Ayron Jones and the Way @ Can Can | 2/15 | 8pm | $5 | 21+
Tonight is a fairly slow night for live music, or maybe there are just a lot of under-the-radar events going on at smaller clubs and venues. One such event is taking place at the new Can Can. For those of you depressed about the lack of blues in this town, tonight is a good opportunity to get a little taste of Seattle’s forbidden fruit. Unlike 15 or 20 years ago, when every band in town seemed to have some serious blues or hard rock influence rooted in their music, today the scene is a completely rearranged state, with the new Seattle sound being much more subdued and folk-tinged.
Ayron Jones and his band deal in a very 70’s/80’s-inspired brand of blues rock; lots of glassy guitar riffs, smooth vocals, and funky rhythm. The music takes cues from artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert King, and Robert Cray, exemplifying all three artists’ love of the guitar riff/vocal trade off and matching the hazy, late-night mood of their genre. While his songwriting style is still on its long road towards maturity, what Jones lacks in artistic merit he certainly makes up for in attitude and form. His residency will certainly aid in this progression. The Can Can should be a particularly appropriate place for a show such as this, with its moody lighting, up-scale décor, and cocktail-loving clientele.
On the other end of town, local favorite Lizzie Huffman will gracing The Tractor with her stellar vocal melodies and sweet folk songs. Huffman has been a mainstay in our scene for several years now, having conquered the Eastside all-ages scene during my teenage years growing up in Kirkland. She has continued to grow as a songwriter over the past decade, and has now developed much wider appeal.
Suburban Home Records, known for work with Lizzie’s older brother Kirk and his band Kay Kay & His Weathered Underground, recently announced that Lizzie will be releasing a 10” of new material on their label. The release date has yet to be announced, but the material will most likely be more amazing work from a rising local star and her pairing with this label is nothing short of a stellar match. She has just returned from a short tour of Colorado, so her performance tonight should be on point.