Photos: Lucy Woodward @ Admiral Theater

You can never get too much of a good thing. This was the fourth time I’ve enthusiastically covered Lucy Woodward for Back Beat Seattle – but who’s counting. It started with a one-hour scenic ferry ride across Puget Sound from Seattle to Bremerton. The audience at the Admiral Theater had just finished dinner when Lucy […]

Photos and Review: Paloma Faith w/ Liam Bailey @ the Crocodile

Paloma Faith & Liam Bailey @ the Crocodile 10/9/14 Show Review & Photos by John Rudolph Paloma Faith It’s rare seeing a concert where the opening act and the headliner are equally good. Liam Bailey and Paloma Faith had so much energy and presence; either one could headline their own shows. Influenced by Etta James […]

Photos: The Westerlies @ Chapel Performance Space

The Westerlies?? That’s what I said too until I learned that they are an incredibly talented Indie Jazz brass quartet based in New York, originating from Seattle. The Westerlies have been publicly recognized by some of music’s brightest luminaries like Wynton Marsalis and Feist. On Monday night they performed for a packed Chapel Performance Space […]

Photos and Review: Paula Boggs Band @ The Skylark Cafe

Paula was surrounded by her friends, her family, and her many fans while she and the rest of the Paula Boggs Band enveloped the Skylark Cafe in West Seattle on Friday night. The soulful sounds of Paula Boggs and her band have matured since the last time that I reviewed them. It was fun witnessing […]

Photos: Molly Ringwald @ Jazz Alley

Former childhood actress Molly Ringwald, now jazz singer, made a stop at Jazz Alley during her US tour in support of her debut album, Except Sometimes. Best known for her roles in Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink, the redheaded Ringwald’s appearance hasn’t changed much in nearly 30 years. Molly Ringwald