Photos: Barcelona & Ivan & Alyosha @ the Triple Door

Two Seattle bands, Barcelona and Ivan & Alyosha played the Triple Door recently in a show I would have attended if BBS hadn’t hosted a show at the Comet the same evening. Fortunately photographer Jason Tang was there and captured some gorgeous shots of both bands. Ivan & Alyosha plays the Triple again on September 10th.

2010.08.20: Barcelona @ The Triple Door, Seattle, WA

2010.08.20: Barcelona @ The Triple Door, Seattle, WA

2010.08.20: Barcelona @ The Triple Door, Seattle, WA

2010.08.20: Barcelona @ The Triple Door, Seattle, WA

2010.08.20: Barcelona @ The Triple Door, Seattle, WA
Barcelona

2010.08.20: Ivan & Alyosha @ The Triple Door, Seattle, WA

2010.08.20: Ivan & Alyosha @ The Triple Door, Seattle, WA

2010.08.20: Ivan & Alyosha @ The Triple Door, Seattle, WA

2010.08.20: Ivan & Alyosha @ The Triple Door, Seattle, WA

2010.08.20: Ivan & Alyosha @ The Triple Door, Seattle, WA

2010.08.20: Ivan & Alyosha @ The Triple Door, Seattle, WA

2010.08.20: Ivan & Alyosha @ The Triple Door, Seattle, WA

More of Jason’s photos can be seen here.

Photos and Review – B-52s and Blondie @ Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery

By Nate Watters

A few weeks back, the B-52s opened for Blondie out at Chateau St. Michelle. Unfortunately, due to a mix up at the entrance with photo credentials, I didn’t get in to the show until halfway throught the B-52s’ set. By then it was too late to get any photos of their set, but I assure you, their show was way more than I expected. Frontman Fred Schneider was on his game like you could never imagine, just as spry and lively as ever. They rocked spot-on performances of “Roam,” “Rock Lobster,” and “Love Shack”. The crowd went nuts – I guess one upside to a winery show is that everyone loosens up a bit, so most everyone in the place was dancing and having a great time.

The crowd seemed to cool off a bit for Blondie, but that could just be that the “I’ve-got-a-nice-little-wine-buzz-and-dancing-sounds-great” effect had worn off and the “I’m-a-couple-bottles-in-so-I’m-just-going-to-relax” mode was in full effect. Nonetheless, it was easy to see that people were clearly enjoying themselves. Especially when Debbie Harry broke in to classics like “Hangin’ On The Telephone” and “Maria”. Oh, and be sure to check out Chris Stein’s crazy carbon fiber guitar a few pictures down, it’s pretty sweet!

Blondie
Blondie

Blondie

Blondie

Blondie

Blondie

Photos – Tokyo Police Club @ Neumos

Tokyo Police Club and Freelance Whales brought quite the show to Neumos a couple of weeks ago.  It’s not all that often that I can also rave about the performance of the opening band, but it’s not too difficult to get excited about Canadian band Arkells.  I’m pretty sure everyone in Neumos that night would agree that all three bands put on great shows.  I do have to say that Freelance Whales’ set was a bit rough around the edges comparted to their performance at Sasquatch! this year, but they were still as fun as ever to watch.  A great show all around!

Tokyo Police Club

Tokyo Police Club

Tokyo Police Club

Tokyo Police Club

Tokyo Police Club

Freelance Whales

Freelance Whales

Freelance Whales

Arkells

Arkells

Arkells

Arkells

Arkells

Photos & Show Review: Margaret Cho with John Roberts – The Cho Dependent Tour @ Paramount

Margaret Cho Marquee @ Paramount - Seattle, by Elisa Sherman | photosbyelisa.comThe Cho Dependent Tour features the ribald, risqué, and downright raunchy live comedy of 41 yo, Korean-American comic, Margaret Cho. By the way, Cho – could easily pass for a girl in her twenties – as you see in the photos – she looks great! I think laughter keeps you young.

Colorful tattoos on display with a quite pretty dress and killer silver shoes, Cho hit the Paramount last night, seemingly dropping every punch line to an admiring audience. Now, her comedy is not for the faint of heart, nor anyone that has an easily (or even moderately) offendable bone in their body. In fact, if you can be offended at all, well, you should probably find an alternate form of entertainment from this show. Because it’s bleeping hilarious, and all the unmentionables are, well mentioned – whether it be sexual acts, preferences, her assurance that she must be but one life from being reincarnated as the ultimate life form – a gay man.

Yep, Margaret Cho is a no holds barred roaringly long, hard, rough ride of my belly hurts laughter – because yeah, I am down with things being funny, because being offended simply takes too much energy! And laughing about all the quirks about sex, life, love, family, and friends is so much more fun!

The funniest stories, well, again, probably I can’t quote here – but, just imagine – a couple tunes scattered Margaret Cho - by Elisa Sherman | photosbyelisa.com into the comedy, one of which recalls/ode to, her once unrequited love (of 17 yrs) of former writer (from her ’90s series), that when she looked him up on her 40th birthday, found is now serving time for murder of his wife…the punchline – “good thing we didn’t hook up!” It’s that ability to turn the morbid to comedic genius that makes Cho brilliant on stage.

She in turn does this again, though less morbidly – when recalling the “heroic” craziness from the recent Jet Blue flight attendant freak-out, and emergency chute escape – yes, Cho is able to turn pure WTF newsy moments, into laughter. Stories of Porta-Potties, medical marijuana lollipops, closed vaginas, senior citizen strip clubs – and more – barely give a hint to the 1.5 hours of raunchy comedy you get at a Cho Dependent Tour stop. She is just f-in hilarious, and she brings along her fave gay comic, John Roberts to warm up the crowd.

Photos from the night:

Margaret Cho –
Margaret Cho - by Elisa Sherman | photosbyelisa.com

Margaret Cho - by Elisa Sherman | photosbyelisa.com

Margaret Cho - by Elisa Sherman | photosbyelisa.com

Margaret Cho - by Elisa Sherman | photosbyelisa.com

Margaret Cho - by Elisa Sherman | photosbyelisa.com

Margaret Cho - by Elisa Sherman | photosbyelisa.com

Margaret Cho - by Elisa Sherman | photosbyelisa.com

Margaret Cho - by Elisa Sherman | photosbyelisa.com

Margaret Cho - by Elisa Sherman | photosbyelisa.com

Margaret Cho - by Elisa Sherman | photosbyelisa.com

Margaret Cho - by Elisa Sherman | photosbyelisa.com

Margaret Cho - by Elisa Sherman | photosbyelisa.com

Margaret Cho - by Elisa Sherman | photosbyelisa.com

Margaret Cho - by Elisa Sherman | photosbyelisa.com

Margaret Cho - by Elisa Sherman | photosbyelisa.com

Margaret Cho - by Elisa Sherman | photosbyelisa.com

Margaret Cho - by Elisa Sherman | photosbyelisa.com

John Roberts –
John Roberts opening for Margaret Cho - by Elisa Sherman | photosbyelisa.com

John Roberts opening for Margaret Cho - by Elisa Sherman | photosbyelisa.com

John Roberts opening for Margaret Cho - by Elisa Sherman | photosbyelisa.com