Come spend an evening with Christy McWilson- https://www.facebook.com/Christy-McWilson-Musician-123107438246356/ and The JerKels- https://www.facebook.com/The-Jerkels-104710213045176/
in the heart of Ballard. Show time: 8:00pm
21+ and over
Come spend an evening with Christy McWilson- https://www.facebook.com/Christy-McWilson-Musician-123107438246356/ and The JerKels- https://www.facebook.com/The-Jerkels-104710213045176/
“Sometimes when Bart sings, I forget what we’re talking about. I’m sure he knows though. I trust him. He sounds like John Prine, plays like Hoyt Axton, and looks like well...Bart Budwig. He’s a cosmic country lawn gnome. He’s cherubic, cheery, and an old soul. Songs spring from the dreams of his noonday naps, and punch the keys of his typewriter above the OK Theater in Enterprise, Oregon. When words won’t take, he calls 'em in with a bugle of his trumpet, or a strum of soothing guitar.” -Sean Jewell, American Standard Time
Bart Budwig has released over 40 original songs and 7 full-length records, performs over 150 shows a year nationally/internationally, is the production manager at the OK Theatre, and has recorded over 60 records for other artists over the last decade.
Some of the artists Bart Budwig has worked with:
Victor Wooten, Del McCoury, Reckless Kelly, Infamous Stringdusters, Asleep at the Wheel, Sera Cahoone, Justin Townes Earle, Damien Jurado, Gregory Alan Isakov, Joseph, Horse Feathers, Blind Pilot, Shook Twins, Dave Stamey, Riders in the Sky, Sierra Hull, Lindsay Lou, O’Connor Band, HoneyHoney, Dom Flemons, Joe Pug etc.
“There’s something uniquely fun about Amy LaVere, even when she’s breaking your heart.”
She is well known among songwriters and critics alike. NPR’s Robert Siegel says she“specializes in lyrics that are more barbed than her sweet soprano prepares you for.” Her growing catalogue of material and steady critical acclaim suggest a first-tier presence on the Americana and indie-folk/punk circuits. Her latest album Painting Blue comes out August 16th on Nine Mile Records (Glorietta, David Wax Museum, Carson McHone, Patrick Sweany, Greyhounds).
“Amy’s live performances are anything but predictable. She might appear on stage with a full band, sporting a mask and pink wig, or simply be a natural in blue jeans and sandals, but her upright bass and clever song delivery are constants. Her voice is at once the bully and the victim. She’s performed in venues as wide-ranging as St. Andrew’s Hall in London and Memphis’ famed dive bar Earnestine and Hazel’s. There’s no room she can’t find an audience in and charm it to pieces.”
Mark Pickerl - Pickerel’s Peyote 3 - https://www.facebook.com/mark.pickerel.3
Trio - Mark Pickerel, Jeff Fielder (guitar) and Kristen Ballweg (bass)
Pickerel's vocals carry a Chris Isaak/Lee Hazelwood bottom end to them, or perhaps it would be safer to say he sounds like Roy Orbison on sedatives. It's Americana, for sure, but via David Lynch. If Blue Velvet were set in a Bakersville dance hall, it would sound like this.
— Seattle Weekly
Hotel Albatross Presents: A night of Music with Von Wildenhaus and Loose Wing - 10$ (added to your bill and 100% goes directly to the artists)
“An amalgamation of guitar noir, dark pop, avante garde jazz, world music, and everything in between, Von Wildenhaus’ music can be enjoyed with a cocktail at low volumes…but it can also just f*ck your brain.”
“Loose Wing is a new Seattle-based band fronted by songwriter Claire Tucker. The four-piece group will issue its self-titled debut album on March 22nd, consisting of nine songs that fearlessly explore themes of anxiety, isolation, intimacy, and teen angst that has yet to be outgrown. Along with Tucker (Guitars, Vocals, Keys), Loose Wing features Tucker’s husband Jack Peters (Bass), Rusty Willoughby (Drums, Percussion), and Bill Patton (Guitar, Pedal Steel.)”
"Amsellem", which translates from Hebrew as "People of Peace", is the musical project created by Israeli-American Daniel Amsellem. the project started with an acoustic guitar, dynamic microphone and a loop station, and carried on to a full set of instruments with unique arrangements and intimate while powerful songs that come from true feeling.
"In/Out" is Amsellem's debut album. this concept album is formed out of 10 songs that split into 3 parts of a story – betraying trust, hurting, and reconciling.
Alternative Rock singer/songwriter Mike Simmons began writing songs and poems when he was down-and-out looking for viable ways to make money. Writing was the first to catch and Simmons began reading his poems to kids on the street and dancers on the late shift at a strip club where his friends worked when it was slow. This led to meeting a group of musicians one night who recognized his ability to create and urged him to take writing and music more seriously suggesting he try actually saying something people could understand. In the years since, Simmons has developed into an emotive songwriter who has played his music across America in venues ranging from clubs and halls to gas stations and adult video stores.
