Limberlost’s Video Release Draws Sell-Out Crowd To Jazzbones

The depth and breadth of the original music scene in the Seattle area is like the middle layer of the most delicious three-layer cake you’ve ever eaten.

From the outside – covered in frosting – the upper and bottom cake layers isolate the middle layer away from hungry eyes.  But it is THIS middle layer that is the best; it’s more moist and flavorful than the layers which everyone sees in passing.  They’ll never know what awaits below the outside unless they explore the epicness of the middle. One can only discover it once they cut in and devour that tasty center.  Getting to the thick of it, the frosting gets everywhere. But once that middle layer is reached there is no going back.

Seattle’s original music scene is the best layer – and you know it.

Limberlost

A lot of the original music in Seattle doesn’t get near the notoriety that it deserves.  The scene is filled with many hard-working musicians – people dedicated to their craft and their fans like no one else.  There is talent, drive, love, and community for those who go searching for that middle layer. It’s an addiction – an urge that pulls fans towards venues of all sizes to congregate, commune, socialize, drink, dance, headbang, groove, and hear some of the most inspiring music of a generation.  The desire is there. Run with it and you’ll find something to even satisfy picky tastebuds.

The members of Limberlost gathered a couple hundred of their closest friends at Jazzbones in Tacoma WA on 2 February 2019.

Limberlost

The excited sold-out crowd spent the evening with them, reconnecting with friends, having a drink or two, and listening to high energy original music with a couple of nice surprises.  It all went down in celebration of Limberlost’s video release, for their song “See What You Want.” VIP badge holders were given gift bags that included the band’s new CD, and had balcony seating above the stage.  But at Jazzbones, there are not many ‘bad’ spots to see bands!

Strangely Alright opened the show with their funky rock electronic sound and on-stage theatrics of lead singer Regan Lane.

Strangely Alright

 

Also in the band are Sean Van Dommelen on Lead Guitar and Vocals, Ken Schaff on Bass, Raymond Hayden on Keyboards and Vocals, and Jason Bair on Drums.

Strangely Alright

The band mixed their performance with multimedia and props, to bring a show experience like no other.  The lyrics were inciteful. The music was catchy. And the band used every inch of the stage to spread their message of fun and community.  Give a listen to “Coffee Cup,” to understand why Strangely Alright draws in the listeners!

Strangely Alright

Aside from photographers like me covering the show, there was also an oil paint artist painting the bands during their sets!  He painted in an impressionist style, taking most of the set to create one final work of each band.  The results were nothing short of fantastic and captured the stage very well.

Sami Chohfi and Blue Helix came on next.

Blue Helix

The band consists of Sami on Guitar and Vocals, Arman Birang on Guitar, Marco Bicca on Drums, and Wolf on Bass.  Just off a round of shows in South America, the band filled the stage with their heavy sound and blistering guitar solos. Heavy only begins to describe it. Add words like synchronized, energetic, powerful, and ‘decibelized’ (okay, that’s my own word), and the band’s impact becomes more defined.

Blue Helix

To get an idea of what this band throws down, check out their song “Anti Social Butterfly” on Youtube!

Near the end of the show, Sami brought out his new guitar – a custom rig built in white and rimmed with blue lighting.  When he made chords the fretboard lit up! It was truly beautiful.

Blue Helix

Limberlost finished out the show, with Sami once again strapping on his new guitar to play on a couple songs with them.

Limberlost

The band members are Krystle Pyette on Vocals, Brittany Lauren on Backup Vocals, Ricky Dunn on Guitar, Anthony Ciarochi on Keyboards, Ben Beman on Bass, and Mike Burt on Drums.

Limberlost

The venue shook with their signature blend of keyboard, tight rock guitar, hard percussion hits, and two-part female vocals.  There is an infectious groove about them, one that only comes from years of practice and well-honed songwriting skills.

Limberlost

Halfway through the show, legendary vocalist Pamela Moore joined the band on stage to sing!

Limberlost

She sang her song “Take Me Down,” from her Stories From a Blue Room album, and the Foo Fighters song “Pretender.”  As usual, her performance craft and wide vocal range enchanted the crowd and brought most of them closer to the stage!

Limberlost

Towards the end of the set, the band added some Led Zeppelin flavor and turned up the heat.  After seeing this Limberlost perform both acoustic and electric shows, I can say with all candor that there’s very little they CANNOT do!  They take great music and make it fun for everyone.

Limberlost

And after the show was over, the video was played on a huge screen for a throng of enthusiastic fans!

Produced by David Jimenez, the video tackles the difference between the subjective and the objective – what we see vs. what is actually going on.  There’s so much to see in the video that multiple viewings are needed to put it all together – including the cameos from local musicians (and the Alaskan Way Viaduct – which is on its way to being demolished as we speak).  I’m not going to give away any secrets, and just say “watch the video.”

Heck; my critique would only be ‘subjective’ anyway!

I urge you to check out each of these bands on their social media pages and catch any of them at performances soon.  They are part of that tasty inner Seattle Music layer that can only be experienced when you’re at the concert stage and taking it all in first hand.  The performances are easily a part of the music, because HOW they relay it is equally as important as WHAT they relay. Savor the flavor.  Listen and enjoy.

Now go eat some cake!

 

 

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