Band-It Spring Reunion Show

Hello Banditos and Seattle/Tacoma Area Community Musicians!
A while back, I mentioned that I wanted to begin using the Band It legacy to give back to the community. My idea is to begin organizing occasional shows where all proceeds will go to a local charity. Our first event will be hosted by Tyler Myer’s at Aurora Borealis on March 21, 2020. Our first theme will be “My Favorite Band It” and it will feature reunions of some of the favorite bands from our past shows. There will be no fee to play in this show, and no payment. Individual band practices will need to be organized and funded by the participating bands.

We just want to have a musical reunion party and have it go to a good cause. I will begin the search this week for and appropriate charity, but I’m leaning toward something in the children’s medical category so, if someone knows someone or has experience with charity events, I’d be eager to ask them some questions.

What I need from you is bands, and participation. Is there a band that you have rocked out onstage with in the past that you’d love to put it back together again for another show? Are you in contact with most or all of the members? We’re all busy with our everyday lives, but it’s a manageable time commitment we’re talking about, which has always been a wonderful side of this business model. I already have commitments from the Alanis Morrisette and Motley Crue bands and have discussed a half dozen more. I’ll take as many bands as I can fit into a night, and since it’s a Saturday, there’s an option to turn it into a festival of some kind. We’re looking for 5-6 songs from each band. Drums and bass rig will be back lined, and a couple of guitar amps will be available for use. More details will be available closer to the show, but we kinda know what to expect by now, right?

So do me a favor and tag as many people as you can and share this post on your personal timeline. Since the page is not as active, the Facebook algorithm may not load it to many personal pages anymore. Having it on your timeline may be the only way we reach a fellow community member who’d love to participate but just didn’t know.
Cheers!

Rock Steady

Rock Steady is a group of elite musicians who have been rocking the Seattle area for years, and have played a variety of venues and events all around the PNW. They pride themselves on quality musicianship and a setlist that keeps people rocking the dance floor. From Guns ‘n’ Roses to Led Zeppelin, Paula Abdul to Elle King and everything in between, get ready for a party you won’t soon forget!

Portage Bay Big Band: Brian Setzer cover band ft. Lyle Ronglien

Aurora Borealis Presents: Portage Bay Big Band!

Doors: 4pm

Show: 6-8pm

Cover: $10.00

All Ages!

 

The Portage Bay Big Band is an authentic musical tribute to the legends of the Swing Era, as well as a Rocking Brian Setzer tribute band featuring guitar and vocal great, Lyle Ronglien.

“Playin’ the hits of the 30’s and 40’s”: The Portage Bay Big Band, led by Todd Nordling, is an 18-piece big band playing hits from Popular Big Band, Swing, and Jazz Musicians like Glen Miller, Louis Prima, Dean Martin, Tommy Dorsey, Louis Jordan, Benny Goodman,

Les Brown, Harry James and Franks Sinatra.

Hannah Scott, PBBB’s featured singer, performs songs from the swing era by artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, June Christy, Helen Forrest, Doris Day, Peggy Lee, Natalie Cole and Diane Schuur.

PBBB masters the intricate details of some of the most famous hits of yesteryear and keeps crowds of dancers and spectators entertained with rich vocals, musicianship and performance.

With the addition of Lyle Ronglien, “Lyle Seltzer”, the band transforms into a BRIAN SETZER tribute band with the vocal and virtuoso guitar work of Lyle. Lyle’s guitar work and vocal duets with Hannah provide   spectators and dancers an engaging and lively experience.

 

Lyle Seltzer and the PBBB:

Songs include:

Jump Jive and Wail, Rock this Town, Dirty Boogie, Sway, Stray Cat Strut, Caravan and Sleepwalk.

