Is it that time already? KEXP and Seattle Center’s Concerts at the Mural series races to its conclusion! Each Friday in August, KEXP and Seattle Center have hosted a free concert at the Mural Amphitheater, featuring different bands and artists that frequent the KEXP airwaves. This Friday, the festivities conclude with a special No Depression evening, featuring Shane Tutmarc with Ravenna Woods, Pickwick, and Drew Grow & the Pastor’s Wives. DJ El Toro starts it off at 5PM, with music starting at 6PM. The event is all-ages, with a 21+ beer garden and street food provided by Skillet.
The headliner tonight, alt-country rocker Shane Tutmarc, is the great-grandson of Paul Tutmarc, inventor of the electric bass, has struck out on his own after ten years fronting the Seattle indie pop group Dolour, which included collaborations with Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes and with members of the United State of Electronica. Tutmarc left Seattle behind, relocating to Nashville to pursue his own brand of rock & roll, but he still holds a fierce local following, which should make his homecoming this year at the Mural all the more exciting.
Longtime KEXP listeners and Seattle locals are already familiar with the dark, punk-leaning acoustic folk group Ravenna Woods. The fast favorites have released two acclaimed albums, the most recent of which saw the group get a little more playful with the addition of keyboards. You probably won’t be able to catch the rising stars for free for very long, so make sure to catch their set this Friday.
While Pickwick began as an alt-country group, it didn’t take long for them to get caught among the glut of similarly-minded Seattle folk artists. The band took the time to revamp their sound, incorporating more rocking tendencies into their melodies, creatively flowing as much as Spoon or The Walkmen as Motown. Slowly, the band’s six members rediscovered themselves. The result is a nod to music from the past while embracing music in the present, and anticipating the future. Their 2012 debut is one of KEXP’s most anticipated releases, and fans shouldn’t pass up the opportunity to catch these up-and-comers before they hit the big time.
Portland’s Drew Grow & the Pastor’s Wives have one focus: taking the watered down, feathery light turns that folk has taken in the past few years and twist it into darker, heavier territory. Elements from everywhere from Bill Callahan to Bob Dylan take shape in the band’s tunes, which meld into a spiritual but scuzzy take on unfiltered Americana.