August 26 @ 8:00 pmFree
Doors 7pm | Show 8pm
WHO IS RED HOUSE?
Way back in 1969, a junior at Roosevelt High School in Seattle, WA, who was a budding rock singer and bass guitarist, was approached by a couple of school mates to join their band. The singer was Tim Scott, who later established himself securely in the Northwest before embarking on a 25 year journey through the Music Mecca of Los Angeles. The bandmates were drummer/vocalist Robin Crane and guitarist Mark Noftsger, both of whom made their marks as veteran musicians, plying their craft up and down the West Coast. After graduation, these three forged their first pro working band in the Top 40 circuit before going their separate ways. In the early 80’s, Tim founded a Seattle band with his friend, legendary guitarist Rich Dangel, called The Reputations. Highly respected in the NW musical community and heavily booked in the local bar scene, that band won the very first Seattle Music Award for Best R&B Band. Early on, the original keyboardist left, making way for singer and Hammond organist Jimmy Holden of the illustrious Holden musical empire. Together, they dominated the blues/R&B/Soul and Funk end of the NW scene until Tim embarked on a journey to Los Angeles, taking his career to the next level. A level that would have him sharing the stage with the likes of Stevie Wonder and Eric Clapton—touring with Tower of Power, Robben Ford, Etta James and Dave Mason. Robin moved to Sacramento & LA, playing & studying recording techniques. Mark joined the US Army–serving and playing in Hawaii. Jimmy spent several years touring Asia and Italy, living in Hong Kong for a time. Fast forward over 30 years, they have, one by one, returned to their native soil, their roots and as fortune and alchemy would have it, co-created a new project—Red House. Since forming, they have performed at Mt. Baker R&B Festival, Sunbanks Festival 2015 & 17, Porterhouse Brewfest, North Bend Blues Walk 2014 – 2017, Lincoln Theater w/ Coco Montoya, Snohomish Taste of Music, International Blues Challenge Finals, WA. Blues Society “Blues Bash”, Indigenous Cultures Day @ EMP Museum and clubs all around the Puget Sound area.
In 2020, as the pandemic raged, our brother James “Jimmy” Holden contracted the virus, Covid-19, as he was in the hospital, struggling with other major health problems. It all overwhelmed his system and he passed in November. In 2021, the Washington Blues Society membership posthumously honored him with 3 awards: the Best Blues Piano, WBS Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement awards. He is sorely missed by Red House, friends and fans alike. 2021 also brought the band a new member, one of the finest keyboardists & vocalists ever to come from the Northwest, Tacoma’s own W. Michael Jaap– Dr. Jop! We are thrilled to be making music with Mike and he will make his debut on our upcoming full-length CD, which should be done before the end of this year.
BLUES AND BEYOND
Red House isn’t just a Blues band. They embrace many of the idioms that sprang from the Blues; R&B, Soul, Funk and even a little Jazz. And each musician brings to the table almost 50 years of experience and expertise. That’s one reason why Red House is the band other bands come to see. In 2017, they released a 4 song EP, titled “Over Yonder”. The cover art is an original painting by Tacoma’s own Little Bill Englehart and the disc is available for purchase—one cover tune and 3 original songs. They are currently back in the studio doing a follow-up full-length CD. If you haven’t heard Red House, check them out. You’ll be glad you did.