As was expected from Brent
Amaker and the Rodeo’s rain-riddled Labor Day morning Bumbershoot
performance, the set was filled with a few theatrics, lots of
cowboy twang and a good dose of boot-scootin’ honky-tonk boogie to
boot. This made for a great way to start the final day of
Entering the stage escorted by the always wonderful Bunny
Monroe (who was wearing a pink nurse outfit), Amaker led the Rodeo
into musical battle as they blazed through a set filled with old
and new material giving a bit of a tease for what’s to come from
the group’s latest offering Please Stand By (which is
Rodeo guitarist Tiny Dancer should be given a Medal of Valor
or the cowboy equivalent of a Purple Heart or something like that
for his triumphant return to the stage. He broke his leg a few
months back and BAR’s Bumbershoot set was his first show back with
the band. Lesser men may have sat out the session because of such
an injury, but Tiny didn’t let a walking cast interfere with his
duty to turn the twang up to 11. Aiding in Tiny’s recovery
was Bunny Monroe who tended to Tiny during the set by lighting
his cigarette and checking his pulse while he stood up (he was
seated for most of the show) to touch his pedals.
If you break BAR down to their simplest form you could say
they’re just a bunch of Men in Black putting on a show while
playing cowboy tunes. Is it a bit gimmicky? I suppose that depends
on who you ask. Is it fun? Hell yes it is. Gimmick or not, the
band’s unique approach to music make BAR one of Seattle’s most
lively and fun acts to listen to and watch. Like most of my
favorite Bumbershoot locals that performed Labor Day (Victor Shade,
Lisa Dank) Brent Amaker and the Rodeo are taking risks by doing
something that isn’t being done in local music and that’s what
makes them so damn good in my book.
The Blakes’ released the video for "Ramshackle Hearse," a cut
from their sophomore full-length album Souvenir, earlier today. The
video includes cameos by quite a few Seattle bands including none
other than my rootin’ tooton’ cowboy friends Brent Amaker and the
Rodeo. You can read my review of The Blakes’ latest album over here at the Seattle Weekly. The video for
"Ramshackle Hearse" is below.
As mentioned earlier this week, Ear
Candy will be spending part of Saturday night at the Comet Tavern
to see The Valley, which is one of the loudest bands in Seattle,
and Brent Amaker and the Rodeo, which is one of the more badass
bands in Seattle. Ear Candy thinks you should be there too and
here’s why (aside from the amazing spectacle that is a whiskey
baptism and a go-go dancer):
A cowboy costume
That’s right, at the show those crazy
cowboys dressed in black know collectively as B.A.R. will be having
a costume contest. None other than Brent
Amaker himself wrote me a note explaining the night’s events.
Here’s what’s going down straight from the man himself:
That’s right, Ear Candy (a.k.a. my other blog), will mark three
years in the blogosphere at its current home (it was a blogger blog
for about a year before the P-I picked it up) in a couple of
months. To celebrate I am throwing a birthday extravaganza concert
unlike any other concert I have ever thrown.
Last year for the first Ear Candy Birthday Bash Ms Led, Sirens
Sister and Speaker Speaker rocked my birthday at the High Dive.
This year I’m delighted to report I have put together a show that
might be a little too big for the High Dive to contain.
The lineup is still in the works, but I do have three bands
confirmed and I want to spill the beans here on Spin the Black
Circle before I release the complete details over on Ear Candy. So
here’s the scoop:
I know, what a cool show, right? And the best part is that the
lineup isn’t complete yet. Expect to hear more about what is sure
to be an awesome night filled with party rock, party rap and party
country music when more details roll in, which should happen within
the coming weeks.
Until then, mark your calendars for March 21 and prepare
yourself for a night of musical debauchery at the High Dive. And
watch the below videos to familiarize yourself with the
wonderfulness that is Team Gina, Brent Amaker and WE (that’s
shorthand for We Wrote the Book on Connectors).
TEAM GINA: ROCK THE LIKE
BRENT AMAKER AND THE RODEO: WHEN LOVE GETS TO A MAN