Shows this Week

16 Jun

Hi Friends!  

Live Music is good for the heart & soul.

Here are some shows I’m playing this very weekend:

WHEN: Friday, June 17
WHO: Aline & Wes/Darren Loucas/Amanda Winterhalter
WHERE: The Royal Room, Columbia City.  5000 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle.
TIMINGDoors, 6:30pm. Then, roughly, 7:30 – Aline & Wes, 8:30 – Darren Loucas (I’ll be with Darren along with Eric Eagle on drums), 9:45 – Amanda Winterhalter & her fab band. 

LINK to TICKETS and INFO: 
https://theroyalroomseattle.com/event/amanda-winterhalter-darren-loucas-aline-wes/?instance_id=3907

MORE: This is such a great lineup.  I can’t wait to be sandwiched (with Darren Loucas) playing between Aline & Wes and one of my best pals, Amanda Winterhalter, who will bring the house down.  

WHEN: Saturday, June 18
WHO: Darren Loucas & Friends (yours truly on bass, Mike Stone on drums, Ron Weinstein on Hammond B3) 
WHERE: Owl ‘n Thistle Pub, downtown Seattle. 808 Post Avenue, Seattle 98104
TIMING:8pm – 11pm. A long set with a break at some point to hang with YOU!

LINK TO TICKETS and INFO: NO COVER. Not much info to share.  Here’s their FB page, but our event has not posted yet. 

https://www.facebook.com/owlnthistle/events

MORE:  Local legendary drummer Mike Stone joins us (on his birthday) for this special night of rockin’ and swingin’ Blues and more.  Everyone loves a Hammond B3 organ, Darren Loucas on electric guitar, and some hot solos from both.  I’ll be holding down the low end, per usual…

Hope to see some of you out and about!

Upcoming Shows

31 May

Wednesday, June 1
Debbie Miller (with Sphie and Beasley)
Sunset Tavern, Ballard.  Doors, 7:30p. More info and tickets here:

https://www.ticketweb.com/event/beasley-debbie-miller-sphie-sunset-tavern-tickets/12083145

If you haven’t seen or heard The Debbie Miller, please check her out and come on down. The sound at the “new” and improved Sunset Tavern is also as good as it gets.  And you’ll need your tissues, ’cause Debbie will definitely make you laugh and make you cry.  

Saturday, June 4
Betsy Olson Band (with The Dusty 45s
Drunky Two Shoes BBQ,White Center. 8pm. More info and tickets here:

https://twoshoebbq.wpengine.com/#/events?event_id=53650

Oh boy.  This will be a barn burner of a show.  Smokin’ hot BBQ joint, fresh air, and lots of blues, rock, rockabilly all night long.  

Live music helps heal the heart!

Hope to see some of you soon.

Music, Covid, Life…

31 May

In the past week I’ve seen my daughter Eva graduate from college, I returned home from New Orleans with Covid, and sunk into an even darker hole with the horrific news out of Uvalde.  As my friend Kay says, Life is a balance of Joy & Pain. And ain’t that the truth. SIgh.

I have been reluctant to broadcast this episode of The Seattle Channel’s Art Zone with Nancy Guppy which was also released a week ago and offers a glimpse into the jigsaw puzzle of my life as a musician and teacher.  It feels somewhat boastful to share this stuff.  On the other hand, I’m grateful to Nancy for her constant support and dedication to the Seattle and PNW Arts community and to filmmaker Howard Shack for editing and synthesizing my long life into a short episode with such care and skill.  Links to the full Art Zone episode (you’ll definitely want to see the entire show) and to my segment are here: 
Full show: https://bit.ly/ArtZoneMay2022
Segment: https://bit.ly/RebeccaYoung

NEW/OLD MUSIC:

And, because I’m pretty bad about social media posting and sharing, but also because sharing the work of some of the incredible artists/musicians I’ve had the pleasure of working with over the past very quiet years of Covid is more important than ever, here are some links to recordings I played bass on, made by great humans and released during the pandemic:

Margo Cilker’s “Pohorylle” was recorded just before Covid hit and released in November 2021.  Produced by Sera Cahoone and recorded by John Askew:
https://margocilker.bandcamp.com/album/pohorylle

Many of you know my friend Lindsay Fuller.  Her latest, “The Wake” was also recorded just before Covid hit and released in the thick of it in 2020. Produced by our friend Casey Neill and recorded by John Askew. 
https://lindsayfuller.bandcamp.com/album/the-wake

A few years ago, my friend Tammy Jo Madsen started making music again with her buddy Scott Kaplan from Band of Certainty.  I joined the band to help make this record, “Twist and Sway”  in the fall before Covid and it was released in the thick of it in 2020:
https://greenmonkeyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/twist-and-sway-seven-songs

Seattle’s Julia Francis made this record (When You Get What You Want) just before Covid broke out.  Produced by Steve Fisk, it was also released in the middle of things in 2020:
https://juliafrancis.bandcamp.com/album/when-you-get-what-you-want

Local rising star, Shaina Shepherd, is EVERYwhere these days.  She’s a force of nature and we had a great time recording/covering our version of “Never Be Another You” by Lee Fields & The Expressions.  This recording was commissioned by Nordstrom (and used for their fall/winter ad campaigns) and the single was released by SubPop Records at the end of 2021.  It’s a fun bass line and super great to record with lots of my friends here in Seattle. 
https://shainashepherdmusic.bandcamp.com/track/never-be-another-you

So, if you’re as bored as I am this holiday weekend (and hopefully you don’t have Covid), take a listen.  And thanks for listening and reading. 

We’ve got to keep making ART, supporting Artists all over the planet and sending love and peace into the world.  In the words of American lyricist Hal David, “What the World Needs Now is Love.”