Achievements:

  • 2019, PBBB recorded the soundtrack to the Lake Shasta Dam “California’s Empire Builder” tourist center movie.
  • The house band since 2006 for local restaurateur Tom Douglas’ Swinging in the New Year at the Palace Ballroom.
  • Two years as the house band for Drift On Inn Casino. The Drift On Inn was a true roadhouse cafe established in 1930, and once played host to Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope.
  • Dances at the famous Avalon Ballroom.
  • Showbox Theater Swinging Valentine’s Day Dance.
  • Three years as the house band for the legendary Patty Summers’ Night Club.
  • The official band for the 1930’s Kalakala ship when it was welcomed back to Seattle from Alaska, and the New Year Millennium dance on the ship in 2000.

Critical Mass Big Band!

Aurora Borealis presents: Critical Mass Big Band!

Doors: 4pm

Show: 5-8pm

Cover: $10.00

All Ages

 

A HISTORY OF THE CRITICAL MASS BIG BAND

The Critical Mass Big Band began as an offshoot of the Woodinville Community Band in the summer of 2001. We are proud to be entering our 20th year as one of the premiere jazz orchestras in the Northwest.

Initially, the band members rehearsed simply for the enjoyment of playing primarily swing and dance music. Once the members decided to secure gigs, the band needed a name and the band became “The Tsunami Big Band”. When the devastating tsunami hit Asia in 2005, that name seemed inappropriate and the name was soon changed to the “Critical Mass Big Band.” Although the Japanese power plant nuclear meltdown gave the term “critical mass” a negative connotation, we resisted the temptation to change the name again!

Trombonist Doug Whiteside was the band’s first music director and led the band through its early years, including its very first gig at the Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Church. The members later realized that they needed a director with more formal musical training , so the band’s bassist, Paul Nelson, stepped into the role. When he left the band, Les Norton and Barry Smith directed the band.

In about 2005, Keith McClelland, a very experienced arranger, director and pianist, became the director and rehearsed the band weekly. During the period of 2004-2005, the band made a musical transition from community swing band to a straight-ahead jazz orchestra, and the level of musicianship rose considerably. Many new and challenging charts — and Keith’s knowledge and experience — raised the band to new heights.

Keith initially planned to lead the band for only a short time, but stayed around for years. The band was later directed by Barry Smith, Barry Roberts, and Jeff Ray.

The band rehearsed for years at the First Lutheran Church in Bothell. In recent years, the band has rehearsed every Monday night at the First Presbyterian Church in Bellevue.

Critical Mass has progressed from a modest community band to a group of very talented musicians who enjoy playing music from the entire spectrum of big band music. We have played in many jazz venues, including Tula’s, the North City Jazz Walk, school concerts, and private parties. We regularly invite local jazz headliners to join us as featured soloists, including Greta Matassa, Danny Quintero, Pete Christlieb, Bill Ramsay, Susan Pascal and Gordon Brown.

The band’s 20-year history has seen a remarkable evolution from a modest band playing just to entertain ourselves, to a popular and talented group of musicians who are proud to deliver polished big band performances in any venue.

Emerald City Jazz Orchestra

Aurora Borealis Presents: Emerald City Jazz Orchestra

Doors: 4pm

Show: 5pm-8pm

Cover: $8.00

All Ages!

 

The Emerald City Jazz Orchestra has made its mark as one of the premier jazz ensembles in the Pacific Northwest. With brilliant soloists and sparkling original charts, the ECJO represents the best in contemporary big band performance.  Performing in the Northwest for over 25 years, the ECJO continues to bring its exciting big band jazz to audiences.  The ECJO has released 2 CD’s – Alive and Swingin’ and Come Rain or Come Shine and plans to record a third in the future.   A majority of the music performed by the band was written specifically for the band and the featured soloists.

Red House Band

No cover!

All Ages

Doors: 4pm

Show: 6-9pm

 

Red House Band

 

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 17, Sunbanks R&B Festival 2015, 10th Porterhouse Brewfest, North Bend Blues Walk 2014 & 2015, Lincoln Theater w/ Coco Montoya, Snohomish Taste of Music, IBC Finals 2014, WBS Blues Bash, Indigenous Cultures Day @ EMP Museum and clubs all around the Puget Sound area.

