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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Happy New Year from Beautiful Seattle! A Collection of Our Best of Photographs & Live Music Videos from 2017

Photo by Xana La Fuente 
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I normally put together a video of all of my favorite photos of  friends and people at shows, which I will do again very soon-for now I wanted to share a few memorable photos and live videos to remind people why I ask them to subscribe to the blogs and to OUR YouTube channel. I may not be Nancy Guppy and have my own show and crew, I'm only one girl with a 5 year old camera, but I think I do okay!  Thank you to our subscribers as we celebrate over 6 million combined views going into 2018~ Enjoy and Happy New Year 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Happy Holidays from Seattle!

I took this photo of the Space Needle at about 6 a.m. a few years ago from upper Alki Beach in West Seattle. At the time, I was not living on Alki Beach. This will be my 6th Christmas in West Seattle and my second living on Alki. I could not be more grateful for all the friends and followers of Xanaland that help me afford to live in one of the most beautiful areas on this Earth. I wish all my friends and family lived here! 

My dad finally got to see this view last Christmas last year, the same day my daughter gave birth to a beautiful little girl. I think were pretty close to convincing him to move here. My mom lives in Mukilteo, another beautiful little spot, and my sisters and brother who live here are thriving and doing great things in their life. Having kids of their own, and all have graduated from college. 

Her name is Aloha Nani, and I am amazed at what a good 
mom and dad my daughter and her husband have become at such a young age. She's a happy baby, always smiling and giggling, I think I have only heard her cry once for a few seconds! 

Here she is a few days ago on Thanksgiving Day. 

I wish every friend, family person, and follower on Xanaland a safe and peaceful holiday season! Every day I am in awe of the love I receive from people near and far. It really goes to show you that dreams do come true! 

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from your friends at Xanaland! 

Monday, September 18, 2017

How Cool is QOTSA New Interactive Viewfinder?!

Once again Josh Homme tickles that childlike fancy at the same time as he brings the dark sexy to rock. Oh Josh, why didn't I meet you 20 years ago!? Oh who am I fooling, I would have ruined that man's life! But still, one can dream of the Red Headed Elvis, can they not? 

Be subscribed to this blog to get this in your email Sunday the 24th  and read my full article on Villian's, retro toys, latex western wear,  and hot dusty desert nights with Josh Homee, here on Xanaland, the only 100% chode free website! 

Villian's is Queens of the Stone Age new album  

Click HERE to buy it now on Amazon through our SMILE affiliate program which ALL proceeds go straight to Shine Music Project 

Friday, July 28, 2017

Celebrate Layne Staley's Birthday with Sky Lantern's & A Beach Bon Fire on Alki Beach This Summer ~Sunset August 20th 2017

One thing that has become clear over the years, is that the traditions surrounding the yearly celebration of Layne's life and music have attracted friends, fans, and family from near and far. Not everyone is able to make it to the Seattle Center Fountain and meet up with the others who have carried on this tradition for many years. So this year, a few of us have decided to meet at Alki Beach on this coming Sunday the 20th. This will be the last day many of the people that come every year are here, and since the shows tend to be hectic, this will also be a more quiet peaceful reflective time for people to sit and talk and say goodbyes to each other as well, since many people coming to Seattle this weekend will not be back until next August. 

Seeing these go up in the air and being joined by our love of Layne's contribution to music will also give us time together that some of us have not had, to have a moment of prayer for Chris Cornell.

I will be bringing some air lanterns, and you are welcome to bring some too, to light up for anyone you have lost or want to remember on this day. 

Last year we did this, and didn't really organize it or invite the public, so I figured we could try to make it more open this year. I am open to changing the time and date as well, seeing as how the fountain event and other shows are all very special to so many people. Contact me via email to let me know if you are coming and I will post any updates about the time and date here. 

UPDATE~ We will be meeting at 8 p.m at 52rd and Alki Beach Blvd. across from Xana's. Bring your geetar if you like. We will be bringing a fire pit and wood and the sky lanterns. 

Email Xana @ for any other questions or directions. 

Remember when you shop on Xanaland your purchase goes to our non-profit Shine Music Project and our SMILE affiliate UBI number can be added to your Amazon account so that all your purchases reflect a donation to Shine. 

Awesome, right?! Look! You can buy your Sky Lanterns here on Amazon! 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Get Your '80s Rock Music Fix Tonight at The Croc with Iron Dragon & Sons of Mercury! Friday July 21st

Tonight at Seattle's Crocodile Cafe:
'80s Rock done right! Iron Dragon is Seattle's premiere '80s hair band cover act. Iron Dragon covers everything from Ratt to Whitesnake to Def Leppard! 

Also, with Tony DeLisio formerly of Mechanism and James Nelson, featuring special guest Katrina Lorne on vocals, it's Sons of Mercury! Katrina is a world-class vocalist whose range mirrors that of Ann Wilson, but can sing Ozzy better than Ozzy himself!  Also on the bill, making it the most metal show in Seattle tonight, are Rev3, and Rock-it Academy Music. 

Get tickets HERE! 

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Watch a Free Live Stream of Seattle's Finest Musicians! Ben Smith & Friends Featuring Ten Miles Wide, Ryan Waters, Brooke Lizotte, Jeff Rouse, Kathy Moore, Shawn Smith & Special Guest Amanda Hardy! Saturday July 15th at Highway 99 Blues Club~Seattle's Best Blues Club and Live Juke Joint!

 " To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour " 

Sir Winston Churchill

Here ye! Here ye!  Let's not miss being a part of this fine hour! 

 this Via Highway 99 Club Blog~ 

Ben Smith is the drummer for the legendary rock band HEART and is one of the world's most respected and talented rock musicians. The Ben Smith and Friends series originated here at Highway 99 Blues Club last year. This has been an outlet for Ben to gather a collective of local and touring musicians, in the intimacy of a small club environment. Each Ben Smith and Friends show is unique from the others. His shows have traveled the spectrum of Jazz, Blues, Jam, Rock n Roll and beyond. Ben changes it up every time and it is always sure to impress the musical ear.

This time around Ben has put together an amazing line up of some of Seattle’s top rock musicians.  From his immediate wheelhouse, Ben has invited Brooke Lizotte, (Pianist, singer/songwriter, producer) and guitarist Ryan Waters, (long-time member of Sade, Songwriter, composer, producer). The aforementioned artists alone would be a big ticket show and should sell out most venues our size. So why stop there??!! Highway 99 friend and local music icon Jeff Angell, (Post Stardom Depression, Missionary Position, Walking Papers, Staticland), will be joining the crew for a handful of songs. As well as,  Kathy Moore, (Guessing Game, Thadillac, Cracker Factory), Jeff Rouse, (Alien Crime Syndicate, Duff McKagan’s Loaded, Guessing Game) and local rock n roll icon, Shawn Smith, (Brad, Pigeonhead, Satchel).

Starting things off will be Amanda Hardy. And closing the night out for their Highway 99 debut, fresh off of their west coast tour and Pain in The Grass, Ten Miles Wide

Can I just add that Ten Miles Wide is to ME Xana La Fuente, the best hard rock band to come out of Seattle in 25 years. They are not bluesy but Ed Maloney the clubs owner and one of a kind all around amazing human being-there are so very few like him in style, enthusiasm and all around giving it all up for the music attitude- he see's that these guys are " the shit " and has opened up his club and more blues band  style shows to get these guys on his stage. Missing this, would be criminal for any true follower of Seattle music. 

Theatrical they are, see them you must! 

To watch FREE live stream tonight! 

To buy tickets to go to this show - Click HERE! 
If its not sold out I will be very surprised, hence the live stream as a gift to you my friends!