Washington Brewers Fest This Weekend

Friends:

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We are but a few days away from playing the Washington Brewers Fest at Marrymoor Park. This is the biggest beer festival in the state, and we are thrilled to play the main stage Saturday at 12:30.

Tickets to the festival are available for purchase here for $30; designated driver tickets are available for $5 at the door only (admission includes free root beer, soda and water). Visitor admission for those under 21 is free Saturday and Sunday, as long as they are accompanied by a parent.

Visit the festival website for more information. We hope to see you there with your complementary tasting glass in hand!

 

Announcing Two Shows: May 21 and June18

Hey folks,

We have a couple of big shows coming up. The first is May 21 at Barboza with Po’ Brothers and Wandering King. It’s an early show (doors are at 7pm) so make sure to set your alarm clocks. Click here for more info, or check out the poster below.

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The second show will be at the 11th-Annual Washington Brewers’ Festival at Marymoor Park on June 18. We’ll be playing the main stage at 12:30, so grab a beer (or rootbeer for the kids) and spend part of your afternoon with us. You can read more about the festival here.

See ya then and there!!

Wednesday April 6 at the Sunset Tavern

Greetings, all:

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We are playing at the Sunset Tavern this coming Wednesday, April 6, with Alki and Made of Boxes. Doors are at 8 and music starts at 9, with us closing things out at 11. Tickets are $8.00 and are available here. Also, make sure you invite your friends.

We plan to try out some new material, dust off a favorite cover of ours, and, of course, will also be playing some of our classics.

See you there!!

Throw Back Thursday: Album Edition (It’s back!)

I have been reflecting on the last five years since I moved to Seattle in 2010. The details of my journey from when I first set foot in this city, to where I am now, is a story for another time. However, there are a few things that I would like to divulge from those early days. Like so many of my peers, I came to reside in this city to pursue the chance of becoming a real musician. I was surrounded by like minded people with similar dreams and visions. My housemates and I spent almost every Sunday night at the Conor Byrne open mic, which at the time was attracting so many people you could hardly get a spot to play, let alone find a seat! I was trying to soak up as much local music as I could. The open mic provided a window into the “happening” scene and I was able to rub elbows with some of the city’s best song writers. One of these folks was a man by the name of Bryan John Appleby. So in light of his most recent release “The Narrow Valley” I thought I would look back at one of my favorite Seattle records.

“Fire on the Vine” is Appleby’s first full length album. It is a heartbreaking record that tells the story of man losing his faith and finding peace. It is primarily driven by light and delicate finger picking on an acoustic guitar that is backed by beautiful and haunting string arrangements. Appleby’s voice is poignant and poetic. It sails smoothly over the music with melodies that pierce your heart and burrow into your soul.  I will admit that at first I was frustrated with the lyrical content. At the time there was a popular theme of disillusionment working its way into the songs of the local artists. David Bazan had released his “Curse Your Branches” album, and the flood gates had opened to doubters and apostates. It seemed like a cop out to me. An easy way to get some attention. But despite my initial prejudice, I was drawn in by Appleby’s honesty and depth. And this record has stuck with me through five years of Seattle life. It has stayed in regular rotation, and it still speaks to the core conditions of the human experience. If you have not ever heard this record I would encourage you to listen. But if you do, take your time with it. Let yourself get lost in its haunting beauty. And when you have finished this record, hopefully you will be craving more.