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Robben Ford Into the Sun Tour 2015

Genre: Blues , Guitarist , Jazz

  1. Wednesday, June 03 7:00 PM (All ages)
  2. Wednesday, June 03 9:30 PM (21+)

Guitar virtuoso Robben Ford’s forthcoming new album Into The Sun (Mascot Label Group) shines a bright light on his artful, contemporary songwriting and the stunning playing that’s made him a favorite foil of Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, George Harrison and other legends.

The five-time Grammy nominee describes the 11-song set as “one of the top recordings I’ve ever done” — a staggering observation considering his extensive discography, which embraces more than 35 albums under his own name and with his various bands. There’s also Ford’s session and sideman work, which includes hundreds of concert appearances and albums by Bonnie Raitt, Barbara Streisand, Charlie Musselwhite, KISS, Ruthie Foster, Jimmy Witherspoon and Rickie Lee Jones.

Into The Sun, which follows last year’s critically acclaimed A Day In Nashville and 2013’s Bringing It Back Home, explores the breadth of Ford’s sophisticated, visionary writing and playing, creating a new chapter in his brilliant musical history. The album features a coterie of guests: Allman Brothers guitarist and Gov’t Mule frontman Warren Haynes on “High Heels And Throwing Things,” slide guitar guru Sonny Landreth on “So Long 4 U,” Americana and blues icon Keb’ Mo’ and pedal steel wizard Robert Randolph on “Justified,” vocal sensation ZZ Ward on “Breath Of Me,” and gritty Southern rock newcomer Tyler Bryant on “Stone Cold Heaven.” Niko Bolas, whose credits include Neil Young, John Mayer and Keith Richards, engineered.

“The album is really upbeat,” Ford relates. “It has a positive vibe to it — a good time feel. There are a lot of different rhythms and colors and the way the instruments are used is really different on this. It makes me very happy to have something so diverse.”

Although Ford’s recent releases have been hailed as returns to his musical roots — which go back to his discovery of blues as a teenager in the 1960s – Into The Sun is a clear departure, using tradition as a springboard to incorporate his timeless vocabulary of jazz, pop, blues and rock into a modern framework for his poetic lyrics and the most graceful, emotionally nuanced and melodic vocal performances of his career.

“This album is obviously of these times,” Ford says. “And the rule during the recording process was to have no lid on things. I’ve worked very hard to master my craft as a musician and a songwriter, but other than relying on my strengths in those areas, I made sure there was room for new ideas and everything my collaborators brought to the music. When you’re open to different concepts and approaches, the most beautiful things can happen.”

All of the music and most of the lyrics from Into The Sun came directly from Ford, but he also collaborated with ZZ Ward on “Breath Of Me” and enlisted the enigmatic Kyle Swan, whose own recordings liberally mix images and styles to build articulate modernist-pop tone poems. That quality reverberates in the four songs Ford co-wrote with Swan, married to the guitar giant’s own deep commitment to narrative. “Working with Kyle was part of my desire to toss up everything and see what might happen, to get a fresh perspective,” says Ford.

“Justified” is a sheer gas with Keb’ Mo’ and Ford trading tongue-in-cheek vocal lines as Randolph adds soaring pedal steel punctuation over Jim Cox’s purposefully wobbly honky tonk piano.

Into The Sun was recorded by Bolas, a collaborator of Ford’s since his all-instrumental 1997 album Tiger Walk. “Niko is simply the best tracking engineer I’ve ever encountered,” says Ford. “He gets great sounds instantly.” All the better to capture Ford’s glorious guitar tones, this time derived from four of his go-to instruments: a pair of Gibson SG’s from 1963 and 1964, his beloved 1960 Telecaster and his Gibson B-25 acoustic. As he’s done on every album he’s made since 1983, Ford used a Dumble Overdrive Special amplifier.

“For me,” Ford says, “it’s all about the art. If you work hard at something you’re going to get better. I honestly think I reached a point with my writing on Into The Sun where I could just go with the flow and bring some of the best songs I’ve ever created to life.”

Ford already has an impressive number of shows lined up to support the album, both in America and overseas. In addition to a lengthy list of tour dates, another notable upcoming appearance will be Robben Ford’s Traveling Dojo Guitar Camp at the elegantly rustic Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY in the Catskill Forest Preserve (about 30 miles west of Woodstock) from August 31-September 4, 2015.  Ford will host guitar enthusiasts and guitarists of all skill levels for this once in a lifetime opportunity.

