Band in Seattle, a local TV show filmed right at our own Victory Studios does a fantastic job of giving local artists a chance at the spotlight, and the recording of each episode is even open to the public for just the price of a $10 ticket. To kick off their fourth season, Band in Seattle brought in two killer local groups for their Friday night taping—Mirror Ferrari and My Goodness. The groups had incredible performances, and all in the intimacy of a small crowd for a short little night sure to leave an impression.
Band in Seattle is set to begin filming the fourth season of the web and TV series next month. Thursday night’s show features last year’s EMP’s Sound Off champs, Cosmos, as well as the punk duo The Black Tones, and Friday features My Goodness, who opened 107.7 The End’s Deck the Hall Ball last December, and synth rock band Mirror Ferrari.
Band in Seattle is taped in front of a live studio audience, and ticket purchases come with 4 free drink tickets, with beer provided by North Coast Brewing Company.
This will be the first show Band in Seattle has hosted since the season closer last September at the Tractor Tavern with Hobosexual and He Whose Ox Is Gored in partnership with Macefield Music Festival.
Shows from season three are currently running on CW11, Saturday nights at 11pm, and the schedule for upcoming episodes can be found on BandinSeattle.com, or weekly posts on Band in Seattle’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Tickets are available on BandinSeattle.com through Stranger Tickets, or at the door the day of the show at Victory Studios. Doors are at 6pm, with the first band beginning promptly at 7pm. Victory Studios has limited, free, off-street parking.
By Abby Williamson
Have you heard of Band in Seattle? No? Well now’s the time to enlighten yourself – or better yet – we’ll do it for you! Over 100 bands in, the local television and web concert docuseries is just about to start taping its 4th season. The taping on Thursday, February 9th features The Black Tones and last year’s Sound Off! champs Cosmos. On Friday you’ll get the chance to see Mirror Ferrari and My Goodness. Tickets are now available on BandinSeattle.com.
If you’ve never been to a taping of Band in Seattle, we strongly recommend it. Not only do you get two great bands for nothing more than a $10 ticket, but you also get free beer, snacks, and other non-alcoholic drinks for the all ages crowd. Tapings are family friendly as well, so if you’ve been wanting to bring your kiddo out to a show but haven’t been able to yet – you’re in luck! Last season, Band in Seattle featured Pig Snout, a band where 2/3 of its members are under the age of 12.
Doors open at 6 at Victory Studios, 2247 15th Avenue West between Queen Anne and Magnolia, just south of the Ballard Bridge. You get a chance to be on TV, and there’s free off-street parking (limited, of course). It’s not often that you can go out to a show on a weeknight and be home in time for the late night talk shows.
These tapings are just the first step of what becomes an episode of Band in Seattle. The shows air on CW11 every Saturday night at 11pm. Reruns of season 3 are currently airing until the new season premieres (date TBA). So now’s the time to catch up on all the bands the show has had on previously (all of which are on the show’s YouTube channel). There’s a new promo for the show, which you can check out below (with some of our favorites: Naked Giants, Fauna Shade, and Brent Amaker and the Rodeo).
By Mocha Charlie
Band In Seattle still continues to bring out great local bands and great crowds to their live taping events at Seattle’s, Victory Studios. On Friday night, Brent Amaker And The Rodeo and Fox In The Law took to the stage to perform a few songs, take part in a “Q&A” session with the audience, and record a live feature for Band Talk With Conrad Denke.
This band pairing drew record crowds, as the normal “seating” feature in the studio was eliminated, making room for more of a dancing/standing room only show. Both bands had the opportunity to captivate the audience, with Fox & The Law performing for what might have been the last time. The band has “officially broken up,” but remain friends, play in other bands, and have decided to put more energy into their other projects. They were asked to come together one last time, and jumped at the opportunity because of their friendship with members of Brent Amaker And The Rodeo.
Amaker’s set was a scaled down version of their usual show, what one might see at their next local show (Nectar Lounge, April 16). They usually always bring “stage hands” along, dressed in not-so-normal costumes while carrying equipment, assisting Amaker with instrument changes, etc., while their female performers were absent from the stage. Stage smoke, lasers, and the near absence of front lights (normal for their shows), allowed all members to stand out in silhouette. Amaker switched things up by performing with and without his guitar, and with and without his glasses, (which have become a signature look over the years).
Both bands participated in a highly humorous (particularly NSFW) segment of “Q&A” after their band performances. They also had a bit of fun with a contest determining which band knew more about music trivia. Fox And The Law received more right answers and were rewarded with a large stuffed dog. Runner up Amaker received a smaller stuffed bear, both wearing Band In Seattle t-Shirts.
