December 2008

Get your 80s fix at 2080s Wednesdays

If you’re looking for a way to get into the groove, or perhaps stop the world and melt with the person next to you, then stop by the War Room  tonight at 9pm. This hip bar on Capitol Hill will be featuring 80s mash-ups all night long with DJs Four Color Zack and DJ Scene. Cover is free, so you know the price is right. So get your 80s fix tonight. Because just like a prayer, this place will rock you like a hurricane.

Seattle Center Winterfest 2008

Looking for a fun, wintry activity that the entire family can enjoy? Tired of paying extravagant prices for activities that should be free in a just world? Ready to spend your holiday fun with other friends and families in Seattle? Then check out Winterfest 2008 at the Seattle Center! From November 28th to December 31st, you can enjoy delightful entertainment and activities. Everything is free or low-cost, and very kid friendly, so bring the entire family! Every day there are many, many fun activities, from ice skating and winter trains, to school concerts, ballets, and other theatric performances.The Seattle Center’s website has a list of activities and entertainment for each day. Since many of the scheduled events change from day to day, so don’t forget to check their online calendar to find out what’s going on each day! Also, you can get directions to each event, and find out other useful information, such as where to park, things to see and places to eat and hang out,

Mondays in Fremont

Check out the Fremont music scene tonight! This area has a lot of cool bars, and their music scene is hot! ToST features Michael Shrieve’s Spellbinder tonight at 9pm.  With just a $6 cover fee, you won’t want to miss this classic star. His music spans multiple genres, including rock, jazz, electronic, DJ, and world music, and multiple decades. Michael was the youngest performer at Woodstock, playing drums for Santana at age 19. He has since placed with many well-renowned musicians, from the Rolling Stones, George Harrison, and Steve Winwood, to John Mclaughlin, Stomu Yamash’ta, Freddie Hubbard, and Airto Moriera. He has been recognized by numerous publications, Michael also composes music for television and films, such as The Tempest. Since 1990, Michael has been involved in many facets of the Seattle scene, from Bumbershoot to serving as the Musical Director for Seattle Theater Group’s “More Music @ The Moore,” a program that highlights gifted young musicians from Seattle’s various cultural groups.

Sarah Brightman at the Everett Events Center

The weather outside may be frightful, but Sarah Brightman’s singing is delightful. And since you have no where else to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. And go see Sarah Brightman at the Everett Events Center at 7:30pm. This sparkling soprano has recently released her latest album, “A Winter Symphony,” a Christmas album from which she will be performing classics such as “Silent Night” and “Ave Maria.” Tickets are on sale for $49.50 - $250. Sarah Brightman is one of the world’s leading sopranos. Born in Berkhamsted, a small town just outside of London, this young prodigy became a ballet star at the precocious age of four. In addition, she enrolled in performing arts at age 11, aspiring to act in every play. As a child, she began singing in a variety of genres, from pop and classical, to dance, Gregorian chants and Eastern refrains. But it was not until the age of 12 that people realized she would one day become a successful soprano. She has sung and danced in countless theater productions, from Cats to Phantom of the Opera.

The Edlos Holiday Show

If last night’s show with The Coats got you amped on a cappella, you’re in for a treat. The Kirkland Performance Center will be featuring The Edlos, performing a special holiday show. All the a cappella action will take place at 8pm with tickets sold at $29 for adults, $26 for seniors, and $10 for youth. The Edlos will sing traditional and not-so-traditional songs from a variety of cultural holidays. In addition, they bring in a unique brand of wit, humor, and respectful irreverence to create a holiday classic you will never forget. If that’s not enough fun for one night, the Kirkland Performance Center’s In Harmony Series will be offering a free pre-show wine tasting, featuring wines from Challenger Ridge. Just don’t forget your ticket purchase.

