Red Petal Tunes kicks off successful music nights

Jul 15, 2013
"Happy Ham" Jeff Stilwell delivering one of his "silly slices" at Red Petal Tunes

Red Petal Tunes, a weekly music scene night, kicked off at Red Petal Coffee in downtown Edmonds last Friday.  The musicians played to full tables for much of the evening.

"It was gratifying to see so many come," said Manya Vee, organizer of the event.

The evening is hosted by "Happy Ham" Jeff Stilwell, director of Edmonds Art Walk and Edmonds Mural Society.

"He was really funny," Edmonds resident Mary Kendall said.  "I laughed so hard!"

Stilwell offers up a variety of stand up comedy pieces between acts, such as "This Day in Edmonds," "Wacky News of the Nation," "Letters to Tunes" and other silly tidbits.

Highlights of the evening included well-known musician of the Northwest Bill Derry performing his newest originals, including a whimsical take on a romantic robot.  Robby Segar also contributed, on guitar, his newest works.

Sarena Ahumada, a precocious thirteen-year-old, wowed the crowd with her impressive voice.

"I don't think there was any doubt that we all saw a star get born that night,"  Manya Vee said.

One visitor on her way out the door quipped, "It was awesome!  I'll be back, and I'm all the way from Bremerton!"

Red Petal Tunes runs every Friday night at Red Petal Coffee, 321 Main Street, from 5 - 8 p.m.  There is no cover charge.  Interested musicians can contact event scheduler Manya Vee at  More information is available at or 425-776-3778 or by visiting 409 Main Street.



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