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SMooCH Show Saturday Night

30 Nov

Well, I had been looking forward to attending the big SMooCH (Seattle Musicians for Children’s Hospital) show this year, not to play (as I did last year with Shaina Shepherd opening for Modest Mouse), but as a fan in the audience to support this incredible event.

Sadly, this year’s headliner, Grouplove, had to cancel due to Covid – so our BeatleConcert band plus special guests will be stepping in! 

My dear friend Sera Cahoone and band will perform during the VIP portion of the evening and the GA show will feature the BeatleConcert All Stars with very special guests (stay tuned for announcements of those guests).  And Rachel Flotard and Visqueen will be reuniting and performing!

Started by Pete and Brandy Nordstrom, both musicians, in 2012 after their infant son received life-saving treatment from Children’s Hospital, SMooCH has generated millions of dollars for uncompensated care.  General Admission tickets are now just $25 so grab yours before they sell out.
WHEN:  Saturday, December 3, 8:30pm
WHERE: The Showbox in the Market
WHAT: SMooCH, featuring Sera Cahoone, Visqueen, BeatleConcert All Stars with Very Special Guests
MORE:  21+, $25 for GA Tickets:
https://smoochforkids.com/

I hope to see some of you out to celebrate this fabulous and fun annual show to benefit Children’s Hospital. 

Betsy Olson Tomorrow Night!

23 Nov

Come and do some Pre-Thanksgiving rocking with us TOMORROW NIGHT in beautiful, downtown Ballard.

Do you like slinky Blues/Rock?  Do you like pyrotechnics?  Do you like dancing?  Do you like being in a room full of beautiful people coming together to support live music at the start of the holidays?’
WHEN:  Wednesday, November 23
WHERE: Tractor Tavern, Ballard 
WHAT:  BETSY OLSON BAND – with the Dusty 45’s
MORE:  Doors, 7pm.  Show, 8pm (yes, we play early so don’t come late)!
https://www.ticketweb.com/event/dusty-45s-w-betsy-olson-tractor-tickets/12429435?pl=tractor&REFID=clientsitewp

Live Music is good for you.  Come celebrate with us. 

SMASH TICKETS $20/Betsy Olson

18 Nov

Hi Friends and Lovers of Live music,

SMASH (Seattle Musicians’ Access to Sustainable Healthcare) has released $20 GA tickets for this Sunday’s Tribute to David Bowie at The Moore Theatre
All the info and rock stars involved is here:
SMASH – A TRIBUTE TO DAVID BOWIE – The Moore Theatre, Downtown Seattle
Sunday, November 20. 7pm.
https://www.stgpresents.org/calendar/13582/a-smash-benefit-a-tribute-to-david-bowie

And please get your tickets SOON if you’re in town for Thanksgiving for:
BETSY OLSON BAND – with the Dusty 45’s – Tractor Tavern, Ballard
Wednesday, November 23, Doors at 7pm.  Show at 8pm (yes, we play early so don’t come late)!
https://www.ticketweb.com/event/dusty-45s-w-betsy-olson-tractor-tickets/12429435?pl=tractor&REFID=clientsitewp

Live Music is good for you.  Come celebrate with us.

Tween/Teen Yoga Series

18 Nov

I am happy to announce that today begins my next YOGA to TWEENS/TEENS IN PERSON, through 8 Limbs Yoga Centers- Phinney Ridge.

This 6-week series will run on Wednesdays, November 16 – December 21, from 4-5pm. And this one’s IN PERSON ONLY offering lots of time for creating more community within our sweet group. 

Guiding these Tweens and Teens in the practice of yoga – through breath, movement, and conversation – is one of the most rewarding and meaningful things I do.  I am devoted to my own practice of yoga & meditation and enjoy sharing that passion along with some of the tools that we can access to help students become more aware of their own bodies, thoughts and emotions. 

Developing the practice of yoga as a kind of ‘Superpower’ can allow these 10-14 year-olds an opportunity to find more ease and more joy in a fast-paced and complex world where technology and a lack of connection with others and with  nature can sometimes make us feel stressed and alienated. There is a big focus (as requested by students) on exploring ways in which we can slow down and relax.  We also have a lot of fun and there is space for connecting as a group where everyone is welcome and included and unique.

You can register here: https://8limbsyoga.com/offering/tween-yoga-series/– and if you can’t make it today, you may start next week!

