The B-Town Beat Planning Board

The B-Town Beat was first established 2013 by a team of volunteers who decided they were going to do whatever it took to get an art walk started in Burien. Heading into our third season, the B-Town Beat is still run entirely by volunteers. Nine local residents currently make up the B-Town Beat Planning Board. You can read all about them below.

Ryan Burns

Ryan Burns has been a part of the B-Town Beat since it’s inception in 2013. His role and goal with the organization is to bring more music to Burien. In addition to the B-Town Beat performers he books, Burns also started a live jazz night Wednesdays at Black Zia Cantina. He also has brought internationally known musicians Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden), Peter DiStefano (Porno For Pyros, Jane’s Addiction), Bill Reiflin (REM), and others to perform in Burien. A Highline High School grad, Burns studied piano at Berklee School of Music in Boston, and has been teaching and playing music professionally for over 20 years. As a teacher, Burns spent time on faculty at University of Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran University. He currently owns and operates Burien School of Music, teaching piano, bass, and guitar. Burns performs regularly with his own Ryan Burns Trio, and plays jazz piano and keyboards in Wayne Horvitz Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble, Electric Circus, HarryBu McCage, Matt Jorgensen +451, and others. Burns plays rock keyboards in Mike McCready’s Flight To Mars, and Zeppelin infused groups Urban Achievers and Black Vinyl All-Stars, often doubling on bass and guitar. Burns performed with the Tacoma Symphony, wrote music for the Food Network TV show “Food Nation with Bobby Flay,” and recorded dozens of CD’s, including six as a leader. His side projects 3-Tree Point Blues Band and Permanent Record are comprised of Burien natives, which often appear in local events.   

Ryan Burns has been a part of the B-Town Beat since it’s inception in 2013. His role and goal with the organization is to bring more music to Burien. In addition to the B-Town Beat performers he books, Burns also started a live jazz night Wednesdays at Black Zia Cantina. He also has brought internationally known musicians Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden), Peter DiStefano (Porno For Pyros, Jane’s Addiction), Bill Reiflin (REM), and others to perform in Burien.

A Highline High School grad, Burns studied piano at Berklee School of Music in Boston, and has been teaching and playing music professionally for over 20 years. As a teacher, Burns spent time on faculty at University of Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran University. He currently owns and operates Burien School of Music, teaching piano, bass, and guitar. Burns performs regularly with his own Ryan Burns Trio, and plays jazz piano and keyboards in Wayne Horvitz Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble, Electric Circus, HarryBu McCage, Matt Jorgensen +451, and others. Burns plays rock keyboards in Mike McCready’s Flight To Mars, and Zeppelin infused groups Urban Achievers and Black Vinyl All-Stars, often doubling on bass and guitar. Burns performed with the Tacoma Symphony, wrote music for the Food Network TV show “Food Nation with Bobby Flay,” and recorded dozens of CD’s, including six as a leader. His side projects 3-Tree Point Blues Band and Permanent Record are comprised of Burien natives, which often appear in local events. 

 

Robbie Howell

Robbie Howell is one of the original members of the B-Town Beat. She was a lucky student brought up in the Highline School District when a complete Pellete’ of all Arts were taught at Highline High School.  She has served two terms as a Burien Arts Commissioner, is an Art Juror and would like to see Art flourish in the City of Burien. Robbie participates in all of the B-Town Beat Music and Art Walks and the Art Alley Project as the photographer, creating historical albums on the B-Town Beat Flickr page.  Robbie also serves in as the Beat's Assistant to the Treasure. A locally know Realtor, Robbie enjoys the beautiful environment and the Arts and Culture in Burien.

Robbie Howell is one of the original members of the B-Town Beat. She was a lucky student brought up in the Highline School District when a complete Pellete’ of all Arts were taught at Highline High School.  She has served two terms as a Burien Arts Commissioner, is an Art Juror and would like to see Art flourish in the City of Burien.
Robbie participates in all of the B-Town Beat Music and Art Walks and the Art Alley Project as the photographer, creating historical albums on the B-Town Beat Flickr page. 
Robbie also serves in as the Beat's Assistant to the Treasure.
A locally know Realtor, Robbie enjoys the beautiful environment and the Arts and Culture in Burien.

