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Steve Martin and Emmylou Harris at Chateau Ste. Michelle

Emmylou Harris with Steve Martin

Steve Martin was up to his old tricks again and played to a sold out crowd at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville.  We hustled to get tickets last minute when we found our week opened up and had the time to go.  We didn’t want to pass up this one because we saw Steve in 2010 and loved him.  Also, I’d never seen Emmylou Harris.  She’s now a part of my growing musical family tree and has played with Marshall Chapman and Will Kimbrough.  Will was  in her band this night, so it was a no-brainer.

I didn’t take many notes; I just wanted to enjoy the evening.  I’m taking this month off from serious writing due to our crazy family summer schedule.

Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers

Steve’s set consisted of many songs from their 2010 album, The Crow.  He recycled a few jokes from last time, but we still laughed heartily.  In fact, a guy in front of us laughed in falsetto at every joke,  and the surrounding audience members couldn’t help but join in on the infectious laughter.  An example of this night’s quips from Steve:

“I am wearing white pants tonight. I will wear them the rest of the evening unless something goes horribly, horribly wrong.” 

“I am using an iPad on stage tonight to keep up on my Twitter posts.  Oh, look.  One is coming in now.  It says, ‘Stop talking and start playing, you diKWAD!’ DiKWAD…hmm…DiKWAD…I wonder what that means…”

“This is our last song of the evening, but not to worry, there are 17 encores.”

He also had fun belittling the band, similar to the last time we saw him.

Another wonderful show, and the music was spectacular.   The Steep Canyon Rangers have beautiful harmonies and work so well with Steve.  A very talented bunch.

Will Kimbrough (guitar) with Emmylou Harris

Before Emmylou came on, we had a chance to talk to Will Kimbrough briefly.  I hadn’t seen him since we went to Nashville last year, and Pat saw him in January with his home inspector buddies when they were in Nashville at their convention.  Will never played at the winery, and I don’t think he’s been in the Seattle area since about 2005.  He was in a rush to get to the stage, since they had such a limited time to get their gear set up.  He was gracious enough to have a little chat with us though.

Emmylou has a new album out and kicked it up with a full band, The Red Dirt Boys.  She also played covers, including a Buck Owens song; Will scorched the guitar solo on that one.  Many of her songs are slower ballads or leaned toward gospel.  Her voice is so ethereal and has a sadness in it.  She also gave a nod to Kitty Wells, The Queen of Country, who recently passed.  She felt honored to be in Kitty’s footsteps as the only girl leading an all-male band.

In the finale, Emmylou invited Steve and the Rangers onstage to have an appropriate bluegrass jam.  Her two rescued doggies also joined in on the fun.  Check out her website for her nonprofit dog rescue/foster program.

Emmylou and dogs

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July 25, 2012 Posted by | Americana, Chateau Ste Michelle, Concert Season 2012, Emmylou Harris, Steve Martin, Will Kimbrough | , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Five…No…Ten Favorite Shows of 2011

I was lucky enough to see a show almost every month of 2011, and some months, two or three shows.  We’re winding down now, getting ready for the holidays and visiting with family and friends.  We’ll still see a couple of shows between now and the end of the year, including The Paperboys on December 23, one of my Top 10 favorite bands of all time.  Click Here For Previous Review.

So far, though, I do have a list of my Five Favorites of 2011.

5.  Screw it.  I can’t make a decision, so I’m going to go with my Ten Favorites of 2011.

10.  The B-52’s at Chateau Ste. Michelle – This show was great because The B-52’s brought the energy, the showmanship and the great songs we all love to a beautiful outdoor venue.  We were there with a large family group and danced and sang along.  Click Here For Review.

The B-52's

9.  Vicci Martinez at Big Daddy’s Place – This was a chance to see Vicci, a Tacoma, Washington local, wail her lungs out in a small suburban venue before becoming a national sensation on The Voice.  Click Here For Review.

Vicci Martinez

8.  Massy Ferguson and Brent Amaker and The Rodeo at The Tractor – Our first introduction to Massy Ferguson and Brent with The Rodeo back on a smaller stage.  Curtains For You, a poppy, energetic band opened the show, and a biker in the front knew all the words.  I love the picture of Brent Amaker smiling while the biker is in the moment.  No whiskey this time, but now that the stage performer liquor laws have changed, we’ll get to hear “Bring Me The Whiskey” at the next show!

Curtains For You, Brent and Biker

Massy Ferguson

Brent Amaker

7.  Star Anna at Neumos – We saw Star four times this year, but this time, even P was completely hooked by her vocal prowess.  He connected.  Click Here For Previous Review.