Beatles, Bowie, Betsy

6 Nov

One last reminder to get your tickets to one of the BeatleConcert shows before they sell out.  We are ready to bring this show to life after countless practice hours. It’s always so full of heart and soul and you will leave the concert feeling good about the world, I promise!
BeatleConcert – 12th Ave. Arts, Capitol Hill
Thursday, Friday, Saturday November 10, 11, 12
https://www.strawshop.org/beatleconcert.html

This year, I’m honored once again to be a part of the SMASH (Seattle Musicians’ Access to Sustainable Healthcare) House Band featuring the music of the inimitable David Bowie.  Another show that you will leave feeling good about this incredible community and the musicians that this organization supports.  All the info and rock starts involved here:
SMASH – A TRIBUTE TO DAVID BOWIE – The Moore Theatre, Downtown Seattle
Sunday, November 20
https://www.stgpresents.org/calendar/13582/a-smash-benefit-a-tribute-to-david-bowie

BETSY OLSON BAND – with the Dusty 45’s – Tractor Tavern, Ballard
Wednesday, November 23
Come hang with us the night before Thanksgiving and bring your visiting friends & family to the infamous Tractor Tavern. This is our last show of 2022 and if you missed our last show with the divine Dusty 45’s at Drunky’s then you can catch another version here:
https://www.ticketweb.com/event/dusty-45s-w-betsy-olson-tractor-tickets/12429435?pl=tractor&REFID=clientsitewp

Thanks to you all who perform and support live music in all the ways you do!

Strawshop’s Original BeatleConcert is Back

28 Oct

Hello friends and lovers of live music!

I fell in love with the Beatles as a kid and have loved and listened to them my entire life.  And every member of this band shares this love and we are actually giddy – and emotional – in our rehearsals.  

And so it is with reverence, heart, and anticipaton (and more fucking practice hours than you could ever imagine) that we perform these shows as presented by Strawberry Theatre Workshop.

Info is below.  We are aiming to sell the shows out (lots of repeat attendees), so please don’t wait to get tickets if you are interested!

This November, the Mainstage at 12th Ave Arts will be transformed into a mock recording studio where patrons can watch the creation of the greatest songs from Beatles catalog of 1966-1970—the music that the original artists never performed in front of a live audience.  Paul Hiraga (Downpilot) returns with his all star ensemble to recreate songs from Abbey Road, the White Album, Revolver, Sgt Pepper and the studio singles that defined the Beatles’ legacy.

Join Strawshop on Thursday, Nov-10 for a special private performance with the band, aimed at raising money for the theatre’s spring festival, Strawberry Jam 2023.  Tickets for this benefit performance provide reserved seating and a close intimate evening with the musicians and the music.

Return on Friday/SaturdayNov 11-12, with 150 of your closest friends and immerse yourself in the music the way the Beatles never had a chance to present it themselves: live and in concert.

Everything you need to know is at: strawshop.org/beatleconcert
Seats are limited and they will sell out, so act quickly.

Upcoming Shows – TONY FULGHAM and more

12 Oct

Thanks to all who came out to support Jen Ayers and SHe Said!  We hope there will be more opportunities to see the show again down the road…

Coming up this FRIDAY night:
WHEN: Friday, October 14
WHO: Tony Fulgham (with Tim DiJulio, Aimee Zoe, yours truly) on a bill celebrating The Swearengens (Final Show), Freddy Luongo (Debut Album Release Party) & Richard Simeonoff
WHERE: Tractor Tavern, Ballard, WA. 
TIMINGDoors 8pm Show 9pm.  Tony Fulgham set, roughly 9:30pm.
INFO: 21+.  $12/advance, $15/doors
TICKETS
https://www.ticketweb.com/event/the-swearengens-final-show-freddy-tractor-tickets/12519345?pl=tractor&REFID=clientsitewp
MORE:  Tony’s writing new songs for this new project.  We’ll throw in a few tunes from North Twin and Jackrabbit days. 

WHEN: Thursday, October 20 and Saturday, October 22
WHO: Twitty/Lynn  (Grandchildren of Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty)
WHERE: These are out of town shows in Enumclaw and Zillah, WA.  So, if you find yourself in either of these towns…
MORE:  It is always SO MUCH FUn to play with Tayla Lynn.  And it will be especially poignant to be presenting these shows with Loretta having passed away just last week. I look forward to meeting and backing up Tre Twitty, grandson of Conway.  I learned to love country music from my grandmother at a very young age and love to think how happy she would be to know that I’m playing these shows.
Info & Tickets:
https://www.twittyandlynn.com/

WHEN: Sunday, October 23
WHO: The Debbie Miller on a bill with Arthur James
WHERE: Hotel Albatross, Ballard, WA. 
TIMING7:30pm
INFO & Tickets:
https://bandsintown.com/e/103831158
MORE: We love this beautiful and intimate venue and I always love playing with TDM who will make you laugh and cry.  Haven’t seen or heard my friend Art (James) in a long time and can’t wait to see this night unfold.  Lots of special guests & friends performing.  Don’t miss it!

