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Kris Allen "Letting You In" Tour w/ Marie Miller

Genre: Pop , Singer-songwriter

  1. Wednesday, May 25 7:30 PM (All ages)

On his third full-length album Horizons, singer/songwriter Kris Allen sharpens his songcraft and brings a more boldly openhearted spirit to his soulful brand of pop- rock than ever before. With his past work including a 2009 self-titled debut featuring the platinum-selling single “Live Like We’re Dying,” Allen’s first independently released album finds him reaching a new level of sophistication in his melody-minded songwriting while fully tapping into his natural grace as a singer and guitarist.

For Allen, Horizons began with the spontaneous writing of “Beautiful & Wild,” one of the album’s most gently powerful tracks. “That song came to me as I was falling asleep, and I got up and started writing and realized it was different from anything I’d ever done,” says the 29-year-old Arkansas native of “Beautiful & Wild,” a song partly inspired by the birth of his first child in the summer of 2013. “It wasn’t trying to be a big pop song or to please anybody else—it just felt very organic and personal and straight from the heart, and that ended up shaping the rest of the record for me.”

After writing much of the material for Horizons at home on his front porch in Arkansas, Allen headed to Nashville to team up with Charlie Peacock (the Grammy Award-nominated musician/songwriter/producer who’s previously worked with artists like Switchfoot, The Civil Wars, and Brett Dennen). Once he’d fine-tuned his songs with the help of Peacock and several other co-writers—and worked to weave together such elements as graceful R&B grooves, rootsy country/folk-rock riffs, and sublimely catchy pop hooks—Allen took to Peacock’s studio, where Horizons was largely recorded live. “We did most of the songs in just a few takes instead of going through and making sure every single thing was completely perfect, which I think gives the album a different kind of energy than the records I’ve done in the past,” says Allen.

As Peacock points out, the ease of that live-recording process had plenty to do with Allen’s pure talent as a performer. “His vocal phrasing and timing are the stuff of the great music of the last 50 years,” Peacock says. “And his songwriting is similar, in that it’s also natural and unforced and very much linked to the simpatico between his singing and guitar-playing.” Still, Peacock encouraged Allen to take greater control over his artistry by pushing beyond his comfort zone and moving into previously unexplored territory, especially when it came to writing lyrics for Horizons. “One of the coolest things about working with Charlie was that he got me to write some songs that I was reluctant to write, but that turned out to be some of my favorite tracks on the album,” says Allen. Among the topics that Peacock urged Allen to address: the serious car accident that he and his then-pregnant wife Katy suffered in January 2013, a head-on collision that left Allen with a broken arm and unable to play guitar for months on end.

Drawing inspiration from beloved artists like James Taylor and Paul Simon, Horizons is built on intensely intimate and inward-looking songs that ultimately take on a universal dimension, thanks entirely to Allen’s warmth and ingenuity.

After opening with the bright guitar and breezy rhythms of “Young Love,” the album encompasses everything from the beautifully moody piano ballad “Lost” to the handclap-driven and harmony-soaked pop escapism of “Everybody Just Wants to Dance.” Tracks like the sweetly stomping “Don’t Set Me Free” showcase Allen’s soaring vocals, while “Prove It To You” features a smoldering, string-accented duet with Nashville songstress Lenachka. And on “Beautiful & Wild”—the quietly stirring, mandolin-kissed number that originally set Allen’s songwriting in motion—Horizons sees Allen twisting melancholy into hope with lyrics like “There’s probably no saving us/But I wrote this song to try.”

Lifelong passion for music has played a key part in helping Allen achieve such a richly textured selection of songs with Horizons. Born in Jacksonville, Arkansas, Allen grew up singing in church, learned to play viola at age eight, and quickly joined the all-state orchestra. “My dad was a singer and musician, so music was always a big deal in my house,” Allen recalls. “When I was 13 I picked up my dad’s guitar and started playing, and after that I never really stopped.” Soon becoming obsessed with musicians ranging from Stevie Ray Vaughan to Stevie Wonder to Garth Brooks, Allen wrote his first song at 18 and self-released an album when he was 22. In summer 2008, he auditioned for the eighth season of American Idol and—after dazzling audiences with such performances as his keyboard-accompanied rendition of Bill Withers’s “Ain’t No Sunshine”—emerged as the season winner. With “Live Like We’re Dying” premiering several months after his Idol victory and eventually climbing to the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, Allen followed up his self-titled debut with 2012’s Thank You Camellia.

