As evidenced by this week’s blistering heat, summer is fast upon us. If you’re looking for other places to sweat beside your house, car, or workplace, how bouts doing it a rock show for charity? You even have a choice in charities this week! Double karma points!
All this week KEXP has been hard at work on their Summer Membership Drive. I’m sure if you are reading this, you are a member like the imaginaries are — but if not, it’s not too late! Join in the fun and make your pledge!
Noise for the Needy is a local Seattle non-profit organization whose goal is “raising money for a beneficiary Seattle charity through a series of annual music events which brings musicians, promoters, artists, and volunteers together to support those in need.” This year’s partner is Traditional Resources, a mental health center and residential program that provides services for people with serious mental illnesses. This year’s event is kicking off Wednesday 6/10 and goes until Sunday 6/14. There are many draws to this action-packed event. Tickets are ridiculously cheap (nearly all under $20), you can impress your friends and sweetheart with your do-goodery (which, admittedly for me will be drinking 3 dollar PBRs and taking notes), and there are nearly 40 bands ready, willing, and able to rock your flip flops off (seeing as it is entirely too hot for socks). Headlining acts include 1990s, Art Brut, Awesome, The Constantines, Point Juncture WA, Grand Archives, Crystal Antlers, Brent Amaker & the Rodeo, Adam Stephens (Two Gallants) and The Finite Plain, I was a King, New Faces, The Whore Moans, and Throw Me The Statue. More bands are to be announced, and a full lineup is available on the website.
I am particularly excited for the Whore Moans, playing on 6/12 at the Underground Events Center. They are the sonic equivalent of putting the Replacements, the New York Dolls, AC/DC and the Clash in a blender, adding a fifth of Jack Daniels, pressing the “Rad” button, and then spraying a little T-Rex on top. I’d bring earplugs to this show, if I were you.
Art Brut make their triumphant return to the Emerald City on 6/13 at Neumo’s, with cheeky Eddie Argos in tow, touring on Art Brut VS Satan. Look at them! They’re still a band! Their live shows will convert anyone on the fence about them and further endear the already initiated. Be prepared for some of the best stage banter you will ever hear, and many many silly jokes about grunge,
If your proclivities point more to the porcine, perhaps the Pigs for Peace benefit might better please you (That’s some alliteration right there, kids. I wonder if I could get a spider to spin that into a web for me). Andy Werth and friends will be playing at Easy Street Records in West Seattle on 6/5/09, starting at 9:00 PM. 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the charity. Check out the Pigs for Peace website for more information and links to hear Andy’s music. You will never crave pork chops again after seeing picture after picture of potbellied pigs snuggling with old barn dogs.
Go forth. Sweat. Spend money. Help people (and pigs). Make your mama proud.
Hello from the Radio Wasteland
Mary Kwatkosky-Lawlor (Imaginary Mimi)
*Three Imaginary Girls*
(Three Imaginary Girls is a Seattle-based website that showcases the great music of the Northwest and beyond to music lovers worldwide. We post a Seattle live show calendar to help you fill your day-planner with loads of great shows, as well as record reviews, live show reviews, and an imagi-blog to entertain you throughout the day.)