Once they’ve edited it down for the 30-minute TV episode (later this year, it will air locally on The CW, Saturdays at 11 p.m.), it can be streamed on their website and will also be available on the app, Qello. Similar to Netflix, Qello is a music-only site which offers viewers a subscription for concerts and music performances, both from current artists and archived footage from those who no longer perform.
For full gallery, see the post on Seattle Music Insider.
The Seattle music scene doesn’t disappoint. After Nirvana, Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters found their success it seemed like artists flocked to the Emerald City and the music scene became one of the most cherished parts of Seattle culture.
Alaska Airlines passengers can now get a real taste of that culture while inflight. “Band in Seattle,” featuring local artists and bands, will now air on Alaska Beyond Entertainment giving passengers a look into real, local art.
For most of the artists, it is their first time being truly highlighted and noticed on a large scale. From country to grunge, the series takes on the huge Seattle emerging artist scene and captures it well.
“Our goal for inflight entertainment is to entertain our customers and help them discover new things,” said David Scotland, Alaska’s manager of inflight entertainment and connectivity. “With Seattle’s rich history of pioneering new music, it seemed like a natural fit to have Band in Seattle on our flights. We hope our customers love it.”
An Alaska Airlines million miler, Conrad Denke saw a need to help musicians take their work to the next level. “Band in Seattle” – a television and web series featuring emerging artists in the greater Seattle area – was Denke’s way of getting involved in the cause. Denke used to be a musician and feels a personal connection to up and coming bands.
Now, Denke owns Victory Studios, a Seattle/LA production company which is where the filming takes place. Along with director Nolan Lehman, Denke works with 20 crew members to produce the series in their Fremont studios, where tapings are open to the public. It airs on the CW channel KSTW (in Seattle) and on their website as well as the international concert web subscription service, Qello.com.
“I felt that I could provide a platform to serve my need [of getting new artists recognized] and at the same time give audiences increased access to great music and great stories,” Denke said.
The show features artists playing in a small concert setting along with interviews of the band members. The viewer gets the experience of being in the concert as well as some face-to-face time with the artists – that’s Denke’s favorite part, getting to know the members personally.
“They are a great group of people,” Denke said. “They work hard, sacrifice a lot for their art and give so much to their audiences. It’s an honor to get to know them and have an opportunity to help them promote their great work.”
Alaska Airlines is always looking for ways to promote local art and business. For Denke, putting the show on Alaska planes was an easy choice.
“Alaska Airlines reaches thousands of people every day,” Denke said. “Perhaps one day, someone with the right connections will see one of our bands and help take them to higher levels of success.”
Sit back, relax and get a taste of Seattle music from our planes and don’t worry about running out of content – “Band in Seattle” is gearing up to film season three in the coming months.
Conrad Denke, owner of Victory Studios and executive producer of “Band in Seattle” is probably one of the most interesting people I’ve met in this town. He took the time to show me around the gigantic Victory Studios consisted of every type of production, media, and music equipment known to man. He takes me through the editing rooms, the production rooms, as every turn has a poster of a past movie the studio has produced, or another award they’ve received for their outstanding work.Denke casually mentions to me, “I was actually sworn into the air force in this same building during Vietnam.” Back in the day, this building was used as a military post during the draft. Denke’s history with this building is obviously long standing as he continues (with some prodding on my part) to discuss his days as the videographer from the sky where his last assignment was to film the troops coming back home from the war.
A Queen Anne and University of Washington alumni, Denke then goes on to tell me about his days in a folk band. They were pretty well known and even served as the house band for a weekly show shot down at the Seattle Center.
“Band in Seattle” is the first show to start Denke’s vision of transforming Victory Studios from a service company to a full production machine.
“There are great stories that don’t ever get told,” says Denke. “I went to a couple clubs and realized how advanced these musicians are and how extraordinary the scene is in this city.” Twenty-six bands were shot for the first season and “KSTW caught the vision immediately,” according to Denke.
Not only do you get to see these bands perform in an intimate stage setting, but you get to hear the back stories of each individual band member. How they got started, what inspires them, how they find balance when the income can often times be non-existent, etc. Fans can see their favorite local musicians in their element and get drawn into their world. Then, that show content, including interviews and/or full length songs, is streamed and available world-wide with quello.com or the Band in Seattle Youtube channel.
“You get an insight into an artist that you normally wouldn’t. You get to see the sacrifices these musicians make and all the work that they put into what they do, for little to no money.”
In relation to the scene in LA to the Seattle music vibe, Denke says, “the work here is all collaborative. In LA, that doesn’t exist! So where you may find great musicians, there’s no music scene. There’s no place in the world like Seattle! Because they have so much concentrated talent. I haven’t seen competition here- I’ve seen collaborations.”
