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MelanyPeterson Live music Entertainment

We'll bring live music and fun to you!

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Who is Mel Peterson

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Melany Peterson, a beautiful, humble, southern spirit in song and mind, says, “Singing is what I do and just let me do my ‘thang’.” Vocalist Melany Peterson grew up listening to Roberta Flack, Dionne Warwick, Jerry Butler, Isaac Hayes, and Aretha Franklin.  At the age of 12, Melany’s fledgling interest in singing took flight inside her hometown church in Charleston, SC where she would often be caught alone playing the piano and singing her favorite tunes. Melany’s singing took off, professionally, in 1982 with the Charleston Actors Theatre Society. First sharing her gift of song at the Garden Theatre in Charleston, SC., she then made a name for herself singing with the band Sea Breeze and by joining a gospel group, “Voices of Deliverance” which performed traditional spirituals and psalms.     

  Today, this “Song Bird of the South” is the key vocalist of the Mel Peterson Collective, Blush and the Mel Peterson Gospel group which performs a fusion of Contemporary-pop, Jazz standards, Gospel, and R & B classics. You can catch her performing at Swiftwater Cellars both in Bellevue and Cle Elum. Also, various wineries all over the Kittitas and Yakima Valleys, including Benton County. If you’re lucky, she may be playing a private party you’re attending.  Making Ellensburg her new home for the past 10 years, Mel has gathered Ellensburg musical talent to strike the heart of those who love music. 

Mel Peterson Collective featured Musican Becky Griswold

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Becky is a pianist/keyboardist/vocalist who originally grew up in lower valley Yakima. She began playing the piano by ear at the age of 3 & thanks to Becky’s attentive piano teacher & school band teachers, she became interested in Jazz & Pop. By age 16, she was recruited by the Yakima Valley Community College jazz performance department. At age 18, Becky toured all over England with YVCC Jazz Combo 1, where they had the number one hit at London’s famous Jazz Café for the month of March in 2001 with their rendition of “Cherokee”. She went on to study Jazz Performance & Composition at CWU. Becky moved to Seattle from 2003-2014 & became an active musician in both the Jazz, R&B, & Top 40’s Cover Band scenes, and for 10 of those years taught a full studio of piano/voice students. Currently, Becky lives in Ellensburg, WA & keeps her calendar busy with a variety of local groups (The Ellensburg Big Band and The Three Amigos Trio) as well as Seattle gigs (Top 40’s cover bands & an original Funk group called, Thaddillac) all while raising a family, teaching piano/voice full time, & contributing to other artist’s recordings, as well as writing & recording her own compositions. 



Musicans

Marshall Bilodeau

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Marshall, an Eastern WA local, has always been interested in music and has been playing drums since he was 12 years old. Marshall quickly became an accomplished drum set player, and throughout his musical career in high school and college at CWU, he achieved the following accolades: Excellence in Musicianship Award at the Reno Jazz Festival, Outstanding Musicianship at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, and he won All State jazz drummer. Marshall was also a member of Soundsation, and has toured locally, nationally and internationally with several groups. He also has experience playing and recording with many bands and has taught private lessons. Currently, Marshall is the Director of Music for Soap Lake School District which includes teaching music to preschool students all the way through high school students. He continues to expand his musicianship by playing guitar, piano, and sing as a worship leader at a local church, while also finding a little spare time to play drums for the Mel Peterson Collective, Ellensburg Big Band, The Three Amigos Trio, and Open Country Joy, (a local folk group). entertainment live music restaurants with live music

Jon Griswold

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As a young kid growing up in Seattle, Jon Griswold heard a tape of Stevie Ray Vaughn playing guitar and exclaimed to his Dad, “That’s what I want to do!” He got his first guitar at age 8 and by age 10 was also playing drums. In High School he decided to start playing bass, figuring he could get more work since there were so many guitar players and drummers in the world. He went on to study bass at Central Washington University playing with the big band, vocal jazz and many combos. He was able to play his way through school by performing in local clubs with Top 40 groups on the weekends, which helped add to a large musical vocabulary. After college Jon started his own top 40 group called Jonny5 which quickly found success playing Washington, Oregon and Montana. Since leaving school Jon has performed and toured with various acts playing anything from country to hip hop and everything in between. entertainment live music restaurants with live music

Events

2/23/2019 Saturday

Swiftwater Cellars, Bellevue

6pm - 9pm

Bellevue, WA

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2/23/2019 Saturday

Swiftwater Cellars, Bellevue

We invite you to listen to live music as Melany and Becky provide some great music for your nights entertainment. Great food and wine at Swiftwater Bellevue. 

6pm - 9pm

Bellevue, WA

3/3/2019 Sunday

Cornerstone Pie

5pm - 7pm

Ellensburg, WA

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3/3/2019 Sunday

Cornerstone Pie

We invite you to listen to live local Musicans Melany, Becky and Jon play some great Jazz Standards, Classic Rock, R&B and some blues. Cornerstone Pie has FIRE Roasted Pie's, Beer and Wine.

5pm - 7pm

Ellensburg, WA

3/16/2019 Saturday

Swiftwater Cellars, Bellevue WA

6pm - 9pm

Bellevue, WA

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3/16/2019 Saturday

Swiftwater Cellars, Bellevue WA

Melany and Becky provide the music. Swiftwater Cellars has great wine and Fine food.

6pm - 9pm

Bellevue, WA

4/12/2019 Friday

Gard Vintners

6pm - 9pm

Ellensburg, WA

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4/12/2019 Friday

Gard Vintners

2019 Jazz in the Valley Kick Off as Mel and the Collective provide great tunes to get you ready for Jazz in the Valley summer 2019.

6pm - 9pm

Ellensburg, WA

4/20/2019 Saturday

Swiftwater Cellars, Bellevue

6pm - 9pm

Bellevue, WA

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4/20/2019 Saturday

Swiftwater Cellars, Bellevue

Mel and Becky play the tunes you want to hear. Great Food and wine at Swiftwater Cellars.

6pm - 9pm

Bellevue, WA

More Events

Mel Peterson with Ellensburg Big Band

Check out this great video, Mel with Ellensburg Big Band "At Last."

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