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Massy Ferguson – Triple Door VI Show Friday, April 7, 2017

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Massy Ferguson and most of the audience at The Triple Door in 2016. Photo by Rich Zollner Photography

Come join in on the fun Friday, April 7 at The Triple Door in Seattle for Massy Ferguson and Sweet Kiss Momma.

Massy Ferguson, Seattle’s American Rock darlings, will sell out The Triple Door again this year. You don’t want to miss their lively show, which usually involves audience participation. You might even have a chance to join them onstage during their big finale.

Get your tix here:https://tickets.thetripledoor.net/ordertickets.asp?p=2430&src=eventperformances

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March 26, 2017 Posted by | 2017, Ethan Anderson, Massy Ferguson, The Triple Door | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Massy Ferguson: Chasing Anti-Heroes and Hitting The Mark at The Triple Door

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Massy Ferguson at The Triple Door June 17, 2016. L-R: Tony Mann-keys; Ethan Anderson-vocs, bass; Dave Goedde-drums; Adam Monda-vocs, guitar (not pictured: Fred Slater-keys). Photo Credit: Jacob Knight

A Massy Ferguson show always turns into one big audience-participation party, but this night was even more festive because each guest received a copy of their new album, Run It Right Into The Wall with the purchase of their ticket. Hence the official name for the evening: The “Everyone Gets An Album” Release Party.

A few weeks before the show, Massy Ferguson hyped it up online, blasting us with Facebook and Twitter posts, videos, teasers, pictures, and album review links. Paul Kerr, prolific writer of the music blog Blabber ‘n’ Smoke recently gave a thumbs up to Massy’s new album, calling it a “solid slice of gritty roots rock”. Check out his lively review here: https://paulkerr.wordpress.com/2016/06/27/massy-ferguson-run-it-right-into-the-wall-at-the-helm-records/

By showtime, The Triple Door was nearly sold out, with only a few empty seats scattered about the venue. People who purchased VIP tickets (a mere $16 more than regular admission) were also treated to a pre-show party and meet ‘n’ greet in The Green Room which included food, signed CD’s, and a cassette (yes, an actual audio cassette) of the new album. Dig out the boom boxes and find a pencil!

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Ethan Anderson: Chasing anti-heroes. Photo Credit: Jacob Knight

Ethan Anderson, bassist and frontman for MF, officially kicked off the night by reading a heartfelt speech about the conception of this album, calling it the record Massy Ferguson was born to write. He spoke of all of the steps it took to get to this point in the life of the band. He spoke of his anti-heroes–those bands who were on the fringe, who didn’t swim in the main stream, such as The Replacements, Wilco, Son Volt, and The Boss himself, back in his Nebraska days. They were his mentors, his idols–just out of reach. Some he literally just missed in a green room or on a stage. Their latest album sonically touches these anti-heroes, but as more of an homage–never an imitation. They have a signature sound, and this one hits all the marks that make them Massy Ferguson. Maybe it’s a little more rockin’ than their previous albums; but as Ethan said, “They always were at their best with rock first, twang after.”

Keeping a band together for ten years is quite a feat these days, especially when one is on the left side of the dial, trying to make ends meet–trying to make it. Roll the video…

Following the speech and video, Nick Foster Band, a seven-piece Americana ensemble, primed the audience for party time. Foster, on acoustic guitar and vocals, shared beautiful harmonies with Jazmarae Beebe. The rest of the band was equally impressive on soulful folk songs and full-bodied jams.

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Nick Foster Band. Photo Credit: Rich Zollner Photography

DJ Indica Jones kept the festivities going between sets with some great spins from 80’s and 90’s pop, rock, and hip-hop. He involved the audience in sing-alongs and let them finish choruses with songs like Bon Jovi’s “Living on a Prayer”. He danced along, grooving to his own beat.

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DJ Indica Jones doing his thang. Photo Credit: Rich Zollner Photography.

