Friday night April 10 marked the 12th annual Seattle Ska Fest, once again hosted by the cozy and friendly Highline Tavern. This fest was so chock full of bands that it had a start time of five p.m. Sadly for me, I missed the opener, It Gets Worse (had to charge my cell . . . → Read More: Seattle 12th Annual Ska Fest Brings A Wealth Of Ska and Rock Steady Acts to the Highline, by Holly Homan
Embers from Norman Tumolva on Vimeo.
These Seattle kids do an excellent job on this tune and this video, which was filmed on beautiful Orcas Island…
March To May’s Darren Guyaz (guitar, vocals, keyboard) and Beth Wesche (Celtic harp, vocals) first met in December 2012. By March 2013, the folk/indie/Americana duo had co-written . . . → Read More: March to May – Embers
The soundtrack of Run Free, a documentary based on the true story of Caballo Blanco, is now available. The beautiful collection consists of thirteen original tracks from accomplished Seattle producer, Graig Markel.
Markel is a songwriter, producer and sound designer credited with creating the genre ‘Broken Soul,’ a mixture of downtempo rock, and R&B . . . → Read More: Graig Markel Composes Soundtrack to Run Free Documentary
Saturday morning, March 21, 2015, I attended one of seven gatherings around Washington state to address K through eight funding. The event I attended was standing room only at Nathan Hale HS in north Seattle. There had to be at least four thousand educators and parents in attendance who are fed up with lack . . . → Read More: For A Saturday Morning Meeting on Funding For Public Education, It’s Standing Room Only In North Seattle, by Holly Homan
Wintergrass is described as a family-friendly Bluegrass music festival, with concerts and dances at 4 different stages. There are also music education programs for kids and adults, workshops, impromptu jams, and a chance to see and hear some great music.
One of my favorite folk/bluegrass artists, Sarah Jarosz, was playing several sets, but . . . → Read More: March Came In Like A Lamb, but The Wintergrass Blugrass Festival Went Out Like a Lion, by Holly Homan
Saturday night February 21 Reagan Youth headlined an all out punk show at Seattle’s foremost punk venue El Corazon. I head south the 12 miles from my home only to realize I’d left the house without my ID and had to drive all the way back to retrieve it. DOH! So unfortunately . . . → Read More: Reagan Youth Return To Seattle For A Night Of Wild, Hardcore Punk, by Holly Homan
With the glow still fresh from the San Francisco Giants’ recent championship, there was no question that I would attend their Fan Fest last weekend. I took both of my daughters with me, and I looked forward to seeing its attractions and avoiding the autograph lines, having spent the previous two Fan Fests standing . . . → Read More: Prelude to A New Season: the SF Giants 2015 Fan Fest, by Chuck Strom
On Friday night February 6 everyone and anyone who’s punk headed to El Corazon for a wild evening headlined by legendary So. Cal punkers The Dickies. This was my third time seeing the Dickies and I think they get wilder each time.
The very second The Dickies hit the stage, the . . . → Read More: The Return Of The Incredible Indelible Dickies and Five Other Bands Bring A Night of Punk Rock to Seattle’s El Corazon, by Holly Homan
A mid week show is often a pain to attend after a full day’s work, but last Wednesday, January 28, was the Mad Caddies at the Nectar Lounge and that was not to be missed. After a nearly eight-year absence, the Mad Caddies have performed concerts in the Seattle-Tacoma area three times . . . → Read More: In Which I Have the Utmost Privilege of Seeing Mad Caddies for the Third Time in Twelve Months, this Time With Aggrolites In Tow At Nectar Lounge, by Holly Homan
Earl Thomas, player of love
Yes, the bandwagon is groaning under the weight of fair-weather fans and long-time Hawks supporters, all clad in their “12” jerseys, caps and T-shirts. I personally am conflicted about wearing a jersey. I have rooted for the Seahawks practically since I moved to Washington state in 1989, but I . . . → Read More: How do you stop a team that intimidates with love? by Claude Iosso
On the warm spring evening of January 24, I had the utmost pleasure of seeing the legendary Motels starring Martha Davis.
