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Johnny A

Genre: Guitarist

  1. Sunday, March 29 7:30 PM (All ages)


Lots of folks throw around the phrase “let the music do the talking,” but only a few have the fortitude to really do it – to just go out there and play, shunning flash, shrugging off image and reeling in the listener on the strength of the songs alone.

Johnny A. is that kind of performer. For the better part of three decades, the Massachusetts-based guitarist and bandleader has proven himself capable of generating heat at venues from working-class bars to international amphitheaters – and every sort of venue in between. And when the house lights are turned up, he’s just as adept at captivating serious students of the six-string with a virtuosity that earned him the rare honor of having his name placed on a signature Gibson® guitar.

“I want to create instrumental music and deliver it like a vocalist,” he says “You can be a great player, on any instrument, and people will take notice for a while...but what people really remember is someone who brings them a great melody.”

On Driven, his fourth outing as a solo performer – which is due for release this June -- Johnny serves up plenty of that, in more flavors than Baskin-Robbins and Ben and Jerry’s combined. From the Motown-inflected party-starter “C’Mon, C’mon” to the introspective “A Mask You Wear” (a song that’s flecked with subtle slide playing redolent of George Harrison’s vintage work), he paints vivid landscapes, scenes that create an emotional connection without words.

Nowhere is that more evident than on the album’s sole cover, a languid take on the Bee Gees’ “To Love Somebody,” which fuses the original’s mournful poignancy with a gentle jazziness – not to mention an underlying swing that’s all the more impressive when you consider that it, like the rest of Driven, is the product of a one-man band.

While Johnny has been a bandleader for most of his career, he opted to work alone on this outing. That meant playing all the album’s instruments himself, but it also meant producing and engineering the songs – which he recorded in a studio that he invested plenty of blood, sweat and tears in building.

“It was different, but it wasn’t all that difficult,” he says of going the solo route on this outing. “I started out as a drummer, so I knew what I was doing there, and I just built the songs on my own. I just visualized myself as the band – I could see myself playing everything, and doing it all at once.”

That take-no-prisoners attitude has been ingrained in Johnny A. since he first set foot on a stage, whether as leader of locally-acclaimed Boston acts like Hearts on Fire or in the company of acclaimed artists like J. Geils frontman Peter Wolf – whose band he anchored for more than seven years. It fully came to the fore in 1999, when he independently issued his first solo album, Sometime Tuesday Morning – a disc that eventually went on to sell 100,000 copies and spawn “Oh Yeah,” a single that topped the AAA charts (a feat no instrumental song had accomplished in more than a decade).

“When I was in my early bands, I sang, but when I was with [Peter Wolf], I came down with a really bad bronchial infection and never recovered my voice completely,” he says. “I made a conscious decision at that point to focus on instrumental music. I re-evaluated how I played, redefined my approach completely.”


That new approach won plenty of accolades from outlets like the Boston Phoenix, which dubbed him “a singular presence on the Boston rock and pop scene, winding jazz, blues, popular tunes, rock, and flourishes of psychedelic improvisation into a tight, passionate ball.” The success of Sometime Tuesday Morning led to a second release, Get Inside, which brought forth a radio hit in the form of the title track – and drew the folks at Gibson®, who approached Johnny to collaborate on a custom guitar, the second best selling signature model in the company’s illustrious line of instruments.

Ever the restless spirit, Johnny A. continues to glide across genres effortlessly, exploring elements of jazz, soul and even a bit of Chet Atkins-styled country on his instructional DVD Taste, Tone, Space, which was released in 2006.


That stylistic fluidity got front and center placement on Johnny’s 2010 release, the live CD-DVD package One November Night, which captures just such a riveting evening for posterity and proves that , in the words of Premiere Guitar Magazine, “ Johnny A.'s magic crosses over because, like [Bill] Frisell, he doesn't just play guitar - he plays music.” That year he earned a Blues Artist of the Year award at 2010’s Boston Music Awards.

The journeying continues on the appropriately-titled Driven, a veritable sonic travelogue that takes the listener from the mists of the hypnotic opener “Ghost” through the rough-hewn terrain of “The Arizona Man,” before fading out in the mysteriously lovely sepia tones of “Gone (Like a Sunset).”

