#TBT: A Pair of Skates, Plenty of Handbills and that Westbound Sound

#TBT: A Pair of Skates, Plenty of Handbills and that Westbound Sound

-A Note from Editor Stuck: Life has been catching up with me and my Showgo Brethren, so massive apologies for not having some good show calendars in the last few weeks, but enough of that, let’s discuss what you’re about to read: This is from my brother in Ska aka Little Brother #2, Kyle Dols, and it’s his personal journey through ska music, DIY promotion and a strong personal connection with the songs of a great band, Westbound Train. I thought this would be a nice addition and a new voice to here from aside from my tawdry ramblings as of late. Something like this, I believe, deserves to be shared:

In highschool I teamed up with my older brother Kristof and his best friend Jesse to form what we called The Skamission. Our mission? To put on some amazing ska shows for Eastside kids. 

Kristof and Jesse would handle venues and band relations, and I was on poster design and partial promoting. The glory days of that brief time when the seattle ska scene was blowing up? We were there. Every Recliners and Natalie Wouldn’t show, the birth of the Georgetown Orbits: We were there.

It started out as fun little ska shows in the Bellevue Skate King, combining skanking and rollerskates with tiny stages for an overall amazing experience. 

Then, the Ska Brawl happened. 

The details still allude me, but somehow we got promotion rights for a national tour featuring the Toasters, Westbound Train, Satori, with 3 opening slots for local acts (Natalie Wouldn’t and Georgetown Orbits as far as I can remember). 

Nobody thought we could make money off this show, but 3 kids and a bunch of passion SOLD OUT Studio 7. 

To add to the pride of that achievement Lynval Golding of The Specials came up to me and said he loved my artwork, and over delivering some sandwiches I got to know Westbound Train, my ultimate favorite band. 

It was one of the happiest experiences of my life, to have had a part in that moment. To share something with so many people and meet so many idols.
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4 years later I saw Westbound Train again.

Walking into the show I spotted the trombone and sax players outside. Walked up and said “Hey I doubt you guys remember me, but I just got my first tattoo and its a Westbound one…” “Yeah man! You’re the Skamission dude! You gotta come backstage and show Obi Fernandez!”

Ended up catching up and smoking a cig while Obi exclaimed “Man I don’t even have a Westbound tattoo and it’s my band”

Halfway into the set they slow it down and do a shoutout to me, dedicating the next song to me and my first tattoo. They start playing “Salvation”. 3 weeks before the show I had tried to commit suicide, and they could have not chosen a more perfect song.

It was all I could do to not start crying. I was so moved. Strangers all around me were slapping me on the back, dancing with me, and asking to see the ink. There, at that show, I saw a light at the end of the tunnel. 

After the show I talked to the band about what I had just gone through and how much that song meant to me. Snow starting to drift down, I receive the biggest ska group hug ever achieved in the Seattle winter. 

The picture my brother took of us has been on my desk ever since, and I will always cherish these memories. 

Also, I met Morgue Anne for the first time when she blatantly hit on me as I was flyering for a Skamission show outside the Bellevue Square Mall, and we all know what that relationship gave birth to. 

3 young men putting on shows at skating rings…… Funny how much those times influenced the rest of my life.

Thank God It’s Monday: Bootsy Collins’ Rubber Band at The Neptune Theater

Thank God It’s Monday: Bootsy Collins’ Rubber Band at The Neptune Theater

A funk legend on bass. I could say a lot more, but I think most of you know the man that is Bootsy Collins and the magic he can perform by smacking the crap out of his bass guitar while being backed by some of the best funk musicians to ever set foot on the stage. This is bucket list material if you want to claim to have seen some of the best players ever to master an instrument, so find your way to the Neptuneand funk it up, my brethren!

Shows Worth Showing Up For: June 9th-14th

Shows Worth Showing Up For: June 9th-14th

Every Tuesday we hit you where it feels good with a list of shows we’re excited to see over the next five days. June is here and soon July, August, etc, until all the kids are back in school and all the adults are making more kids during lunch breaks and sick days. Till then, summer is official and so is this glorious menu of shows, shows and more SHOWS…


OK, HERE’S WHAT WE’VE GOT:

Tuesday, June 9

Delta Spirit feat. Jessica Dobson (The Shins/Deep Sea Diver) & Sam Owens @ The Crocodile

San Diego based Indie rock group will hit the Croc with Jessica Dobson and Sam Owens joining the ranks for an evening. Solid way to start a great week of music!


