PK & What Army – 2014-09-28 @ The Blue Moon

This did not suck. Take a rhythm sections with this much history, and mix in talented people up front. Result? Another great PK and What Army gig. Always different. Always good.

Paul “PK” Kemmish – Bass
Olli Klomp – Drums
Thione Diop – Percussion
Jason Goessl – Guitar
Eric Barber -Sax and Electronics

A Tribute to Charlie Haden – Zero-G at The Chapel

Wow, so many great players in my favorite room. This night had so many fine moments, take a listen, and remember:

Go see live music. It makes our lives better.

From the Event page.

On July 11th of this year, the music world lost the monumental musician Charlie Haden, a man who completely reinvented the approach to the double bass in jazz music. With an amazing career that spanned five decades, he is known for his groundbreaking, reinvention of jazz harmony and structure. From Ornette Coleman’s free jazz quartet to his intensely melodic and sparse approach to duos with Pat Metheny and Keith Jarrett, to leading his own large ensemble, the fiery, politically radical Liberation Music Orchestra, he brought together his love of folk, classical, free jazz and world music.

Bassist Birch Pereira, a long time admirer of Haden, has organized a night of music to pay tribute to the man and will be joined by Seattle bassists John Seman, Paul Kemmish, Geoff Harper, Carmen Rothwell, Evan Flory-Barnes, Clipper Anderson, Michael Barnett and Michael David Marcus. Each bassist will trade off with songs from Haden’s legacy that feature different sets of musicians including Jason Goessl and Tim Volpicella on guitar, Ben Krulewitch on piano, Seth Alexander, Eric Barber and Levi Gillis on saxophone, Scott Morning and Ray Larson on trumpet and Dave Abramson and Mike Gebhart on drums.

Forgotten Space @ The Royal Room, Seattle

Jokingly referred to as “The Other touring Grateful Dead tribute band”, Forgotten Space is a tight, talented band out of Dallas. Any band that can get The Royal Room up and on it’s feet on a Monday night get’s extra credit in my book. Kenny’s guitar work was strong, reminiscent of Jerry’s pre-midi 80s sound, and Will’s vocals had that touch of pathos and regret that the best Garcia songs call for.

You should know by now that I’d rather let my recording speak for me, so crank the stereo and check them out for yerself. Go grab mp3 and Lossless FLAC files over at the Live Music Archive, or check the stream below.

Bob McConville – Bass, Vocal
Neil Hampton – Drums
Hunter Hendrickson – Guitar, Vocal
Jerry Saracini – Drums
Kenny Withrow – Guitar, Vocal
Will Hodges – Keyboards, Vocal

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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