In addition to his robust profile as a world-class musician, Ford is a highly sought-after educator with a series of acclaimed and groundbreaking interactive videos presented on a variety of formats including disks, downloads and mobile apps.  This Traveling Dojo Guitar Camp will include master classes, one-on-one sessions, landmark live performances with sit-in opportunities, and all-inclusive meal options and lodging accommodations.  Ford will be joined by special guest guitar virtuoso John Jorgenson; as well as Ford’s ace rhythm section (Brian Allen on bass and Wes Little on drums), who will conduct master classes on groove, time, and pocket; and Ford’s friend and trusted guitar tech, Rick Wheeler, a jazz virtuoso, will also conduct sessions on jazz guitar.  One of the most thrilling aspects of the Traveling Dojo Guitar Camp will be hearing these complimentary talents make music together.  A 10% discount off camp registrations is available through February 14.  To get more details on the camp and/or to register, visit:

Royal Jelly Jive

Genre: Gypsy Jazz , Soul , Soul Jazz

  1. Wednesday, April 08 8:30 PM (21+)

An intoxicating mixed drink of Gypsy Rock and Soul Jive, Royal Jelly Jive dives deep head-first into the old school throwback sounds of the 1940's with a groovy new twist. Rapturous horns, sleek bass, elegant keys and swingin’ cymbals are just some of the sweet tastes you may devour if you’re lucky enough to catch them. All fronted by the sultry and soulful vocals of Lauren Bjelde, this band will have you stompin’ your feet with crooked delight until the moon comes back up again.


Genre: Singer-songwriter

  1. Thursday, April 16 8:00 PM (All ages)

Heavily influenced by Burt Bacharach and blessed with effortless velvet-smooth vocals, Anglo-Pakistani singer/songwriter Rumer harks back to the early-'70s easy listening sounds of Karen Carpenter and Carole King. Born in 1979 to British parents living in Islamabad, Rumer (real name Sarah Joyce) was the youngest of seven children, and spent her early years living in an expat community.

Sarah Gerritsen & The Shadow Catchers w/ The Banner Days & Hallstrom

Genre: Americana , Folk , Singer-songwriter

  1. Wednesday, April 29 7:30 PM (All ages)

For Seattle based singer/songwriter Sarah Gerritsen, this album is a long time coming. The album was recorded mostly live in Fremont at Studio Litho (Stone Gossard’s beloved space) with famed producer/engineer Floyd Reitsma. They have endearingly captured the emotions of subjects ranging from the stories of some of Seattle’s founding Native Americans, to the loss of a loved one and the hope that lies ahead.  The songs are woven together effortlessly in three part harmony, beckoning the most stoic of listeners to melt into the room almost immediately.  

Falling on the heels of her widely beloved debut EP “Origin,” Sarah has pulled together some of the city’s most talented musicians to form “The Shadow Catchers”. The significance of the name derives from Seattle’s legendary photographer Edward Curtis, whose work in capturing the Native tribes of the northwest and the country solidified him in history. Named “The Shadow Catcher” for his ability to capture the legacy and essence of a person with his camera… Sarah Gerritsen and the Shadow Catchers have done precisely this with their music.

Sarah Gerritsen & The Shadow Catchers - No Good from Jason Tang on Vimeo.

Shady Bottom

Genre: Funk , Soul

  1. Saturday, March 07 9:00 PM (21+)

A dance floor is Shady Bottom's best friend while they dish our tight hits and ascending improvisations over vintage 60's and 70's soul/funk grooves and originals. The group is an instrumental sextet featuring members of Seattle's groovinest original soul band, Soul Senate. This configuration features horn-led melodies backed by hammond B3 organ, guitar, bass, and drums. Members also perform in Cascadia '10 and Kissing Potion, and have also performed in or with Etta James, Bo Diddley, Swamp Mama Johnson, and Altered States of Funk.

Shiftless Layabout

Genre: Funk , Soul

  1. Saturday, May 23 9:00 PM (21+)

Tim 'TK' Kelly - a.k.a. Timmy Sunshine - lead vocals, trumpet, percussion and a lifetime of focused training in the shrouded art of Funk-Fu

Brandon 'lunchbox' Keller - tenor sax, angelic backup vocals to match his cherubic cheeks, percussion

Tommy 'Coin Toss' Miller - guitar, headbutts, Pabst, shouts of "Get off my lawn!"

Matty 'Good-Times' Wexler - bass, mystique, unwarrented commentary

Steven 'baz' Baz - drums, rehearsal space, 

Shiftless Layabout was founded in Seattle in the summer of 2002. It began with TK (one-time Revolutionary Hydra) writing songs in a one-room Univerisity District apartment under the working title of SOULIO. Dreams of a full band soon grew to include Matty's thunder-rumblin' bass-plosion (The Red Note, RB Reed, Nikki Dee), Brandon's brassy sax (Banda Del Sol),  Tom's blues-soaked guitar (BlacVelvett) and Baz's punishing drums (GRA, Bakelite78, Purty Mouth). word.

The Shiftless sound is a blend of rock and funk, grit and polish, brass dynamite and bass thunder. They bring a fresh perspective to the old-school: combining wah-wah funk and ass-tingling brass with a crunchy dose of southern rock. Their influences include: Average White Band, War, Blood Sweat and Tears, Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, Frank Sinatra, Mofro, Lynard Skynard and a fistful of 70's kung-fu. hyah! 