Wednesday, June 10

The Damnwells, Matt Jaffe & The Distractions & The Native Sibling @ Tractor Tavern

A night of good songwriting with full sound via the Damnwells. Matt Jaffe is only 20 has accomplished more in his young career than most people with a decade on him. Locals, The Native Sibling are nice folksy, chill way to start the night!


Thursday, June 11

Arturo Sandoval @ Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley

This Cubano armed with trumpet and a set of ivories has a several night stand down at the Jazz Alley, so get down there on Thursday to enjoy yourself a little kick in the brass and a bit of tickling of the old black and whites.


Friday, June 12

 Haerts, Pickwick & NAVVI @ Neumos

Some chill electronic via Haerts while local Dickensian indie rockers Pickwick and electro Seattleites Navvi kick it off. Seriously, check the Radiohead cover on the playlist by Navvi, it frightens me in the same way that Emelia Clarke showing up in a very black dress and ringing my doorbell at 4:00 AM would.


Saturday, June 13

The Hollowpoints, The Kings, Hellgod & Phasers on Kill @ El Corazon

The Hollowpoints are THE Seattle punk veterans, still pogoing after nearly two decades of existence while The Kings add some much needed punk/ska to the mix, because in my life, there should always be an opportunity to pick it up, pick it up, pick it up!


Sunday, June 14

Caleb and Walter & Ryan Barber with members of The Horde and The Harem @ Sunset Tavern

And then its back over to the Sunset to hear the excellent songwriting of Caleb and Walter, back by Ryan Barber and some of his homies. Grab your Suds, wash your Duds and we’ll do it again Next Week my friends!

Posted by Editor Stuck

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Thank God It’s Monday: Edmonds-Woodway High School Jazz Ensembles @ Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley

Thank God It’s Monday: Edmonds-Woodway High School Jazz Ensembles @ Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley

Yea, school is pretty much out, so go pay some hard earned dollars and a large amount of cred to this group of high schoolers that have achieved quite the list of accolades that comes with being, “One of the best five high school jazz bands,” or so sayeth the Starbucks. Whether or not you go in for the recommendations provided by that green mermaid company, fact is these young in’s can jump, jive and wail, plus they’re keeping alive one of the most essential American musical art forms that has an exclusive seat at the table with Blues. So get to the Alley before 7:30 and enjoy some great Jazz played by a generation that has some youthful exuberance not always seen among the Ellington disciples and Armstrong aficionados. Dig it, Man!

Shows Worth Showing Up For: June 2nd – June 7th

Shows Worth Showing Up For: June 2nd – June 7th

Every Tuesday we hit you where it feels good with a list of shows we’re excited to see over the next five days. June is here and soon July, August, etc, until all the kids are back in school and all the adults are making more kids during lunch breaks and sick days. Till then, summer is official and so is this glorious menu of shows, shows and more SHOWS…


OK, HERE’S WHAT WE’VE GOT:

Tuesday, June 2

Dead Meadow, Ephrata & Scott Yoder @ The Crocodile

I could do some staring at the old high tops and luckily, these groups provide the perfect soundtrack to the public introvert’s fish out of water exploits. I’m especially a fan of Ephrata, named after a town in Washington that cracks my top 10 list of places that I would totally live if my wife weren’t so against it and Bothell weren’t so awesome. Strange tangent, sure, but musically this stuff has been haunting my youtube searches alongside groups like Lush and Dinosaur Jr. with triple blended vocals and the perfect amount of fuzz and reverb to make where one guitar ends and the other starts impossible to find.


Wednesday, June 3

Sir Mix-A-Lot, Cataldo, HoboSexual, Ayron Jones, & Ruler @ Neumos

Then we have a night of gigantic derrieres and vagrant sexual orientation on display over at The Glamour & Squalor Premiere Party with you’re hard earned cover charge going to fund SIFF (a good thing!). A rather eclectic for sure, with the lovely Adra Boo of Fly Moon Royalty hosting the event and plenty of good jams to get that posse moving right off Broadway.


Thursday, June 4

Neutral Milk Hotel, Robert Schneider & The Minders @ The Paramount Theatre

Can we get a bit obtuse? Jeff Mangrum and company have a rather Elephant 6 records filled night for you and why the hell wouldn’t you go? It’s one of the few times you can see a guy named Rob Schneider perform something worthwhile and not desperate for an Adam Sandler cameo.