The curtain rose and Massy Ferguson started their long set with five new tracks from Run It Right Into The Wall. All songs on the album except one were written by Massy Ferguson. The exception is “Firewater”, written by UK rocker Dave Woodcock (Dave Woodcock and the Dead Comedians). This up-tempo, jangling rocker fired up the audience as Adam Monda fueled them with his trusty #5 Fender. A makeshift dance floor started in the aisle.

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Ethan Anderson, Adam Monda, and Fred Slater. Photo Credit: Jacob Knight

They continued with some favorites, including “Renegade” and “Backwoods”, the latter receiving help from the audience as they clapped along to the beat.

Another new one, “Dogbone” includes a Creedence-inspired riff. During the song, Rainier tallboys magically appeared on the stage. While Adam dove into a psychedelic solo, Ethan rolled over onto the stage (with his bass, which is quite a feat), grabbed a beer, took a sip, and popped back up. The stage lighting matched the colors of their new album. Bonus.

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Ethan grabbing a Rainier and saving the bass. Photo Credit: Rich Zollner Photography.

Ethan interrupted the show to mention they have two new t-shirts designed by drummer Dave Goedde in the merch booth. Dave also designed the album’s cool cover. Ethan then threw two shirts out to the cheering audience before raising his Rainier for his traditional toast, in several languages.

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Dave Goedde kept a steady beat all night. Photo Credit: Jacob Knight

“Every time I say Hello, you answer…Hello!” Ethan yelled to the crowd, and they happily shouted along to this poppy tune from Victory & Ruins.

Ethan later dedicated “Set The Sun” to a friend in the crowd who was having a birthday this evening.What a perfect way to celebrate.

“Lagrande” from the EP Damaged Goods featured Tony Mann on keys, filling in for Fred Slater. Tony just recently moved back to the US from Costa Rica, and was a member of Massy Ferguson from its inception. It was great to see Tony play with the band again.

“Atlantic City”, a cover by Bruce Springsteen, reminded Ethan of driving home with Adam after a late night in Roslyn, a tiny resort town east of the mountains. The audience sang along to the somber, repetitive chorus.

Massy Ferguson blasted back from “Atlantic City” with “Front Page News”, an angry rocker, and the dance floor spread into the aisles. They kept the momentum going with “Powder Blue” –always a great song to do near the end when everyone is primed to yell “Powder Blue!” at the top of their lungs on Ethan’s cue.

The last song,  “Into The Wall” allowed the crowd to breathe briefly while nodding their heads to the pensive title track.

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The Almighty Flute! Photo Credit: Rich Zollner Photography.

Ethan then invited the entire audience onstage, and soon the stage was packed with happy revelers and dancers. He handed his bass to another capable musician while he brought out his almighty flute, a bittersweet sign that the rowdy night was coming to an end. They finished their high-energy set with a cover of “Can’t You See”, but the flute malfunctioned. It was missing an end piece. A roadie tried to do an emergency repair, but it didn’t hold. Ethan tore that thing apart as the dancers and revelers continued on, not caring or noticing that the flute solo was abandoned.

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Big Finish! Photo Credit: Rich Zollner Photography.

Ethan Anderson might have missed his anti-heroes, but tonight, he and the band hit their mark.”They exceeded the hype!” said a friend when the party was over.

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Ethan Anderson, Fred Slater, Adam Monda, and Dave Goedde somewhere in England. Photo Credit: Ethan Anderson

A few days later, Massy Ferguson revived the party and ran it right into The UK the rest of June and into the first week of July. The tour included shows in Bath, Brighton, London, and Scheffield, among others, culminating with a grand finale at Maverick Festival in Suffolk where they shared the stage with the brilliant UK-Americana artist Peter Bruntnell.

See their website for news, merch, and upcoming shows here: http://massyfergusonband.com/

Support the independent artists who venture to your city and play small clubs and venues.  Support quality music.

 

 

 

 

 

July 9, 2016 Posted by | 2016, Americana, Massy Ferguson, Rock, Seattle Rock, The Triple Door | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Makin’ It with Massy Ferguson

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Congratulations go out to Seattle’s own Massy Ferguson, for recently acquiring a UK label, At The Helm Records, to support their upcoming album, Run It Right Into The Wall.

