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CHINOOK FEST SUMMIT – Year #2

~ by Dustin Rei / Notes From The Underground blog ~ CHINOOK FEST SUMMIT – Year #2 Chinook Fest Central 2016 is about to happen, folks, and with this motherload of an annual Pacific Northwest festival about to hit, it’s high time we talk about this last July and about the 2nd annual Chinook Fest Summit. Last year in 2015, I did a 3 day blow-by-blow of the festival, which you can read if you click HERE. This year, though, I was only able to catch Day 2 of the Summit fest, but it was “the big day,” and it was a blast, so let’s hash it out, shall we? First
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Brown Bag Alley

JessMond: Three years in the making

~ by Cindy Teixeira / Brown Bag Alley blog ~ JessMond: Three Years in the Making So you know how it works: you take the two names of the power couple and slam them together because you know you won’t mention one without the other and your mouth wants to create a shortcut. Brangelina, anyone? We now have JessMond, Jessica Lynne and Raymond Hayden, together in love and spirit, who were formally engaged Sunday evening at Puyallup’s Roadrunner Bourbon and Burger House. Dozens of people were there to see the Raymond pop the big question. Many were part of the “family” these two lovebirds have created for themselves. But some
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Brown Bag Alley

Getting’ the Groove On for Spring

~ by Cindy Teixeira / Brown Bag Alley blog ~ Getting’ the Groove On for Spring A few months ago I got to see a lineup that was super cool, all artists were completely new to me. It was a release party for Isaiah Dominquez’ Evergreen State cd. At 25, going solo after being in a band can be tough, but it seems to suit Isaiah well. He’s brushed up against some big names in the business, but clearly he seems to be forging ahead in a heartfelt direction. This is from his webpage: “In 2014, he seized the opportunity to work with world renown producers Geoff Ott (3 Doors
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Nobody ASS’d You to Show Us Your Butt

~ by Cindy Teixeira / Brown Bag Alley blog ~ Nobody ASS’d You to Show Us Your Butt I really need to get this rant off my lovely and ample chest before I can write anything else in this blog. This is meant to be constructive and hopefully useful for the ALL artists who are guilty of a thing that just ruins a show for me: You shouldn’t have to be told people do not want to see your ass the entire time you are onstage. Whatever your role in the band, stop spending all your time looking at the drummer or whatever it is keeps you from engaging the
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BrownBaggin’ for Realz and “Berning” Up for America

~ by Cindy Teixeira / Brown Bag Alley blog ~ BrownBaggin’ for Realz and “Berning” Up for America My first foray into Georgetown on the south side of Seattle was a real taste of what I envisioned for BrownBagAlley. We went to the MIXX to see a “Bands for Bernie” event, which was pretty cool because any grassroots movement that will likely change this country is grounded in events like this one. First off, a shout out to the women of the evening: Julie Mains, host and guiding voice of reason and humanity for the event; Julia Vidal, of The Salt Riot, a kickass musician with a conscious, beautiful mind;
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TSOD: The Science of Deduction, the sound of induction?

~ by Cindy Teixeira / Brown Bag Alley blog ~ TSOD: -, the sound of induction? For those of you unfamiliar with the classic “new wave” synthesizer sound, as it was called back in the post punk days, The Science of Deduction is a fine example of what you’ve missed so far and a preview to what is coming. BAND MEMBERS: Doug Hallet (The Dents, Dream 286, Danse Macabre, Ubu Roi, Tesla Coil), Jim Jones (Pogrom, Ex-Machina, Raspberry Playground), Curt Rowlett (The Conch Pistils, Tombstones), Cathy Sorbo (The Sympathy Cards, Zooma Bella) https://www.facebook.com/TSODband http://thescienceofdeductionband.com https://www.reverbnation.com/thescienceofdeduction My first exposure to full commercial synth music was in the movie Midnight Express. I loved
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Country Music: The Next Generation

~ by Cindy Teixeira / Brown Bag Alley blog ~ Country Music: The Next Generation Forget about pop country. As with all things in life, what goes around comes around and it is high time country music turned the corner and came around to the stuff that makes for good jukebox music: Two-stepping, storytelling, heart breaking/aching, twang-filled misery. Everything a country song needs, right? This summer I had the honor of attending the CD release party for one 17-year-old Connor Lewis of Tacoma. I met his father at the Grieve the Astronaut CD release event and he slipped me an advanced copy of his son’s new disc. I was curious
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