Friday, June 5

The Vonneguts, Strange Lovers & Mirror Ferrari @ The Highline

Sloshed out rock and roll at one Seattle’s most sloshed out venues!


Saturday, June 6

Teenage Bottlerocket, The Copyrights, Loud Eyes and Coyote Bred @ El Corazon

Pop Punk Party! If you love the sound of Lookout Records or miss the melodies of The Exploding Hearts, this is a great lineup for you!


Sunday, June 7

Howie Day & Liz Brennan @ The Tractor Tavern

And of course, we end the week on a more relaxed and reflective night. Yea, you got Howie Day that has that one song that I think was on Dawson’s Creek, or Party of Five, or insert forgettable coming of age drama that people watched religiously in high school or middle school (see playlist). While Liz Brennan wants to do some dancing. Cap it off people, beer in hand and fingers snapping, Stuck will see you in a week, maybe….. 😉

Posted by Editor Stuck

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Twitter: @jrstuck or @discovershowgo

Email: jesse@discovershowgo.com

Thank God It’s Monday: Palma Violets, Public Access TV & Tangerine @ Tractor Tavern

Thank God It’s Monday: Palma Violets, Public Access TV & Tangerine @ Tractor Tavern

It’s been a hectic day of car maintenance and I’m hitting it late, so we will make this short and sweet: Excellent show at the Tractor that features one of our favorites, Tangerine, with some other great bands in Palma Violets and Public Access TV. I could go on for days, but actually, I have to go grab Jimmy Johns before my wife wakes up for night shift, so if you don’t know these groups, get to the Tractor and be ready to be pleasantly surprised by awesomeness!

Shows Worth Showing Up For: May 26-May 31st

Shows Worth Showing Up For: May 26-May 31st

Every Tuesday we hit you where it feels good with a list of shows we’re excited to see over the next five days. We’re wrapping up May with some gold jams and plenty of cheese from the musings of one, Editor Stuck. So, with that in mind…


OK, HERE’S WHAT WE’VE GOT:

Tuesday, May 26

Frazey Ford & Edmund Wayne @ Tractor Tavern

Yea, so tonight, mellow yourself out my friends of the more restless persuasion. Frazey Ford and Edmund Wayne bring you some folk, some pop and plenty of reasons to sip the pint slowly and just bask in the sweet melodies laid before you.


Wednesday, May 27

Wire, Mile High Club & Posse @ Neumos

No question, you’re going to go see Wire, okay? The band from England that bridge the 70s Punk-Post Punk gap, yeah, that’s what you are doing, ’nuff said.


Thursday, May 28

Streetlight Manifesto, Dan Potthast & Sycamore Smith @ Showbox Sodo

I’ll throw my Ska friends a bone and plug Streetlight Manifesto, because this talented group of musicians put out one of the best thematic Ska albums back in the day and managed to record 100 cover songs. Dan Potthast, AKA the lead guy from MU330, joins as a solo artist and the skanking in pork pies continues in the Stadium District of the Emerald City!


Friday, May 29

Vendetta Red @ Barboza

Wow, this caught my eye. It’s been years since I saw them back at the Redmond Firehouse. Hard to tell what this means exactly, though their site mentions new material, so I’m guessing some new jams will be present over there at Neumos JR. Anyway, go for nostalgia, stay for something new and exciting!


Saturday, May 30

Lucky Machete, Mammoth Salmon & Disenchanter @ The Funhouse

Yea, you all blew and didn’t get tickets to the sold out Refused show at the Croc, didya? Well, Lucky Machete can bring the massive with some of that sludgy doom with the likes of Mammoth Salmon and Disenchanter. It will be loud and heavy, heavy and loud and I’m sure it will ring your ears like a pair of dice in a Yahtzee cup, ‘cept nobody plays Yahtzee no mo’.


Sunday, May 31

Sci-Fi Fantasy Horror & Pree @ The High Dive

Ambiance, let’s end the week with ambiance! Sci-Fi Fantasy Horror is a couple of dudes playing folkish sound tunes from outer space and Pree feels like Indie Rock that went back to the shoegaze era and stole some of its reverb. Let them cap off this week and prepare you for another week of excellent shows around the Sound, my brethren. Peace for now!

Editor Stuck

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Email: jesse@discovershowgo.com