It’s been a busy, busy week and I’m once again writing this column at the last possible moment. I would think after hitting a milestone birthday last weekend, I’d become more responsible. Alas, that isn’t the case. Still, though, there are so many excellent entertainment options this week that narrowing down a few things. Here’s just a few options that will make for an excellent weekend.
Saeta CD release with Kelly Frances Corrado at the Mars Bar, Friday, January 30
Last week I recommended the final show for the fantastic neo-riot grrrl band Ms. Led and mentioned that most of the musicians are involved in other projects. Saeta is one, and tonight they are celebrating the release of their latest album (and their first in a few years), Else Another Light Might Go Out. Half of Ms. Led makes up two thirds of Saeta with Lesli Wood and Matt Menovcik. It’s an entirely different feel from Ms. Led, but here the emphasis is on Wood and Menovcik’s gorgeous harmonies (over melodies provided by guitar, piano and cello. Cellist Bob Smolenski rounds out the trio.
Saeta is playing with singer/songwriter Kelli Frances Corrado, who sent me some of her songs a few months ago that I’ve been really enjoying. She has a lovely voice that fits the trip-hoppy beats programmed by former Argo member Justin Benson. Daniel G. Harmann rounds out the bill for a night of beautiful and delicate music by excellent songwriters.
The Saturday Knights and Oldominion at Neumo’s, Saturday, January 31
Seattle’s legendary hip hop crew Oldominion are celebrating their tenth anniversary tonight at Neumo’s with quite the celebration. Boasting some of the finest MCs to come out of the Northwest and paying tribute to its previous decade, this should be quite the party.
It doesn’t hurt that The Saturday Knights (whose Barfly is also part of the Oldominion group) are also on the bill. This is one of their first shows in Seattle (to my knowledge) after their album Mingle was voted by the editors at TIG as the best album to come out of the Northwest in 2008. They are the perfect band to continue Run DMC’s legacy because they move between rock and rap easily (especially with the tight backing rock band of Thomas Harris from Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground, Holly Deye [formerly of Lillydale] and Trent Moorman of Head Like a Kite) and they have a great sense of humor with their clever and inventive rhymes.
Count it off,
*Three Imaginary Girls*
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