Elias Greendorfer - Poet Scholar, Writer, Musician and Marvel
Tickets on sale: Versus, Plus Minus and Medejin
“Versus is an America Indie Rock band formed in 1990 by in New York City. The band was noted for their marriage of indie pop songwriting and vocal harmonies to the "loud-soft" dynamics of grunge and alternative rock. They were also noted for their proficient and disciplined musicianship and for their credo of "meat, sports, and rock",[failed verification] none of which had much currency in the early 1990s American indie scene. They named themselves after the Mission of Burma album Vs.”
Plus/Minus +/- http://plusmin.us/
“is an American indietronic band formed in 2001. The band makes use of both electronic and traditional instruments, and has sought to use electronics to recreate traditional indie rock song forms and instrumental structures. The group has developed a devoted following in Japan and Taiwan, and has toured there frequently.”
“Medejin is the ethereal, dreamwave project of Jenn Taranto (vox/keyboard/guitar). She performs with Rebecca Gutterman (guitar) & Matthew Cooke (drums) in her band around the beautiful PNW.”
Tre Burt is coming to Seattle for a KEXP-in-studio, before heading to AMA Fest in Nashville. You can hear him live at Hotel Albatross. Champagne Honeybee (solo) will be joining us!
"Caught If From The Rye" is the rare album that is capable of two seemingly disparate things: meaning some thing to everyone, and/or meaning every thing to some". -American Standard Time
Tre on Insight on Capital Public Radio - http://www.capradio.org/news/insight/2018/11/02/tre-burt-previews-his-debut-album-caught-it-from-the-rye/
Tre Burt on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/1qQRGJ5GbjCSl7YMRYO6kC
Champagne Honeybee on Spotify:
https://laskatheband.com/ Formed in 2016, Midwestern based LASKA crafts music with a blend of intricate vocal harmonies, sweeping instrumentals, and profound lyricism. Sisters, Hannah Mae, Bex, and Mookie Morton balance ingenuity with classic storytelling to create a unique sound that blurs lines between genres and resonates with listeners from any background. In Spring of 2019, LASKA pushed their sound into a new chapter with the release of "in the blossom of this," an EP exploring the sisters' ever-evolving understanding of the people they love and the world around them. The Mortons along with Evan Middlesworth (producer/guitarn will spend the remainder of 2019 touring in support of the EP. The band is currently at work on a full length album slated for release in 2020.
Devin Sinha : https://www.devinsinha.com/ Devin is a singer/songwriter living in Seattle, hailing from Midwestern roots as he spent most of his life around Kansas City. His style is primarily acoustic indie/folk, mixing autobiographical flavors into his fiction of poetry and music. Songs tend toward narrative verse, with lyrics and feeling taking front row center, often complemented by guitar, keyboard, and bass.
SNAX Variety Show coming to a Hotel near you. 7 pm Variety Show and humor followed by Karoake Get your SNAX on…
Wonderful trio from Italy. Intimate, fun, lively. It’s really like having Django Reinhardt tripled. This is a happy hour show. They will be playing again Monday 8/12 and Sunday 8/18. You will not regret spending time with this band. https://www.bartendersound.com/en/
August 8th! Llama returns after an extended hiatus to share the bill with Greenville Mississippi's own Bronwynne Brent and Ryan "Johnny Nails" Leyva.
Bronwynne Brent - https://www.bronwynnebrent.com/
Ryan Leyva - http://gogowildcat.com/about
Josiah is best known for being a founding member of The Head and the Heart. He took a breakfrom that work a few years ago to learn how to live more wholly integrated and to work with andthrough problems with addictions. His expanding solo creations are transcendent, healing folksongs. Deep and soulful ballads that paint the imagination with rich and emotional landscapesof love, loss and transformation. Josiah's solo performances highlight a stripped down, emotive,lyrics-and-voice-first kind of song craft, inimitable in its sincerity and beauty, with the powerfuljoy of singing together
Jason is an alternative folk musician based out of Seattle
“He had filled up the entirety of the Sky Church with a banquet of characters and emotions and, I believe, the soft buzz that emanates from a group of people trying to hold onto a moment.” - Seattle Weekly
His intricate finger-picking and soaring hypnotizing vocals were undeniable, reverberating throughout the hushed room.” KEXP
Touring through from Joshua Tree and the Mojave Desert, The Adobe Collective and Pat Kearns are playing at Hotel Albatross with Lo-Liner (members of The Crying Shame).