SHOWGIRLS with David Schmader: 20th Anniversary Kablooeyfest!

Genre: Comedy , Film

  1. Wednesday, May 20 7:30 PM (17+)

Schmader presents his legendary annotated screening of Paul Verhoeven's magically terrible stripper drama with special guest and Showgirls castmember Rena Riffel (Penny/Hope)!

Singer-Songwriter Showcase featuring: Bobby Malvestuto (Sweet Jesus), Traverdan and Kirsten Jimbae Silva

Genre: Folk , Singer-songwriter

Join us Tuesday nights for The Triple Door's Singer-Songwriter Showcase. Featuring local Seattle talent weekly, late night Happy Hour specials, and No Cover at the door!  This week's featured artists:

Bobby Malvestuto (Sweet Jesus)

Bobby Malvestuto is an American, Seattle based singer-songwriter. He is best known for being founding member of folk rock'n'roll band Sweet Jesus, with whom, he's recorded 4 studio EPs.


Travis Nelson also known as "Traverdan" is an American Folk/Alt-Country singer-songwriter from Seattle, Washington. His debut EP entitled "Shadows on the Street" was released in July 2013.

Kirsten Jimbae Silva

Kirsten Silva is a singer songwriter born and raised right here in the Pacific Northwest. She grew up listening to her parents favorite artists like Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, and Van Morrison all of which inspired her writing. Her songs are simple, clever, and heartfelt with folk, country, and blues influence. She is the creator and host of the Seattle Songwriter Showcase and perpetuates creativity in the community. Her first instrument was the cello which she plays with other local artists and bands. As for her original music she plays a soothing and intimate set with just her guitar and voice.

Singer-Songwriter Showcase featuring: Foxgloves, MoZo and The Crying Shame

Genre: Folk , Singer-songwriter

  1. Tuesday, March 10 8:00 PM (21+)

Join us Tuesday nights for The Triple Door's Singer-Songwriter Showcase. Featuring local Seattle talent weekly, late night Happy Hour specials, and No Cover at the door!  This week's featured artists: 


Amy Begley - mandolin, guitar, and vocals.

Shannon Fulgham - guitar, banjo, and vocals.

Rob Storrs - bass, guitar, and harmonica.


MoZo began as a street busking project, a 2-person empire of politically-minded bicyclists.  Moe and Aimee Zoe.  

Folk-pop and blues meets rock 'n roll. 

Sometimes they play shows as a duo with just a washboard, harmonica, and acoustic guitar...sometimes Moe slings on the electric and Aimee plays a full kit.  It rocks. 

Oh yeah - when Moe picks up the bass, MoZo becomes the smokin' rhythm section for many Seattle bands. Most notably in Jackrabbit with Tony Fulgham & Jealous Dogs: Seattle's Only Pretenders Tribute.   

MoZo does bicycle tours around the world and the US. Locally in Seattle as well - if there are no bass amps or kick drums to haul! 

*They bicycle for the 4 E's:

Economics (cheaper than the bus!) 

Environment (smaller carbon footprint!)

Exercise (it's healthy!)

Experience (so much to see and smell!).  

Many of their songs are commentary about the state of the world and people's role in it's health and survival.

The Crying Shame

Post-war, garage folk

St Patrick’s Day Celebration featuring Norman Baker & The Backroads w/ Caitlin Jemma

Genre: Alt Country , Americana , Folk , Folk Rock

  1. Tuesday, March 17 8:00 PM (21+)

Norman Baker spent his childhood wreaking havoc, inventing comic characters, writing raps, and playing sports in Kent, Wa. Surrounded by a family of musicians, he was first influenced by his mother, father, and uncle, as well as Patsy Cline, the Beatles, Bob Marley, and Tom Waits. Since picking up the guitar and bass at the age of 12 he's been composing music and playing various instruments in many bands throughout the U.S., Chile, and Nigeria. These days he's influenced by Justin Townes Earle, George Jones, The Band, Charley Pride, Neil Young, and Doc Watson.

With acoustic guitar, bass, drums, and sometimes accompanied by pedal steel, lead guitar, or mandolin, the Backroads feature songs about change, co-existence, relationship, loss, and loss prevention with occasional new renditions of old folk & country songs. He and his bands have shared the stage with Head & the Heart, Bryan John Appleby, Kevin Murphy as well as many other internationally acclaimed artists such as Brandy Carlisle, and Third World.

Caitlin Jemma is a small-town girl with a big country heart. Inspired by nature, love, dreams, and living simply, her songwriting emerged in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and is now influenced by her home in the Pacific Northwest. Together, the Caitlin Jemma stringband performs original tunes that are influenced by tradition, delivered with soul, and will bring the audience a good down-home country feeling.

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