Tonight in Seattle: Brian Posehn, Vockah Redu, Vicci Martinez and more!Posted by Julie Cochran
Preview by Bebe Besch:
Since re-opening as a concert venue, the Neptune Theatre has made sure to pay homage to their film industry past by booking many incredible actors/comedians who incorporate music into their performances, such as Reggie Watts, Craig Robinson, and appearing this Friday, Brian Posehn. Though most well known for his writing and performing on HBO’s television show “Mr. Show”, he has also appeared in sitcoms such as “Just Shoot Me”, “Seinfeld”, “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “Friends”. Posehn even wrote an episode for “The Sarah Silverman Program” in 2009, and continues to be a regular on the Conan O’Brien talk show. Comedy, Posehn has in the bag. The special trick up Posehn’s sleeve is metal, however. With his band Posehn has been performing “More Metal Than You” and “Metal by Numbers” – which the music video for has over two million views on Youtube. His latest album, Fart and Wiener Jokes, came out in 2010, so perhaps there will be new material along this tour. Curious to see this witty mix for yourself? You can see him live this Friday at two different times at The Neptune Theatre. The early show begins at 8:00pm, and the late show will start at 10:30p.m.
Preview by Bebe Besch:
Tacoma native Vicci Martinez has been an artist Washingtonians have been proud to call their own even before she was a finalist on the first season of NBC’s television show The Voice. She represented team Cee Lo Green as his first place pick and was in the final round of the showcase. Her singer/songwriter chops were indeed highlighted by her performance on The Voice, but Martinez has been playing in our local midst for quite some time, charming each stage with her vivacious energy and tremendous talent. She’s also released a handful of albums, with her self-titled, Vicci, dropping on June 19 via Universal Group (Universal Republic). This Friday she’ll be the star of our very own Showbox at the Market stage, and with her she’ll be bringing former The Voice contestant Jamar Rogers as well as Perry Acker.
Preview by James Reeves:
Among the numerous interpretations of rap and hip/hop music lies a style native to New Orleans, Bounce, and nobody does Bounce better than Vockah Redu. Vockah Redu, also known as Javocca Davis, is considered to be one of the founding fathers of the genre, gathering at a light post in the now demolished Magnolia Housing Projects and rap and create dance-infectious beats. After thoroughly invigorating crowds all across the United States and at SXSW, Vockah Redu and the Cru have made their reputation known through their incredibly dynamic and energetic stage presence. It is not uncommon for Vockah Redu and the Cru to be rapping on the floor, in the air, or even while doing push-ups. Needless to say, their energy can transform even the most stoic concertgoer into a dancing maniac. Be sure to check out Vockah Redu and the Cru, along with Witch Disco, and Hoot n Howl at Chop Suey!
Preview by Chris Green:
Coming from Anacortes are Spoonshine, a two piece band (with occasional instrumental additions) that plays Americana-tinged music that borrows from high energy rock, with upright bass and finger-picked guitar, mandolin and banjo. Their most recent album, Song of the Sockeye, featured guest appearances from members of Flogging Molly, The Tacoma Symphony, and Blackberry Bushes. The title track is based upon the Pacific Northwest experiences reflected in a found poem written in 1940 by a salmon fisherman and cannery worker. They recently performed at the massive Northwest Folklife Festival, and judging from the video below, a good time was had by all.
There’s no need to save your dancing shoes for Spoonshine, since Seattle’s Lonesome Shack is also playing this evening. Lonesome Shack consists of guitarist Ben Todd and drummer Kristian Garrard, and has been performing all over the Pacific Northwest as well as touring nationally for several years. Their sound is intentionally lo-fi, conjuring up images of dusty 78′s and pre-war juke joints, but also drawing on more recent musical influences such as the trance-like dance blues of Junior Kimbrough. The band’s most recent release, the full-length LP Slidin Boa can be streamed and purchased here.
With Portland’s much-missed wild and crazy junkyard blues band Hillstomp currently on indefinite hiatus after 10 years of performing, both members are currently pursuing other music projects. While bucket drummer John Johnson is currently a half of bluesy garage rockers Brothers of the Last Watch, guitarist Henry Hill Kammerer has been performing as a solo musician, playing guitar, banjo, and footstomp tambourine. He lists his genre as “Blues / mountain / holler”, which sounds like a good description, as he combines quieter acoustic singer/songwriter numbers with some foot-stomping songs that evoke the energy of his previous band.