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

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

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:

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:
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
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:

WHEN: Sunday, October 23
WHO: The Debbie Miller on a bill with Arthur James
WHERE: Hotel Albatross, Ballard, WA. 
INFO & Tickets:
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

SMASH – The Moore Theatre
Sunday, November 20

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


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.


A link to the accompanying album, produced by Jeff Fielder:

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:

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.


Most of you have heard me talk about this play and the accompanying album that is now available.  Here’s a link:

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: 

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

September Shows

2 Sep

Happy September, Friends! How did that happen??
I’ve said it before:  LIVE MUSIC cures what ails you.  Go on out and get some. 🙂
Here are some fabulous shows I’m playing coming right up. Buying tickets in advance for all of these is recommended!

WHEN: Thursday September 8
WHO: (The) Debbie Miller  (feat. Darren Loucas, Aimee Zoe, yours truly) with Hey King! and Tomo Nakayama
WHERE: The Triple Door, Mainstage Theatre, 216 Union St. Seattle
TIMINGDebbie Miller @7:30pm, Hey, King! @ 8:10pm, Tomo Nakayam @9pm.
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WHEN: Saturday September 10 and Sunday September 11
WHO: Sweet Dreams; Celebrating the Music of Patsy Cline  (feat. vocalists Star Anna, V. Contreras, Hillary Fretland, Kate Voss, Miller Campbell, Alessandra Rose, Jessica Lynne Witty with band members Jason Goessl, Country Dave Harmonson, Aaron O’Neil, William Stover, yours truly)
WHERE: The Triple Door, Mainstage Theatre, 216 Union St. Seattle
TIMINGSaturday show starts 7pm. Sunday show starts 6pm.
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WHEN: Wednesday September 14
WHO: Matt Alber Trio  (Daniel Walker, yours truly)
WHERE: The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave. S, Columbia City, Seattle

And…in late September and early October, I will be holed up at Broadway Performance Hall rehearsing and performing the spectacular, SHe Said, featuring Jen Ayers
You’ll hear more about this show in coming weeks, but here’s a link to more info and tickets for shows that run October 6, 7, 8, and 9 that should be purchased in advance!

As always, I remain grateful to be able to work in this amazing community with all of these exceptional artists. 

If you missed this more personal piece about my crazy life on Art Zone hosted by my friend and yours, Nancy Guppy, you can see it here:

Weekend Shows

10 Aug

Two great shows this weekend:

WHEN: Friday, August 12
WHO: Margo Cilker Trio
WHERE: On the back lawn, in the great outdoors at Vashon Sugar Shack,  17636 100th Ave SW, Vashon Island, WA
INFO:No Cover All ages.
MORE:  I’m happy to be continuing this little run of shows with the fabulous Margo Cilker, just back from Pickathon and this shout out from Glide Magazine:

WHEN: Saturday, August 13
WHO: Darren Loucas w/full band (Aaron O’Neil, Ron Weinstein, yours truly)
WHERE: Owl ‘n Thistle Pub, downtown Seattle. 808 Post Avenue, Seattle
TIMING9p until Midnight. Several sets with lots of time to hang with you in between.
INFO:No Cover
MORE:  Join us to eat, drink, dance at Seattle’s favorite Irish pub. The band will be dishing up some new and old school Blues, psychedelic guitar, Hammond B3 organ solos, original and cover tunes.  Always lots of surprises and good times at this little gem of a pub tucked into the heart of downtown Seattle.

Coming up:

The Debbie Miller (with Tomo Nakayama and Hey, King) at TheTriple DoorThursday September 8

Sweet Dreams, The Music of Patsy Cline at The Triple DoorFriday September 9 and Saturday September 10

Matt Alber Trio (featuring Dan Walker, yours truly) at The Royal RoomWednesday September 14

Live Music:  Good for the heart and soul.  Join us when you can!

Shows, Shows, Shows

8 Jul

Hello, and Happy Summer!  It’s officially Summer in Seattle. Live music fills the streets, the parks, the clubs, the festival sites.