This Frontier Needs Heroes is the moniker of singer-songwriter Brad Lauretti, who in various forms and lineup changes, has spent the past 10 years playing shows all over the world. One night with Brad will run the gamut of all human emotions from humour, hedonism, activism and heartbreaking sadness. From Folk-rock anthems, to indie folk, flares of psychedelic, alt-country, to straight up storytelling you get it all in one song. Influenced by songwriters like John Prine, Billy Bragg, Kris Kristofferson, and Townes Van Zandt his timeless songs mix love, humor, and protest seamlessly to get you through the tough times. Logging thousands of miles in his car, touring the greatest cities of North America and Europe, selling one record at a time. This determination and DIY ethos brought him on an epic journey around the world, playing listening rooms, clubs, house concerts, and festival stages.
All the Real Girls
PETER DONOVAN / VOCALS, GUITAR
MATT MILLEN / DRUMS
ZANDER NEVITT / GUITAR
EVAN WEST / BASS
"If there ever was a crush-worthy album, All The Real Girls have created it. You will want them to be around you all the time. Consider yourself warned." -Spill Magazine-
"Replete with the sort of Americana instrumentation the stories deserve, and the indie guitar work we crave... Great stories; rock guitar shredding; pastoral twang; and top quality performances. This is the sort of album you discover and play obsessively." -When You Motor Away-
Years before Rolling Stone was praising Carson McHone's rule-breaking roots music, the Austin, Texas native played weeknights in local bars like The White Horse, keeping dancers dancing and drinkers drinking. With her 21st birthday still in the distance, McHone entertained late-night crowds bearing witness to the good times and bad decisions that fill a busy bar. It was a rare, raw education. She pumped her music full of details from an early adulthood spent in the company of the heartbroken and high-toleranced.
“Western Females' Melanie Beth Curran is a old timey honky tonk songwriter from Kitsap County, Washington. Her music centers around moments, memories and memorials to the places and people of her Pacific Northwest home. She sounds like Tom Waits taking bubble bath in the fountain at the Kitsap Mall during 1994 while listening to Emmylou Harris backwards with the night jasmine blooming.”
“Despite the weighty subject matter, Tucker’s tunes maintain an easy confidence throughout the album, with melodies that often remind of a Neko Case or PJ Harvey-fronted R.E.M., which despite that band’s origins in the furthest continental corner (Athens, GA) from the home of grunge, has always maintained a spiritual tie to Seattle. Other contemporary influences on Loose Wing include Kate Bush and Guided by Voices.”
“known for music production and engineering work with Mudhoney, Mark Lanegan, The Posies, Torben Ulrich & Søren Kjœrgaard, The Supersuckers, Maggie Bjorklund and the Makers and also as player for Neko Case, the Tripwires, Case / Lang / Viers, Roy Loney & the Longshots, Mark Pickerel's Praying Hands, Cobirds Unite and many others.”
Join us for a great night of music from Flowers Black (Darren Loucas, Rebecca Young, and Aimee Zoe) and their pals, including, Jake London, Betsy Olson, Lesly Braly and Ed Brooks from Pineola and maybe more!
Doors at 8pm. Music starts 8:30ish. Cover charge on the your bill.
A night with Baby Gramps http://www.babygramps.com/
"When he performs, it’s part guitar virtuosity and part clowning around, and he often works with charities. A Seattle mainstay for nearly 50 years, Gramps qualifies as an outsider artist. With the heart of a genius, no musical training, his own vocabulary and a voice like Popeye the Sailor, he’s a cross between an early 1900s hobo and a “Sesame Street” character."
Jason Webley https://jasonwebley.bandcamp.com/
Webley plays various instruments on his albums, including guitar, accordion, piano, marimba, and glockenspiel; when he tours, however, he usually only brings his guitar, an accordion, and a vodka bottle filled with coins from around the world. He has been known to do short tours with a backing band. Webley has performed at several festivals, including Burning Man, Glastonbury Festival, VanFest, and the Oregon Country Fair. His sound has been compared to Tom Waits, Vladimir Vysotsky, Leonard Cohen, and Bob Dylan.
Thursday May 30th, Albatross Presents: Spiral Stairs - 8 pm - Get here early for tickets or buy online - 15$ (Limited Seating)
"Recent technological advances have had a massive impact on how people access music, allowing all and sundry to feast on songs of all persuasions at the tap of a button that previously may have taken years of searching – not to mention significant outlay – to get their hands on.
But it’s not just hordes of youngsters honing their musical chops by disappearing down internet rabbit holes to expand their musical vocabularies, bona fide indie rock legends are getting in on the action as well.
