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Category: Festivals
January 23, 2015 at 10:50 AM

Cafe Racer celebrates five years of far-out jazz | Concert preview

Neil Welch (Nathan Vass)

Neil Welch (Nathan Vass)

The late baritone saxophonist Andrew Carrico, who died tragically young in 2012, used to describe his sound as “somewhere between a cry and a roar.” The musicians who gathered with him at the University District hangout Cafe Racer appropriately adopted those words as the title of their festival, which celebrates the kind of unpredictable, elbows-out jazz (and beyond) played at the cafe’s Racer Sessions. The fifth edition of the festival is this weekend.

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Comments | More in Festivals, Jazz | Topics: Cafe Racer, Cry & Roar, Heatwarmer

January 16, 2015 at 9:45 AM

Who’s playing Sasquatch 2015? Find out at launch party | Ticket alert

The 2015 Sasquatch! Music Festival line-up will be announced at a launch party beginning at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3 with a free show featuring Ty Segal, Tacocat, the Young Evils and comedian Chris Gethard at the Neptune Theatre.

Tickets for the all-ages show are free and will be available at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31 at the Paramount Theatre box office. Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis with a maximum of two tickets per person.

(Matthew Lamb)

(Matthew Lamb)

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Comments | More in Festivals, Rock/Pop | Topics: Chris Gethard, neptune theatre, Sasquatch! Music Festival

December 19, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Bumbershoot to partner with Showbox Presents/AEG Live

One Reel, which presents Seattle’s annual arts festival, Bumbershoot, announced Friday that it has entered into a partnership with Showbox Presents/AEG Live, promoters of music at the Showbox, KeyArena and other venues around the country. The new partnership will offer nonprofit One Reel sorely needed financial support, as the organization has suffered severe losses the past…

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Comments | More in Festivals, General news | Topics: AEG Live, Bumbershoot, One Reel

October 6, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Acclaimed jazz journeymen Lovano and Douglas grace Earshot jazz fest

Only a handful of journeymen jazz players consistently win magazine polls of both critics and readers. Saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas are longtime members of that club.

Both are coming to the Earshot Jazz Festival in the rarely-seen collaborative group Sound Prints, on Saturday, Oct. 18. It should the highlight of the four-week annual spree.

Lovano and Douglas have carved out a territory that could arguably be called a new mainstream — between roots revivalism and head-exploding experimentalism. No matter how far out they go — into dissonance, free-improvisation, tangential forms or extended instrumental techniques — their music is still blues-drenched, swinging jazz.

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Comments | Topics: Dave Douglas, Earshot Jazz Festival, Joe Lovano

October 2, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Macefield fest brings The Sonics, The Posies, THEESatisfaction and others to Ballard

A bastion of live-music tradition in a gentrifying city, Seattle’s tight-knit Ballard neighborhood is like a big house with different artists making different work in different rooms.

Fitting, then, that this weekend’s Macefield Music Festival honors the late Edith Macefield, a local musician and folk hero for refusing high-rise developers’ millions to stay put in her 100-year-old cottage. (Think the house in the 2009 Pixar film “Up.”)

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Comments | Topics: Macefield Festival, Posies, The Sonics

September 22, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Even at 57, Monterey Jazz Festival still finding new levels of groove

MONTEREY, Calif. — When Tim Jackson took over the programming of the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1992, he assured its somewhat conservative patrons that he would introduce artistic changes gradually at the parklike Monterey Fairgrounds.

Jackson has kept his word, but the festival’s 57th edition this past weekend felt like a watershed. Saturday night’s arena headliner was a jazz-influenced hip-hop act, The Roots, which topped a thematic through-line of contemporary African-American music that placed the festival firmly in the present. It was a meaty, satisfying lineup.

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Comments | More in Festivals, General news, Jazz, R & B/Hip-hop | Topics: Herbie Hancock, Monterey Jazz Festival, The Roots

September 3, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Country stars Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Florida Georgia Line shine in Puyallup fair music lineup

If you think no state fair is complete without elephant ears, corn dogs and country music, you’re in luck. Some of the brightest stars in the country-music constellation are set to shine on the Washington State Fair grandstand stage over the next two weeks, including Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban and Toby Keith. Clay Walker gets…

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Comments | More in Country, Festivals | Topics: country, lineup, puyallup fair

September 1, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Comedy Mystery Mutants: Extreme skipping and time traveling Hitler assassins

The Comedy Mystery Mutants took Sunday’s Bumbershoot audience on a tour of Seattle’s weird underbelly of comedy with a mix of sketch, video, music and stand-up comedy at the Leo K. Theatre. Led by MC Albert Kirchner the show’s highlights included a display of gravity-defying jumps and twists from Extreme Gene (played by…

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Comments | More in Comedy, Festivals | Topics: Albert Kirchner, Brendan Kelley, Bumbershoot 2014

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