It’s January the first and it’s my first concert of the year. After being out until well past midnight seeing the fireworks shoot off the Space Needle, I was exhausted all the next day and wouldn’t have made the effort for any lesser band. But the Crocodile Cafe, in the heart of Seattle’s Belltown, . . . → Read More: Seattle Rings In The New Year With Cracker & Camper Van Beethoven At The Crocodile Cafe, by Holly Homan
My skalloween weekend began Friday night, Halloween Eve at Seattle’s Highline Bar on Capitol Hill. Headlining was Seattle’s own ska legends the Diablotones.
After a fun-filled performance by the Skablins, the Diablotones hit the stage for a mix of funky, raunchy rock and roll ska. Singer/bassist Timmy Profit sang with a throaty . . . → Read More: How I Spent My Skalloween Weekend, by Holly Homan
It’s Friday night a week before Halloween and the happening place is Darrell’s Tavern in Shoreline just north of Seattle. Playing were two of Seattle’s finest ska bands, Natalie Wouldn’t and the Georgetown Orbits.
Natalie Wouldn’t played second and opened with a ska version of the Spider Man theme. The tiny . . . → Read More: Darrell’s Tavern Hosts a Night Of Ska Starring Natalie Wouldn’t & Georgetown Orbits, by Holly Homan
On Saturday, after Bernie Sanders was so rudely prevented from speaking to a crowd gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Social Security, I headed to the campus of the University of Washington to their indoor sports arena, Hec Edmondson Pavilion. The 12000 seat complex was filled with no empty seat to . . . → Read More: Senator Bernie Sanders Finally Gets To Have His Say In Seattle To A Crowd of 15000, 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
Wednesday night punk and Seattle’s El Corazon is packed with punks to see the Adolescents and The Weirdos — two veteran American punk rock bands.
The Adolescents may not look like adolescents any more, but these guys are nowhere near ready for the front porch rocker whiling their days away. They churned . . . → Read More: The Adolescents & Weirdos Pack El Corazon For a Gritty Hot night Of Pure Punk, 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
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
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
It’s Friday night in Seattle and a lot is going on, not the least of which is a clash with Black Lives Matter protesters and Seattle police. I was at the Central Tavern in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood. Seattle’s own Boss Martians were headlining and though I’ve known of the Boss Martians for some . . . → Read More: Seattle’s Boss Martians Rip It Up At the Central Tavern For A Friday Night Of Fun, 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