Lance McIntosh

Lance McIntosh is a 3rd generation Burien citizen and has been a member of The B-Town Beat from the beginning, joining the group at the second brainstorming meeting.  Lance's role in the group includes acting as one of the primary contacts for the participating venues and performing general volunteer duties. He played a key role in encouraging the existing venues to participate in the music and art walk. An enthusiastic community volunteer, you may have seen Lance at one of the many Burien events he assists. He is also a board member of: Discover Burien, Burien Arts, Burien Parks, Recreation and Cultural Citizen's Advisory Board, and, of course, The B-Town Beat. In recent years you may have seen Lance working at Burien businesses; 909 Coffee and Wine, Bumbershoot Books or Burien Press. This year he went in to business with his sister and brother-in-law when they purchased a regional home inspection company, AmeriSpec Home Inspection Service, also based in Burien. Lance is not an artist himself (yet?), but is honored to have many artists and musicians in his circle of family and friends. Art through osmosis, perhaps. When not busy with work or volunteering, Lance likes to spend his time being amused by human behavior, walking in the woods and eating good local food. He's very happy to be part of The B-Town Beat and is looking forward to seeing how the event will develop.

Lance McIntosh is a 3rd generation Burien citizen and has been a member of The B-Town Beat from the beginning, joining the group at the second brainstorming meeting.  Lance's role in the group includes acting as one of the primary contacts for the participating venues and performing general volunteer duties. He played a key role in encouraging the existing venues to participate in the music and art walk. An enthusiastic community volunteer, you may have seen Lance at one of the many Burien events he assists. He is also a board member of: Discover Burien, Burien Arts, Burien Parks, Recreation and Cultural Citizen's Advisory Board, and, of course, The B-Town Beat.

In recent years you may have seen Lance working at Burien businesses; 909 Coffee and Wine, Bumbershoot Books or Burien Press. This year he went in to business with his sister and brother-in-law when they purchased a regional home inspection company, AmeriSpec Home Inspection Service, also based in Burien. Lance is not an artist himself (yet?), but is honored to have many artists and musicians in his circle of family and friends. Art through osmosis, perhaps.

When not busy with work or volunteering, Lance likes to spend his time being amused by human behavior, walking in the woods and eating good local food. He's very happy to be part of The B-Town Beat and is looking forward to seeing how the event will develop.

Andrea Reay

Andrea H. Reay is an artist, a founding member of the B-Town BEAT monthly music and art walk, a city of Burien Arts Commissioner, a board member of Burien Arts, a professional non-profit arts manager, and the Executive Director of Discover Burien.  She is also the mother of two small children and deeply committed to our Community.  She is a lifelong resident of King County and a graduate of the University of Washington.  One of her favorite sayings is “The Arts mean business.”  She believes the benefits of a vibrant arts community, can directly be linked and attributed to increased jobs, economic growth and a quality of live that positions a community to be more competitive.   

Sam Sneke

Born in Burien, Sam Sneke Swanson has been a graffiti writer for 25 years and has done work all around the world. In the past 3 years he has helped jump start the B-Town Beat and is currently the curator of the Beat's Art Alley project, the first of its kind in Washington state. Sneke is currently working on gallery pieces and is always trying to push the boundaries of graffiti and sharing his love of this style of art with everyone.

Born in Burien, Sam Sneke Swanson has been a graffiti writer for 25 years and has done work all around the world. In the past 3 years he has helped jump start the B-Town Beat and is currently the curator of the Beat's Art Alley project, the first of its kind in Washington state. Sneke is currently working on gallery pieces and is always trying to push the boundaries of graffiti and sharing his love of this style of art with everyone.

Raymond Street

Raymond Street is a local artist from the swampy pits of Normandy Park. After joining the passionate group in earlier 2014, he has written grants and helped organize the financial bones of the art walk. An enthusiastic and fearless volunteer looking for any chance to support the local art scene. When not involved in art organizations he can be found in his garden lifting rocks or diving into a new painting.

Raymond Street is a local artist from the swampy pits of Normandy Park. After joining the passionate group in earlier 2014, he has written grants and helped organize the financial bones of the art walk. An enthusiastic and fearless volunteer looking for any chance to support the local art scene. When not involved in art organizations he can be found in his garden lifting rocks or diving into a new painting.

