Doors at 7p; Music at 8p; $12 adv/$15 door; 21+
Stellar Jays Bittersweet but infused with a determined optimism, Stellar Jays bring a shine to their jangly Alt-country American rock and roll with sweet vocal harmonies and shimmering reverb. Crunchy blues leads dance with sparkling acoustic chords, while an in-the-pocket rhythm section keeps things trundling along as we head off on our melodic journey into the great unknown.
Brian Siems (vocals & guitars), Brian Besand (guitar & vocals), Bob Congleton (bass), Alison Perkins (keyboard & vocals) and Tim Schuringa (drums) came together as the world was emerging from pandemic-induced stasis. Originally hailing from Virginia, Texas, Washington and California and holding down quintessentially Seattle day-jobs across global philanthropy, software, water quality, library sciences and consulting, the quintet was born from the perpetually simmering Seattle country-Americana scene.
Stellar Jays released their debut album ‘Early Winters’ in August 2023, which was recorded and mixed at Earwig Studio in Seattle with engineer Don Farwell (Foo Fighters, Ginger Baker Trio) and mastered at Resonant Mastering by Rachel Field (Pearl Jam, Brandi Carlile). Americana UK calls it “A superb debut album from the Seattle-based band that has something for everyone… As well as writing some fascinating and evocative songs, Siems has an interesting somewhat world-weary voice that at times has echoes of Lou Reed and Jeff Tweedy.”
Stellar Jays are firmly rooted in a shared, profound love of energetic live rock and roll. There is joy to be found in the creation of music, and that joy is palpable in the ringing chords and catchy hooks of the record. “We collectively spent enough time depressed and crying in our beers during the pandemic” says Siems. “We’re hoping this album just delivers a bit of the happiness we had creating it to anybody listening.”
The Drive Through The Drive Through" is a Seattle-based group bringing their individual alternative styles together to create an energetic live concert experience. Formed in 2017, The Drive Through takes listeners on a musical joy ride across genres, crafting songs with a pop sensibility that talk to a spectrum of collective experiences.
Peter Donovan Peter Donovan is an astute musical storyteller. His perceptive songs span multiple genres and feature narratives inspired by both real-life and fictional characters, all crafted with a contemplative heart. With his debut album, "This Better Be Good," Donovan expands his creative scope by seamlessly blending the plaintive soul of indie rock, the heartfelt sincerity of Americana, and the stirring studio pageantry reminiscent of 1970s singer-songwriters. This amalgamation serves as a vehicle to explore more intimate emotional depths.
In addition to his solo work, Donovan also composes music for films. His most recent contribution includes composing three original tracks for the upcoming movie "Red Right Hand," starring Orlando Bloom and slated for a 2024 release. The new year will also see the release of Donovan's second album, "Community Theatre."
$12 advance / $15 door; 21+