Total Experience Gospel Choir
Founded in 1973 by Pastor Patrinell “Pat” Wright, the Total Experience Gospel Choir has sung in at least 38 states and 22 countries, performed for President Bill Clinton and appeared on fellow Seattleite Dave Matthews’s song “Save Me.” With choir members from all ages and backgrounds, this soulful ensemble bursts with love, joy, and enthusiasm—and audiences respond in kind.
Ra Ra Riot
Formed in the basements and attics surrounding Syracuse University, Ra Ra Riot released their full-length debut, The Rhumb Line, on Barsuk in 2008. Their most recent release, Beta Love, marks the band’s first outing as a leaner four-piece and a transition from strings to synthesizers. With this release they focus on their flourishing synthpop sound and incorporate the influence of cyperpunk novelist William Gibson and futurist Ray Kurzweil’s musings on the technological singularity and transhumanism.
Sunday September 1, 2013 8:15pm - 9:15pm
After spending high school honing her talents and playing farmer’s markets in Tacoma, Vicci Martinez began independently releasing music and touring the country. After her decade of experience in the music industry, it was NBC’s music competition The Voicethat opened doors for the next phase of her career in 2011. After landing among the top four Voice finalists due to her riveting, roaring performances, Martinez made her major label debut via Universal Republic in 2012.
The Maldives have grown from the personal project of lead singer and songwriter Jason Dodson to a small musical army with a rotating cast of contributors that occasionally swells to twelve members. A staple of the Northwest folk rock revival, the band seamlessly blends acoustic and electric features into their finely-crafted songs. The Maldives’ music builds on a heritage of cinematic American rock and roll that is at turns chivalrous and fist-pumping-steeped in tradition but unbound by expectations.
Since the release of her first EP in 2007, singer-songwriter Lissie has racked up an impressive and eclectic list of accolades—she was personally selected to open for Lenny Kravitz in 2008, had a song co-written with Morgan Page and remixed by Deadmau5 nominated for a Grammy, was Paste‘s “Best New Solo Artist” in 2010 and had her track “When I’m Alone” chosen by iTunes UK as their 2010 song of the year. Sharp, soulful and hardly predictable, she continues to win over audiences and critics alike.
St. Paul de Vence
Only four months after their formation in 2011, St. Paul de Vence gathered in a studio to record their self-titled debut. The album proved a success, with seven straight weeks in the Top 10 of KEXP’s Americana and Pacific Northwest charts. With an acoustic-oriented sound that includes guitars, accordion, ukulele, banjo and mandolin, the band continues to evolve its sound by adapting to various performance configurations. From sidewalks to restaurants, living rooms or rock clubs, no matter how you experience St. Paul de Vence it is clear they love the music they are making.
Kinky has become one of the most important bands in the Latin American rock-electronica scene of the last decade. The five-piece band is known for their energetic live shows as much as their recordings. Drawing from funk-rock as well as electronic dance music music and crafting a unique hybrid that has garnered them an international following. The band has received multiple nominations from both the Latin Grammys and the Latin MTV Video Music Awards, as well as the honor of penning the theme song for the L.A. Galaxy.
Trampled By Turtles
Trampled by Turtles started as a lark—a chance for its members to take a break from their rock bands and form a side project using only acoustic instruments. Since then, the band has taken on a life of its own, appearing on Billboard's Bluegrass charts, major festivals, and—last year—The Late Show with David Letterman.
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