Details: Part 1 of our Walk Down Memory Lane Series is Sting and Peter Gabriel at KeyArena in June 2016. Walk Down Memory Lane is a new series, which will feature show photos, that, unfortunately did not find themselves on Back Beat Seattle yet. But we believe photos are forever and always relevant.
Sting and Peter Gabriel have toured together before, and called 2016’s tour the Rock Papers Scissors Tour. That’s not a typo! Since the tour, Sting bravely played the re-opening date of Bataclan, the Parisian club that suffered a terror attack in 2015. He’s also got his own 57th & 9th tour going on right now. One of Gabriel’s most recent works is “I’m Amazing,” a tribute to Muhammad Ali.
Show Preview: SXSW 2017 – Sat., Day 6 w/ Garth Brooks, shame, Alexandra Savior & More
Saturday finds the big kahuna country star Garth Brooks in a lineup with especially strong female representation: Alexandra Savior, Elle Exxe, Happy Meals, Nicole Atkins, Noga Eraz, Phoebe Bridgers, Still Corners and Skott. Yes, this is marvelous. Thank you, SXSW, for putting together a festival that has brought attention to so many deserving artists in 2017. You’ve carried on a wonderful tradition.
Acid Tongue – Seattle/Brooklyn
Javelina, 12:00 AM – 12:40 AM
Show Preview: SXSW 2017 – Fri., Day 5 w/ Weezer, Hayley Kiyoko, San Holo & More
Ah yes, Saint Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday this year. This alone will create many extra festivities for the weekend, and artists on SXSW’s Friday schedule bring a great mix of indie rock and electronic. I didn’t even have to go out of my way at all to make this the focus. It just did! And I’m sure every single person writing about Friday’s schedule has said something about the chance to see what’s basically a double-bill of bands Happy and Happyness. I must add to a chorus: this awesome!
Appearing onstage in a purple jacket, gold slip on shoes, and with a grand piano, singer-songwriter Wrabel displayed a beautifully soaring voice which had an almost haunting quality.
He was a very playful soul who shared his life experiences, and his past loves, in song and personal anecdotes. Wrabel took the time to explain how his romances inspired his music, and in some cases, didn’t.
Wrabel joked that if the person you are with asks if the song is about him, always answer that it’s just a song. He had a fun back and forth with his equally fun audience. Late in the show, Wrabel reminisced playing at the Washington State Fair and having an earthquake burger and elephant ears. The crowd cracked up every time he relayed his stories.
Wrabel’s “Ten Feet Tall,” featuring Afrojack and “Ritual,” featuring Marshmellow can be found at Wrabel Music.
Show Preview: SXSW 2017 – Thu., Day 4 w/ Blaenavon, the Chainsmokers, Happyness & More
Wow, Thursday means SXSW Music Festival is half done! It also means my top pick of the entire festival, Blaenavon plays in the evening. And, of course, there’s loads of other awesome bands to check out, such as Acid Tongue, Cameron Avery and so many more. Go wild.
Acid Tongue – Seattle, WA/Brooklyn, NY
Tap Room at the Market, 8:00 – 8:40 PM