Tonight In Music: Valentine’s Tribute to Depeche Mode, The ViolinsPosted by Guy Keltner
Dancing on the Valentine: A Depeche Mode Tribute Night @ The Crocodile | 2/11 | 8pm | $10 | 21+
Perhaps you don’t have a solid Valentine’s Day plan? Maybe you hate this faux-holiday all together? It’s seems very Seattle to despise Valentine’s Day. And even if you love good old V-Day, this show still might be right up your alley. The cause certainly brings out a lot of strong emotion in people, and it can definitely be considered a mission of love. Tonight marks the 6th anniversary of Dancing on the Valentine, an annual Valentine’s Day benefit concert to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Jenny George, the producer of the event, was diagnosed with leukemia 20 years ago, at the age of 12. Given 30 days to live, she was also told she would never be able to have children. George is now 20 years older, a mother, and is happily helping to organize this fantastic event each year in hopes of raising money to help other children finding themselves in a similar situation.
There is a slew of local talent involved in tonight’s performance, including Sean Nelson and Phil Peterson, Black Swedes, Exohxo, Hotels, and Leslie Wood (of The Redwood Plan and Ms. Led). Each performer will be gracing the audience with their take on the music of Depeche Mode. One of the biggest treats of the night will be seeing the rough-&-tumble Brent Amaker perform with The Animals at Night. Graig Markel, mastermind behind The Animals at Night, has been extremely busy lately with his solo work, as well as being the newest addition to Head Like a Kite and also working on Barton Carroll’s newest record. His performance will definitely be full of groovy, space-age attitude. Expect a fantastically weird and funky interpretation of Depeche Mode’s stellar catalogue tonight from all of these great artists.
For those of you that can stomach a night at an all ages venue in – my word (!) – Bellevue, you will not regret making the trek out for a lineup of this caliber. The Ground Zero is a little-known teen center based out of an old house in the heart of downtown Bellevue. Despite being located across from Meydenbauer Park and the mall, it remains a somewhat obscure place to see a show which is a huge shame. I recall growing up on the Eastside and constantly hearing kids banter about how there is nothing fun to do on a Friday other than party at someone’s house. Well kids, here is your chance to get some seriously fun rock & roll into your system.
The Violins (formerly known as Caulfield & His Magical Violin) hail from Anacortes and have been making indie-pop magic for just about a year now. In fact, their first show was around this time last year – at the Ground Zero! The band has seen a swift rise in both their stage presence and their song quality since their recent inception, and are now beginning to garner a bit of local prestige amongst the all-ages music scene. This show should be a fantastic way to celebrate a year together as a band and will certainly be brimming with their quirky, fun-filled antics.
What What Now is another local group to keep an eye on, but from a far different school of thought than The Violins. This screamy punk-rock outfit has enough testosterone in their music to make Ben Roethlisberger’s sleazy head explode, and will definitely put the attitude in tonight’s show. Their music is reminiscent of Fugazi, The Blood Brothers, and Sunny Day Real Estate, which will undoubtedly be fitting for an Eastside venue. This show may remind some people (anyone old enough to remember) of the days when bands like Modest Mouse, Death Cab and The Blood Brothers used to regularly play venues such as the Old Redmond Firehouse.