Seattle Subsonic - Recommended Events
If you like Bourbon and singing and instrument-playing Broads (and what’s not to like about either?), then the Neptune Theater will be a good place for you this Friday, September 16 as STG presents, obviously, Bourbon & Broads. There will be women playing music and bourbon reps on hand to provide all the infromation you’ll ever want to know about their bourbons, and there will be bourbon drink specials, flights, shots, cocktails at the bar and what not. All bourbon, all night. Just be careful driving home.
As for the music there will be Sera Cahoone, Betsy Olson, Maggie Bjorklund, Alessandra Rose, Shelby Earl and Side Saddle. I’ve seen Shelby a couple times, most recently at Bumbershoot, and she’s got that beaufitul country-indie-folk-pop thing going on, and I’ve seen Maggie Bjorklund perform with Rachel Flotard’s Cobird’s Unite (great show), but this will be my first time seeing her do her own thing. The others? Betsy Olson will be the most rocking act of the night, and I do quite like the groove of “Waitin’” … maybe even enough to mosey out on the dance floor should she play it.
A quick listen to most of the Broads promises a largely mellow evening though, and that’s fine with me. I like to sip my bourbon and relax, anyway, maybe carry on a conversation with a broad or two. And so you’ll find me back by the bar sipping, talking and taking notes, and letting the Broads, those singing and instrument-playing ones, do their thing. Should be a good time.
One of my favorite local bands lately is Alabaster. I’ve seen them a few times now and to say it quite simply, you should too. Most recently was at The Showbox at Sodo where as evidenced by the photo the crowd was sizable and enthusiastic. For those with exceptionally discerning eyes, I can be seen in the photo way back by the bar drinking my tall $10.00 Bud Light and not minding at all that it cost $10.00 because Alabaster was playing. And there are few bands indeed that can make me content with a Bud Light.
Their next Seattle gig is for the Pop and Die Tour at El Corazon on July 19. They’ll be playing with New Years Day, The Material, and Goodnight Sunrise. Get there early though for Alabaster will be opening the show
Geezer Butler was the first bass player I heard that made me want to play bass rather than guitar. It was the album that I still have on vinyl, Paranoid. Songs like “Iron Man” and “War Pigs” of course, but what really caught me was “Hand of Doom” and the simple power of those five notes played just so, lightly and then with much force. I love both the Ozzy and Dio forms of Sabbath, even the Ian Gillian version had some cool songs.
I am always curious thus when I hear about Black Sabbath cover bands, and it was no different when Seattle’s Supernauty came to my attention recently. I haven’t heard them, but I do of course know much of what they will play, and it’s damn near impossible to go wrong for an evening’s entertainment when the main thing is Sabbath riffs played loud.
Black Sabbath – Hand of Doom – Paris 1970
Also on the bill are Exit To Main, Dead Language, Dave & Confused(SF)
Not long ago, I saw Eighteen Individual Eyes at The Comet and was suitably impressed to see them a week later at the EMP. They are alluring, subtle, delicate, and yes powerful too, the kind of music that doesn’t blow you away so much as seep quietly in until you say, “Hmm, that’s pretty cool,” and then makes you see them only a week later at the EMP. Good stuff.
Also on the bill are The Bruises (from San Francisco) and Debutante Year.
Who: Wine, Women, and Song featuring Star Anna, Barbara Ireland, Carla Torgerson of The Walkabouts, Kim Virant, Victoria Wimer Contreras & friends backed by the house band which includes locals Justin Davis, Chris Friel, Leif Andersen, Robert Mitchell, Travis Yost, William Stover and Miles Ward.
Where: The Neptune
When: Saturday July 9 7:00
Tickets: $25.00 21+ buy online
Wine, Women, and Song
What’s not to like about all three?
One of my favorite places to see bands is the Skylark Cafe in West Seattle. It’s in part because they know me there and give me my choice of shows to see and write about, but it’s also because the sound man is good. So when a friend of my recommended I check out a band there I was interested of course. The band is Ape Machine. I listened to one song on their Facebook page and knew they’d be good and beefy in the mix at the Skylark, or rather to borrow from The Who, they’d be meaty, beaty, big, and bouncy.
The song I listened to was this: All Things. Good tune. Live at the Skylark, I’m sure it will be even better.
Another killer event happening for Noise for the Needy. The Detroit Cobras are consist of the sweet smoky voice of Rachel Nagy with the raw and boozy blues at her back.
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Sunday June 12th 21+
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