Upcoming on Audioasis: Kristen Ward & The Girls

First off, thanks to Palodine and Barton Carroll for another great benefit show at the High Dive last week. All benefits from that show went to One America, an organization dedicated to advancing democracy, justice and human rights at all levels of government. If you missed the show, experience it via our Streaming Archive and check out photos here.

This week Kristen Ward and The Girls perform live from our studio and The Stranger’s Larry Mizell stops by in between to chat and spin some local tunes he’s been digging.

At the quarter-century mark, Kristen Ward (6PM) represents the next in line of the Northwest’s country noir talent. On her latest, 2008s Drive Away, Ward laments as or more convincing than the genre’s elders, complete with brilliant pedal steel from Kevin Suggs and even some guest guitar work from Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready Recorded by Brad Zeffren at Seattle’s Chroma Sound Studio, Drive Away is a must listen. The band has a series of local shows coming up, including 10/17 @ the High Dive and 11/21 @ the Triple Door.

Much like with The Muslims, The Black Kids and other recent buzz bands, The Girls (8PM) should not be taken at face value — there are no girls in The Girls. But after hearing old school punk riffs and tight new wave synths, the name somehow takes on more relevance and becomes completely irrelevant at the same time. If you’re looking to party down tonight, or better yet, be the life of the party, throw on The Girls and you’re well on your way. Following the band’s performance on Audioasis will be a CD release show @ King Cobra and a full US tour starting next week.

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  1. Posted June 10, 2009 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    Kristen Ward will be playing at the 2009 Summer Meltdown in Darrington, WA!

    Friday, August 14 – Sunday, August 16

    Flowmotion and Terra Roots present
    The 9th Annual Flowmotion Summer Meltdown
    A grassroots music festival hosted at the Whitehorse Mountain Amphitheater
    in the Cascade Mountain Foothills near Darrington, WA
    “I love Bonnaroo, enjoy High Sierra (Music Festival), tolerate others, but can’t live without Summer Meltdown.”
    Relix Magazine
    Initial lineup, with more acts to be announced:

     Jackie Greene San Francisco, CA
     FLOWMOTION Seattle, WA
     Vicci Martinez Band Tacoma, WA
     The Everyone Orchestra Boulder, CO
    featuring Michael Kang of
    String Cheese Incident
     Tony Furtado Band Portland, OR
     Left Hand Smoke Seattle, WA
     BLVD San Francisco, CA
     Five Alarm Funk Vancouver, BC
     March Fourth Marching Band Portland, OR
     North Twin Seattle, WA
     Kristen Ward Seattle, WA
     Staxx Brothers Seattle, WA
     The Panda Conspiracy Seattle, WA
     M. Bison Seattle, WA
     Poor Man’s Whiskey San Francisco, CA
     Big Light San Francisco, CA
     Yogoman Burning Band Bellingham, WA
     Spoonshine Anacortes, WA
     Vaughn Kreestoe Bellingham, WA
     On The One San Diego, CA
     Izabella Sacramento, CA
     LoCura San Francisco, CA
     Freedom Ukiah, CA
     TapWater Portland, OR

    For nearly a decade, the Summer Meltdown has become the primary destination for families and music lovers to come together for a weekend of fun, art, and entertainment.
    Together with Terra Roots, fans, musicians, and vendors combine their efforts to create an environmentally friendly event that benefits Northwestern charitable organizations. An easy day trip from Seattle and Bellingham, this year’s event features significant efforts to green the festival making the Summer Meltdown one of the most positive events in the country. You can get your tickets at: http://summermeltdown.com/tickets.html

    Terra Roots: http://www.terraroots.org
    Summer Melt Down: http://summermeltdown.com
    Terra Roots is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization cultivating social connections and a sustainable future by supporting the northwest arts.

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