Monday, July 27, 2015

West Seattle Welcomes School of Rock! Sign Up Your Kid for Lessons & Receive a Gibson SG Free From Shine Music Project! Better Hurry - We're Only Giving Away One!

With his rosy cheeks and Jim Morrison moves, a teenage boy takes the stage at Seattle's Vera Project. They've been practicing for a few months, and this location of School of Rock has been open less than a year, and already they are on the upswing with full classes for their children's music program, "Little Wing," and have completed their first live show, playing Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' in its entirety. 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Darci Carlson Answers 20 Questions ~ Seattle Grunge Scene's Only Approved Country Singer Opens Her Heart

When I first met Darci, she was singing with a fun all-female band called The Dolly Rottens. It was a hot summer day, much like today, and I was in awe of her rare beauty accompanied by a huge, giving smile. As I watched her talk to people around the venue - Slim's Last Chance - I saw that she had a hug for everyone, and seemed to be a genuinely happy person with lots of light, love, and energy emerging from within. 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

30 Nights In Seattle: A Video Series by Xana La Fuente

If there's a live music show, and I can get there - I will be there. If there's action on the street, I will film that. I'm dedicating 30 nights to filming whatever I can, and at the end of the 30 days I'll put it all together. Participation and suggestions welcome!

Celebrate Independence Weekend Artistically: Camp in the Air: New Suspended Treehouse Tents and Hammocks Designed by Tentsile

Since we last mentioned Tensile tents around this time last year, the company has unveiled several new models of their fantastic suspended tent systems. There’s a small hammock for three that can be layered into a multi-tiered treehouse, a 2-layer tree tent, and a massive communal tent system designed to hold 6 people high in the air. Tentsile was invented by designers Alex Shirley-Smith and Kirk Kirchev in 2012 and have since taken the camping world by storm, opening their own factory and picking up an ISPO design award. You can see plenty more here.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Missionary Position, Ayron Jones, Amanda Hardy, The Experience Gospel Choir, Jen Ayers & Featuring The Stripped Screwed Burlesque! All Part of The Seattle Sound at The Triple Door! Saturday May 16th

This musical showcase features the Blue Velvet Band, led by music director Andrew Cloutier on drums, Scott Harris on bass, RL Heyer on guitar, and Justin Kausal-Hayes on guitar. Special guest music performances by The Experience Gospel Choir, Bernadette Bascom, The Missionary Position, Amanda Hardy, Ayron Jones, Jen Ayers, Wanz and many more.

The Seattle Sound is a live music, dance revue and narrative celebration of the people and places that have made our town a significant spot in the culture of music worldwide. This historic journey begins with a Native American percussion/native tongue vocal piece and brings us through many aspects of the music of Seattle, including jazz, R&B, soul, rock and roll, grunge, post-grunge, and modern-day hip hop. 

This live music revue will be accompanied by the dance showcase of Stripped Screw Burlesque. The five-piece dance troupe features Violet Tendencies, Seraphina Fiero, Kutie LaBootie, Lady Drew Blood and Stella D’Letto. These are the ladies that have brought you Disney After Dark, The Best Burlesque Pageant Ever, Undressed to Kill and many more wonderful productions throughout the years.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Audacity of Grunge - 25 Years After, There's Still Something In Seattle's Water Baptizing Boys Into Men of Golden Words ~ Whose Music Is Keeping The City's Heart Beating Now? And Why Do They Call Jefferson Angell "The Bee Charmer?" An Open Letter to Rolling Stone Magazine

Photo by Ernie Sapiro 

The year was 1988. The location - Kent Skate King, Kent, Washington. It was a promising, warm August night and the energy was high as three local bands were about to take the stage. Hundreds of kids packed the room in their Guns N' Roses t-shirts and torn jeans. With flowing blonde hair and big sunglasses was Mother Love Bone front man Andrew Wood, a.k.a. The Love Child. Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell played with a severity even then that stood out. As many would say over the years, this would be the show that sparked the interest for many a young man in attendance to pick up an instrument and begin screaming life. 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Just Because They're Cool GIFs by Florian de Looij

Florian de Looij first sat down with a copy of Photoshop when he was 12 years old and apparently he never got up. The Netherlands-based designer has been exploring digital animation and illustration ever since, and late last year started sharing his animation experiments on a Tumblr called FLRN GIF. Florian says he’s always been inspired by the likes of M.C. Escher and other artists working with optical illusions, something that has clearly influenced the direction of his design practice. He tries to make a new GIF each day, and you can see tons more in his archives. (via Cross Connect)