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Hip to be Square

January 10, 2011
The Tallboys

The Tallboys

Well, we’re two weeks into the new year and if you are holding on to your resolution to, say, get in shape or meet new people, tonight’s square dance at the Tractor Tavern should be right up your alley. The Tallboys will be kicking off another year of twice monthly square dancing events at this Ballard standby.

The Monday Square Dance has become increasingly popular over the years, drawing a large crowd every time. While there tend to be quite a few regulars, you can always find newbies on the dance floor learning by doing. I attended the Monday Square Dance for the first time in November and was pleasantly surprised by the patience and helpfulness of the old pros. By the end of the night I was dancing like a… well, like someone who had been square dancing for a couple hours. But I had a great time!

Dancing starts at 8pm and the cover is $5. If you can’t make it this week (or you think you may become a regular), you will have an opportunity to swing your partner every first and third Monday of the month. Check out the Tractor website for more info.

Tonight: Square Dance at Tractor Tavern

November 15, 2010

Put your cowboy boots on and get ready to do-si-do!

Tonight, Northwest Folklife and Seattle Subversive Square Dance present a foot stomping good time at Tractor Tavern, starting at 8pm.

Bring yourself and a partner (don’t worry a partner’s not required) and get ready to boot scoot and boogie with two great local bands and callers. Starting out the night is the Atlas Stringband with caller, Gabe Strand.  Following their performance is the Queen City Bulldogs with caller, Charmaine Slaven. 

Don’t know how to square dance? Neither do I.  Before each dance a short intro to the steps will be given and we can all follow along.  Also, the main responsibility of the caller is to ‘call out’ the steps during the dances, so it’s easy as 1-2-3.

Special thanks to Charmaine Slaven, Gabe Strand and the rest of the Subversive Square Dace Society for organizing this event.

See you tonight!

Admission $5



CD Release Party Pictures

October 26, 2010


Cliff Perry & Laurel Bliss

The Raggedy AnnsNoah Gundersen & the Courage

Noah Gundersen & the Courage

Noah Gundersen & the Courage

Noah Gundersen & the Courage

CD Release Party Tomorrow Night!

October 23, 2010

Sunday evenings are usually filled with tasks to prep for the upcoming week. But why do laundry when you can listen to great musicians, sip a microbrew and purchase a copy of Roots & Branches v. 2: Live from the 2010 Northwest Folklife Festival three weeks before it goes on sale to the general public? The question practically answers itself.

Noah Gundersen

Noah Gundersen

During the week, you had a chance to preview the artists performing tomorrow night. Local legends, Cliff Perry & Laurel Bliss, start us off with some of the traditional bluegrass our Festival is known for. The Raggedy Anns take the stage next with a blend of gypsy pop and rock ‘n’ roll rolled into a see-it-to-believe-it live show. Wrapping up the evening is Noah Gundersen and the Courage bringing introspective lyrics and a musical style that makes Gundersen seem wise beyond his 21 years.

So come out to the Tractor Tavern tomorrow night at 7pm and hear some great music! Your laundry can wait.

Get your tickets here.

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:

Featured Musicians: The Raggedy Anns

October 19, 2010

If you’re not already psyched for the Sunday, October 24th CD Release Party at the Tractor Tavern, you will be once you hear The Raggedy Anns. Blending gypsy pop with good ol’ fashioned rock ‘n’ roll, these five skilled musicians channel a style that is both retro and completely unique. If you haven’t seen these guys live, it is an experience not to be missed!

Tickets are available for a mere $8 online or at the door (the doors open at 7pm). Money raised at the show will go to support Northwest Folklife and the artists performing that night. We will also be selling copies of Roots & Branches v.2: Live from the 2010 Northwest Folklife Festival three weeks before you can buy it in stores and online.

And now, The Raggedy Anns:

On Friday we will profile our final CD Release Party performers, Noah Gundersen and the Courage.

Featured Musicians: Cliff Perry & Laurel Bliss

October 18, 2010

Creating timeless music in the Pacific Northwest for over two decades, Cliff Perry and Laurel Bliss are a dynamic duo not to be missed.  Check them out this Sunday, 7 p.m. at the Tractor Tavern for the Roots & Branches Vol.2: Live from the 2010 Festival CD Release Party!

Cliff and Laurel began as a singing duo in the late 80’s and are now recognized veterans in the bluegrass and old-time music communities.  Together they formed the heart and soul of Southfork, a legendary Northwest bluegrass band in Washington and up and down the West Coast.

Respected by their peers and beloved by their fans, Cliff and Laurel always deliver a wonderful collection of old-time country duets.  When listening to them, you can tell they are greatly influenced by the Carter Family, however, they’ve also internalized and taken their own approach to the material. Old-time country music encompasses a myriad of styles and Perry and Bliss opt for a composed, straightforward approach that, like the Carters’ music, suggests an earlier era. Click here to listen to Cliff and Laurel’s music

Also featured at the CD Release Party are The Raggedy Anns and Noah Gundersen and The Courage .  Preorder your tickets here or buy them for $8 at the door. 

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s featured musican!