Frontman Ethan Anderson and the boys will host a CD release party here at The Triple Door on Friday, June 17th. The show is nearly sold out, with only a few seats left at this writing.

Soon after, they’re heading across The Pond to continue the festivities.

The UK tour is from June 22nd through July 3rd, and includes a CD launch party. Other show announcements will pop up soon, so check their website or Facebook often for updates.

Their first official video from the album is aptly called “Makin’ It”, and was recently featured on Huffington Post. Read it here (scroll down a bit):http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/chats-with-barenaked-ladies-ed-robertson-wpremiere_us_573a8399e4b07a3866046392

See you at the party!

May 28, 2016 Posted by | 2016, Americana, Massy Ferguson, Rock, Seattle Rock | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Backwoods” in the Evening: A Rowdy Night with Massy Ferguson and Friends

Massy Ferguson celebrated another EP release on Friday, August 8 at Conor Byrne Pub in Ballard.  

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We began the warm summer night with a special treat: a parking spot directly in front of The Tractor, across the street from Conor Byrne. After all these years, we’ve never parked that close, especially on the first go ’round.

Fredd Luongo, lead singer of The Swearengens, stood in front of the Tractor with his band mates and watched us park the car.  I stayed in the car for a minute and pulled on my boots. I caught Fredd in my peripheral vision, staring me down.  His blue eyes followed me as I stepped onto the sidewalk, and I knew what he was going to say.

“You’re going to the Massy Ferguson show tonight, aren’t you?” A very sober look crossed his face.

“Uh, yes. Yes we are, Fredd,” I said, my voice full of remorse. “I’m so sorry!  We already committed to their show before realizing that you were playing tonight, too.  I’ll tell you what–if there’s time, we’ll run over and catch your show, I promise!”

I felt like some sort of traitor.  I love The Swearengens just as much as I love Massy Ferguson. Lately, for some reason, the timing has been off in our efforts to make it to a Swearengens show. Both bands have played in the Seattle area for years and tour with other local and national bands, too.  And this night, they played across the street from each other.  The stars were crossed tonight, I’m afraid.

With tails between our legs, Pat and I headed down the to Bad Albert’s for a quick and hearty dinner–pulled pork on toasted roll with slaw and fish sandwich and chips.  Great pub food, and inexpensive, too.

Conor Byrne is a long, rectangular brick building with a bar lining the left side and a few benches and tables along the right wall and scattered near the stage.  The triangular stage was ridiculously small for the piles of equipment loaded on and around it.  A low velvet couch against the wall near the side of the stage looked like it was built about the time of the opening of the original structure. We chose to sit on the couch and sunk way down into the worn, threadbare cushions.  That was OK–at least we didn’t have to stand for the show.  It was going to be a long night.

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Hook and Anchor

Hook and Anchor, a talented, five-piece, multi-instrumental Americana band opened the show. I liked their bluegrass vibe.  The female lead singer, Kati Claborn, had quite a large vocal range, and hit some beautiful high notes in a song near the end of the set.  She also played banjo and acoustic guitar.  She switched out to upright bass for one song and let the bass player Luke Ydstie lead on banjo.  Fiddler and guitarist Gabrielle Macrae sang her own song and accompanied on others. The band also included collaborator Erik Clampitt on vocals, guitar and steel, and Ryan Dobrowski on drums. They reminded me of The Gourds in the way they democratically let everyone take a turn at different instruments and vocals. The band had a helluva time switching out instruments, positioning amps and monitors, and changing places on the tiny stage.  They really deserve to be on a larger stage to showcase their fine talents without the distraction of trying not to get in each other’s way. 

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Legendary Oaks

Legendary Oaks, a four-piece rocking alt-country band loaded in after shuffling around the equipment. Pat and I talked to them outside before the show. We saw them back in January at The Sunset Tavern. I remember it well, because there was this strange turn on the dance floor that night.  The boys were up on stage rockin’ out, and these girls that looked like they’d just been to a Bellevue dance club came in wearing pretty dresses and high heels and started raising the roof!  We had a good laugh over that, and frontman Craig Schoen remembered my written account of the crazy evening. We were looking forward to another great show, but with probably a little less disco on the dance floor.

