Posts categorized “Concerts/Shows”

Friday, 30 June 2017

Warren Dunes Plays Musics with the Hoot Hoots & the Echolarks This Saturday

hootechodunes

hootechodunes

First things first, isn’t that an awexome poster? I just lorve it.

So this Saturday (July 1st) there’s gonna be a pretty durned great show happening up at the Sunset Tavern in Seattle. Apparently a couple of members of the band The Hoot Hoots have birthdays about now-ish, so they’re calling this a “Birthday Show” for The Hoot Hoots. They’re a great, high-energy, funny band with matching costumes and light-up glasses. Always a goot time! Then there are the Echolarks, and I’m afraid I haven’t actually seen them live before so I can’t comment on them, but their recorded music has an exceptionally high polish and professionalism, and is quite catchy. And finally there’s Warren Dunes, the supergroup mashup of the Five Finger Discount and Electric NoNo. This is Warren Dunes’s first public show (their previous one was invite-only)!

In order of appearance on the poster, here are some sample songs from each of the bands involved in this show so you can sample the goodness:

The Hoot Hoots:

The Echolarks

Warren Dunes

So, yeah, should be a grand ol’ time!

Details:
The Hoot Hoots (Birthday Show!), The Echolarks, Warren Dunes (Faced Book Event)
Saturday, July 1st 9:00 PM
@ The Sunset Tavern
5433 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (map)
21+ $10 Advance (tickets), $12 Day of Show

LET’S SO BRING IT! ON DOWN. (source)

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Music, Videos.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Electric NoNo at Squeak & Squawk Tacoma this Friday!

Squeak & Squawk Tacoma

Squeak & Squawk Tacoma

As a TacoMan, I’m very pleased that there is going to be some excellent live musics in our town this coming weekend. It’s the return of the Squeak & Squawk Music Festival, an absurdly sporadic happening over the past 10 years (I think it’s been about 5 years since the last one).

And on Friday night, our good friends Electric NoNo are going to be playing at The Valley near the Tacoma Dome! That promises to be some kickass musics like this:

Also, LAKE will be performing on Saturday at an all-ages show at the Courthouse Square Ballroom. LAKE (it must be all-caps like that) is fronted by Ashley Eriksson, who you may know as the woman who made the end credits song for Adventure Time. Take a listen:

I betcha didn’t know she was a local, didja?

Anyways, there’s a buncha other musics happening from Thursday through Monday at various venues around town, so there’ll probably be at least someone you’ll wanna listen to. You can see the full lineup on Squeak & Squawk’s event page on the Faced Book. I’ll for-sure be at The Valley this Friday! SO CAN YOU!

Details:
Squeak & Squawk: Electric NoNo (Faced Book Event)
Friday, June 23rd 8:00 PM
@ The Valley
1206 Puyallup Ave, Tacoma, WA 98421 (map)
21+, only $5

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Music.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Fools Play. Improv Comedy. June 17th. Olympia.

Who. What. When. Where.

Who. What. When. Where.

Hey, gang, just letting you know that I will be one of the performers at this Saturday’s (June 17th) episode of Fools Play Improv in Olympia. Therefore, you, dear reader, should be one of the audience members.

Details:
Fools Play Improv in Olympia
Saturday, June 17th 8:30PM
@ The South Sound Estuarium
309 State Ave NE, Olympia, WA (map)
All-Ages, Only $5!

It starts at 8:30, which is a weird time for a show to start, I admit. But it ends around 10:00-10:30, so there’s plenny of time to go out afterward and get your drank on. If, y’know, that’s your “thang.”

See you there! 💖💖💖

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Fools Play.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

#welcometowarrendunes

It's not just a park in Michigan anymore...

It’s not just a state park in Michigan anymore…

Last Friday, Carrie & I were honored to be on a very short guest list of a very private show in Seattle: the debut of the brand-new supergroup Warren Dunes.