The Motels hit the charts in 1982 with songs like “Only the Lonely” and “Suddenly Last Summer,” but although those songs are exquisite, they proved this night that they have more than just . . . → Read More: The Legendary Motels Play Warm, Melodic Music to Match the Springtime Temps Outside, by Holly Homan
Powerpacked, feedback-overloaded, garage-born Seattle blues rock dynamo, My Goodness, has released a new video for the tunes “Bottle” and “Say You’re Gone,” which you can see below. The video features a mature man who looks a little like East Portland Davey. The old coot strips down to his boxers and takes a bath in . . . → Read More: My Goodness Releases Video for “Bottle/Say You’re Gone”
On Tuesday night, January 13 I joined hundreds of others outside Seattle’s Federal Building to join hands and surround the building in protest of the Keystone Pipeline that was recently passed by the new republican controlled congress. President Obama has said he will veto the bill, but this protest was enacted to make sure . . . → Read More: Hundreds Gather Outside Seattle’s Federal Building To Protest the Keystone Pipeline, by Holly Homan
Friday night in Seattle, less than a week before Christmas, and all through the house (called El Corazon )it is packed to the gills where X and the Blasters played a double bill. Seattle’s own Girl Trouble opened.
All three bands are perfectly blended. The Blasters are traditional roots rock while X have . . . → Read More: X, The Blasters & Girl Trouble Fill Seattle’s El Corazon for a Holiday Rock and Roll Show, by Holly Homan
Friday night December 12, I once again made the long drive south to Tacoma, Washington to see yet another great show at Jazzbones. This time it was Nekromantix with Angie & the Car Wrecks opening.
I’ve lost count how many times I’ve seen Nekromantix, but this was the most fun show I’ve seen them . . . → Read More: Nekromantix & Angie & the Car Wrecks Raise the Dead At Tacoma’s Jazzbones, by Holly Homan
Unless someone comes out with an excellent Christmas album in the next couple weeks, here’s my top ten of 2014:
St. Paul and the Broken Bones Half the City
The Budos Band Burnt Offering
Lee Fields and the Expressions Emma Jean
Benjamin Booker Violent Shiver
Prince Art Official Age
. . . → Read More: Top Ten Albums of 2014, by Graig Markel, Celebrity Guest Blogger
On Black Friday, braving freezing temperatures and rain, about twenty-five teachers and supporters rallied over a 520 overpass just a block from the Microsoft campus. The rally was to draw attention to the fact that Microsoft is one of many corporations that makes billions in profits but due to loopholes in the taxation system, . . . → Read More: Washington Educators Spend Black Friday Protesting At Microsoft, by Holly Homan
October 26, 2014 marked my seventh concert this month and third time seeing The Slackers. The Slackers are a six-piece ska band from NYC. Singer/trombonist Glen Pine came out dressed very dapper with a dark jacket over a cantaloupe colored ruffled shirt and full of fun energy. The Slackers are a band with essentially . . . → Read More: New York City’s The Slackers Headline A Fun Night Of Ska At Seattle’s Neumos, by Holly Homan
My but October is a big month for great bands coming through the Northwest. Tuesday the 21st brought Chicago’s Celt punkers to El Corazon. I’ve been waiting a long, long time to see them again. It’s been nearly eight years since they played here and for the last two to three years I’ve badgered . . . → Read More: Chicago’s Tossers Blow In On An Irish Wind For A Night Of Celtic Punk, by Holly Homan
It’s a Thursday night and Seattle’s Studio Seven is sparsely populated for the Chop Tops show. Those who didn’t come missed some great bands. The Chop Tops, hailing from Santa Cruz, are a psycho/rockabilly trio who pack a powerful punch stronger than bands twice as big.
Led by stand up drummer, Sinner, and . . . → Read More: Chop Tops and Guests Tear Apart the Night At Studio Seven, by Holly Homan