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Bumber-shot: Brent Amaker and the Rodeo

Friday, September 17th, 2010
Brent Amaker :: by Jason Tang


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 Bumbershoot.

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 excellent btw).
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 round up cast of local bands for new video

Monday, November 9th, 2009

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.


Like cowboys? Like whisky? Then you need to be at Brent Amaker and the Rodeo’s Noise for the Needy show Saturday night

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Brent Amaker and the Rodeo

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 contest

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:

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Night of Musical Madness 2009 featuring Art Brut and Brent Amaker and the Rodeo

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

You remember the Night of Musical Madness, don’t you?

What’s that? You don’t know what the Night of Musical Madness is. Well, loyal  readers will recall that my annual Night of Musical Madness is the one night a year when I attempt to catch two shows in the same night. It all started back in 2007 when I won tickets to see Art Brut and the Hold Steady at the University of Washington and was invited to catch Rakim and Ghostface Killah at the Showbox on the same night. I’m not one to turn down a good show, so I drove 348 miles round trip to see both concerts. It was such a wild experience that I decided to do it again last year, so on a cold December night I caught Metallica at KeyArena and then drove to Showbox SoDo to see Wu-Tang Clan immediately after the Metallica show.

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Cool show alert!: Ear Candy’s Birthday Bash Deux: Bash Harder, March 21 @ The High Dive

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Guess who is turning three in March?

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:

Ear Candy’s Birthday Bash Deux: Bash Harder

Brent Amaker and the Rodeo

We Wrote the Book on Connectors

Team Gina

plus guests TBA

The High Dive

March 21, 2009

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

WE WROTE THE BOOK ON CONNECTORS: WE RAP SONG


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