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!
Last Thursday my wife and I went and stayed out late on a school night. Gasp! What could tempt us so? Why, none other than an amazing music show at The Crocodile filled to the brim with amazing local musicians!
First up was…
1. Stereo Embers
The Embers, Now in Stereo!
Stereo Embers is one of the many, many musical projects fronted by Seattle musical mainstay Robb Benson. This is a very straight-up rock band. Lead guitarist Tim DiJulio could be described as someone who “wails/shreds/rips.” They’re very good live. They’re also very good recorded. Take a listen:
2. Fine Prince
Mmmm, damn… them princes be FINE.
I had never heard of Fine Prince before. It’s a rather large band for Seattle, with six full members including two keyboardists and two guitarists. Their sound is kinda hard to describe; it’s kind of light, gots a slight groove to it, and is just thoroughly… pleasant. They were a lot of fun. Take a listen:
I had to take off my glasses to hear this Fine Prince (thanks, Howard).
3. Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount
JM+FFD at the Crockie!
Here’s the real reason there was a show at all: This was the release party for Julia Massy & the Five Finger Discount’s new album, Heart Tones. It’s now available to purchase on Bandcamp! You should download it now!
Dem tones, dem tones, dem Heart Tones!
Not sure if you really want to own this amazing album? Well, then (1) you’re an idiot and (2) you should listen to this song and watch this joyful video. Then go and buy Heart Tones.
And, as is my nature, I made an animated .gif of the proceedings:
So I got a lot of pretty good photos. Unfortunately, as is often the case when I see JM+FFD, I was not at a good angle to get a good photo of Dom Cortese (the drummer). Here’s the best I could do:
Chris Blount (pronounced “Blunt”) is a good friend of mine who also happens to be an exceptional hip-hopster. He guests on a song on JM+FFD’s new album, which you can listen to (and watch the video) right here:
He guested on that song live on stage as well. I was gonnnnnna take a photo of him performing, but I got so wrapped up in the moment that I plumb forgot. He absolutely killed it up there, and got probably the biggest pop of the night at the end of his verse. So big thanks to Bebe Labree for providing me with some photos from the show and letting me use them here!
Fools Play Improv continues to perform in Olympia in 2017! You can see them at The South Sound Estuarium on Saturday, January 21 at 8pm. Tickets are only $5 at the door Olympia is a great community for the arts—to the degree that even a marine life discovery center by day features Fools Play’s hilarious spontaneous theater at night! Don’t miss it!
Fools Play In Olympia (Faced Book Event)
Saturday, January 21st 8:00 PM
@ The South Sound Estuarium
309 State Ave NE, Olympia, WA 98501 (map
Come on down to T-Town!
For those of you in Tacoma, Fools Play performs at Tacoma Little Theater on Saturday, January 28 as part of series of shows occurring the 4th Saturday of each month. Tickets are $10 at the door. These late night shows feature booze at the concession stand and many of Fools Play’s freshest faces onstage. Fun for everyone but especially those over 21!
Fools Play In Tacoma (Faced Book Event)
Saturday, January 28th 10:30 PM
@ Tacoma Little Theatre
210 N I St, Tacoma, WA 98403 (map)
The Fools are excited to offer two shows on two different Saturdays in two different cities. And guess what: I SHALL BE PERFORMING AT BOTH (health and circumstances permitting). If I can be at both shows, SO CAN YOU!
That’s right, true believers, JM+FFD are releasing another album THIS THURSDAY (January 12th, 2017)! It’s called Heart Tones and it is excellent (I was given an advance copy to listen to last month because I’m just that awesome).
Here’s the video to my fave songo from the album, featuring another musician friend of mine, hip-hopster Chris Blount!
The CD release show is happening at The Crocodile in lovely downtown Seattle.
Julia Massey and the Five Finger Discount (Album Release) at The Crocodile (Faced Book Event)
Thursday, January 12th 8:00 PM
@ The Crocodile:
2200 2nd Ave, Seattle, Washington 98121 (Map)
$10 Adv, 21+ (Tickets)
My wife and I will be there! We wouldn’t miss it. Would you? WOULD YOU!? DO NOT!
First off, I’m super excited that two of my Fools Play colleagues, Andre the Crimson Fool and Laramie the Olive Fool, have published a (bizarre) book called “The Abyss.” They’re exhibiting it at JCCS right now!
A photo posted by Greg Smith (@thatamazingtwit) on
Greg’s wife Anne runs Sweetgyrl Designs, which offers awexome pop-culture tchotchkes. All the retro 80’s stuff you’ve been looking for, handmade and vintage! This year it looks like the booth has a “Stranger Things” vibe to it!
It’s for “This Is How We’re Gonna Say Goodbye,” which will be (I assume) on their next album. What next album? Oh, the one called HeartTones that is going to be released in January!
And this video also features a very good friend of mine, hip-hopster extraordinaire Chris Blount! Ch-ch-check it out here:
GOOD STUFF YES. Interesting note: this isn’t the first time that Julia and Chris have been in the same song together. They actually both recorded parts for the song I wrote for my daughter’s first birthday (which was almost exactly two years ago—early November is a good time for musics I guess).
Last night I trekked up to Seattle to see a musics show in a coffee shop. Specifically, I went to see central California folk-punk act Dandelion Massacre play. Specifically, I went to see Phoebe, AKA “I Kill Cameron” play with Dandelion Massacre.
And seeing as how I’m me, I made a bunch of animated .gifs about it. Enjoy! If you download some of their music and watch these .gifs while you listen, then you’ve got yourself a cheap-ass music video!
It was great to meet you, Phoebe! Have fun (and be safe) on the rest of your tour.