They rocked again with some psychedelic jams. Their lead guitarist Zoran Macesic could be The Edge’s protege, with echoing, haunting, repetitive guitar licks.  Schoen’s vocals turned a dark corner, Dave Grohl-style, and went from a smooth, even tone to a wail.  He jammed on his acoustic like a true rock star, with posturing and angst-riddled facial expressions.  Their sound has a bit of a Tom Petty vibe, too, which makes their songs so addictive.  Bassist Chris Jordan and drummer Justin Ansley kept the tight beat going for their strong set. They left the stage soaked in sweat.  Legendary Oaks also packed the floor, although the dancing was minimal this time around. 

As promised, we trotted across the street to see if The Swearengens were still on, hoping to catch a few songs before Massy Ferguson took the stage.  We just missed them.  Fredd was manning the merch table. We caught his eye and slowly waved goodbye to him with pouting faces.  Sorry, Fredd.

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Massy Ferguson L-R: Tony Mann, Dave Goedde, Adam Monda, Ethan Anderson

Massy Ferguson’s new 6-track, mostly acoustic album, entitled Backwoods is just what I would expect from the boys.  It has just the right balance of beer-swillin’ songs and sober, thoughtful tunes. Lead singer and bassist Ethan Anderson shared his thoughts about the new EP: 

An album is a time piece, I’ve always thought. It captures a moment, a snapshot of what an artist or band is or what they are feeling at the time. In that way, albums are bound and chained to the stage of life of the artist. And, honestly, these are more “sober” times for MF. Three of us have had kids with wives/girlfriend, etc., and all the grown-up stuff that comes with that, and Tony is leaving the band for the better part of a year (he’s headed to Costa Rica – hence the song “Last Note”). I think all of us have been feeling a little more worn down by the “business” of music–maybe it’s age, maybe it’s wisdom. Sober is not a bad thing, it gives you ability to better reflect; and I think this album is, at its core, quite reflective. Reflective on individual expectations, on art, on nature, on personal histories, on places and spaces we’ve occupied.

“We’ve proven over the years that we can write songs for the bar-room, but we had this palette of songs that were more pretty, introspective and acoustic – 6 of them to be exact – and they didn’t really fit in with the feel of our other new material. They felt like a break from what we do, and I’m really glad they turned out the way they did sonically.”

Massy Ferguson started off strong with the title track and “90’s Darlin'” from Backwoods.  They squeezed in a couple of female vocalists to the stage, adding to their already-big sound and filling up every square foot of stage space with instruments, pedals, and power cords (and power chords, of course).  The band got the people on their feet and clapping to their energized blend of alt-country, with mostly upbeat songs keeping them engaged throughout the night.  

DSC05956Ethan took a few moments during the set and christened the new EP with a poignant yet humorous speech about where he’s headed musically and where he’s ended up physically with this band.  He paraphrased it later: “…the moment right when you start to wake up in the morning where your brain is cloudy and you realize you are not in your bed at home. As a musician this is something I’ve experienced a lot. I’ve woken up in a bed next to Tony in a Richland, WA motel room, I’ve woken up next to a 68 year old British man named Nick on our recent UK tour, I’ve woken up on the floor of the Brick Tavern in Roslyn...Backwoods in the Morning is probably mostly about waking up (literally and metaphorically) in a better place, a better headspace, in a new recognition of your life and who you are, where you have been.”

Even the bar was a different space for them. “As for the Conor Byrne show, again, even the show was a departure from the usual. That’s not a room we play, but we’d heard it was a good room for acoustic music. The sound for us wasn’t as spectacular as I’d hoped, but the show was definitely fun. Once you’ve been a musician in a town for a long time, you like to shake things up a bit, and I  think we did just that with the Conor Byrne show. It was a bit more of an unknown commodity than, say, the Tractor or Nectar or places we’ve played a lot. And, truthfully, the EP is a bit more of an unknown commodity too, compared to what we usually do.”

