Live Review: Rat City Brass and The Kings @ Skylark 6/25

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Friday night was packed with the best of the classic rock and roll, aligning perfectly with the alternative sound brought by Seattle band The Kings, and the Mexican folklore, pop, jazz, lounge and rock from Rat City Brass, an eight-piece group formed in this city as well.

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If you ever asked yourself about all the possible ways to pay tribute to the King of Rock and Roll, certainly the mix of alternative, post-rock, and a slightly heavy metal sound blend perfectly with the classical sound the genre implies. The Kings delivered an amazing performance playing some of the most popular songs by Elvis Presley, which included “That’s Alright”, “Little Sister”, and “Jailhouse Rock”. Their act was energetic, surprisingly original, and incredibly fun as they managed to make all the guests rock their seats. Definitely, this was one of the most enjoyable tributes to these legends I have heard.

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The crowd got excited as members from Rat City Brass prepared for their performance, tuning their guitar and bass, and matching rhythms of the trumpet and trombone. Once all of the performers were on stage, they immediately began to play what turned into a fantastic show. With such great coordination, the eight piece covered several classics whiled adding some of their own personal ingredients; their breezy harmonies not only tributed songs like “Mexican Road Race,” “Spanish Flea,” “Third Man Theme,” and my personal favorite, “While My Trombone Gently Weeps,” but they also assembled the best of jazz, folk, and the sound from a regional traditions from Spain and Mexico.

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To find more information about The Kings’ upcoming shows, visit their Facebook page. And as for Rat City Brass, if you are going to be in town this for the summer, I recommend you to check them out, as they have a handful of tour dates scheduled in Washington State for the summer, including a show this Saturday at The Tractor Tavern. Check out their MySpace page for more listings.

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