Week of 4/8: Hardcoretet & McTuff Hit the Northwest

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This week my two main groups head to eastern Washington and Oregon to visit some of our favorite stops. Hardcoretet will be out at Central Washington University performing at McIntyre Recital Hall and giving a clinic to their jazz department, then returns to Seattle for our label Table & Chairs‘ fundraiser show at Heartland. McTuff hits our Oregon standbys, Diablo’s in Eugene and The Goodfoot in Portland, along with our good Seamonster friends Bucket of Honey and Funky 2 Death on the Saturday show. This is going to be a great week!

McTuff – Tuesday, April 9th @ Seamonster Lounge, 10:30pm – 21+
Hardcoretet – Wednesday, April 10th @ CWU Recital Hall, 7pm – All-Ages
Hardcoretet – Thursday, April 11th @ Heartland, 7pm – All-Ages
McTuff – Friday, April 12th @ Diablo’s Downtown Lounge, 9:30pm – 21+
McTuff – Saturday, April 13th @ Goodfoot Pub & Lounge, 9:30pm – 21+

UPDATE: McTuff’s Kickstarter has about $700 left to go in 8 days. Help us over the finish line if you can!

Week of 4/1: Tiger’s Wood & McTuff’s Kickstarter

This week, Tiger’s Wood brings sexy back to Ballard’s 418 Public House and McTuff mixes the new album at Electrokitty Sound Studio. The band is raising money on Kickstarter to fund the new record, so if you’re into the music and want to be part of getting it out there donate here!

McTuff – Tuesday, April 2nd @ Seamonster Lounge, 10:30pm – 21+
Tiger’s Wood – Wednesday, April 3rd @ 418 Public House, 9pm – 21+

Seattle’s Live Music Business Model is Broken

Disclaimer: This is not about guilting musicians for playing at clubs with bad deals or badmouthing venues for setting what are, in my opinion, ridiculous terms. This is about informing the live music audience of the realities behind putting on these shows and what I see as an unsustainable situation, and trying to move past the usual finger-pointing and complaining so we can have a constructive, open discussion about what is fair and why.

Every few months the Seattle musician community erupts with outrage over a particularly awful night at one of the city’s many live music venues. For whatever reason there was a breakdown in communication between the musicians and venue, who each had different expectations about the cover, room fee, sound situation, promotion, set times, etc. We all quietly piss and moan to each other after last call, rarely letting our audience know what happened for fear of burning bridges. The fervor dies down and a few weeks later we’re back to where we started, playing the same venues with crowds none the wiser, waiting for the next time one of us gets a raw deal so we can repeat the cycle.

There have been a few solutions thrown out there, all basically centered around some kind of union. Musicians would organize and collectively decide on a set of acceptable terms for playing these venues. The problem I see is that I can’t tell another musician what they’re worth. If someone wants to play for less than ideal terms for exposure or getting more playing experience, that’s their choice. Everyone has their own idea of what they need to be happy and I can’t change that.

In my view, the key to a solution to all of this is information and fairness. Continue reading Seattle’s Live Music Business Model is Broken

March

After 30 shows in January and February, March brings some much needed time off before picking up in April with Hardcoretet and McTuff trips and the start of Evita at Kentridge High School. I’ll still be getting my weekly Seamonster fix and a trip to Mexico to soak in some sun.

McTuff – Tuesday, March 5th @ Seamonster Lounge, 10:30pm – 21+
McTuff – Tuesday, March 12th @ Seamonster Lounge, 10:30pm – 21+
McTuff – Tuesday, March 19th @ Seamonster Lounge, 10:30pm – 21+

Week of 2/25: Hardcoretet Weekend Trip

Hardcoretet vs Gravity

Hardcoretet has been spending time writing and rehearsing new material, and the time has come for us to show it to the world. The band will travel to Idaho and eastern Washington before returning to Seattle for a double bill with one of our favorite bands Gravity.

McTuff – Tuesday, February 26th @ Seamonster Lounge, 10:30pm – 21+
Hardcoretet – Thursday, February 28th @ John’s Alley, 9:30pm – 21+
Hardcoretet – Friday, March 1st @ Emerald of Siam, 9:30pm – 21+
Hardcoretet – Saturday, March 2nd @ White Rabbit, 9:30pm – 21+