Adam Monda on lead guitar decided to go all acoustic tonight and follow the tone for their new EP, which added a rich, subdued sound to some of the more rocking numbers.  It worked on this smaller stage, although as Ethan mentioned above, there were some sound issues and the occasional feedback hum.  Tony Mann had some great solos on keys, including a noticeable turn on “Last Note” from the EP.  Dave Goedde is fun to watch on drums; his long arms pounded out the strong country-rock beat.  He must have felt a little claustrophobic this night, crushed into the very back corner of the miniscule stage. 

Adam Monda (Guitar) and Ethan Anderson (Flute) of Massy Ferguson

Adam Monda (Guitar) and Ethan Anderson (Flute) of Massy Ferguson

Our favorite part of the night is when the flute comes out. We know there is going to be a sing-along to a cover song, and possibly a few extra fans or musicians on stage to help out.  Ethan held the revered flute up high and the audience cheered. The band held nothing back, and several of the other band members joined them until there was absolutely no room for any more people or instruments.  Guest percussionists pounded on pint glasses (more than one broke and ended up on the stage) to add to the wall of sound.  The audience, as instructed, sang and danced, bounced and clapped heartily as they played “Last Note” and “Bum Drunk” to finish off the fabulous night.  

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I enjoy evangelizing when it comes to our favorite Seattle bands.  We try to invite friends every time we go out to a show.  Many get the thrill of experiencing an unknown band for the first time.  It’s so invigorating to watch their eyes light up when a particularly rollicking song catches their attention.  I feel like we’ve done our part to spread the word about the great music that happens every week in Seattle.  This night was no exception.  Pat invited his friend and co-worker Gary, and he was thankful to get out and listen to new music tonight.  His wife and friend came to the show later after attending the Lady Gaga spectacle at Key Arena.  They were pleasantly surprised at the quality of the bands here in this tiny bar.  Quite a bit of a scene change from Lady Gaga.

The rowdy night ended with the setlist, signed CD’s, a drive with the top down, and Dick’s hamburgers at 1 am. 

Massy Ferguson Setlist

Massy Ferguson Setlist

**Catch Massy Ferguson around town over the next few weeks, including The Tractor Sept. 19th with Austin’s Band of Heathens, and Ballard’s Macefield Festival Oct. 3rd, where they will play at The Sunset.**

September 10, 2014 Posted by | Americana, aplscruf, Concert Season 2014, Conor Byrne, Hook and Anchor, Legendary Oaks, Massy Ferguson | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Massy Ferguson at Tagaris Winery, Richland, WA 8.18.2012

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I posted a review of this show for No Depression.com.  What a fun night!  I was a little slow to post here.  It’s been a busy year.

I really wanted to be cloned this weekend.  So many shows, so little time and space.  We chose to leave the Seattle area, though, and visit some friends in Tri-Cities.   Massy Ferguson was in town and played two nights at Tagaris Winery in Richland.  It turned out to be a fun outing on a wonderfully hot (for Washington) weekend.  We soaked in that dry heat with the hope of saving a little warmth for the impending winter gloom and enjoyed the company of good friends and great music.

We hit the road Saturday morning, and by 9:00 the temperature already rose above 70.  Over Snoqualmie Pass we could see the haze from the recent forest fire that swept over thousands of acresnorth and east of Cle Elum.  As we approached Indian John Hill, we could see smoldering hillsides through the thick haze.  The inside of our truck smelled like a smoky campfire.

We drove to 97 and through Yakima and on to Sunnyside.  We stopped by P’s uncle and aunt’s home and had a nice visit while the boy swam in their pool.  We then dropped by the Sunnyside cemetery, visited P’s parents’ headstone and said hello, swept off the recently-cut grass around the stone, adorned it with flowers, then found his grandparents’ stone and did the same.  It was now in the mid-90’s and climbing.

We drove past apple orchards, their trees bowing with the weight of the growing apples.  Farther south, apple orchards morphed into vineyards and vast stretches of desert.  Tri-Cities spread out before us in hazy buildings, neighborhoods of houses, small trees and stoplights.

