Don’t worry, the clouds will break in time for the final show in the Concerts at the Mural series, presented by KEXP and Seattle Center. Three for free tonight, as Fruit Bats, The Moondoggies and Johnny and the Moon all take the Mural Amphitheater stage.
If you subscribe to our Song of the Day podcasts, you just got a taste of Fruit Bats’ ruminant sound yesterday. Eric Johnson and his band are breezing across the country, touring their new album on Sub Pop.
Any fans of KEXP and especially of Swinging Doors will know The Moondoggies, whose “‘70s-influenced rootsy rock is reminiscent of the Band, Neil Young and the Byrds, highlighted by soulful three-part harmonies and catchy, well-crafted songs that stretch out at times without engaging in self-indulgent noodling” [those are Don Slack’s own words right there!]. Stretch out on the Seattle Center grass under the enveloping sounds of Kevin Murphy and the gang.
If you aren’t familiar with Johnny and the Moon, you certainly are with frontman Dante DeCaro’s other band, Wolf Parade. Johnny and the Moon (whose name coincidentally references Johnny and the Moondogs — see a theme here?) is less about loud indie rock and more about rollicking hillbilly music with it’s foot-tapping tunes of banjo and harmonica bliss.
The beer garden opens tonight at 5PM, with DJ Hannah Levin spinning; then Johnny & the Moon at 6PM, The Moondoggies at 6:40PM, and Fruit Bats at 7:40PM.