The 2012 Heineken City Arts Fest begins on Oct. 17 with a performance by David Byrne & St. Vincent at Seattle’s historic Fifth Avenue Theatre. The festival will run through Oct. 20, with performances by Mos Def, Devotchka with the Seattle Rock Orchestra, Blind Pilot, Ghostland Observatory, Two Door Cinema Club, Reign Wolf at the Laser Dome, Joshua Radin, Collie Buddz, A Fine Frenzy, and many more taking place in iconic clubs, halls, and venues throughout Seattle. All access wristbands and staggered performance schedules allow festival attendees to explore downtown Seattle and see multiple shows in the same night.
Amy Winehouse’s life was tragically cut short when she was found dead in July of 2011. The talented singer had one of those distinct and evocative voices that conveys the pain, vulnerability, and sorrow that seems inherent to the best blues/jazz singers. In the capable and loving hands of producers Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson, a posthumous album of Winehouse’s work has now been released entitled Lioness: Hidden Treasures. But it should be noted that there are only two original tracks and the other songs include alternate versions of singles and plenty of notable covers.
This fall, Sting will embark on the Back to Bass Tour throughout North America as he celebrates the 25th anniversary of his solo career by taking it back to bass…all of the hits, stripped down, as they haven’t been played in years. In support of his forthcoming box set collection Sting: 25 Years, slated for release on September 27, the tour features Sting backed by a 5-piece band in an intimate theatre setting.
Project Rhythm Seed is pleased to announce that we are headed for Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival in downtown Seattle. While music festivals have proliferated in the past decade, the 41-year-old Bumbershoot remains unique in its approach, stressing discovery and variety in its music programming as well as a broad spectrum of comedy, theater, visual arts, dance and film offerings. This year’s festival takes place over three days, September 3rd, 4th and 5th.
David Lynch Foundation Music launches Download For Good: Music That Changes The World, a star-studded digital music compilation to benefit the David Lynch Foundation that is now available for purchase exclusively on the iTunes Store. Founded by iconic filmmaker David Lynch, the David Lynch Foundation is a not-for-profit educational organization which offers stress-reducing Transcendental Meditation® to under-served populations, including at-risk inner-city youth and U.S. veterans returning home from combat with post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as Native Americans, homeless adults and children, prisoners and those in need.
By Myles Crawley
The Troubadour has been an icon in the Los Angeles music scene for many years now. Its location on Santa Monica Boulevard remains largely unchanged over the years, at least from the outside. From the inside, many upgrades have taken place. The front bar is still there, which was great to see. I have many good memories from there. The chairs and tables are all gone; at least they were for the show I attended. Like every other club in LA, it is now standing room only. On Thursday night, May 19th, 2011, the place was packed – not a teaspoon of room anywhere. The occasion was opening night of a three night, sold out stand, starring a guy named Clarence Greenwood, better known as Citizen Cope.