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Northwest Brews & Blues: Shiftless Layabout

October 28, 2010

Get down and drink up to the funky fresh blues of Shiftless Layabout tonight at Hale’s Ales from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

In the last Northwest Brews & Blues of the season, we are giving you a slam-dunk finish with this brassy jam group.

Don’t miss the opportunity to listen to live music and enjoy local beer while supporting Northwest Folklife!  Fifty percent of the proceeds raised from the sale of O’Briens Harvest Ale at Brews & Blues benefits Folklife.

Also, if you haven’t joined Friends of Folklife yet, new members can do so tonight for the very special 40th Festival rate of $40 for the year.  Join and we’ll give you a t-shirt AND a beer, compliments of Northwest Folklife!  Who can resist such a tempting deal?

The best part of this evening (besides good beer and great music)? You can support local culture and traditions all while having a fun night out!

And remember…

Featured Musicians: Noah Gundersen & The Courage

October 22, 2010

In case you need another reason to attend the CD Release Party, this Sunday, 7 p.m. at the Tractor Tavern, here it is: the pop folk music of  Noah Gundersen & the Courage.

While many young performers sing what they know, and a lot of  what they don’t, Noah Gundersen, his sister Abby, brother Ivan, and band mate Travis lay it all out there—in a honest and soulful manner.

Noah Gundersen & the Courage are a group of remarkably talented musicians who produce deep songs that come from a young and faithful point-of-view while still remaining accesible to all-ages. Noah’s gravelly folk voice will stop you in your tracks as his sister, Abby, jams away on the violin and harmonizes with her soothing vocals. If this doesn’t sound cool enough, Noah Gundersen & The Courage has also been featured on network television (One Tree Hill).

Tickets are available for $8 online or at the door. Money raised at the show supports Northwest Folklife and the evenings’ artists. We’ll also be selling copies of Roots & Branches Vol. 2: Live from the 2010 Northwest Folklife Festival three weeks before you can buy it in stores and online. No joke.

So what the heck, come on down, listen to some truly amazing performers and enjoy your Sunday night!

Check out this song— it’s featured on the Roots & Branches Vol. 2: Live from the 2010 Northwest Folklife Festival CD:

Tonight: Northwest Brews & Blues

October 14, 2010

Looking for something fun, easy, and exciting to do this evening? Look no further than Northwest Brews & Blues at Hale’s Ales  from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

This week, in our second of the Brews & Blues series, we bring you one of the Northwest’s best kept secrets: Cort Armstrong, who never disappoints with his Chicken Pickin’ blues.

Don’t miss the opportunity to listen to live music and enjoy local beer all while supporting Northwest Folklife.  Fifty percent of the proceeds raised from the sale of O’Briens Harvest Ale at Brews & Blues benefits Folklife.  Also, if you haven’t joined Friends of Folklife yet, new members can do so tonight for the very special 40th Festival rate of $40 for the year.  Join and we’ll give you a t-shirt AND a beer, compliments of Northwest Folklife!  Who can resist such a tempting deal?

Last week, we reviewed the O’Brien’s Harvest Ale (purely for professional purposes…of course), and gave it two thumbs up!  This seasonal amber ale combines a boatload of delicious hops with a malty backbone that quenches any beer lover’s thirst.

Don’t worry though, if you can’t make it tonight, there’s always next Thursday– that’s the beauty of Brews & Blues. Folklife hosts Northwest Brews & Blues every Thursday night in October from 6:30-8:30 p.m. So come hear great local blues musicians and sip beer brewed on location at the Hale’s Brewery. The best part? You can support local culture and traditions while having a great night out!

And remember….

 

Weekend Happenings

May 7, 2010

Storme Webber

Friday and Saturday night, check out the CD Forum’s Creation Project Showcase at the Rainier Valley Cultural Center.  The show features works by four Black performing artists based in King County, the culmination of this year-long new works and professional development program created by the CD Forum, including Storme Webber, a past Folklife performer.

Need a last-minute yet thoughtful gift for Mom?  Head over to the Intiman on Saturday from 11am to 5pm for EtsyRAIN, a show featuring local artists and crafters.  The first 50 customers get free swag bags, you get to feel good about supporting your local economy, and Mom gets a sweet handmade gift!

And while you’re over at the Seattle Center, be sure to take part in the Spirit of West Africa, a free event celebrating the music, culture and art from the West African countries of Senegal, Ghana, Guinea, Benin, Gambia, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Liberia.

What are YOU doing this weekend?  Tell us in the comments!

And the winner is…

April 28, 2010

According to my random number generator (no, really), congratulations are in order to Karen Lester, who will receive 2 free tickets to see Arlo Guthrie and family this Saturday!

Everyone else should just bite the bullet and buy a ticket, because it is well worth the $27-40 to see Guthrie in person.

Arlo Guthrie & Family
Saturday, May 1 | 8pm
ShoWare Center, Kent | Tickets $27-40
www.showarecenter.com

Win Tickets to see folk music legend Arlo Guthrie!

April 27, 2010

Guthrie Family

Arlo Guthrie and Family

If folk music had royalty, Arlo Guthrie would certainly be one of them.  Son of Woody Guthrie and perhaps best known for the seminal album Alice’s Restaurant, Arlo and his backing band family are coming to the ShoWare Center in Kent this Saturday!  In addition to Arlo’s music, they’ll also be playing a selection of Woody’s unpublished lyrics set to music.

One lucky commenter will be chosen at random to receive a pair of tickets; leave your comment by noon tomorrow (Wednesday) to enter!

Arlo Guthrie & Family
Saturday, May 1 | 8pm
ShoWare Center, Kent | Tickets $27-40
www.showarecenter.com

In the meantime, hear’s some vintage Arlo for your rainy-sunny-rainy Northwest afternoon.