The Coats Holiday Show

The Coats will be performing in the Nordstrom Illsey Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, on December 11th, 13h, and 19th, with all shows starting at 7:30pm. They are an a cappella group with a tradition of outreach performances and workshops supporting music in schools around the Pacific Northwest. Their first performances took place on the street corners outside the Pike Place Market. Their popularity enabled the group to win national vocal competitions, sing for the President of the United States, and share the stage with many other talented and well-renowned entertainers.

DeVotchKa, December 31 – Celebrate the New Year at the Showbox

While Congress and the Treasury Department are bickering over who gets how much of a trillion-dollar-bailout, it’s likely you, like me, have decided to cut back on concert-going as belt-tightening measure. That, along with the need to buy presents at this time of year probably means you have no concerts on your calendar, at least for the near future. While this is perfectly understandable, I would like to dissuade you of this notion (perhaps as a New Year’s treat to yourself), and go see DeVotchKa at the Showbox at the Market on December 31, 2008.

Based out of Denver, you may recognize some of DeVotchKa’s signature sound from the soundtrack of the 2006 hit film Little Miss Sunshine, for which they were nominated for a 2007 Grammy award. The band uses a plethora of unusual instruments such as a tuba, accordion, theremin and a bouzouki. DeVotchKa assembles influences as widely varied as Greek and Eastern European traditional music, filters it through a punk-pop-folk sensibility to create a sound as original as has been heard in recent years.

Monday Madness

Monday has become the new Friday. There are tons of concerts, bands, and singers performing tonight all around the city. Here are just a couple of the hottest shows that will be going down tonight. Downtown’s main action will take place at the Showbox at the Market in the Green Room. They will be featuring all Seattle-born bands tonight, with performances by Past Lives, Triumph of Lethargy Skinned Alive to Death, and Chk Minus. It all starts at 8pm tonight with tickets priced at $7. Past Lives is a native indie Seattle band, with such hits as “Strange Symmetry,” “We Meet in Sleep,” “Chrome Life,” and “Beyond Gone.” Triumph of Lethargy Skinned Alive to Death also hails from Seattle. Their music is self-described as experimental, psychadelic, and garage. Triumph of Lethargy Skinned Alive to Death has covered hits by several other bands and singers, including Neil Young, David Bowie, Huggy Bear, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, and Joanna Newsom.

Mos Def is Coming to Seattle!

Mos Def will be performing on Saturday, December 13th at 8:00pm at the Moore Theater. Tickets are on sale now for $35, and will be available at the door for $38. He will be accompanied by special guest Dyme Def. Mos Def is an acclaimed rap star who hails from Brooklyn, New York. He’s worked as a professional artist for nearly 20 years, and defines his music under the categories of rap, hip hop, and alternative. His last album, True Magic, came out in 2006 and features hit songs such as “Crime and Medicine,” “True Magic,” and “Murder of a Teenage Life.” He will release his next album in 2009, titled The Ecstatic. Mos Def is very passionate and active on several social and political issues, particularly following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Dan Zanes and Friends Holiday House Party

Spice up your holiday season at the Dan Zanes and Friends Holiday House Party. This is a big new theatrical and musical production that represents Jewish, Arabic, and Mexican traditions. Dan Zanes may be zany, but this is no ordinary Dan Zanes show. Christmas carols will be transformed into tap-dancing wonders, Hanukah songs will be remixed into a disco-styled masterpieces, and Arabic beats will ring in the Lunar New Year with a sing-a-long! This will be a memorable show to see, especially since you’ll be able to brag to your friends that you saw the show right before it made it to Broadway. That’s right, this show is debuting in Seattle and after these four performances, it will head straight to Broadway! To quote Dan Zanes: “Imagine if you will a December afternoon in my Brooklyn home. My band and I have made a plan to play for awhile, and a group of musical friends drop by to say hello. A sudden storm turns a quick visit into a full blown jam session. How did I, a WASP from New Hampshire, end up in this wild situation with Mexican, Jewish, Arabic, English and Korean songs not to mention Tap Dancing shaking the rafters?

