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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Hug Hug Kiss Kiss Ta Ta Andrew McKeag! The Presidents of the United States of America's Andrew McKeag Gets a Proper Send-Off to California at Slim's Last Chance Saloon

The amazing Jeff Fielder and Kurt Bloch send Andrew off in style 

Last night the lucky few who packed a sold out Slim's got treated to a once-in-a-lifetime all-star jam! Even though I only recently became familiar with Andrew, his presence in the Seattle music scene reaches into so many areas that I probably still don't quite have all the information to write a "proper" blog on him. All I know is that if that was my send-off party, I'd have a huge smile on my face this morning! It's very clear that all the work he's done with Musicare, School of Rock, and the many musical projects in which he's involved has paid off big time in the 'love' department, because Seattle LOVES this guy! 

One of the most lovable guys in music, Andrew McKeag of
Hard Roller and The Presidents of the United States of America.
Be gentle with him, California -- he's only on loan, you don't get 
to keep him forever!

I admit also, I had never seen The Presidents of the United States of America live, but I did see one of his other bands recently, Hard Roller, and they are definitely one of the best bands I've seen in Seattle in a while. Seasoned. Dedicated. Professional. Yet hard, heavy and sexy. I gotta say, though, after last night -- Presidents Rock! They have what you call major chemistry together, and it was really nice to see Andrew so happy. He seems genuinely happy and at home on stage with them. There are a lot of great bands in Seattle, but I for one appreciate these rare nights that are filled with super talents. One surprise after the next -- the biggest probably Love Battery, a legendary Seattle band. In fact, Ron Nine, the singer, used to sing for Room Nine, which just happens to be the first band I ever saw in Seattle -- saw them on acid someplace down on the waterfront in 1986. Yes, I am very old. And I no longer take acid. 

Love Battery's Ron Nine. If you don't know who he is or his 
musical history in Seattle, you're an idiot, you have no business 
reading this, and I should fire my publicist. But he's a monkey 
and works for gummy bears and bananas -- can't beat that! 

Meet the producers. Longtime friend and local filmmaker 
Jamie Burton Chamberlin was on hand to document the 
event. Andrew has played for Jamie's birthday parties
and his film company, Black Dahlia Flims, has beautifully 
documented many events with Andrew and the many bands
and projects he's played in, as well as for probably every 
other musician in the room last night. 

I lost track at about midnight of how many bands Andrew jumped on stage and played with. And I am ashamed to say I don't quite have all the musicians' names memorized, but I will update this as soon as I do. Xanaland normally live streams these events, but all I really wanted  last night was to get a few videos simply to archive the event in our little Seattle music time capsule here! So please enjoy a few videos I took of the event, and be sure to check out Black Dahlia's website for the finished filming of this and many other local music events.

It's always great to see the infamous 
Kurt Bloch and the super talented Jeff 
Fielder. The drummer in this is also 
in Hard Roller -- will add the names as I get them *

Seattle wishes Andrew good luck in San Diego, and will be anxiously awaiting his return. Yes, we're sending him off with love, but California -- treat him like gold and don't get too attached -- we want him back someday! 

Long time good friends the ageless beloved couple Kim Virant 
and Chris Friel saying their goodbyes to Andrew 

T shirt signed by all his good friends....check! 

Tim DeJulio and Rob Benson 
rocking a new project: Stereo Embers 

And last but not least, a totally killer 
and possibly historic performance by 
The Presidents of the United States 
of America

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