This is for all of you longtime Seattleites. It’s a six minute dune buggy chase through downtown Seattle where Connie Stevens relentlessly pursues a vicious criminal at high speed through every gray nook and cranny of the Emerald City. How did they schedule so many sunny mornings to film it? The 1976 film from . . . → Read More: Scorchy – Downtown Seattle Dune Buggy Chase 1976
On a muggy Sunday night of August 16, I ventured out to the Funhouse Lounge to see ska masters Mrs. Skannotto. After some really good rock and punk openers I finally was eager to settle into some ska and hear some brass. Singer Joe Harmon almost melted into his mic as he flitted about . . . → Read More: Rochester Ska Band Mrs. Skannotto Headline A Fun Night At the Funhouse Lounge, by Holly Homan
Saturday afternoon on August 8 I headed to downtown Seattle for a rally for social security. The guest speaker of note was to be democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
The event was held in the Westlake Plaza, the traditional gathering place for political rallies and gatherings in Seattle. A half an hour before . . . → Read More: Labor Sponsored Social Security Rally Is Rudely Interrupted As Bernie Sanders Is About to Speak, by Holly Homan
On the very hot Saturday night of August first I headed to the Nectar Lounge for some mighty fine ska/reggae music. The evening was headlined by the legendary Ernest Ranglin Ernest Ranglin is the godfather of ska/reggae and a guitar playing master. Without him there would be no Two Tone. At the ripe age . . . → Read More: Legendary Ska Pioneer Ernest Rangin Headlines A Night Of Reggae & Ska At Nectar Lounge, by Holly Homan
On Sunday night July 27 I attended my last concert for the month of July. Right on the heels of Stiff Little Fingers I saw the very wild Casualties show. The Casualties, a hard core punk band from NYC, came on stage and the first thing front man/singer Jorge Herrera did was take a . . . → Read More: The Casualties and Punk Rock Guests Mix Hard Core Punk With Hell Fire and Brimstone For A Wild, Wild Night, by Holly Homan
Saturday night July 25th brought the return of two things Seattle hasn’t seen in a long time — rain and Stiff Little Fingers. The rain and cooler weather did nothing to prevent the swelter inside the tiny El Corazon caused by both poor ventilation and the onstage energy of the band reciprocated by the . . . → Read More: Ireland’s Stiff Little Fingers Make A Long Awaited Return To Seattle, by Holly Homan
July has been a busy month for concerts. On the 21st I had the pleasure of seeing the Young Dubliners (only two of the members are actually from Ireland). They may not be looking young any more, but on stage their behavior and their music exhibit all the youthful exuberance that matched any of . . . → Read More: The Young Dubliners Headline a Fun Night of Celtic Music at Seattle’s El Corazon, by Holly Homan
This past July 18th was another scorcher in Seattle and I attended my fifth concert of the month. This time the headliner was the Phenomenauts. Bringing their science and and science fiction with them, the Bay Area’s Phenomenauts are all about having fun and perhaps teaching some science along the way. This band appears . . . → Read More: Science and Halloween Join Forces When the Phenomenauts Headline at The Funhouse, by Holly Homan
It’s a hot Friday night in Seattle and the beginning of the long holiday weekend. Mustard Plug is headlining a show at El Corazon. I’ve been waiting a long time to see Mustard Plug and they didn’t disappoint.
Everyone in this band is a showman, but particularly front man/singer Dave Kirchgessner. This guy NEVER . . . → Read More: A Hot Sticky Black Night and Mustard Plug Passes Muster at Seattle’s El Corazon, by Holly Homan
Tuesday evening in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood the legendary Crocodile Cafe hosted ska masters The Slackers from NYC. This time they were minus two members (Jay Nugent, guitar and Glen Pine, trombone) due to illness or injury, so Jesse Wagner from the Aggrolites saved the day stepping in as a replacement with only one week’s . . . → Read More: Ska Masters The Slackers Turn Seattle’s Crocodile Cafe Into A Raging Inferno, by Holly Homan
It’s Friday night in Seattle and there’s a lot going on. I chose to attend the 2015 Psychobilly Brawl. I don’t think I’ve missed the annual Psychobilly Brawl since 2007. This year’s brawl was brought to us by Zorchradio, the psychobilly program which airs on Thursday nights from seven to ten p.m. . . . → Read More: Gutter Demons And Guests Tear It Up At the 2015 Psychobilly Brawl, by Holly Homan
Tuesday June 16 was a day to remember. It marked the beginning of summer vacation for this Seattle teacher and also marked the illustrious return of UK Subs, one of the few original punk bands still recording and touring today. This was a show NOT to be missed.