“My goal was to make a really lyrical album that would stay with people, not an album that would make people think ‘wow, that guy’s a great guitarist,’” he says. “I’m not interested in blowing someone’s head off with my playing, or showing how I can shred. With my favorite guitarists, I always tried to put my finger on how I could pick them out of a crowd. You can have all the chops in the world and be voiceless – I always want to have a voice.”

http://johnnya.com/


Johnny7 and the Black Crabs

Genre: Rockabilly , Swing

A lot of people say the same thing about Johnny7 and the Black Crabs. "You guys don't sound like anybody else." Sure, it’s a rock ‘n’ roll band with rockabilly influences, but there's also swing, jazz, and even a taste of spaghetti western.

Their second release, 13 Times, is a case in point. The band moves smoothly from the straight-ahead rockabilly sound of Say Mama to the swinging duet Messin' Around. They deftly navigate the Les Paul-eqsue instrumental Caravan. There's even the tune best heard under the Big Top, both because of its country-circus beat and subject matter (quite possibly the first ever song about corndogs).

Front man Johnny7 has performed in Rock’n’Roll, Punk Rock , and Rockabilly bands around Seattle for some time and also runs the machinery at Cleopatra Studios. He started up The Black Crabs in 2004 with bassist Kirsten Ballweg and drummer Tom Forster to back Rockabilly Queen Wanda Jackson. Their first show was at the Mural Amphitheater for Bumbershoot. What was supposed to be a summertime fling transformed into a full-time proposition.

Since gigging with Wanda, the Black Crabs have toured the West Coast and Europe – Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, and Italy. The Trio has played various festivals including; KEXP’s Rockabilly Ball (Seattle) 2005-2008, Bumbershoot (Seattle), The Folk Life Festival (Seattle), International Beer Festival , Issaquah Salmon Days, KSER’s Rockabilly Revival, the Summer Jamboree (Italy), Viva Las Vegas (Las Vegas), and The Rockin Fifties Fest (Green Bay, Wisconsin).Their first CD “Blast Off” was released in 2005 on Ravenous Records.

www.facebook.com/theblackcrabs

Johnny7 and the Black Crabs

Genre: Rockabilly , Swing

  1. Friday, February 06 9:00 PM (21+)

A lot of people say the same thing about Johnny7 and the Black Crabs. "You guys don't sound like anybody else." Sure, it’s a rock ‘n’ roll band with rockabilly influences, but there's also swing, jazz, and even a taste of spaghetti western.

Their second release, 13 Times, is a case in point. The band moves smoothly from the straight-ahead rockabilly sound of Say Mama to the swinging duet Messin' Around. They deftly navigate the Les Paul-eqsue instrumental Caravan. There's even the tune best heard under the Big Top, both because of its country-circus beat and subject matter (quite possibly the first ever song about corndogs).

Front man Johnny7 has performed in Rock’n’Roll, Punk Rock , and Rockabilly bands around Seattle for some time and also runs the machinery at Cleopatra Studios. He started up The Black Crabs in 2004 with bassist Kirsten Ballweg and drummer Tom Forster to back Rockabilly Queen Wanda Jackson. Their first show was at the Mural Amphitheater for Bumbershoot. What was supposed to be a summertime fling transformed into a full-time proposition.

Since gigging with Wanda, the Black Crabs have toured the West Coast and Europe – Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, and Italy. The Trio has played various festivals including; KEXP’s Rockabilly Ball (Seattle) 2005-2008, Bumbershoot (Seattle), The Folk Life Festival (Seattle), International Beer Festival , Issaquah Salmon Days, KSER’s Rockabilly Revival, the Summer Jamboree (Italy), Viva Las Vegas (Las Vegas), and The Rockin Fifties Fest (Green Bay, Wisconsin).Their first CD “Blast Off” was released in 2005 on Ravenous Records.

www.facebook.com/theblackcrabs

Kareem Kandi

Genre: Jazz , Saxophonist

  1. Wednesday, February 18 8:30 PM (21+)

“Jazz is the only purely American music and the one genre that has embraced elements of all musical forms. This is why it is always exciting to find young artists who push the boundaries to create their own unique style, and Kareem Kandi is one musician who does just that.”

The Weekly Volcano

A native of the Pacific Northwest, saxophonist Kareem Kandi is a performer, composer, and educator, who is in high demand for his talents both on and off the stage.