Star Anna

6.  Jackrabbit and Massy Ferguson at Nectar Lounge – Jackrabbit, reincarnated after North Twin’s demise, and again Tony Fulgham won me over.  Massy was celebrating their EP release, and I got to post my review of the show on
RandomvilleClick Here For Review.

Tony Fulgham of Jackrabbit

Ethan Anderson of Massy Ferguson

5.  Jackrabbit and The Gourds at The Tractor – Jackrabbit opened and rawked the set, warmed up the crowd for The Gourds, another crazy night of crossover music, from 60’s psychedelic rock to old-timey revivals.  Most memorable moment was approaching Mr. Kevin Russell at Hattie’s Hat and telling him I was going to review his show.  His response: “Oh, Shit!” I later gave him the ol’ two-fingered stink-eye when he noticed me in the audience, and I mouthed, “I’m watchin’ you!”  Click Here For Review.

Tony Fulgham of Jackrabbit

The Gourds

4.  Old 97’s at The Showbox – My first press pass!  Right up front.  I loved every minute, and sang my heart out to every song.  Click Here For Review.

Old 97's

3.  Flight To Mars at The Showbox – Another press and photo pass!  My sister-in-law joined me and took absolutely brilliant pics of the boys (Click This Link for her pics), including local Tim DiJulio (Lazy Susan and North Twin) and Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready.  Click Here For Review.

Tim DiJulio and Mike McCready of Flight to Mars

2.  Nashville (Will Kimbrough, Marshall Chapman, Minton Sparks, Slim Chance and The Can’t Hardly Playboys) – the whole Nashville experience was wonderful.  Kept to small venues and the Americana singer/songwriters.  Click Here For Review.

Marshall Chapman and Will Kimbrough at The Station Inn

Zach and Josh of Slim Chance and the Can't Hardly Playboys at Layla's

1.  Los Straitjackets at Slow Food Roots Music Festival – A bizarre series of events.  Marshall Chapman’s book had a chapter on Eddie Angel who once played in Marshall’s band.  Now Eddie’s fronting Los Straitjackets, and just happened to be playing in Seattle and a small fair in Stanwood within two weeks after I finished the book.  I brought the book, my son, our appetites to the festival.   We ate delicious local food, watched some pretty loco boys in Mexican wrestling masks play instrumental surf music, and were completely blown away by their skills and entertaining antics.  My son loved every minute of it.  To top off a perfect afternoon at the festival, they all signed Marshall’s book!  Click Here For Review.

Los Straitjackets

November 19, 2011 Posted by | Americana, Big Daddy's Place, Brent Amaker and the Rodeo, Chateau Ste Michelle, Concert Season 2011, Flight to Mars, Jackrabbit, Langhorne Slim, Los Straitjackets, Marshall Chapman, Massy Ferguson, Music, Nectar Lounge, Neumos, North Twin, Old 97's, Randomville, Star Anna and the Laughing Dogs, The B-52's, The Gourds, The Paperboys, The Tractor Tavern, Vicci Martinez, Will Kimbrough | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The B-52’s Came to Party at Chateau Ste. Michelle

The B-52's Photo by Joseph Cultice

The B-52’s came to party on a beautiful Saturday night at Chateau Ste. Michelle, an outdoor venue and winery in Woodinville, WA.  They looked fresh, fit and sounded terrific.  The four members, Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland, Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson strutted their stuff and added a few bandmates for the tour.   The B-52’s are getting ready to release a new live album recorded in their hometown on October 11 called With the Wild Crowd – Live in Athens, GA.  In support of the upcoming album, they showcased their greatest hits from the past 32 years, sang them with energy and punch, and partied like it was 1979.  A quick look among the aging and stiffly dancing crowd, though, reminded me otherwise.

Check out the full review of the show on Randomville!

September 17, 2011 Posted by | Chateau Ste Michelle, Concert Season 2011, Music, The B-52's | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The B-52′s July 6, 2002 Chateau Ste. Michelle

Here’s another post from the old days…This was our first time at Chateau Ste. Michelle winery to see a concert. 

The B-52’s

Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, Woodinville, WA

Saturday, July 6, 2002

Our son was very cranky this morning because he knew he was going to spend the night at Grandma and Grandpa’s.  P and I were going to the B-52’s concert at the Chateau Ste. Michelle winery in Woodinville!  I was so excited.  We saw them for the first time in 1990 at the Mercer Arena.  It was such a huge crowd;  it was really hard to get close.  We managed to squeeze our way to the front (festival-style standing on the floor) and almost got squished.  I remember feeling the air getting forced out of my lungs by the crush of the crowd.   I knew we’d have a better experience this time because we had reserved seats in the 10th row!

