The Casualties and Punk Rock Guests Mix Hard Core Punk With Hell Fire and Brimstone For A Wild, Wild Night, 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

Ireland’s Stiff Little Fingers Make A Long Awaited Return To Seattle, 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

The Young Dubliners Headline a Fun Night of Celtic Music at Seattle’s El Corazon, 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

Science and Halloween Join Forces When the Phenomenauts Headline at The Funhouse, 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

A Hot Sticky Black Night and Mustard Plug Passes Muster at Seattle’s El Corazon, 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

Ska Masters The Slackers Turn Seattle’s Crocodile Cafe Into A Raging Inferno, 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

Gutter Demons And Guests Tear It Up At the 2015 Psychobilly Brawl, by Holly Homan

Gutter Demons

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

UK Subs Headline A Night Of Raw Punk Power at Seattle’s EL Corazon, 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

Supersuckers Cancel Tour: Eddie Spaghetti to Undergo Cancer Treatments

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

Raw Punk Power Ignites Funhouse With Seattle’s Hollowpoints Headlining, by Holly Homan

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

Thousands of Educators From Three Districts March On Downtown Seattle Demanding Full Funding For Public Education, 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

Sick Of Sarah — Charismatic Riot Grrrlz From Minneapolis Turn the New Funhouse Into Party Land, 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

Tuesday Night At Seattle’s Crocodile Cafe Brings Supergroup Dead Men Walking For A Wild Party Show, 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

World peace might be a stretch, but Oba’s magic on the pitch, by Knute Rimkus

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

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

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

Seattle’s Crocodile Cafe Hosts Live Punk, Dead Milkmen, 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

Seattle 12th Annual Ska Fest Brings A Wealth Of Ska and Rock Steady Acts to the Highline, by Holly Homan

Gigantor

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

March to May – Embers

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

Graig Markel Composes Soundtrack to Run Free Documentary

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

For A Saturday Morning Meeting on Funding For Public Education, It’s Standing Room Only In North Seattle, by Holly Homan

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