Founding member, front man, and mean . . . → Read More: UK Subs Headline A Night Of Raw Punk Power at Seattle’s EL Corazon, by Holly Homan
Sad news arrived from Seattle today. Supersuckers were a favorite live band of mine in the 90s. The first concert I saw in Seattle in 1992 or 3 was Supersuckers with the Del Lagunas (Gas Huffer playing surf music). I wound up seeing them at least ten times over the years and enjoyed every . . . → Read More: Supersuckers Cancel Tour: Eddie Spaghetti to Undergo Cancer Treatments
Another Saturday night in Seattle and I have the esteemed privilege of seeing our very own Hollowpoints play the new Funhouse location with some phenomenal supporting acts to boot.
The band just preceding The Hollowpoints were so wild I almost saw sparks fly off the stage. Besides being really adorable, this punk rock . . . → Read More: Raw Punk Power Ignites Funhouse With Seattle’s Hollowpoints Headlining, by Holly Homan
Over the last couple of weeks several Washington state school districts have conducted one day rolling strikes to protest the state inadequate funding of public education. Today, May 19, 2015, the biggest district in the state, Seattle, walked off the job and were joined by Mercer Island and Issaquah districts in solidarity.
Washington . . . → Read More: Thousands of Educators From Three Districts March On Downtown Seattle Demanding Full Funding For Public Education, by Holly Homan
On Thursday night, May 7, I ventured out to what is now the new Fun House location. The venue which used to be known as the Lounge at El Corazon is now the new Funhouse. The five piece all women pop punk band from Minneapolis was playing. I’d seen Sick Of Sarah a couple . . . → Read More: Sick Of Sarah — Charismatic Riot Grrrlz From Minneapolis Turn the New Funhouse Into Party Land, by Holly Homan
Dead Men Walking
It’s a Tuesday night, but Seattle’s Crocodile Cafe is packed pretty tight to see super group Dead Men Walking. When I say super group, I mean Captain Sensible (The Damned), Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats), Mike Peters (The Alarm) and my personal favorite, Chris Cheney of the Living End. This was . . . → Read More: Tuesday Night At Seattle’s Crocodile Cafe Brings Supergroup Dead Men Walking For A Wild Party Show, by Holly Homan
SEATTLE – Obafemi Martins may not wear a cape, but he is most certainly a superhero for the Seattle Sounders FC. The Nigerian striker can snare long passes on his feet and juke defenders into submission. Bringing peace to his troubled homeland might be a stretch, but Oba racks up goals and assists that . . . → Read More: World peace might be a stretch, but Oba’s magic on the pitch, by Knute Rimkus
Last January, the Port of Seattle irresponsibly gave Shell the go-ahead to use Seattle as home base for its Arctic drilling operations. They ignored Shell’s terrible safety record, the very high risk of a major Arctic oil spill, and devastating impacts to our climate. The Port Commissioners hoped the deal would go unnoticed. The . . . → Read More: Thousands Rally and March In Seattle To Protest the Decision To Turn Seattle’s Waterways Into an Artic Oil Super Highway For Shell, by Holly Homan
Another Saturday night and another wild Seattle punk show. This time it was the legendary Dead Milkmen at the infamous Crocodile Cafe.
Front man Rodney Anonymous burst onto the stage, announcing that this was the anti-Coachella Tour, then with a giant leap into the air, the first song rang forth. From that point . . . → Read More: Seattle’s Crocodile Cafe Hosts Live Punk, Dead Milkmen, by Holly Homan