Conrad Denke talks about the talent he’s seen while producing this show (to basically no financial gain of his own). With a twinkle in his eye, he explains the importance of the stories that come from the stage to your screen. The passion of the producers,and of the artists and bands, creates a show that’s beyond special. People doing what they love, simply because they can’t not. which by Denke’s definition, “is what true art is.”
Witness true art coming up by tuning in, Saturday nights at 11pm on the CW11, and see all the amazing episodes that have aired so far at bandinseattle.com. The second leg of Season 2 airs September 5th.
Band in Seattle recently began shooting for its second season, and the scrappy locally-produced show’s become an engaging regional music sampler in the year-plus of its existence.
There are plenty of ways to see quality video footage of local bands playing live, but Band in Seattle offers up its wares in charmingly old-school fashion on CW network affiliate Channel 11 every Saturday night at 11:00 p.m. Whether by accident or design, the show’s programmers have demonstrated a knack for cherry-picking a wide cross-section of Seattle musicians nicely uninformed by trends: A durable blue-collar rock band (Gunn) or a sharp old-school soul ensemble (Funky 2 Death) may not hold much flavor-of-the-month cache, but it’s great to see them getting exposure in the same venue as hip-hop futurists Kingdom Crumbs. In another nice touch, all of the bands showcased weigh in on their music—and on balancing the mundane necessity of day jobs with their art—in mini-documentary wraparound segments.
Season 2 started strong with a great showing by noir-pop chanteuse Prom Queen, and last Friday Band in Seattle taped a segment featuring The Gods Themselvesand THE FAME RIOT (their caps, not mine) at the show’s usual haunts, Victory Studios. The performance space sported great acoustics and a comfy retro layout that made it feel like a party at your cool uncle’s bachelor pad, replete with free beer courtesy show sponsors Naked City Brewery.
I never miss a chance to see The Gods Themselves play live if I can help it, and their Band in Seattle session cemented that resolve. The band’s debut record was, simply put, my favorite local rock release of 2014, a beyond-cool amalgam of post-punk starkness, caveman rock throb, and thick psychedelic funk wrought from a deceptively minimalist three-piece lineup. Live, TGT delivered a no-bull yet elastic sound that thrived on unlikely synergy: They hefted some serious rock muscle behind B-52’s-style new wave on “Last Chance for Love,” primal garage-rock stomp behind epic goth (the towering “Thunderbird”), and an unexpected vein of soul amidst the serpentine snarl of “I Am the President.” Thanks to the sharp sound mix, the call-and-response interplay between lead singer Astra Elaine’s versatile purr and Damion Heitnschel’s Joey-Ramone-style bark came through loud and clear.
Speaking of loud, Tacoma outfit THE FAME RIOT came fully-equipped with plumage so gloriously garish it woulda made the most shameless hair-metal band blush, and that’s a significant part of their charm. Frontmen Shazam “Tea Time” Watkins and Liz Scarlett ladled on plenty of showmanship to go with their teased hair, sequins, and circulation-constricting stretch pants, playing their rock-star roles to the hilt and lending an extra layer of humor and flash to their slick and catchy pop. Contrasting electro-disco with smeared-lipstick decadence isn’t a new concept, of course—British bands like Dead or Alive and Sigue Sigue Sputnikruled dance clubs back in the ancient analog days of the 1980s—but damned if these T-Town imps don’t work that combination like conquering heroes. If the seemingly spring-loaded audience reaction at their Band in Seattlesession was any indication, there’s potential for some serious mass-appeal method to THE FAME RIOT’s madness.
The Gods Themselves/FAME RIOT episode of Band in Seattle should air sometime in the spring, and the show continues to film new episodes throughout March and April, with plenty of worthwhile local bands in tow. Tickets and more info are available here.
The Band in Seattle television/web show’s Oct. 1 episode will feature up-and-coming local groups Wishbeardand Prom Queen, to be filmed live Oct. 1 at Victory Studios. Each band will play 45-minute sets and be interviewed by host Warren Etheredge and blogger Jake Uitti, who will later field questions from the audience.
Stranger freelancer Trent Moorman accurately described Wishbeard’s sound as “forlorn at times, bleak even, but it’s a scenic, symmetrical, and cogitative bleakness that picks up speed in the straightaways. It’s pop heading toward Joy Division if Joy Division had teamed with Vangelis to score the Blade Runnersoundtrack.”Prom Queen (Celene Ramadan) lovingly resuscitates the vibe of sophisticated ’60s pop vocalists like Nancy Sinatra, Jane Birkin, and Dusty Springfield. The instrumental and production details on the Night Soundalbum—glistening glockenspiel, twangy guitars, intimate, burnished vocals—are very on point.
Come see what KEXP has to say about Band in Seattle!
Sunday, Conrad Denke, producer of Band in Seattle was interviewed on KIRO Radio’s Seattle Sounds program! Listen to it now!
Interview starts at 15:40!