That evening, we taxied to Woodinville to avoid the parking mess.  We had just enough time before the show to munch down a sandwich and a couple of ales at Redhook Brewery, across the street from the winery.  I knew that in order to get P to dance or at least move to the music a little, I needed to get some alcohol in him.  We then walked over to the winery.  We went into the wine shop; I was amazed.  They let you purchase your wine, give you cups and let you drink it during the concert at your seats!  They even had little cheese and cracker plates for sale.  Wow, way better than the Gorge, where there is a designated drinking area and a two-drink maximum.  I guess with the kind of music they have at the winery they aren’t too worried about crowd control. 

We purchased a bottle of champagne and later some cheese and crackers.  It was a perfect evening.  It was about 80 degrees that day, and stayed in the 70’s at night.  We sat and drank through the first act, a blues guitarist named Erika something-or-other.  She was solo, but pretty good.  It was relaxing to sit and eat and drink before the big dance!  After Erika, there was an intermission.  Usually, the intermission is about 45 minutes, so we went to the bathrooms and looked at t-shirts.  Unfortunately, they only accepted cash.  We only had enough to get a taxi home, so I lost out on that deal.  they had some cute lobster shirts, too.  Oh, well.  I’ll have to look online.

We turned around to go do some more shopping, and we heard the audience yelling.  Oh, there they were!  We ran back to the stage.  We got to walk right in front of the stage to get to our seats.  It was soooooo cool!  I was 5 feet away from my musical heroes!  I have listened to The B-52’s since I was 14!  So much fun! 

They opened with Whammy, which got everyone (less the row directly behind us, for godsakes!) on their feet.  We stayed on our feet for the rest of the concert.  They played a variety of songs from all of their albums including: Mesopotamia, Give Me Back My Man, Love Shack, Strobe Light, Volcano, Private Idaho, Roam, and more.  

The remaining members (Ricky Wilson passed away from AIDS-related illness sometime before Bouncing off the Satellites was released) still looked great, although noticeably older, considering it’s been over 20 years since their first album was released!  Keith still looked exactly the same.  P thought he still looked in his mid-twenties!  He was still skinny and fit.  Fred looked even smaller and skinnier, but older.  I guess they’d all be pushing at least 50.  He was the most energetic.  He looked like he was having a lot of fun up there.  Cindy Wilson had a big blonde bouffant hairdo and a blue velvet top that fit loose at the bottom.  She was pretty heavy.  Kate had a big auburn wig that went down her back.  She was in purple and covered with rhinestones.  Both girls sang their hearts out, but were a little raspy at times and quite stiff.  It made me feel old, until P pointed out that everyone here is old, except for the girl in front of us and some of the kids who brought their parents!

While we were dancing and singing along, I noticed there was a pretty blonde girl in front of us.  She kept turning around and offering us more champagne!  She was younger than anyone around us.  I then started wondering who she looked like.  Then I realized she could be Mena Suvari from American Pie and American Beauty!  I kept asking P, “Is that her?  Is that her?”  He thought so at first, but then wasn’t so sure.  She was definitely one of those perfectly sculpted people who tend to stand out in a crowd.  She seemed confident, but also very nice and friendly to all of the people around her. 

She then started  stacking all of the white patio chairs so she and her 40-something boyfriend could have more room to dance.  She kept motioning us to come up closer to dance in her area.  It was so cool!  Although, I still don’t know for sure if it was Ms. Suvari. 

Pat left to get some more champagne, but the wine shop was closed for the evening.  While he was gone, she asked me if I was from around here.  I told her yes, just north of Woodinville.  That was the deciding factor for me.  She wasn’t from around here!  She must be visiting from out-of-state–possibly California?  I then screwed up my courage and told her I loved her in American Beauty.  She looked confused, and said, “What?” I repeated myself, louder, trying to compete with the loud music.  She smiled, but I don’t think she said anything.  I felt awkward, not knowing if she understood me.  I immediately changed the subject and pointed to the hot air balloons that were flying just behind the stage, up several hundred feet.  She was impressed by that, and showed the person on her left. 

Her boyfriend had moved, and noticed he was on the end of the aisle.  She went to join him, and they later moved their way up to the second row to dance.  They pushed more chairs out of the way.  Now everyone around us moved their chairs and it became a festival dancing area. 

