Y’know how sometimes it seems like everybody in my life is a musician? Well, ad another whole group o’ folks called Gentlemen of Leisure to that list!
Made up of some of my very good friends, including a couple of Katrina evacuees from New Orleans who ended up in Tacoma (Sphinx Akashaa & Chris Blount) and a gorgeous redhead cellist from Philly (Jen Hasson), GOL (as they’re known for short) have released their very first EP, Great and Powerful! You can buy it right now, and it’s only pay-what-you-want:
The reason why this is being released today? Well, the whole gang is down in Austin, Texas, for the South by Southwest festival. They’re part of a showcase of Seattle-area musicians who all trekked down (dubbed Seattle X Southwest) that’s happening TODAY! See here:
Seattle X Southwest Lineup.
So if you also happen to be at SXSW this year, you should definitely go and check these peoples out.
3rd Annual Seattle X Southwest (Faced Book Event)
TODAY at 3:00 PM (Texas Time)
@ The Local Pub and Patio
2610 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705 (map)
They’re on at 9:00.
Hey, since GOL are on at 9:00, you’ll have time to go from their performance over to Barracuda to catch my other pal, Open Mike Eagle, do his set at 1:00 in the AM!
“March”… get it? MARCH? Because it’s the MONTH of MARCH!?
Hey, gang, here’s the info for the Fools Play Improv shows that are happening in March, and to which you should March (get it!?!?!?!? In all seriousness, though, you probably shouldn’t literally march to them unless you live within a comfortable marching distance from one of the venues. Otherwise you should drive to within a comfortable marching distance from the venues and then march to them (please check with your doctor to make sure you’re healthy enough to march before embarking on any march)).
Olympia on March 18th!
Fools Play Improv in Olympia (Faced Book event)
Saturday, March 18th, 8:00 PM
@ South Sound Estuarium
309 State Ave NE, Olympia, WA 98501 (map)
In Tacoma on March 25th!
Fools Play at TLT in March! (Faced Book event)
Saturday, March 25th, 10:30 PM
@ Tacoma Little Theatre
210 N I St, Tacoma, WA 98403 (map)
All-ages, $10 (buy tickets)
Here’s a photograph of a photographer photographing.
Last Friday Night my wife an I ventured (with several members of Gentlemen of Leisure) up to the Great White North of Ballard (the Sunset Tavern to be specific) to watch a rocks-and-or-rolls show featuring our friends to Cortese Brothers, who make up the band Electric NoNo.
Normally Electric NoNo consists solely of Jared Cortese on Guitar/Vocals and Dom Cortese on Drums/Backing Vocals/Every-Once-In-A-While-Keyboard. But this time they were sporadically joined by a whole bevy of additional musicians: a saxomophonist, an additional guitarist, and none other than Julia Massey on Keyboard/Backing Vocals!
As is my nature, I made some animated .gifs of the performance:
O Winged Jared!
It’s Skeletom Dom!
Julia + Jared Sharing the Stage!?
The show was a record release for Electric NoNo’s new EP, Rain City Blue. GET IT GET IT GET IT!
The only thing wrong with this album is that it’s an EP, and I wants me an LP! Hop to it, Bros!
Also, expect some exciting announcements soon from Gentlemen of Leisure, as well as a joint Julia/NoNo venture called “Warren Dunes.” Stay tuned, dear reader…
My pals Dom & Jared Cortese, who make up the entirety of the band Electric NoNo, appeared on a recent episode of The Spud Goodman Show (an episode which also had guests such as Anderson Cooper and Shep Gordon) as the musical guests. Well, here’s a video of them performing “Forty Foot Tall,” a song from their new EP, Rain City Blue:
Electric NoNo is releasing a new EP next Friday to be entitled Rain City Blue, but today they released the first official music video from that album, for the 1-minute punk-pop gem of a song called “Blue Planet.” STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING AND WATCH IT HERE:
Wow. Even though it’s only a minute long, director Jeff Larson and the Cortese brothers sure did pack a tonne of awesome in there. They apparently spent nearly a year animating the video!
Speaking of EP release, Electric NoNo is having a release party on March 10th to celebrate these new-fangled musics they’re putting out. It’s on a Friday night, so you should go!
Electric NoNo Record Release (Faced Book Event)
Friday, March 10th 8:00PM
@ Sunset Tavern
5433 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (map)
Fools Play Improv returns to its fishy Olympia venue, the South Sound Estuarium, this Saturday, February 18th! Join me and some other Fools for the funnies in this very unique space. Just take a look at a photo from a recent show:
Me and Cap’n Josh! (My jeans are really that purple in real life)
Fools Play in Olympia (Faced Book Event)
Saturday, February 18th 8:00 PM
@ The South Sound Estuarium
309 State Ave NE, Olympia, WA 98501 (map)
All-Ages, Only $5!