Advocacy Services of Jefferson County located at 939 Kearney St. in Port Townsend.

The Recovery Café is a member the Recovery Café Network, a nationwide model of recovery peer support.

Some of its goals are to maintain an alcohol- and other drug-free environment, conduct recovery circles, and work to end oppression of racism and support human rights.

The Jameses will perform a “Mixed Bag” — a collection of songs which cover different eras and styles.

They have performed to a variety of audiences in concerts, festivals and private venues in the Northwest and internationally for more than 25 years.

Their broad musical styles range from the traditional, to 1940s through 1980s.

Their music has influences from folk, blues, jazz, maritime and includes originals. They will be accompanied by Bruce Cannavaro on bass.

Mike James is a retired educator/counselor who grew up in Michigan and moved to Seattle in 1983.

Val James, whose mother sang with Bing Crosby on the radio and in films, recently released a CD, “Just Makin’ It Up,” which includes all original tunes.

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