Seattle has been leaving its unique, progressive mark on American pop since the heady rock days of the 1960's. This coming Sunday, September 27th, NexStar Entertainment in conjunction with Signs Now, Blue Storm Music, EmmyTone, Minuteman Press and Everett Artist's Supply and Framing is presenting the Seattle Music Revival, a festival highlighting some of the city's most talented up-and-coming local artists as well as paying tribute to the greats who put the city's music on the map. The Revival will take place on three stages in Seattle's lively Pioneer Square district, Heaven Nightclub, Fuel Nightclub, and Merchant's Cafe.
The busiest set list is at Heaven Nightclub. Seven acts are currently scheduled to take the stage there. Here's a breakdown of who you'll see:
Eclectic alternative pop is to the Seattle music scene what PB&J is to elementary school lunches. We've got a lot of it and have always had a lot of it, but what it lacks in experimentation it makes up in proficiency. Kissing Girls has an album's worth of songs that all sound different, so the live show has promise.
The former is Seattle's own Heart tribute band. Seeing as the Revival is all about celebrating the city's ongoing contributions to pop music, it's a fitting look back. Aeolian is taking a stab at all the other big names when you think "Seattle" and "music". They're covering Nirvana, Jimmy Hendrix and Pearl Jam.
Out with the old, in with the new. Seattle may be world famous for reinventing the guitar a few times over, but the Emerald City in the 21st century sounds a lot more glitchy. Wunderbugg is part of Seattle's recent upswing in electronic and hip hop. Smart dance floor music, ahoy.
Vanessa T. aspires to be the kind of artist featured on primetime network TV drama soundtracks, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. The world needs its radio music. The blonde chanteuse should please the American Idol crowd with her clean piano tunes and glittery pop.
The Seattle hip hop sound is still in development. So far, much of it, including E. Millz, reflects the tone of the city itself. It's no so hard or grimy as the stuff coming out of L.A., New York and Atlanta. It really has more in common with electronica-influenced beats from England. I'm generally in support of this stuff, if only to see how it evolves.
Ramona the Band
Imagine if Amy Winehouse got locked in a studio with Aphex Twin for a month and the result was some kind of alien love-child. That's Ramona The Band. Arty, atmospheric and overtly experimental, this local trio brings a grungy bent to trip-hop. Vocalist Dion Vox veers into heavy tones while the glitch squad composed of Scobra and DJ Jessie Hail back her up with some delightfully weird blips and loops.
I'll be back tomorrow to preview the artists set to play at Fuel and Merchant's Cafe. Seattle Concerts will also be attending the event for all-access coverage. Look for our full article next Monday with unique photos and an on-the-ground perspective.