Posts categorized “Concerts/Shows”

Monday, 13 March 2017

YesYes! It’s Animated Electric NoNo!

Here's a photograph of a photographer photographing.

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!

O Winged Jared!

It's Skeletom Dom!

It’s Skeletom Dom!

Julia + Jared Sharing the Stage!?

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…

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

Friday, 10 March 2017

DAMN This is a Great Electric NoNo Song.

Them Cortese bros. are Forty Foot Tall.

Them Cortese bros. are Forty Foot Tall.

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:

DAMN that’s a great song. In fact it’s my favorite from the new EP, just barely edging out “Blue Planet” (you can watch the video for that song here).

SPEAKING OF new EP, it was just released this morning! Here it is:

ALSO: don’t forget that their record release show is TONIGHT!

Details:
Electric NoNo Record Release (Faced Book Event)
Friday, March 10th 9:00PM
@ Sunset Tavern
5433 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (Map)
$10, 21+ (Tickets)

SEE YOU THERE!

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Music, My Famous Friends, Videos.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Did Y’all Know that Julia Massey Is Playing a Show This Saturday!?

I didn't... Until NOW!

I didn’t… Until NOW!

Yeh, it looks like Julia Massey will be joining in a songwriter showcase this Saturday, March 11th, at Phinney Center Concert Hall just a few blocks north of Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. Surprise!

This show comes directly the day after her husband Jared’s show as half of Electric NoNo this Friday, March 10th, at Sunset Tavern in Ballard!

WOTTA WEEKEND AM I RIGHT FOLKS

Who knew this weekend would be so action-packed?

Who knew this weekend would be so action-packed?

You can find out more about the artists in this show (Reggie Garrett, Julia Massey, Lana McMullen, & Kimo Muraki) at the Seattle Folklore Society website.

Details:
Local Songwriter Showcase (Website)
Saturday, March 11th 7:30PM
@ Phinney Center Concert Hall, Brick Building
6615 Dayton Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103 (map)
All-Ages, Tickets $8-$16 (Buy tickets)

I dunno, gang, one musics show per weekend might be my limit in my elder-statesman age. But this one is all-ages and kids under 6 are free… Hmm… I wonder… Oh, well.

Categories: Concerts/Shows.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

New Official Music Video for Electric NoNo’s “Blue Planet”

YesYes

YesYes!

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!

Psychedelic YesYes

Psychedelic YesYes.

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!

Details:
Electric NoNo Record Release (Faced Book Event)
Friday, March 10th 8:00PM
@ Sunset Tavern
5433 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (map)
$10, 21+

Oh, oh dear. NoNo, guys, NoNo.

Oh, oh dear. NoNo, guys, NoNo.

I’ll be there! SO CAN YOU!

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Music, Videos.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Swim With the (Funny) Fishes at Fools Play This Saturday!

Fools Play on February 18th!

Fools Play on February 18th!

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)

Me and Cap’n Josh! (My jeans are really that purple in real life)

Details:
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!

Fools + Fish = WINNING

Fools + Fish = WINNING

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Fools Play.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Photos (& Music) of Stereo Embers, Fine Prince, Julia Massey, & Chris Blount at the Crocodile

Can you find me in the crowd?

Can you find me in the crowd?
(Photo by Bebe Labree)

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!

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.

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).

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!

JM+FFD at the Crockie!

Miss Joooolia.

Miss Joooolia.

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!

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:

Animated JM+FFD.

Animated JM+FFD.

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:

Sorry, Dom (sad trombone).

Sorry, Dom (sad trombone).

4. Special Guest Chris Blount!

Photo by Bebe Labree

Photo by Bebe Labree

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!

You do you, Mr. Blount.

You do you, Mr. Blount.
(Photo by Bebe Labree)

Coming “soon” — a full-length album review of Heart Tones! Honest!

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

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

It’s TWO, TWO, TWO Times the Fools Play This January!

In Olympia on 1/21 and Tacoma on 1/28!

Laugh with the fishies in Oly!

Laugh with the fishies in Oly!

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!

Details:
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
All-Ages, $5

Come on down to T-Town!

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!

Details:
Fools Play In Tacoma (Faced Book Event)
Saturday, January 28th 10:30 PM
@ Tacoma Little Theatre
210 N I St, Tacoma, WA 98403 (map)
All-Ages, $10

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!

See you there/then!

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Fools Play, Tacoma.