While Allen acknowledges that his writing has become more refined and cohesive since he first started dreaming up songs as a teenager, he also notes that a certain dynamic has stayed with him through the years. “I’ve never been one to shy away from catchy songs with big choruses,” he says. “I always want people to connect with my songs right away and sing along right from the first time they hear them.” And with Horizons marking his first release since departing from the label system, Allen says he found a whole lot of joy in pairing that pop sensibility with uncompromising artistry. “There were times when I was nervous about doing this independently, but I stuck to my guns and made it on my own,” he says. “It’s been a totally new journey and there’s so much more freedom to making music now. In the end I’m the one who has to be happy with the record and make something that means the world to me, and that’s exactly what I did.”

http://krisallenofficial.com/

http://www.mariemillermusic.com/

Lady Delilah Beaucoup & Bissou

Genre: Jazz

  1. Wednesday, February 24 8:30 PM (21+)

Lady Delilah Beaucoup's rich alto voice and elegant meets sassy stage presence is reminiscent of jazz divas from a bygone era. lady B and her stylish band, Bissou, transport their audiences to the Paris café scene of the 30's and 40's. Lady B has years of performance experience in bands, as a cabaret singer for burlesque shows and entertaining for private events in vintage character. 

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Genre: World

Assembled in the early 1960s in South Africa by Joseph, then a young farmboy turned factory worker, the group took the name Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Ladysmith is the name of Joseph’s hometown, about three hours west of Durban and 3 hours east of Johannesburg; Black being a reference to the oxen, the strongest of all farm animals; and Mambazo being the Zulu word for chopping axe, a symbol of the group’s ability to “chop down” any singing rival who might challenge them. Their collective voices were so tight and their harmonies so polished that by the end of the 1960's they were banned from competitions, although they were welcome to participate as entertainers.

A radio broadcast in 1970 opened the door to their first record contract – the beginning of an ambitious discography that currently includes more than fifty recordings. Their philosophy in the studio was – and continues to be – just as much about preservation of musical heritage as it is about entertainment. The group borrows heavily from a traditional music called isicathamiya (is-cot-a-ME-Ya), which developed in the mines of South Africa, where black workers were taken by rail to work far away from their homes and their families. Poorly housed and paid worse, the mine workers would entertain themselves after a six-day week by singing songs into the wee hours on Sunday morning. When the miners returned to the homelands, this musical tradition returned with them.

During the 1970's and early 1980's Ladysmith Black Mambazo established themselves as the most succesful singing group in South Africa. In the mid-1980s, Paul Simon visited South Africa and incorporated the group's rich tenor/alto/bass harmonies into his famous "Graceland" album – a landmark recording that was considered seminal in introducing world music to mainstream audiences. A year later, Paul Simon produced Ladysmith Black Mambazo's first worldwide release, "Shaka Zulu", which won a Grammy Award in 1988 for Best Folk Recording. Since then, the group has been awarded two more Grammy Awards ("Raise Your Spirit Higher (2004) and "Ilembe (2009)") and has been nominated a total of fifteen times.

http://mambazo.com/

Landau Eugene Murphy Jr

Genre: Jazz Vocalist , Pop , Soul

  1. Tuesday, August 02 7:30 PM (All ages)

As the winner of America’s Got Talent 2011, Landau captivated the nation each week with his renditions of classic Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin songs.  Unlike most past contestants on TV competitions, Landau has found a way to stay consistently successful in the follow up years and continues to sell out theaters around the world.

*Landau released his debut album That’s Life… on Columbia Records (produced by Steve Tyrell) and it debuted #1 on the Billboard Jazz charts!

*Landau was named one of 2014’s Ten Outstanding Young Americans by the Jaycees (past recipients include Bill Clinton & Elvis to name a few).

http://www.landaumurphyjr.com/

LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends

Genre: Blues , R&B , Singer-songwriter , Soul

  1. Thursday, June 09 8:00 PM (All ages)
  2. Friday, June 10 8:00 PM (All ages)

LeRoy is a passionate Soul/R&B singer, a powerful blues/rocker and equally at home as an acoustic folk/soul singer, capable of captivating an audience with intimate performances. His studio and live band, LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends with  bassist Terry Morgan, drummer Davis Martin and his newest “Only Friend”, keyboardist, Daniel Walker (Oklahoma transplant) lay the powerful musical foundation for the sound of Rock ‘N Soul or LeRoy Bell.

http://www.leroybell.com/

Lisa Koch Birthday Bash With Vickie Shaw, Roxanna Ward And Special Guests!