I’m very happy to be playing with these fine folks at these fun venues:

WHEN: TOMORROW, Friday, July 8
WHO: Julia Francis w/full band (Darren Loucas, Aaron O’Neil, Charles Wicklander, yours truly)
WHERE: Vashon Brewing Community Pub, Vashon Island (bring the kids, the dogs, the bikes)
INFO: No Cover All ages.

WHEN: Thursday, July 14
WHO: Sera Cahoone w/full band (Tomo Nakayama, Aaron Benson, yours truly) with an opening set by Betsy Olson (with Moe Provencher)
WHERE: On the lawn at St. Edward State Park, Kenmore, WA.  Bring a blanket, a picnic, a low chair, what have you.
INFO:No Cover All ages. Free Parking.

MORE: This is a gorgeous state park and a nice and close getaway just a short drive NE of Seattle.  Music under the sun!

WHEN: Saturday, July 16
WHO: Betsy Olson w/full band (Sera Cahoone, Moe Provencher, yours truly)
WHERE: Mosé Auto, Georgetown (719 S. Myrtle Street).  It’s a Garage Party!  Outdoors.
TIMINGStarts at 5pm.  Get there early to hear all the music. We play at 9pm, followed by a dance party at 10pm.
INFO: $10.  All proceeds will go to non-profits active in affordable housing, immigrant  + LGBTQIA

MORE: Yup.  It’s an auto shop for every human. Committed to their community.  Come for a full night of fun and help us support!

WHEN: Sunday, July 17
WHO: Tony Fulgham w/full band (Tim DiJulio, Aimee Zoe, yours truly) opening for the phenomenal Amanda Winterhalter & Band.
WHERE: Hotel Albatross, Ballard.  
TIMINGDoors 7pm.  Music 8pm.  

And on the horizon:

July 23 – More Tony Fulgham, and Long Dark Moon (I’ll be playing with both) and a host of other bands up in Stanwood, Wa.  All day long.
July 23 – Darren Loucas (with Ron Weinstein, Andy Roth, yours truly).  Owl ‘n Thistle Pub, downtown Seattle. 9-Midnight.
July 25 – X-Ray w/Jelly Rollers (Jim & John Steffen, Dan Weber, Darren Loucas, Sean Divine, other guests and yours truly). Owl ‘n Thistle Pub
July 27 – Johnny Bregar – Music for KIDS that adults can groove to.  Sea-Tac.  NOON.
July 28-31 – Sera Cahoone & Margo Cilker (I’ll be playing with both bands) Sera in Missoula and at Red Ants Pants Festival, White Sulphur Springs, MT. 
August 5-7 – Margo Cilker at Pickathon (YES!) See schedule/lineup:

Thanks for supporting Live Music. It’s good for us! 🙂

Summer Shows

27 Jun

WHEN: Wednesday, June 29
WHO: Chase Rabideau Band with Good Liar/Pineola
WHERE: The Tractor Tavern, Ballard, WA
TIMINGDoors, 7:30pm. Then 8pm-8:35 – Good Liar/8:50-9:30 – Pineola/9:45 – Chase Rabideau Band

MORE: I’ll be playing with Pineola (you must hear Leslie Braly singing like an angel) for the first time in a long time.  And looking forward to listening to Good Liar and Chase Rabideau who is rocking my speakers as I write this. 

JULY gets even busier with shows, indoors and out!
I am lucky enough to be playing with these fine people (more details to come):

July 8 – w Julia Francis on Vashon Island
July 14 w Sera Cahoone in Kenmore, WA
July 16 w Betsy Olson Band at Mose’s Auto in Georgetown, Seattle
July 17 w Tony Fulgham (also on the bill, the inimitable Amanda Winterhalter) at Hotel Albatross, Ballard

And one more important show that I am not playing, but want to promote because it will be fantastic!

BeatleConcert Unplugged is an acoustic showcase from Strawshop’s new favorite 12th Ave party: BeatleConcert (appearing later this year with a full band). On Sunday, July 10, join Paul Hiraga, Bhama Roget, and Jeff Brown from the band for an intimate evening of the Beatles interpreted for guitar, piano, and vocals.

TICKETS and more information on what will be an incredible acoustic show with my dear and very talented friends here:

These are strange and difficult times.  Live Music helps, doesn’t it?