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?

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. 


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.

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:

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:

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:


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:

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.

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:

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:

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.

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.”