We arrived at our friends’ house in Kennewick and had a nice chat on P and D’s patio.  The sky was hazy, the temperature now at 100 and holding.  The dry heat felt good on my skin.  We then changed and headed out to eat at a local hangout that had good pub food, great ale and hosted different bands every week.  We decided not to stay for this evening’s band, as we had to get over to Tagaris in Richland to see Massy Ferguson.  We promised our friends they would not be disappointed.

They later admitted they did a little “recon” mission the night before we arrived and checked out the band for a few minutes on their first night.  P and D did enjoy the music, so we were all looking forward to tonight’s show.

I’ve lost track of how many times we’ve seen Massy Ferguson.  I guess that’s a sign that I really like this band.  Their music spans many genres from Americana, folk, twang rock, alt-country, and good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll.  We always have a blast, and their frontman Ethan Anderson is bound to say at least one funny thing at each gig.  He always manages to get someone on stage to help in some way with singing, dancing, or cowbell near the end of the set.

The winery crowd, although it was a relaxed and casual atmosphere, seemed to be pretty quiet.  Tagaris: one of three wineries nestled closely together.  Gourmet food, appetizers, happy hour specials, wines, beer, and cocktails.  Covered ‘taverna’ with big screen, open to the elements.  Also, air conditioned dining area.  Round metal tables and chairs dotted a giant outdoor courtyard.  Trees and beautiful shrubbery and flowers lined the boundaries.  As the sun set, the floodlights and white Christmas-type lights set the mood for the beautiful evening.  It was still in the 90’s after the sun went down, and the heat radiated from the aggregate concrete.

We met up with Ethan Anderson before the show and introduced him to our friends.  We also spoke briefly with Adam Monda, lead guitarist.  He was excited to know we were all Coug grads, as both Adam and Dave Goedde, the drummer, were Cougs.

Massy Ferguson opened the giant three-part set (which I believe got shoved into two extra-long sets with a quick dinner and gallons of water in between) with “Pretty Plain Jane”, a favorite off the album Hard Water.  Throughout the night, they mixed songs from their three current albums as well as a bunch of new music which will be on an upcoming album scheduled for a fall release.  On top of all that, they also managed to play several covers.

Here is the review I wrote for No Depression: http://www.nodepression.com/article/live-review-massy-ferguson-heats-tagaris-winery

December 30, 2012 Posted by | Americana, aplscruf, Concert Season 2012, Massy Ferguson, Tagaris Winery | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Massy Ferguson and Ole Tinder at Barboza 5.19.12

Inside Barboza

It’s been a month since our last show, so I was ready to get out of the house.  We spent a frustrating hour in traffic, then trolled for parking on Capitol Hill before getting lucky.  We parked just a couple of blocks up Pike Street from our destination, Barboza, a new venue in the basement of Neumos.  I really enjoy Pike Street; there is such an eclectic mass of humanity, businesses and restaurants.

We were ready to eat by the time we parked and settled on Poquitos, an interesting Mexican restaurant.  We had some dessert there before, but wanted to try their dinner fare.  I had chicken mole enchiladas and P had a taco sampler.  Both were delicious.  I prefer the dark, spicy mole, and I had yet to find a match in flavor to that of Redmond’s El Toreador.  The Poquitos mole was definitely better tasting, spicier and richer than El Toreador.  I also had a Purist Margarita (well, make that two) and P stuck to his favorite Manny’s ale.  We were stuffed and happy.  By the way, if you ever sit at the bar and happen to notice that the bartender has an interesting European accent–he is Scottish.  NOT Irish, NOT English, NOT Australian!

We then headed across the street to Neumos/Barboza for the show.  Next door, and part of the venue, is Moe Bar.  Upstairs in Neumos, a hip-hop band was just finishing their show.  Talk about an eclectic mix at Moe!  The hip-hop audience, all dressed up in nice shirts and dresses, poured into Moe and mixed with the cowboy boot-wearin’ country folks.  I loved it.