Today, as a performing artist he spends most of his time leading his group The Kareem Kandi Band for which he composes and arranges most of the music. The band is constantly on the move as a sought after performing group and spends most of its time performing in and around the Pacific Northwest.

kareemkandi.com/

Kate Lynne & The Ghost Runners w/ Rabia Shaheen Qazi, Chris Cheveyo (of Rose Windows) & Kara Hesse Trio

Genre: Alt Country , Americana , Singer-songwriter


Logan has music-licensing contracts with Lyric House Publishing (Colorado) and ABC Family. She has performed throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Colorado and New Mexico. She has performed at iconic Seattle venues such as Benaroya Hall, The Tractor Tavern, Neumos, and The Triple Door.

Logan has shared stages with talented and award winning artists such as Brandi Carlile, Elizabeth Cook, Peter Bradley Adams, Sera Cahoone, and Claire Lynch. The smooth, ethereal tone of her voice draws comparisons to Allison Kruass and The Wailin' Jennys' Ruth Moody – gentle, but evocative. Paired with that steady-like-a-train guitar-playing, her sound further blurs the lines between Pop, Americana, and Alt-Country.


www.katelynnelogan.com

www.facebook.com/rosewindows

www.facebook.com/karahessemusic




Korby Lenker w/ The Banner Days

Genre: Folk , Rock , Singer-songwriter

  1. Sunday, January 11 7:00 PM (All ages)

An abbreviated list of Lenker's achievements so far includes: a significant amount of airplay on the legendary Seattle indie rock station KEXP; a BBC 2 interview with Bob Harris, which is only about the highest honor a rootsy singer-songwriter touring the U.K. can get; opening slots for acts ranging from Willie Nelson to Ray LaMontagne, Nickel Creek, Keith Urban, Susan Tedeschi and Tristan Prettyman; a successful run with one of the hottest young West Coast bluegrass bands of the aughts; and wins in the Merlefest folk songwriting contest as well as the Kerrville Folk Festival's elite New Folk songwriting competition.

Lenker's composition "My Little Life" brought him the Kerrville honors this year. It doesn't seem possible that one song could work so well in such disparate worlds, but it also proved its powers as a galvanizing piece of indie-pop, drawing a small army of likeminded, rising Nashville artists and personalities-Jeremy Lister and Katie Herzig to name two-to make lip-syncing, ukulele-strumming cameos in Lenker's music video.

The song-which is on the Heart of Gold EP he co-produced with A-list keyboardist Tim Lauer this year-itself points to the uncommon mixture of abilities Lenker has honed. It's imminently accessible and effortlessly tuneful, plus the lyrics express a familiar idea in playfully unexpected ways while pointing to thoughtfulness just beneath the surface. You can tell the guy's well-read, but he never comes off as too clever for his own good.

korbylenker.com/


http://thebannerdays.com/



Kris Orlowski w/ Le Wrens (2/5) & Hollow Wood (2/6)

Genre: Pop-Rock , Singer-songwriter

  1. Thursday, February 05 8:00 PM (All ages)
  2. Friday, February 06 8:00 PM (All ages)

For Seattle-based band Kris Orlowski, making music is about more than fulfilling personal agendas; it’s about creating something that touches the soul. Through relatable storytelling, husky harmonies and knack for hitting emotional highs, the band has touched the souls of people across the Pacific Northwest since 2010. In the wake of releasing three well-received EPs, touring the country and having songs featured on primetime television series, the act will release its first full-length album, Believer. Produced by Martin Feveyear, of Jupiter Studios in Seattle, the songs that make-up Believer were woven together along the West Coast: from the salty shores of Seaside, Ore., and Orcas Island’s Doe Bay, to the corners of Orlowski’s Seattle apartment – as well as the practice spaces in between. And the collection, rich with personal experiences and thoughtful reflection, may prove the band’s most honest and empowering work yet. Shedding the lush sounds of a 17 piece orchestra for more traditional rock and pop arrangements, the cinematic record is more punch-y and experimental than their earlier folk-infused traditions.  “I think the album will inspire some hope, but I also think it will go beyond that and give people a reason to act,” Orlowski says. In other words, it might encourage finding something to believe in.

http://www.krisorlowski.com/

lewrens.bandcamp.com/

hollowwoodmusic.com/


Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker

Genre: Burlesque , Cabaret , Comedy

Lily Verlaine and Jasper McCann snowstorm into Seattle’s illustrious Triple Door this December for their ninth annual installment of Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker.  An award-winning wintertime spectacle and “the best thing about Christmas in Seattle” (CultureMob), Land Of The Sweets has delighted thousands of holiday revelers since 2006.

