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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.


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

September 12, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Heatwarmer and La Luz in sync with Seattle weather | Concert review

(phone photo by Evan Smith)

(phone photo by Evan Smith)

“These guys sound like Nirvana backwards,” a guy said to me during Heatwarmer’s set Wednesday at Neumos.

He had a point, the way this band turns on a dime, changing keys and meters. But some of the crowd was singing along, which only goes to show how devoted a following this group has attracted.

Long a mainstay in the orbit of musicians that collect around the improvisatory Racer Sessions, Heatwarmer has been a favorite on the Seattle DIY scene.  On Wednesday, the synth-pop quintet celebrated the release of its self-titled debut and kicked off a national tour with a rollicking, well-attended show that also featured the eclectic pairing of avant-jazz duo Bad Luck with the washed out surf-rock of La Luz.


Comments | More in Jazz, Rock/Pop | Topics: Bad Luck, Heatwarmer, La Luz