We made our way through the crowd and downstairs to Barboza.  We oohed and aahed at the beautiful, clean little venue.  It’s a long rectangle with a low stage at one end and a small dance floor, beautiful, plush booths on one side, and a bar wrapped in shiny, varnished wood along the other side.  There was room in the back to mingle, too.  Low lighting in reds and blues, large, thick curtains along the back of the stage and along the walls completed the picture.  It was nearly vacant when we arrived, so we were able to get a seat at the bar closest to the stage.

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Minutes later the opening band Ole Tinder took the stage, complete with country swag.  Their motto: “We play songs so you don’t have to.”  Ole Tinder are Mike Giacolino (singer/songwriter, guitar/harmonica), Nils Peterson (bass/vocals), J. Kardong (pedal steel/electric guitar) and Pat Schowe (drums/percussion).  They played good, clean old-time country, complete with the mournful whine of pedal steel and the occasional harmonica.  I found myself tapping my boots in time to most songs.  Their sound and vocals reminded me somewhat of Psychedelic Cowboys.  Check out ReverbNation or Facebook for a couple of their songs included in their set: “Our Hope” and “Aurora Bridge”.  Also, they just dropped a new EP entitled Loways, which can be purchased on iTunes.  Their last song of the evening, “Welcome Home” was especially energetic–a perfect closer.  Their next performance is at Noise for The Needy on Friday, June 1 at The Comet.

Mike Giacolino of Ole Tinder

Fredd Luongo from The Swearengens was at the show.  We introduced ourselves and I told Fredd I’d written the review of his show with Jackrabbit at The High Dive a few months ago.  The Swearengens are playing Thursday, May 24 at Blue Moon joined by Zoe Muth and Joy Mills.   We’re hoping to make the show, since we enjoyed their set at The High Dive.

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Massy Ferguson opened their short, lively set with a brand new song called “Breathin’ In” then dove right in to their more familiar songs including “Pretty Plain Jane” and “Wenatchee Eyes”.  Ole Tinder’s J. Kardong joined in on pedal steel.  Other favorites included the shout-along “Powder Blue” and the joyful closer, “Bum Drunk,” joined by a couple of female volunteers,  Horse-Head Guy and My Little Pony.  Rumor has it that Horse-Head Guy ate My Little Pony (that sounded dirty…).

We always enjoy Massy Ferguson’s quality shows and the ensuing silliness.  Previous shows have included several “guest female vocalists” to help(?) with the chorus (actually, one girl could really wail at their Nectar show last fall), cowbell and tambourine players, two-steppers, drunk air guitarists, as well as Hall and Oates covers and serious flute playing by Ethan Anderson.  Unfortunately, there was no flute this time, but there was plenty of horsing around.

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MF Setlist (My Little Pony in silhouette!)

Massy Ferguson were scheduled to play Sunday afternoon at Redhook in Woodinville.  We were ambitious last night and thought we’d ride our bikes down to the show, but changed our minds when we awoke to rain.

Their next gig will be at Three Rivers Winery on June 1.  Check out Massy Ferguson’s website for more dates.

More Pics:

Ole Tinder’s J. Kardong with Pat Schowe on Drums

Ole Tinder’s Nils Petersen on Bass

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Mike G.

J.  switching to guitar

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Ole Tinder band

Massy Ferguson’s Tony Mann, Proud New Daddy!  Congrats!

Ethan Anderson

Ethan with J. and Adam

MF Band

MF Band

Dave Goedde

Ethan and Adam Monda

J. Kardong on Pedal Steel

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Horsing Around: Horse-Head Guy, Guest Female Vocalists/Tambourine Operators

Horsing Around!

Did the Horse-Head Guy Eat My Little Pony?

To the Glue Factory!

May 22, 2012 Posted by | Americana, Barboza, Concert Season 2012, Massy Ferguson, Music, Neumos, Ole Tinder, The Swearengens | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Massy Ferguson at Barboza Saturday, May 19

Looking forward to Massy Ferguson at Barboza Saturday night! We are definitely bringing ID. No horsing around!