Genre: Comedy

Singer/comedian Lisa Koch celebrates her semi-annual Birthday Bash at the Triple Door February 5, with hilarious Texas comic Vickie Shaw and twisted pianist Roxanna Ward. Special guests include Barbara Higbie (Windham Hill, Olivia), Lisa Estridge (5th Ave), Patti Cohenour (Broadway, 5th Ave), Alicia Healy (Seattle asinger-songwriter), Peggy Platt (Ham for the Holidays), David Koch (Cabaret Productions, ACT), Ken and Anna Lauris Boynton (ACT, Annaken), Sandra Singler (ACT, 5th Ave), and lots more talented pals and ne’er do wells.  Snort-inducing comedy, fabulous music and surprise appearances for a jam-packed evening of tunes and laughs!

“Hearing Seattle's Lisa Koch is one of life's wickedest pleasures…”  --Curve Magazine

“Koch’s talents seem to know no bounds…” – Broadway World

www.heylisa.com

Locarno w/ ELAS

Genre: Latin

  1. Wednesday, February 10 7:30 PM (All ages)

Locarno is the Latin project of Juno award winning musician and Paperboys frontman, Tom Landa. The music, like him, is part Mexican but with strong doses of Cuban Son, Folk Music, Pop and Funk. There are threads of Son Jarocho and Salsa but the songs are more edgy and contemporary than that. The music could be compared to Manu Chao, Ozomatli or Rodrigo and Gabriela but although there are similarities it is truly original and a new flavour in the Latin music genre.

Tom was born and raised in Mexico City to a Mexican father and a Canadian mother. He moved to Ontario during his teenage years where he put behind his Mexican Musical Roots in favour of the new sounds that surrounded his new environment. Records by The Smiths, Tracy Chapman and Spirit of The West dominated his turntable and cassette player, until a record by Los Lobos, a Mexican American band, brought him 'back home'. La Pistola y El Corazon was a recording where Los Lobos played a variety of Mexican musical idioms including Son Jarocho which had a huge impact on Tom. From that moment on, Landa rediscovered his musical roots and began his musical quest to not only learn more about this music, but also write and arrange songs in this genre. Thanks in part to The Canada Council, this musical path eventually led him to study Son Jarocho in Veracruz Mexico, under the tutelage of Ramon Gutierrez of the group Son De Madera.

For the past few years Tom has been writing and recording the material for his project Locarno. His goal is to create music which is heavily influenced by Mexican music but using the elements and musicians around him in his hometown of Vancouver. A key element to this sound is the partnerships he has created with producer Joby Baker who has worked with several World/Latin artists including Alex Cuba and Miguelito Valdes who lends his trumpet and percussion talents to the project. Miguelito was born and raised in Havana Cuba and has played with Afro Cuban All Stars, Omara Portoundo and The Buena Vista Social Club. Rounding up the group is Sam Esecson on drums and percussion, Kalissa Hernandez on Violin and vocals and Nick La Riviere on trombone. http://www.locarnomusic.com


Opening for Locarno is ELAS, a multi-ethnic, female-led quintet that plays Brazilian music that will change your heart rate and make you want to dance. The band consists of some of Seattle-based En Canto's members, Adriana Giordano on vocals, Jamie Maschler on accordion, Meese Tonkin on flute, plus Marina Albero on piano and Jeff Busch on drums.

http://www.encantobrazil.com/

Lou Doillon

Genre: Singer-songwriter

French model, singer, and actress. Her father is director Jacques Doillon and her mother is British actress and singer Jane Birkin.