I danced and sang every word of every song.  P was semi-dancing, and at least mouthing the words, too!  [I have later come to realize I need to let him do his own thing and be thankful that he enjoys going to shows with me!]  Somewhere during a slower song, we hit the restrooms again.  It was so fun to run next to the stage and look up at the band.  I later asked P why there wasn’t more security by the stage.  He said, “Well, judging from the age of the crowd, I don’t think they’re too worried about some drunk 40-year-old woman trying to climb up on the stage!”  He had a point there. 

The only disappointment was the length of the concert.  They started at 8:00 and ended at 9:00 sharp.  I couldn’t believe it!  Over twenty years of songs and they only played for one hour.  We did manage to cheer them back for an encore.  They played Rock Lobster and Modine.  I saw the Mena look-alike on the way out.  I thanked her for the alcohol.  She smiled and said, “Oh, you’re welcome!”  Who knows…

August 7, 2010 Posted by | 2002, Chateau Ste Michelle, Music, The B-52's | , | Leave a comment

Steve Martin’s Opening Band at Chateau Ste. Michelle

In a previous blog, I failed to mention that Steve had an opening act: http://www.abigailwashburn.com/

http://www.genestout.com/index.php/concert-review-steve-martin-and-band-show-their-pluck-at-chateau/

The above links will direct the reader to Abigail Washburn’s site and Gene Stout’s concert review of Steve and his opening act, Abigail Washburn.  She had us glued to our lawn chairs.  She had a beautiful, soulfully smooth voice, and was great on the banjo.  Her backup band, including fiddle and bass, added perfect accompaniment to her minimalist style.

July 12, 2010 Posted by | Chateau Ste Michelle, Concert Season 2010, Music, Steve Martin | , , , | Leave a comment

Steve Martin at Chateau Ste. Michelle 6.19.10

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers

Sat June 19, 2010

Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery

Unlike our Gorge trip which was full of mishaps and long lines, this night was a very pleasurable experience.

Since the winery is only about 15 minutes from our house, we decided to take a taxi and beat the parking traffic. It was a smart move. We arrived about 6:00 and headed first to Redhook Brewery for a nice ale. We walked across the street to the winery and made our way quickly through the ticketing area to the amphitheatre. It was a cloudy, muggy day. We came prepared with rain jackets, a blanket and poncho in case it rained.  We purchased lawn seating, so we carted in some low lawn chairs for comfort.  We also brought some snack food and purchased some Indian food and bottle of sauvignon blanc to enjoy while settling into the show.

Steve Martin, a Wild and Crazy Guy, showed us what he can do with a banjo Saturday. The man can pick. He is so talented. I think he’s out to get Tracy Morgan’s EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Tony, Oscar) collection. For those who watch 30 Rock, you’ll get the joke. Steve not only plays a mean banjo, but has a terrific backing band named The Steep Canyon Rangers, whom he “blames” his wife for discovering while visiting family back in North Carolina. Their band consists of another banjo, fiddle, mandolin, acoustic guitar, and stand-up bass. Most of the songs were instrumental arrangements, but others showed off the beautiful harmonizing voices of his band. They were so good together, and played off Steve’s great picking and sense of humor. Steve left most of the singing to them, unless he was interjecting some spoken words or participating in a couple of the more humorous songs.

He showed us a variety of picking styles. One was called claw hammer, and he even wrote and performed an arrangement for a traditional claw hammer song for his new Bluegrass album, The Crow.  [I have since purchased the CD and it was well worth it.  Steve wrote and arranged most of the songs.  I really enjoyed how closely the live performance matches this album. They are just as great live as they are on the album, except there are no jokes and sarcastic remarks in between songs!]

Oh, and it wouldn’t be Steve without the humor! He made several remarks between songs or while tuning the banjos (he had 4 banjos onstage, he said, so he could look behind him and remember what instrument he was playing). He wasn’t Wild and Crazy like his old stand-up comic days, but he would spend some time telling funny anecdotes or add some very dry humor to song intros.  Steve mentioned it must seem strange to see him playing banjo in a band instead of doing standup.  He said something like how weird it would be to go to a show and see Jerry Seinfeld playing the bassoon.  He bragged about being nominated for Bluegrass awards and a Grammy.  “That’s got to sting,” he told the other banjo player, who was feigning a hurt look.

Steve performed a song about Wally, his dog. The violinist made a “barking” noise and then a “whining” sound as Steve narrated that Wally wanted to play ball, but Steve didn’t have time for him. Finally, he gave in, and the chase began. It was a short number, but you could just imagine Wally running after that ball in a big, open field, banjo music blazing.