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. Their first recording, a 4 song EP, titled “Over Yonder”, was released in 2017. The cover art is an original painting by Tacoma’s own Little Bill Englehart and the disc is available for purchase now—one cover tune and 3 original songs. They are currently back in the studio recording a full length follow-up CD. If you haven’t heard Red House, check them out. You’ll be glad you did.

Mojo Canon

Doors Open: 7:00pm
Show Starts: 9:00pm
Cover: $10
21+

Mojo Cannon (formerly known as the Curtis Hammond Band) is a high energy 10 member R&B band from the Seattle area and was a Washington Blues Society “best band” nominee in 2008 and 2013.

The band features Bob Virkelyst and Jana Swenson on lead vocals, Steve Raible on lead guitar, a talented and soulful rhythm section consisting of Jim Brandt on bass, rhythm guitarist Mark Strom, drummer Steve Thompson, and Roberrt Barbarus on keyboards, along with a stellar three piece horn section (affectionately called the 13 St. Horns) including David Bernhardt on trumpet, John Coffey on tenor and baritone saxes, and Craig “T-Bone” Daly on trombone.The band regularly packs the dance floor at blues lovers’ favorite venues including The Highway 99 Blues Club, Oxford Saloon, The Royal Room, and the Conway Muse, among others…..and has performed at Northwest music festivals including the Mount Baker and Rendezvous blues festivals, the Bite of Seattle, Taste of Tacoma, Taste of Edmonds and the Poverty Bay Blues Festival. Mojo Cannon delivers a fun, entertaining and powerful performance—every time!

Jimmy Wright Band with Cory Vincent

No cover!
21+
Set Times:
Cory Vincent 6-7:30pm
Jimmy Wright Band 8-11pm
Jimmy Wright Band
Jimmy Wright Established his way of Rocking the Pacific Northwest with his own Band in 1992. With a love for Classic Rock and Blues, Jimmy spins his own touch on everything he does to give his own personal feel to his audience.
Over the years, The JWB has made their mark at Casinos, Car Shows, Public Events, International Parties, Private and Public, Reunions, Pubs, Wedding Receptions and a vast variety of events.
Armed with the favorites from yester-years and the favorites to date, The JWB has made its mark and continue to forge its way for years to come.
Thank you to ALL who have enjoyed our music and shows, Thank you to all who will come get their groove on in the future, for YOU AINT SEEN NOTHIN YET!!
Cory Vincent
What do you get when you combine the hard edged, dreary sounds of the Pacific Northwest with the soulful, southern themed voicings of the blues? The fans of Cory Vincent have appropriately coined it, “Grunge Blues.”

Drawing inspiration from genre-blending trailblazers like Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix, and Jack White; Cory’s songwriting is a throwback to an era where the song was the king. His ability to write straight from the heart, impactful lyrics, along with innovative yet familiar guitar riffs, sets Cory apart from most.

Born and raised in the small town of Sedro-Woolley, Cory’s passion for music and songwriting began at young age, with a heavy influence of Country music from legends like Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Garth Brooks. It wasn’t until the age of 13, when his father brought home the Stevie Ray Vaughan album “Texas Flood,” that Cory decided to pick up the guitar. Often saying that there are way too many influences to list, Cory sums up his guitar background as follows- “I play guitar because of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) changed the way I thought about guitar, and Warren Haynes confirmed it all!”

Cory has played all over Western Washington in numerous bars and clubs, as well as, some of the regional festivals in the area; sharing the bill with acts like- The Steepwater Band, Popa Chubby, Walter Trout, and Southern Avenue.

Whether it be an intimate acoustic setting in a small crowded bar room; or a powerhouse, guitar heavy performance on a festival stage; fans of every age are taken aback by Cory’s ability to “make you wanna stop and listen.” With his powerful yet tasteful guitar playing, and soulful vocals that come straight from heart, Cory brings a depth to his performances that none can ignore.