Classical Music for a Classy Friday Night

Seattle may be the mother of grunge and alternative music, but it also is the home to many up and coming composers. These successful Seattle-ites will be debuting their new works tonight in Wallingford at The Chapel at Good Shepherd Center on the 4th floor. There is a $5 to $15 donation requested. The event is hosted by Seattle Composers’ Salon, an informal presentation of new music by regional composers in a casual setting that allows for discussion and experimentation. They meet on the last Friday of every other month. The Seattle Choral Company will also be performing at Benaroya Hall tonight at 8:00pm. Led by Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch, this holiday event will be filled with seasonal favorites that will keep your toes tapping. Tickets range from $17 to $100, though various discounts are available. And if you’re the type that can’t wait to get in the action, then Joseph Adams’ concert will be perfect for you. This organist will be performing today at the University of Puget Sound at 12:05pm.

Sing Your Troubles Away

If you’re looking for a way to sing your trouble away and/or get discovered by an agent, become a regular at these karaoke bars. You can sing every night of the week (provided that you’re not tone-deaf), and get to vary your audience. These five restaurants/bars offer ongoing karaoke: Bush Garden Restaurant International District Ozzie’s Restaurant & Lounge Queen Anne Molly Maguire’s Pub Ballard/Broadview/Blue Ridge Hula Hula Queen Anne J&M Café and Cardroom Pioneer Square

Cary Brothers Perform

The Cary Brothers are performing tonight at 9pm and the Snoqualmie Casino. They are an alternative, indie, rock band hailing from Los Angeles. This band has three main members (Jason Kanakis on the guitar, Marco Meneghin on the drums, and Matt DelVecchio on the bass), but they also bring in a host of other musicians to play various instruments. The Cary Brothers wrote many hit songs including “Ride,” “Honestly,” Loneliest Girl in the World,” and “Blue Eyes,” heard in the movie, Garden State. Tickets are available for $9 to $25 dollars. If you already have plans tonight, the Cary Brothers will also be performing tomorrow, Thursday, December 4th at 9pm.

Your Chance to Make it Big in the Music Business!

The Owl ‘n Thistle Irish Pub offers a Jazz Improv night every Tuesday night at 9pm so you can scat till your heart's content. Located near the Pike Place Market at 808 Post Ave., the event will be free, so your really have no excuse not to go. Plus, this could be your chance to become famous in the music business singing jazz. And you won’t be the first jazz musician to be discovered singing a bar – many others like Ray Charles made his career break singing in a Seattle nightclub. So don’t pass this once-every-Tuesday opportunity up! For more information, call the Owl ‘n Thistle Irish Pub at 206-621-7777.

Wu-Tang Clan, Fatal Lucciauno, Scribe, and Graves Tonight!

Tonight the Wu-Tang Clan, Fatal Lucciauno, Scribe, and Graves will be playing at the Showbox Sodo near Safeco Field at 7pm. All ages are welcome to attend the show, with tickets priced at $35 $40, this will be an amazing hip-hop opportunity. First becoming popular in 1993, the Wu-Tang Clan is New York City-based multi-platinum hip-hop musical group consisting of nine American rappers. The members of this group have been highly successful, and span many fields of success, from becoming multi-platinum solo artists, multi-platinum record producers to winning Grammys. Some are also TV and film stars, screenwriters, product spokespersons, business owners, and motion picture composers. Fatal Lucciauno was born in Chicago, but moved to Seattle when he was six. Having spent 11 years homeless with his family, he grew accustomed to a hardened life on the streets and with drugs. He found his musical inspiration from his mother, Northwest Jazz and Gospel singer Josephine Howell. Says DeVon Manier, CEO of Sportn’ Life Records, “This dude is street. He’s raw, real, uncut, he’s gutter. Plus, he’s smart. He could be a teacher or a philosopher.