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Brent Amaker and the Rodeo 12.13.2008

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Black Daisy, The Purrs, and Brent Amaker and the Rodeo

Sunset Tavern, Ballard


I had a rowdy weekend with P in downtown Seattle for my early b’day celebration. I thought [29 – ha] was going to be tough, but we managed to shop at Pike Place Market, eat till we were stuffed, see a show, take a whiskey communion, and taxi back to our hotel at 2 am. Not bad! And it snowed…even better!

P also surprised me with an acoustic/electric guitar! He’s so sneaky, he brought it down to the hotel that am and had it brought up to the room! I told him I didn’t need anything, I just wanted to go out on the town. So he asked if he should take it back. Are you kidding me?? ha

Before the show, we shopped a little at Pike Place Market. We also stuffed ourselves at McCormick’s and Schmick’s on 1st Ave, just up the street from our favorite hotel, Hotel 1000. We also had drinks and appetizers at Boka next door to the hotel, and were amazed by the large snowflakes pelting the window of the taxi as we headed in to Ballard to see our Rodeo boys.

We saw Brent Amaker and the Rodeo (new album entitled, “Howdy-Do!”) in this little divey bar called the Sunset Tavern in Ballard, just up the street from the Tractor. I think it used to be a Chinese restaurant back in the day. Still has red velvet wallpaper. Two other bands played first: Black Daisy, a Tenacious-D style band with extremely funny yet tasteless lyrics, then The Purrs who’d been playing for many decades, apparently.

The Rodeo came on last, so we had to pace ourselves to make it to midnight, but always worth the wait. Johnny Cash with a potty mouth. We brought them some whiskey for the communion, danced along to their crazy, campy cowboy songs, and I kissed P under the mistletoe. We even received little gifts from the boys. One lucky audience member received the grand prize, Rock ‘Em, Sock ‘Em Robots!

The next morning, although a very cold 19 degrees, we decided to walk back to Pike Place Market. It was so interesting there. We decided to eat breakfast at Lowell’s, which has been at Pike Place since forever. It was crowded, so we ate at the bar, but had a view of the sound from across the restaurant. It was a sunny, chilly day. People were flocking in after the Jingle Bell Run, all decked out in running gear and Santa hats. It was interesting watching all the runners with their flushed cheeks and panting breath. I had never been at the Market when vendors were setting up their booths. They were carting big plastic containers of their wares, boxes of fruit and vegetables, meats and fish. It was fun walking amongst the organized chaos and chatting vendors. We also did some shopping in The Market and purchased family Christmas gifts at Market Spice Teas and Beecher’s, a local cheese shop.

A wonderful birthday weekend!

February 16, 2010 - Posted by | Brent Amaker and the Rodeo, Concert Season 2008, Music, The Sunset Tavern |

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