This Saturday evening, February 9th, Neumos hosts the eight annual Dancing on the Valentine. Created by DJ Jenny George, Dancing on the Valentine gathers musicians – who cover some amazing songs – together for a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society benefit. Good, good stuff. This year’s benefit features songs by the Cure as covered by many of Seattle’s best artists: Adra Boo, Daniel G. Harmann and the Trouble Starts, Erik Blood, Fox and the Law, Gibraltar, the Grizzled Mighty, Head Like A Kite, Hotels, NighTrain, Panama Gold, Vox Mod, Lesli Wood of the Redwood Plan with Jupe Jupe plus DJ Mike Steve and special guest Atticus George-Andrijeski. Dana of Three Imaginary Girls will emcee the evening. AND WE HAVE A WINNER!
We have a pair of tickets to give away to the first person who can tell me the name of the first Cure album by 4 PM PST on Wednesday, February 6th. Email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org and be over 21.
Adra Boo: Singer Adra Boo is half of Fly Moon Royalty, a band that combines urban sounds and rhythm and blues. Adra’s vocals and presence will move you.
Adra Boo – photo by Simon Krane
Daniel G. Harmann and the Trouble Starts: Solid rock quartet! I caught these guys on Saturday at the Sunset and enjoyed their really awesome musicianship.
Erik Blood: Musician and producer Erik Blood might be the most appropriate pick here to be in this project. This is a good thing. Blood creates a moody, at times delicate and at other times heavier guitar noise. I said noise. In a good way.
Fox and the Law: Massively good rock with all the right tinges of ’60s power. They’re also gifted with a great bassist so I hope they get some of the Cure’s bass-heavy songs.
Fox and the Law – photo by Dagmar
The Grizzled Mighty: Rock, blues, sheer wonderful noise from Ryan Granger and Whitney Petty. However they cover the Cure will be really unusual and cool.
Head Like A Kite: I can’t wait to hear what the creative and genius Head Like A Kite will do with the Cure. Will there be synth party? Will things get really tormented and crazy? I don’t know!
Hotels: This powerful synth band has been on hiatus. Here’s what they have to say for themselves via Facebook: “What brings us out of our Hotels cave? Dancing On The Valentine, that’s what! Hotels returns for one night only to play our friend Jenny George’s annual birthday party/ fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society with a slew of other great bands. Ghost of Hotels Past Max Wood joins us on drums! Her Royal Bizness Adra Boo lends her vocals! Black Swedes’ Jonathan Wooster guests on bass!”
NighTrain: These women will bring plenty of sass to the Cure – and the Cure could use some sass. NighTrain can win over any audience with their synth-punk. I know this to be to true.
Panama Gold: Do you like the dirty rock? Panama Gold brings the dirty rock to Cure songs!
Vox Mod: Vox Mod, how I love you. You sound how nature would if sifted through martinis with good beats. So lovely.
Lesli Wood w/Jupe Jupe: The Redwood Plan‘s front woman, Lesli Wood collaborates with Jupe Jupe! I know which Cure song they will do but I am not telling. I can imagine this group will do a strong and synth-powered cover . . . they’ll be joined by Atticus George-Andrijeski on bass.