In 2006 Doillon began writing music with friend and musician Chris Brenner. A song they wrote together, "The Girl Is Gone", was featured on the Visionaire Magazine special music issue and picture disk in 2007. Doillon sings, plays guitar, and writes lyrics; she released her first EP with Brenner, musician John Mitchell, and various artists. The album is titled Places and her first single is "I.C.U." (as in "I see you"). Doillon told Interview Magazine "I wrote that because I was desperately in love with someone that I hadn't seen and that I never saw again in my life. I wandered for months in the street looking for him. The album receives rave reviews and Doillon won the "Best Female Artist" at the 2013 Victoires de la Musique.

http://loudoillon.fr/

Lunasa with Special Guest Tim O’Brien

Genre: Irish

  1. Monday, March 14 7:30 PM (All ages)

One of the most esteemed singer-songwriter and instrumentalists of his generation joins forces with “the hottest Irish band on the planet.” Lunasa was founded in 1997, and with the group’s superb musicianship has brought new energy to the Celtic tradition. An immense talent, one measure of Tim O’Brien’s stature in the music world is the list of artists who perform his songs, including the Dixie Chicks, Garth Brooks, Dierks Bentley, Nickel Creek, and Kathy Mattea. Two Big Room favorites come back to Chico together for a rip-roaring concert nod to St. Patrick.

Named for an ancient Celtic harvest festival in honor of the Irish god Lugh, patron of the arts, Lúnasa is indeed a gathering of some of the top musical talents in Ireland. Its members have helped form the backbone of some of the greatest Irish groups of the decade.

Bassist Trevor Hutchinson was a key member of The Waterboys, and later he, with guitarist Donogh Hennessy, would form the dynamic rhythm section of The Sharon Shannon Band; Ed Boyd (Flook, Michael McGoldrick Band) has recently replaced Hennessy; Fiddler Sean Smyth is an All-Ireland champion who has played with Donal Lunny’s Coolfin; Kevin Crawford, considered to be among the finest flutists in Ireland played with the acclaimed traditional group Moving Cloud; and, piper Cillian Vallely of the famous Vallely artistic clan has performed with Riverdance and recently recorded with Bruce Springsteen. Folk Roots magazine has rightly termed them an “Irish music dream team.”

http://www.lunasa.ie/

Mack Avenue Super Band

Genre: Jazz

  1. Tuesday, April 05 7:00 PM (All ages)
  2. Tuesday, April 05 9:30 PM (21+)

“These are musicians with the cojones to play as part of an ensemble, where the whole is more important than the parts.”  SEATTLEPI.COM

The lineup for this night is:

Tia Fuller / Saxophone

Kirk Whalum / Saxophone

Christian McBride / Bass

Christian Sands / Piano

Ulysses Owens / Drums

The MACK AVENUE SUPERBAND has become synonymous with stellar line-ups consisting of established and up and coming jazz artists with pronounced identities and original grooves. This year’s group presented exclusively for the 2015-2016 season and featuring Gary Burton and Christian McBride as musical directors, tops them all.

Seven-time GRAMMY® Award winning vibraphonist and jazz legend GARY BURTON made his first recordings at age seventeen, and has toured and recorded with a who’s who of famous jazz masters including Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, and Stan Getz to name a few. The Washington Post stated, “[Burton] …knows a thing or two about what makes a jazz collaboration truly special.”

Saxophonist TIA FULLER, is at home at all points of the music spectrum – from her show-stopping solos as a member of superstar Beyoncé’s all-female band, to her scintillatingly swinging jazz dates and recordings. For this season’s Super Band, Fuller brings her fire and punch, rhythmic freedom and drive, and her youthful twisting of genres she’s gained from a life in both top-of-the-charts pop and jazz.

SEAN JONES plays the trumpet with intense immediacy and urgency, hewing to the jazz tradition, but moving the music forward at the same time. After stepping down from his longtime position as Lead Trumpeter of the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and then touring with Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock’s Tribute To Miles, Sean has established himself as a formidable leader through his recordings and live performances.

The foundation of the Super Band is musical director and bassist CHRISTIAN McBRIDE with his compatriots, pianist CHRISTIAN SANDS and drummer CARL ALLEN. Both of whom have been performing in McBride’s Trio and Quintet for several years, honing their conception to a fine point of expressive depth and nuance through select performances around the world.  “The real core,” Christian says of this rhythm section, “is hardcore swingin,’ blues and the American songbook. Part of that is because Christian [Sands] is so well-rounded and willing to go to so many places".  Carl Allen one of the most recorded jazz drummers of all time, with over 200 recordings to his credit.

Please note Gary Burton will not be at this show.

http://www.mackavenue.com/artists/mack-avenue-superband


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