This year’s production will delight the newcomer and surprise return visitors to the Land of the Sweets.  The show's signature act, The Countess of Coffee, returns in high style with exquisite new costuming by Louise DeLenge of Teatro Zinzanni.  Other favorites will be back in all their glory, including Waxie Moon’s nefarious Rat King, the light-juggling magic of Babette La Fave, and Laurel Bordeaux's Clockwork Doll.  

You'll also meet some fresh faces in this year's world of winter magic. Mimi Mi (Shadou Mintrone of Spectrum Dance Theater) joins the beloved Snowflakes, Poppy Daze (founding member of Circus Contraption) returns to the cast as our high-flying Angel, and Tory Tiara will be stepping into the spotlight as the Sugar Plum Fairy!

Jasper McCann hosts this “rollicking, frolicking, unabashed and uninhibited celebration of the season” (Seattle P.I) that features an all-star cast from Seattle’s Burlesque A-list.

Come and experience why “audiences for these sold-out shows…go wild” (Seattle Times).  With a theatrical run of 33 performances there’s no excuse to miss it this year!  Join us!


http://www.landofthesweets.com

Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker

Genre: Burlesque , Cabaret , Comedy

Lily Verlaine and Jasper McCann snowstorm into Seattle’s illustrious Triple Door this December for their ninth annual installment of Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker.  An award-winning wintertime spectacle and “the best thing about Christmas in Seattle” (CultureMob), Land Of The Sweets has delighted thousands of holiday revelers since 2006.

This year’s production will delight the newcomer and surprise return visitors to the Land of the Sweets.  The show's signature act, The Countess of Coffee, returns in high style with exquisite new costuming by Louise DeLenge of Teatro Zinzanni.  Other favorites will be back in all their glory, including Waxie Moon’s nefarious Rat King, the light-juggling magic of Babette La Fave, and Laurel Bordeaux's Clockwork Doll.  

You'll also meet some fresh faces in this year's world of winter magic. Mimi Mi (Shadou Mintrone of Spectrum Dance Theater) joins the beloved Snowflakes, Poppy Daze (founding member of Circus Contraption) returns to the cast as our high-flying Angel, and Tory Tiara will be stepping into the spotlight as the Sugar Plum Fairy!

Jasper McCann hosts this “rollicking, frolicking, unabashed and uninhibited celebration of the season” (Seattle P.I) that features an all-star cast from Seattle’s Burlesque A-list.

Come and experience why “audiences for these sold-out shows…go wild” (Seattle Times).  With a theatrical run of 33 performances there’s no excuse to miss it this year!  Join us!


http://www.landofthesweets.com

Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker

Genre: Burlesque , Cabaret , Comedy

  1. Tuesday, December 23 7:00 PM (17+)
  2. Tuesday, December 23 10:00 PM (21+)

Lily Verlaine and Jasper McCann snowstorm into Seattle’s illustrious Triple Door this December for their ninth annual installment of Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker.  An award-winning wintertime spectacle and “the best thing about Christmas in Seattle” (CultureMob), Land Of The Sweets has delighted thousands of holiday revelers since 2006.

This year’s production will delight the newcomer and surprise return visitors to the Land of the Sweets.  The show's signature act, The Countess of Coffee, returns in high style with exquisite new costuming by Louise DeLenge of Teatro Zinzanni.  Other favorites will be back in all their glory, including Waxie Moon’s nefarious Rat King, the light-juggling magic of Babette La Fave, and Laurel Bordeaux's Clockwork Doll.  

You'll also meet some fresh faces in this year's world of winter magic. Mimi Mi (Shadou Mintrone of Spectrum Dance Theater) joins the beloved Snowflakes, Poppy Daze (founding member of Circus Contraption) returns to the cast as our high-flying Angel, and Tory Tiara will be stepping into the spotlight as the Sugar Plum Fairy!

Jasper McCann hosts this “rollicking, frolicking, unabashed and uninhibited celebration of the season” (Seattle P.I) that features an all-star cast from Seattle’s Burlesque A-list.

Come and experience why “audiences for these sold-out shows…go wild” (Seattle Times).  With a theatrical run of 33 performances there’s no excuse to miss it this year!  Join us!


http://www.landofthesweets.com

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