And, not too far down the road, these shows, both of which tend to SELL OUT, so grab your tickets:

BeatleConcert – 12th Ave. Arts, Capitol Hill
November 10, 11, 12
https://www.strawshop.org/beatleconcert.html

SMASH – The Moore Theatre
Sunday, November 20
https://www.stgpresents.org/calendar/13582/a-smash-benefit-a-tribute-to-david-bowie

Live Music is good for the heart & soul.  Hope to see you out & about!

SHe Said Opens TOMORROW

5 Oct

Hi friends & fam &  lovers of The ARTS!

We are so excited to open SHe Said TOMORROW night, October 6, at Broadway Performance Hall.

Jen Ayers and The Band (under the fine direction of R.L. Heyer) have been working tirelessly to bring this story to life and to a live audience.  I am in awe of Jen & Graham Ayers and their families and all that they have maneuvered and navigated these last many years.  SHe Said is at its core a love story.  A true, gender-crashing musical story that explores the impact of gender identity on a family and couple who transition together.

Thanks to ALL who have purchased tickets to support this production. The entire cast & crew appreciate it so much.

For those who want tickets and more info:
WHAT:  SHe Said
WHEN: October 6, 7, 8, 9
WHERE: Broadway Performance Hall, Capitol Hill.

Tickets:
https://www.strangertickets.com/events/126348476/she-said-by-jen-ayers

A link to the accompanying album, produced by Jeff Fielder:
https://jenayers.bandcamp.com/album/she-said

If you’re in the theater, please stop by after the show to say hello.

Fall Tween/Teen Yoga

27 Sep

Hello Yoga Friends and Families,

I am happy to announce that I’ll be back – after 2 ½ years!!! – to teach YOGA to TWEENS/TEENS IN PERSON, through 8 Limbs Yoga Centers- Phinney Ridge

This 6-week series will run on Wednesdays, October 5 – November 9, from 4-5pm. You may attend IN PERSON or ONLINE, as you prefer.

Guiding these Tweens and Teens in the practice of yoga – through breath, movement, and conversation – is one of the most rewarding and meaningful things I do.  I am devoted to my own practice of yoga & meditation and enjoy sharing that passion along with some of the tools that we can access to help students become more aware of their own bodies, thoughts and emotions. 

Developing the practice of yoga as a kind of ‘Superpower’ can allow these 10-14 year-olds an opportunity to find more ease and more joy in a fast-paced and complex world where technology and a lack of connection with others and with  nature can sometimes make us feel stressed and alienated. There is a big focus (as requested by students) on exploring ways in which we can slow down and relax.  We also have a lot of fun and there is space for connecting as a group where everyone is welcome and included and unique.

You can register here: https://8limbsyoga.com/offering/tween-yoga-series/

SHe Said Show Tickets

26 Sep

Friends and Music Lovers,

It’s FALL.  Time to turn on the heat (NO!!!) and get out to some shows so we don’t become hermits this season. 

After a very busy early September (thanks to all who came out to see The inimitable Debbie Miller, the Patsy Cline tribute shows, and the magical Matt Alber) and a quick trip to visit fam in NYC, I am about to enter a very busy remainder of September and early October rehearsing (pretty much daily) for the long awaited performances of: 

WHAT:  SHe Said, A 21st century love story that explores the impact of gender identity on a family and couple who transition together.
WHEN: October 6, 7, 8, 9
WHERE: Broadway Performance Hall, Capitol Hill.

Tickets:
https://www.strangertickets.com/events/126348476/she-said-by-jen-ayers

Most of you have heard me talk about this play and the accompanying album that is now available.  Here’s a link:
https://jenayers.bandcamp.com/album/she-said

Powerhouse musician and vocalist Jen Ayers premieres “SHe Said”, her new live show at Seattle’s Broadway Performance Hall 10/6, 10/7, 10/8 and 10/9. This gender-crashing musical story, written and performed by Ayers, also features Marc Kenison (aka Waxie Moon), a grand piano, a live band (Kathy Moore, Rebecca Young, RL Heyer, Melissa Montalto and Geoff Reading) and a multimedia mashup of 70s animation, soul-pop, glam rock, and “The Moth”, all rolled into one. Directed by Daryle Conners. 

More info here:
https://jenayersmusic.com/she-said 

We can’t wait to present this show to you!  I hope to see you there.