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January 17, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Singer-songwriter Camille Bloom celebrates ‘Sweet Dreams’ at Columbia City Theater

Camille Bloom was a high school English teacher and aspiring singer-songwriter about eight years ago when an avid fan made her an offer she couldn’t refuse. After months of negotiation, the fan agreed to provide more than $30,000 in seed money so that Bloom could pursue her dream of becoming a professional musician. So Bloom applied for a one-year…

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Comments | More in Folk, Rock/Pop | Topics: Camille Bloom, Columbia City Theater

January 6, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Roger Miller’s music given new life at Columbia City Theater | Concert review

It might have been a bit bizarre at first, but Hearth Music’s Roger Miller tribute night at Columbia City Theater Saturday was more lecture series than country show — and that wasn’t a bad thing.

Hosted by Iaan Hughes of KBCS, who has forgotten more about Miller than most of the packed house probably knew coming in, the evening was a solid mix of old footage and photos, Hughes’ commentary and over a dozen bands each playing two Miller songs.

Some acts, like bluegrass upstarts the Warren G. Hardings, did a fine job of combining Miller’s music with their own flavor, while Dean Johnson used his rustic warble to effectively reproduce “My Uncle Used to Love Me But She Died” and “My Pillow.”

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Comments | More in Americana, Country | Topics: annie ford band, cahalen morrison, Columbia City Theater

January 3, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Diverse lineup celebrates Roger Miller Saturday at Columbia City Theater | Concert preview

Roger Miller tribute night at Columbia City Theater.

Roger Miller tribute night at Columbia City Theater.

Most people know Roger Miller as Alan-A-Dale, the minstrel rooster from the animated version of “Robin Hood,” even if they’re not aware of his work as a songwriter and country artist.

That’s a shame, and one a diverse lineup of local musicians hopes to correct with a tribute night for Miller this Saturday at Columbia City Theater. Cahalen Morrison and Country Hammer, Annie Ford Band and Low Hums head a stellar group that also includes gutsy folk singer Pepper Proud and bluegrass attitude from The Warren G. Hardings. 

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Comments | More in Country, Folk | Topics: annie ford band, cahalen morrison, Columbia City Theater

November 1, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Danielle Radford vies to win the Seattle International Comedy Competition | Q&A

When Seattle comedian Danielle Radford got the opportunity to open for Dave Chappelle at the Moore Theatre last month, the only thing on her mind was to avoid falling flat on her face. Radford, who’s been performing stand up for six years, not only managed to stay on her feet, but…

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Comments | More in Comedy, Festivals | Topics: Columbia City Theater, Danielle Radford, Seattle International Comedy Competition

July 14, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Glory on the horizon for Shelby Earl

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Shelby Earl celebrated the release of her sophomore album, “Swift Arrows,” Saturday night at Columbia City Theater. Photo by Owen R. Smith.

On her debut album “Burn The Boats,” Shelby Earl reasons that if you burn the boats after a long voyage, you’re already home.

It’s essentially what she did before heading into the studio to record that album, quitting her day job at age 33 and going on all-in on a career in music. She did it, she said, because it was the final step necessary to help her believe in her music and her future as an artist.

Four years after that fateful decision, Earl’s belief has never been stronger. She celebrated the release of her sophomore album, “Swift Arrows,” with a show Saturday night at Columbia City Theater, where the album was recorded the course of eight days with producer Damien Jurado.

Some hauntingly beautiful tunes from songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews and an exuberant hour from brothers Mikey and Matty Gervais got the night started off on the right foot. Finally, Earl, clad in a black cocktail dress, nonchalantly made her way onto the stage and got her set going with “The Seer,” the first song she wrote for her new album.

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Comments | More in Folk, Rock/Pop | Topics: Burn The Boats, Columbia City Theater, Courtney Marie Andrews