Chloe Swain

Chloe Swain is an original member of the B-Town Beat. She is an art lover and a Burien lover – so it seemed like the perfect kind of group to join. She has also served for several years on the Burien Arts Commission. Her role in the B-Town Beat is focused mostly on PR, as she sends out the press releases each month for the event. She and her two sons are also die-hard fans of the event itself and almost nothing can stop them from attending!

Chloe Swain is an original member of the B-Town Beat. She is an art lover and a Burien lover – so it seemed like the perfect kind of group to join. She has also served for several years on the Burien Arts Commission.

Her role in the B-Town Beat is focused mostly on PR, as she sends out the press releases each month for the event. She and her two sons are also die-hard fans of the event itself and almost nothing can stop them from attending!


Catherine Wendland

Catherine Wendland is a Burien Native and long-time lover of arts and craft. She has been involved with the B-Town Beat since its formation in 2013. Each month Catherine helps to update the website, write blog posts, promote the art walk, and work on any other odds and ends and busy work that needs to get done.  Catherine works in downtown Seattle for Seattle Public Utilities during the work week, but the rest of her life is heavily invested in Burien. Since 2013, she has served as an appointed Arts Commissioner for the City of Burien and in January of 2014, she and her husband, Matt, bought Burien Press, a specialty coffee shop in the heart of downtown Burien. Catherine spends as much time as possible knitting and hanging out with her Boston Terriers, Brutus and Stella.

Catherine Wendland is a Burien Native and long-time lover of arts and craft. She has been involved with the B-Town Beat since its formation in 2013. Each month Catherine helps to update the website, write blog posts, promote the art walk, and work on any other odds and ends and busy work that needs to get done. 

Catherine works in downtown Seattle for Seattle Public Utilities during the work week, but the rest of her life is heavily invested in Burien. Since 2013, she has served as an appointed Arts Commissioner for the City of Burien and in January of 2014, she and her husband, Matt, bought Burien Press, a specialty coffee shop in the heart of downtown Burien. Catherine spends as much time as possible knitting and hanging out with her Boston Terriers, Brutus and Stella.

Matt Wendland

Matt Wendland is originally a Sun Valley, Idaho native but moved to the Highline area in early 2008. Before moving to Burien, he lived in Twin Falls, Idaho and in 2005, attended the College of Southern Idaho and finished degrees in Pre-Law and Political Science. Since moving to King County, Matt studied Urban and Community Development, as well as Non-Profit Management and Business Management during his time at Seattle Pacific University. In 2014, Matt and his wife, Catherine, took the plunge and purchased their very own brick-and-mortar business in downtown Burien, Burien Press, a speciality coffee shop on S.W. 152nd Street near Burien Town Square Park. In addition to working at Burien Press, Matt is a journalist who writes for Robinson Newspaper's Westside Weekly and The Highline Times. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Discover Burien, is the President of B-Town Biz to Biz and was appointed by the Burien City Council to their business and economic development advisory board, the BEDP, in 2012. Matt is one of many founding members of the B-Town Beat and focuses on doing whatever it is that needs to happen to make the B-Town Beat go and support the arts, economic development and a strong community in Burien. Sometimes that's putting together websites and other times that's just folding maps for the Music & Art Walk. 

Matt Wendland is originally a Sun Valley, Idaho native but moved to the Highline area in early 2008. Before moving to Burien, he lived in Twin Falls, Idaho and in 2005, attended the College of Southern Idaho and finished degrees in Pre-Law and Political Science. Since moving to King County, Matt studied Urban and Community Development, as well as Non-Profit Management and Business Management during his time at Seattle Pacific University.

In 2014, Matt and his wife, Catherine, took the plunge and purchased their very own brick-and-mortar business in downtown Burien, Burien Press, a speciality coffee shop on S.W. 152nd Street near Burien Town Square Park. In addition to working at Burien Press, Matt is a journalist who writes for Robinson Newspaper's Westside Weekly and The Highline Times. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Discover Burien, is the President of B-Town Biz to Biz and was appointed by the Burien City Council to their business and economic development advisory board, the BEDP, in 2012.
Matt is one of many founding members of the B-Town Beat and focuses on doing whatever it is that needs to happen to make the B-Town Beat go and support the arts, economic development and a strong community in Burien. Sometimes that's putting together websites and other times that's just folding maps for the Music & Art Walk.