Seattle Times arts writer Paul de Barros is at work on a story about Seattle’s community of variety performers, which was hit especially hard by the shooting at Cafe Racer earlier this week. Drew Keriakedes and Joe “Vito” Albanese were key figures on the scene.
To give you the flavor of that community, we’ve assembled this short collection of videos.
Here, at Cafe Racer in 2011, is God’s Favorite Beefcake, the band that Keriakedes and Albanese belonged to. Keriakedes is the singer in this video; Albanese, the bass player:
For music by Circus Contraption, Keriakedes and Albanese’s earlier outfit, go here.
Seattle’s comedy/variety folks come out in force ever year for the Moisture Festival. Here are a few scenes from 2009’s edition; a few of the people de Barros is interviewing are showcased, including festival honcho Ron Bailey.
De Barros is also interviewing Ben Wendel, a teacher at The School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts, who performs with Duo Madrona:
And Bill Robison, among others: