Tonight in Seattle 8/17 : The Bad Things, Sassparilla, Jackrabbit, Swingin’ Utters and more!Posted by Chris Green
The Bad Things are a 10-year old Seattle-area band that plays what they call “Post Apocalyptic Depression Era Music”, a riotous mixture of cabaret, folk, polka and punk with a splash of Tom Waits and the Pogues thrown in. This 6 piece band features a wide variety of acoustic, electric, and wind instruments, including accordion, sousaphone and a musical saw. They are currently hard at work on their fourth album.
Joining The Bad Things at the High Dive tonight will be another band that draws on a wide variety of musical eras to create its sound. Sassparilla are from Portland and their music switches between a fast washtub bass driven jug/string band sound and a dirty blues sound courtesy of cigar box guitar. The band has been playing dates around the Northwest since 2007, including festivals such as Pickathon. Their most recent album The Darndest Thing was released in 2012.
Completing the bill for this Fremont bar tonight will be local country rock band Jackrabbit. Fronted by singer Tony Fulgham, this band puts on an energetic show. Their debut EP of “sad songs about good times” can be listened to and purchased here.
For a night of old-school punk rock, head over to the soon-to-be-missed (their “closing night” show is on Halloween) Funhouse. Headlining are the Swingin’ Utters who hail from Northern California and have been mixing classic punk revival with both hardcore and roots rock influences for over 20 years. Here they are performing a live cover of the classic Stiff Little Fingers song “Alternative Ulster”. The full lineup tonight also includes LA’s Roll The Tanks, and local punk bands Smokejumper and Kids On Fire.
Other events tonight include the 8-band “Seattle vs Portland pop throwdown” at the Columbia City Theater, and Canadian folk-rockers the Paper Boys at the Tractor Tavern.