For his feelgood third solo album We Wanna Be Hyp-No-Tized, Pavement co-founder Scott Kannberg – best known to the musical world as Spiral Stairs – concocted some of the most fun and accessible music of his storied career by expanding his musical repertoire, in the process embracing some sounds and artists which for some reason or other slipped through the cracks as he took alternative rock to the world during his action-packed youth."
Special Guest: Old Face - Rock, Garage Rock, Indie, Space Rock
Eric Woodruff: Guitar & Vocals, Drums Oliver Herrin: Guitar & Vocals, Drums and Dave Hawthorne: Bass Guitar
Underwood Stables presents Brooklyn folk-noir duo Charming Disaster and legendary vaudevillian Baby Gramps at Seattle's Hotel Albatross Ballard, a safe haven for marooned souls. 8pm, $15.
Brooklyn, NY based musical duo Charming Disaster was formed in 2012 by singer/songwriters Ellia Bisker and Jeff Morris. Inspired by the gothic humor of Edward Gorey and Tim Burton, the noir storytelling of Raymond Chandler, the murder ballads of the Americana tradition, and the dramatic flair of the cabaret, they write songs that tell stories, combining vocal harmonies and clever lyrics with ukulele, guitar, and virtuosic foot percussion to explore dark narratives and characters with a playful sensibility. In their critically acclaimed albums Love, Crime & Other Trouble (2015) and Cautionary Tales (2017), they have explored themes like love, death, crime, ancient mythology, and the paranormal. Their song “Ghost Story” was featured on the hit podcast Welcome to Night Vale, and they have toured around the United States, playing bars, clubs, museums, and the occasional historic cemetery.
“Charming Disaster sound like the music that Pugsley and Wednesday Addams might have made after listening to the Decemberists, Squeeze and some Chopin.” - Yes! Weekly
Baby Gramps, Old-Time Salty Vaudevillian, has been performing and touring in the US, Europe, and Australia for 50 years. Audiences of all ages and musical tastes find him entertaining and are amazed by his acoustic guitar skills, vocalistentics, and spontaneity. His music is rooted in the 20's and 30's Americana and includes originals with wordplay and sing-a-longs. He has an endless and varied repertoire which he draws upon to complement the ambiance of the show.
"Mixing the myth-making mystique of a traveling troubadour of the past with an incredible array of musical influences ranging from the blues, folk, country, jazz, ragtime, sea shanties and other sounds from around the world, there is no other performer out there on the road today quite like Baby Gramps." –Sean McCourt, Santa Cruz Sentinel
More info: www.babygramps.com
What began as an obsession with Mississippi Hill Country blues has become a burgeoning blues orchestra at the vanguard of a new American roots music. Raised in the Swannanoa valley of Western North Carolina, multi-instrumentalist Reed Turchi is a producer, label head, band leader and solo artist. He's also a master of guitar driven blues that shapeshift seamlessly between acoustic slide, electric juke joint boogie, and the improvisational, groove-driven, massive sound of his Nashville based Kudzu Orkestra. His latest albums Tallahatchie, and Live At Soulshine evince his ability to play elemental blues solo, and to lead entire improvisational orchestras on the very same theme. - Sean Jewell
Here comes the sun.. in the middle of winter. We hope to see you at Albatross. A triplet set of different sounds on the same band of light through the night. 8$ and 100% to the artists- starting at 8:30.
Mike Spine http://www.mikespine.com/
Silverhands Collective http://silverhandsmusic.com/
Cowboy Boots and Minor Chords https://punkrockdoll.bandcamp.com/
Valentine’s Evening with The Moonspinners - Music and dancing. Dinner Specials for Valentine’s day with you and yours.. Join us for a lovely show, photo booth and more..
“HOW IT ALL BEGAN: Garth and Tor are longtime musical collaborators. Garth met Annabella on the bus one day and they talked about maybe getting together to play songs by artists they both loved...some years and a couple of bands later the group of acquaintances and friends finally got together and started to play obscure tunes from artist's like Jackie De Shannon, The Shirelles, France Gall, The Stylistics, Nina Simone, Sam Cooke, Richard Hell and Brenda Lee to name a few...their favorite song to cover to date is Don't Go Breaking My Heart by Burt Bacharach. But wait...they do originals too, one of which is their theme song which conjures up a dream summer of 1964 and Make It Your Own, which brings to mind a scene from The Umbrella’s of Cherbourg. FIRST SHOWS: The Moonspinners first gig was in a Capitol Hill speakeasy playing to drunks, dropouts and other members of the art crowd till wee in the morning. The MoonSpinners won over the crowd with their dynamic set of songs and unique stage presence. Feeling very much at home in this setting the MoonSpinners became regulars at this particular speakeasy, working out their songs, even though frequently halted by task master Tor for hitting a wrong note or arguing on what song to play next…the crowd seemed to enjoy this behavior. “