Britain’s Subways Bring Power Pop and Charisma To Seattle’s Tractor Tavern, by Holly Homan

Wednesday night April 27, Seattle’s Tractor Tavern hosted England’s Subways. Bursting with power and dripping with charisma, the band is led by they very boyish looking Billy Lunn. Add his brother Josh Morgan who thrashes the drum kit like a wild animal and Charlotte Cooper on bass.

Charlotte was no slouch in the . . . → Read More: Britain’s Subways Bring Power Pop and Charisma To Seattle’s Tractor Tavern, by Holly Homan

Night One of How I Spent My Ska Fest Weekend, by Holly Homan

It Gets Worse

Friday night April 22 I headed to Seattle’s Highline Bar for the first night of the 2016 Seattle Ska Fest. I’d been looking forward to this show for a long time that even the head cold I’d come down with earlier that day wouldn’t keep me away. Due to having to . . . → Read More: Night One of How I Spent My Ska Fest Weekend, by Holly Homan

English (Underground?) Punk-Pop Trio, The Subways to Rock the Northwest, by Holly Homan

Attention all you fans of punk pop, have you heard of the Subways? They’re an English punk pop trio and they’re coming to the Northwest this next week.

Think New Found Glory meets the Runaways. They have a brand video out called Dirty Muddy Paws. Check it out here.

They’re playing Seattle . . . → Read More: English (Underground?) Punk-Pop Trio, The Subways to Rock the Northwest, by Holly Homan

Seattle’s Funhouse Hosts New York’s The Toasters for a Fun Night Of Ska, by Holly Homan

Tuesday night February 9 marked the annual return of ska masters The Toasters. They embarked immediately on long time favorites, “I’m Running Right Through the World” and “Pirate Radio,” but it was when they played “Weekend In LA” that the dance floor really lit up. I didn’t see a still body on that dance . . . → Read More: Seattle’s Funhouse Hosts New York’s The Toasters for a Fun Night Of Ska, by Holly Homan

Seattle Rings In The New Year With Cracker & Camper Van Beethoven At The Crocodile Cafe, by Holly Homan

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

How I Spent My Skalloween Weekend, by Holly Homan

Skablins

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

Darrell’s Tavern Hosts a Night Of Ska Starring Natalie Wouldn’t & Georgetown Orbits, by Holly Homan

Natalie Wouldn’t

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

Senator Bernie Sanders Finally Gets To Have His Say In Seattle To A Crowd of 15000, 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

Labor Sponsored Social Security Rally Is Rudely Interrupted As Bernie Sanders Is About to Speak, 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

Legendary Ska Pioneer Ernest Rangin Headlines A Night Of Reggae & Ska At Nectar Lounge, 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

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

The Adolescents & Weirdos Pack El Corazon For a Gritty Hot night Of Pure Punk, by Holly Homan

The Weirdos

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

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

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

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