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Snake Suspenderz at the Blue Moon on 04/23/17

The mighty Snakez are delighted to be opening this show for the fabulous Bakelite 78!

Snake Suspenderz, trying to look innocent

In case you don’t know Snake Suspenderz already, we’re a quartet featuring vocals, ukulele, trombone, guitar, tuba and drums. We call our music “cartoon jazz” and we play a relentlessly quirky blend of novelty songs and hits of the 1920’s and 30’s, with a generous helping of original tunes written in those styles. By turns snarky, sentimental, and exuberant, the mighty Snakez bring wildly entertaining musical fun for the whole family and then some, fulfilling our mission to provide “hot jass, hokum and novelty music — with a bite!

Bakelite 78, keeping the speakeasy vibe alive.

Bakelite 78’s repertoire is an eclectic mix of swing, Dixieland, blues, proto-country, and cabaret, as well as a plethora of originals in hybrids of these styles.  Founding member Robert Rial arrived in Chicago in 2000, eager to engage in the music he loved most: dance orchestra music/swing, country-blues, dixieland, tin pan alley, rock and American folk. Bakelite 78 preserved the music of the early 20th Century, and the band was born to keep classic crooner vocals & speak-easy jazz/lounge/cabaret alive.

In 2009, Robert departed for Seattle and Bakelite 78 was rebuilt. The new lineup of musicians includes Robert Rial on tenor banjo, six string, tenor guitar and voice, Erin Jordan on accordion and voice, Austin Quist on upright bass, Erik Reed on trumpet, Sabrina Pope on clarinet, and Steven Baz on drums.

We’re going to party like it’s 1929! Come on down!

Hobbit & Hare at Seattle Jazz Vespers on 12/04/16

Hobbit & Hare are excited to announce we are playing the legendary Seattle Jazz Vespers show at the First Baptist Church on Harvard Ave! This is a once per month secular concert series that has been running for the last 15 years. For this show they’ve decided to feature Seattle buskers so there will be three acts and some tunes from other genres. (Hobbit & Hare will be staying more or less true to our jazzy roots though.)

Also featured are Dan and James. Dan Schindler is a friend and fellow ukulele ace whom I first met via SUPA (the Seattle Ukulele Players Association). James “The Emergency Folk Singer” Nason is an old pal and bandmate from my days in the Emerald City Jug Band. They play some old jazz, some hokum, and novelty tunes from several eras. In addition, their beards are magnificent!

Last, but certainly not least, is Pretty Shady String Band. Annie Ford and Greg Paul play old time, Tin Pan Alley, ragtime, and country blues with vocal harmonies. I’ve been busking at Pike Place Market for 33 years and have seen and heard a lot of buskers. Annie and Greg easily rise to the upper reaches on the “best of” list. You won’t want to miss this performance!

Seattle Jazz Vespers is free and open to the public, no tickets or reservations are needed. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Free parking, family friendly, refreshments after the conclusion of the concert. Come early for best seating.

The artists will each perform one short set and during their break a free-will offering will be taken to support the musicians, followed by a short non-sectarian inspirational message. The performers’ second sets will conclude the two-hour vespers concert.