Warren Dunes is the smooshing together of Seattle stalwart bands Julia Massey and the Five Finger Discount and Electric NoNo. This turns out not to be too difficult of a feat, since Electric NoNo is only a two-man band, and drummer Dom Cortese is also the drummer for JM+FFD. So, basically, you take JM+FFD and add Electric NoNo guitarist Jared Cortese to it and voila you’ve got yourself a Warren Dunes.

First things first, though. This invite-only concert was held at Earwig Studios, the locale where the likes of Julia Massey, Electric NoNo, and Gentlemen of Leisure have laid down tracks. It also just happens to have an antechamber that is decorated to look exactly like the black lodge from Twin Peaks.

Opening act was the sweet acoustic stylings of Reggie Garrett:

Funk acoustic folk

Funk acoustic folk

You should really go check out his musics. Good stuffs.

Second act was the first-ever Seattle performance of my pals the Gentlemen of Leisure!

“If you are not a gentleman, then why are you alive?”

It was great to see them live for the first time. I was able to make an animated .GIF of ’em!

Gentlemen of Animation

Gentlemen of Animation

The headliners were, of course, Warren Dunes. Here’s their first-ever animated .GIF!

Warranimated Dunes

Warranimated Dunes. Wut.

I honestly expected the Warren Dunes sound to be more of a direct result of smooshing the Five Finger Discount and Electric NoNo together, but it was very heavily weighted towards Julia’s sound. Jared doesn’t even provide any vocals, which was very surprising. It sounded much like the Five Finger Discount plus an electric guitar.

Which is to say it sounded frikkin’ great. Just not at all what I was expecting.

You can hear the Warren Dunes sound in this video of them performing their song “War Cry” (recorded earlier, not at this show):

I’m excited to hear more of them! I just don’t wanna hafta wait for an album to come out! I = impatient for good musics!

Go, Julia, go! Shake out them tunes!

Go, Julia, go! Shake out them tunes!

Categories: Animated .GIFs, Concerts/Shows, Music, Videos.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Celebrate Me by Watching Me be Me: It’s a Fools Play Birthday Party!

Who that guy in purple on the right? It me!

Who that guy in purple on the right? It me!

HEY, GANG! Tomorrow (Saturday the 6th) is a very cool and rare happening: Fools Play Improv is occuring on MY BIRTHDAY! So, really, if you want to help me celebrate my birthday, you should come down to Olympia and watch me make an ass outta myself for an hour or two!

Details:
Fools Play May 6 in Oly (Faced Book event)
Saturday, May 6th 9:00 PM
@ South Sound Estuarium
309 State Ave NE, Olympia, WA 98501 (map)
All-Ages, Only $5!

I’d love to see as many people there as can fit into the building. YAY BIRFDAY!

Categories: Birthday, Concerts/Shows, Fools Play.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Fools Play Improv is On the Fringe (Festival)

♪ Shiny little improv with the fringe on top… ♫

♪ Shiny little improv with the fringe on top… ♫


Due to scheduling vagaries, there won’t be any Fools Play in Olympia in the month of April. Instead, there will be a show in Seattle!

That’s right, Fools Play Improv will be a part of Seattle Fringe Festival 2017.

Details:
Fools Play Presents: April Fools Day (Faced Book Event)
Saturday, April 1st, 6:15 PM
@ Theatre Puget Sound’s Studio
In the Seattle Center Armory
305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109 (map)
Rated “M” for Mature, $10 (Tickets)

Fringe Festival!

♪ Hush, you bird, my baby’s a-sleepin’!
Maybe got a dream worth a-keepin’
Whoa! you team, and just keep a-creepin’
At a slow clip-clop!
Don’t you hurry little Improv
With the Fringe (Festival) on the top! ♫

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Fools Play.

Friday, 17 March 2017

The Gentlemen of Leisure are Great and Powerful

Even more than that wizard guy, whoever he was.

Even more than that wizard guy, whoever he was.

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 by Southwest Lineup.

Seattle X Southwest Lineup.

So if you also happen to be at SXSW this year, you should definitely go and check these peoples out.

Details:
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)
FREE, 21+

They're on at 9:00.

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!

Barracuda!

♫ Oooo-oooooo-ooooooooo… Barracuda!

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Music.