He said the band is traveling around in a bus for this tour. He recalled being on the road, and the instruments would come out, and they would tell tales of laughter and have a few tears…and then Steve said he knows this because he has called them from his private plane…and the banjo player said yes, that is all true, except he never calls!

He finished show with a Bluegrass version of King Tut! The audience roared and sang along. We moved up to the side of the stage and viewed him from the black screen. We were about 20 feet away. Steve fell into his old stand-up comic character once, and did his King Tut arms, much to the joy of the audience. His dog, Wally, joined them on stage during Tut and wandered around the perimeter and wagged his tail!

We had such a pleasant time. It was so relaxing to lean back in our chairs and soak in the beautiful music. The audience was quiet and respectful, yet very responsive and appreciative after each song. The sky was grey, but only let go of a few sprinkles toward the end of the evening. I have a new respect for Steve and his mastery of the banjo. Wow. Who knew??

www.stevemartin.com

Check out this blog from his Bonnaroo show in Tennessee for quotes of some of Steve’s humorous lines:

http://blogs.tennessean.com/tunein/2010/06/12/steve-martin-brandishes-wit-banjo-skills-at-bonnaroo/ 

 

 

 

June 20, 2010 Posted by | Chateau Ste Michelle, Concert Season 2010, Music, Steve Martin | , , , | 1 Comment

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers

We’re in!  I purchased two tickets to Steve Martin, playing at Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery Saturday, June 19.  Lawn seating, but that’s ok with me.  We’ll bring our cooler with snacks, lawn chairs and a nice blanket.  We’ll purchase some great wine and enjoy ourselves!  BTW, Steve’s blog is hilarious.  http://www.stevemartin.com

April 23, 2010 Posted by | Chateau Ste Michelle, Concert Season 2010, Music, Steve Martin | , , | Leave a comment

Chateau Ste. Michelle Summer Concerts

Just when I was satisfied with my concert selections this season, I now face more decisions!   Tom Petty, The Avett Brothers, and Willie Nelson are in the bag.  Now I have to decide how low our bank account can go. 

Ringo Starr is performing at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville.  I attended Sir Paul’s Back in the US concert in Tacoma about 8 years ago.  There is a temptation to purchase Ringo tix and have the satisfaction of seeing two former Beatles.  How many more years will Ringo tour?  If I miss this one, will I forever regret that decision?  Will our bank account survive?  Ugh. 

Another tempting show is Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers.  Steve–what a talented, wild and crazy guy.  I’m sure his show is a mix of bluegrass and comedy.  Gotta love the banjo!

Decisions, decisions…

April 20, 2010 Posted by | Chateau Ste Michelle, Concert Season 2010, Music | | Leave a comment

CSN Chateau Ste Michelle 6.6.2008

June 6, 2008 

Crosby, Stills and Nash 

Chateau Ste Michelle Winery, Woodinville

  

We had a Peace-and-Love Friday with CSN. Rain or shine. Well, it didn’t rain. But it was so cold I was wearing my ski parka while drinking wine and eating cheese and crackers.  The weather held out and the sky cleared just as they started the show. They had propane heaters up on the stage for the boys. It was so cold, the poor guys were bundled up! Crosby wore a little striped stocking cap all night and looked like a homeless Santa, but he could still sing! 

They were great. I was warned by a co-worker that the last time he saw CSN they did not sound very well. He said they were just not harmonizing like they used to, and were even apologetic. This time, they were on their game. They really sounded amazing. The boys did a great job with harmonies, hammering out hit after hit. They started with some slower songs, then picked up pace in the second half. 

They had to take turns warming themselves under the heaters. It was really blustery and cold. But at least it didn’t rain. In fact, the clouds cleared away as the sun set. It was really a beautiful evening. We’d never seen them before, and they were on my list of concerts to see before they (or I) died. 

What we found incredibly sad was the fact that their anti-war songs still have meaning today. One funny thing David Crosby said was, “If our President cannot pronounce the word ‘nuclear’, should he be allowed to…” 

Crosby and Nash constantly made jabs at each other, even swore at each other a few times, but all in good fun and humor. 

At the end, we started leaving, until we realized there was an encore. We hustled back up to the front of the stage and got some great shots up close. That was well worth the trouble of then getting stuck in the crowds on the way out. 

We dodged most of the crowds and headed across the street to the brewery for some more food before taking a taxi home. Another fun time! 

February 16, 2010 Posted by | Chateau Ste Michelle, Concert Season 2008, Music | | Leave a comment