May 18, 2012 Posted by | Americana, aplscruf, Barboza, Concert Season 2012, Massy Ferguson, Music | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Massy Ferguson at Redhook Brewery 3.24.2012

Massy Ferguson

We enjoyed a rollicking night of music, brew and a little dancing on Saturday.  No cover.  Massy Ferguson showed up and delivered the goods after a long drive from Boise’s first annual Tree Fort Music Fest.  P and I arrived at Redhook in Woodinville around 7:30 and reserved a table, then got lucky and snagged two stools at the bar.  We settled in with some nice appetizers and ale.

The band arrived and set up while we finished up, and we decided to take a more comfortable spot near the stage.  A big leather couch and oversized chair sat just to the right of the stage.  A waitress exclaimed we would not get served there, but we didn’t care; it was so comfy and broken in.  Two of our neighbors soon joined us, and we sank into the couch together and chatted about our week.

We also chatted a little with Ethan Anderson, the frontman for MF, before the show began.  I’ve reviewed them before for Randomville, and have now seen them perform a handful of times.  They’re definitely one of our favorite local bands, and made it into my Top 10 Live Shows of 2011 – twice!  He brought a little black box with him and set it near the other equipment.  P asked, “Will there be flute tonight?”

“Yes,” said Ethan, “There will be flute tonight!”

The Setlist included a few surprises and covers

The somewhat shy crowd became a little more drunk as the night wore on, which led to more dancing, whooping and cheering.  And some serious air guitar.  MF played a variety of songs from their growing repertoire, including a brand new one called “2AM Beauty Queen,” which received a positive cheer from the crowd.

Air Guitar!

Other surprises included the cover of “Can’t You See” with Ethan Anderson on FLUTE!  The flute made its appearance at least one other time during the three-set gig.

Ethan Anderson: "There will be Flute Tonight!"

They also pulled out a few other oldie covers, such as Hall and Oates’ “She’s Gone.”

“Pretty Plain Jane” made an appearance, and The Couch People got their own dedication:  “She’s Got You Beat,” based on a true story of a friend who hooked up with a sugar mama from Silvana, WA, never to be seen nor heard from again!

Thanks, Ethan, Adam, Tony and Dave, for a great night out in the ‘burbs!

More Pics:

Dave Goedde

Adam Monda

The Tardy Tony Mann arrived a bit late to the gig

March 31, 2012 Posted by | Concert Season 2012, Massy Ferguson, Redhook Brewery | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

LIVE REVIEW: MASSY FERGUSON EP RELEASE PARTY WITH JACKRABBIT

Massy Ferguson Photo Copyright 2011 Michael Profitt


CHECK OUT MY FULL REVIEW ON RANDOMVILLE FOR MORE INFO, VIDEOS AND PICS!

I was looking forward to seeing Massy Ferguson again, after witnessing their opening for Brent Amaker and the Rodeo back in July at the Tractor Tavern.  I was glad to see another local band embrace the Americana/country rock genre.  I purchased their latest album, Hard Water at that show, and it hasn’t left my CD player.  This time around, they celebrated the release of their EP,  Damaged Goods.

Opening for Massy Ferguson was Tony Fulgham and his new band, Jackrabbit.  Jackrabbit is the outcome of a hard-won search for new bandmates after the death of North Twin.  I was still in stage 6 of the grieving process over that one.  The demise of North Twin happened in the spring of 2010 after their drummer Rick Cranford moved back east.  I was looking forward to getting some closure this night.   Fulgham found an energetic drummer, Aimee Zoe Tubbs from The Starlings and writer/producer Moe Provencher on bass.  For this show he also included Portland’s Jason Montgomery on guitar/pedal steel, which added country flavor and depth to the live show.

Here are some pics from the show:

Tony Fulgham of Jackrabbit

Tony and Jason

Jackrabbit Setlist

Dancers

Ethan Anderson

Tony Mann

Guest Female Vocalist

Massy EP

Massy Setlist

Ethan and Adam

October 23, 2011 Posted by | Americana, Concert Season 2011, Jackrabbit, Massy Ferguson, Music, Nectar Lounge, Randomville | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment