McTuff with The Taint Horns @ Seamonster Lounge – 2014-08-19

Another hot summer night at Seamonster, take Seattle’s best instrumental groove band and add in the best horn players in town. Result? McTaint, a funky good time with a packed house full of dancing fools. Words don’t do it justice, so check out my recording and photos.

McTuff is
Joe Doria – Organ
Andy Coe – Guitar
Tarik Abouzied – Drums

with The Taint Horns
Skerik – Tenor Sax
Hans Teuber – Alto Sax
Steve Moore – Trombone
Dave Carter – Trumpet

Sam Boshnak Quintet & Crystal Beth and The Boom Boom Band at Seamonster 2014-08-10

Sam’s quintet kicked off their West Coast tour with a CD release show at Seamonster Lounge. Great tunes, with strong arrangements, were ably supported by the fine cast of musicians. Near the end of their second set, we got a taste of Beth’s off-kilter vocal prowess, a taste of strangeness to come.

Following the quintet was Beth’s rock band, Crystal Beth and The Boom Boom Band. Great name, great band, hard to describe. Luckily, you can listen, and leave your description in the comments below.

Sam Boshnak Quintet is
Sam Boshnak – Trumpet and Voice
Beth Fleenor – Clarinets and Voice
Isaac Castillo – Bass
Max Wood – Drums
Alex Chadsey – Keys

Crystal Beth and The Boom Boom Band is
Beth Fleenor – Voice and Clarinet
Tristan Gianola – Guitar
Michael Owcharuk – Keys
Paul “PK” Kemmish – Bass
Adam Kozie – Drums

Crack Sabbath at Northwest Psych Fest – 2014-08-01

Skerik. Doesn’t. Play. The Grateful Dead.

however, a weird confluence of circumstances gathered last weekend.

1. Crack Sabbath headlined the first night of Northwest Psych Fest
2. It was Jerry’s birthday
3. Keith Lowe is heavily influenced by Phil Lesh and the Dead.
4. Psych Fest

If you haven’t heard about this, just play along at home. You’ll hear some Beatles, some Sabbath, some Crack, and then boom. People flipped out. Yeah.

Crack Sabbath is
Skerik – Sax and Effects
Ron Weinstein – Keys
Keith Lowe – Bass
Mike Stone – Drums

Sound Dialog – 2014-07-05 – Seamonster Lounge

Every month, the Sound Dialog crew invites a different drummer to join them for a night of improvisational rock. This month not only did we get Scott Goodwin on drums, but he brought along Andy Coe to fill in on guitar. That’s the beauty, you get something new each month.

Check it out.

Sound Dialog is
Mesa – Vocals
Kent Halvorsen – Keys
Sabu – Bass

guests
Andy Coe – Guitar
Scott Goodwin – Drums

with
Evan Flory-Barnes – Bass
Jens Gunnoe – Drums
Colin Higgins – Guitar

Zony Mash – Pigpen – Sweeter Than The Day @ The Royal Room

Three sets of Keith Lowe and Wayne Horvitz, Two sets of Andy Roth and Tim Young. Mike Stone and Briggan for one full set. Add in sit-ins from Alex Guy and Briggan and you get a full night of excellent music. I hate to try to describe music with words, so instead I submit these recordings and photos.

Zony Mash is:
Wayne Horvitz – Hammond B3, Synthesizers
Timothy Young – Guitar
Keith Lowe – Bass
Andy Roth – Drums

Pigpen is:
Wayne Horvitz – Piano, Synthesizers
Keith Lowe – Bass
Briggan Krauss – Alto Sax
Mike Stone – Drums

Sweeter Than The Day is:
Wayne Horvitz – Piano, Synthesizers
Timothy Young – Guitar
Keith Lowe – Acoustic Bass
Andy Roth – Drums

special guest
Alex Guy – Violin

special fan appearance on the recordings by
Chris Martin – Vocally appreciative birthday boy

Animals and Houses of the Holy – Casey Brookbush Art Opening @ The Sunset

What a lineup. Great players, great albums, in a classic Seattle venue. While the C-Leb set was plagued with technical difficulties and is unreleasable, the two sets covering the classics turned out great. Love it when Mesa sings Zeppelin.

Animals set:
Mesa: Voice/Guitar/Percussion
Dan Schmidt: Guitar/Voice
Alex Mortland: Guitar/Voice
Kent Halvorsen: Keys/Synth
Jeremy Lightfoot: Bass
Casey Brookbush: Drums

Houses of The Holy set:
Mesa: Voice
Alex Mortland: Guitar
Jake Carden: Guitar
Kent Halvorsen: Keys/Synth
Dan Schmidt: Bass
Jens Gunnoe: Drums

D’Vonne Lewis’s Limited Edition – 2014-07-11 @ The Royal Room

D’Vonne always pulls together a great group for Limited Edition gigs, this week we were treated to a trio night with Phil Sparks and Aham Oluo. Nice chill set of music. Aham’s playing was beautiful and hearing Phil play was a treat. Check it, then go take a listen to the Imperils set that followed.

D’Vonne Lewis’s Limited Edition is
D’Vonne Lewis – Drums
Phil Sparks – Bass
Ahamefule Oluo – Trumpet
w/ guest Thomas Marriot – Trumpet

The Imperils – 2014-07-11 @ The Royal Room

It’s always fun to go hear music, and get turned on to new players. In this case it was Bryant Moore and Dave McGraw, the cool rhythm section backing Ben, Thomas and Aham. A band that understands how to keep a room dancing. Perfect way to start a sunny weekend. D’Vonne’s set can be found here.

The Imperils is
Ben Bloom – guitar
Ahamefule J. Oluo – trumpet
Bryant Moore – bass
Thomas Deakin – sax
Dave McGraw – drums