Seattle Acoustic Festival Spotlight #6

Tekla Waterfield

Tekla was born for music. Her father was an opera singer in college, her mom a master of the strings (cell, guitar, violin) and sang. Growing up, she and her sister were always out at parties and shows to see their mother’s various bands – which quickly taught them how to harmonize. As an avid writer and lover of music, songwriting was a natural transition as she became more involved with music.

Influenced by the likes of Gillian Welch, Wilco, Phosphorescent, Courtney Barnett, The Velvet Underground, and the live music scene, she delivers an uncanny blend of indie, Americana, folk, and soul. As her songwriting has evolved, her lyrical content has expanded beyond relationships and emotions, encompassing the greater human experience.

After she wows you at today’s Seattle Acoustic Festival performance – 8:30pm on the Sanctuary stage – be sure to mark your calendar for October 11th where she’ll be playing the Tractor Tavern to celebrate the vinyl release of her new album “The Curtain Falls”.

Where you can enjoy her music:

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Seattle Acoustic Festival Spotlight #5

Warren Dunes feat. Julia Massey

Ever since college, Julia Massey has been honing her songwriting craft. Inspired by the records of Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones (Thriller), and Joni Mitchell (Blue), her songwriting explores the current political/environmental landscape to the mysteries of nature and the cosmos.

Formed in May 2017, Warren Dunes featuring Julia Massey combines the songwriting prowess of Julia and her partner / songwriting collaborator Jared to deliver heartfelt, Calypso-inspired songs about how to be human. What excites them about the Seattle Acoustic Festival is the rarity of a festival setting that features acoustic music and “the intimacy that these kinds of sets offer on a larger scale”.

Their new single “What Did You Find Out” is coming soon, so keep your ears to the ground. You just may be able to catch a sneak peak during their set Friday, August 24th at 8:30pm on the Sanctuary Stage. We’ll see you there.

Where you can enjoy their music:

Website | SoundCloud | YouTube

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Seattle Acoustic Festival Spotlight #4

Sunflower Sutra

This band has quite the story of perseverance. Originally formed in 2002, visa issues caused one member to leave the country. 12 years went by before they got him back (2016), but they’ve been playing ever since.

Their eclectic sound is derived primarily from 60s and 70s rock and roll, often with a dash of jazz, R&B, and/or classic country. From Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, to Grateful Dead and Steely Dan – if you’re musical interests lie in this spectrum, they’ve got something for you!

At the SAF, you’ll get the privilege of newly arranged songs to translate the band’s electric (rock) tracks into an acoustic setting. Their live set will be unlike any other – as Sunflower Sutra is a very visual band. With live dancers and painters, they bring a festival-like atmosphere regardless of the set-type or venue.

You certainly won’t want to miss them – Saturday August 25th, they’re closing out the Sanctuary stage at 10:30pm sharp.

Where you can enjoy their music:

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Seattle Acoustic Festival Spotlight #3

Kristin Chambers

Returning to the Seattle Acoustic Festival, this songwriter has an uncanny ability to blend folk, blues, and pop. After cutting her chops in the New York theatre scene, she returned to Seattle after the events of 9/11 to deliberate and recover. Since then, she has released 4 recorded works – painting vivid pictures for her listeners and continuously inspiring hope.

Her new EP “Unravel Me” is set to be released September 14th, featuring a slight departure from her folk/roots sensibilities and leaning more heavily into pop and R&B. The album release party will be the following night at the Fremont Abbey with Tekla Waterfield and Lenore. Fortunately, you don’t have to wait that long to see her!

You can witness the magic that is Kristin Chambers Saturday, August 25th at 4:30pm on the Sanctuary stage – which she’s referred to as “a really spiritual experience”.

Where you can enjoy her music:

Kristin’s WebsiteSpotify | iTunesYouTube

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Seattle Acoustic Festival Spotlight #2

Tyler Edwards

This week’s spotlight singer-songwriter has done it all. He got hooked on touring with a his college band and he managed a radio station in South Carolina.

After the band dissolved, he quit his job, wrote and recorded some new songs, and moved to Seattle to start over. Bridging rock, folk, and country, he creates songs that “go past a one-dimensional experience” that show listeners pieces of themselves and take them somewhere they’ve never been before.

The beauty of the Seattle Acoustic Festival, in his eyes, is that there is “minimal fluff”. Great songs will truly standout. Better yet, the festival is comprised of a fantastic community where people come together for the love of music and each other. To catch his genius at the Seattle Acoustic Festival 2018 5th Annual, make sure you’re at the Sanctuary stage at 10pm – Friday, August 24th.

Where you can enjoy his music:

Tyler’s Website | Spotify iTunesYouTube

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Seattle Acoustic Festival Spotlight #1

Devin Sinha 

This seasoned songwriter got his start with music in the first grade when his parents signed him up for piano lessons (who can relate?). Hailing from the Midwest, Devin delivers a mixture of contemporary folk and indie rock with elegant instrumentation and lyricism.

He burst onto the Seattle scene in 2014 with the first of his three studio albums, The Seventh Season, and performed at the inaugural Seattle Acoustic Festival (which he’s played every year since)! He noted the SAF “always feels like a reunion to see all our friends in the music community”. Be sure to check out his set Saturday, August 25th at 3:30pm on the Sanctuary Stage at Seattle Acoustic Festival 2018 5th Annual.

Can’t wait that long? We’ve got you covered. He’s performing at Marymoor Park July 28th for Angry Orchard Rock the Roots: Seattle, WA, and headlining Barboza August 9th.

Where you can enjoy his music:

Devin’s Website | Spotify iTunesYouTube

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Episode 6: Phillip Johnson

Today’s guest has been writing and photographing for Seattle Music News coming on three-and-a-half years now. From Dave Matthews and The Struts to your favorite up-and-coming local acts – this man shoots it all! Please say hello to man who’s photo career was kick-started by a tax refund, Phillip Johnson.

We chat about how he got into concert photography, Seattle secret shows, camera gear talk, and battle with Pro Tools. You can see his work and get fantastic insight on the Seattle music scene via  his Instagram @philstogramm. 

Be sure to listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes here!

If you want to hear the different artists we talk about, check out our Spotify playlist here.

About

Made for Music is a podcast that explores how to navigate the Northwest music scene, the resources available, and most importantly, the stories behind the people making things happen.

The podcast is hosted by Duncan Byargeon, the lead singer / guitarist of Deify – a hard rock group hailing from Seattle, WA.

Contact Information

Duncan Byargeon, Host of Made for Music Email: mfm.podcast@outlook.com

Episode 4: Antoine Martel

McGill University was far from the beginning for this talented musician / producer. Since founding his first band in high school nearly 10 years ago, he has been an active part of more than 8 projects – 4 of which are currently active. From pop and jazz to funk fusion, this man rocks the guitar, keyboards, sings, and “half decently shakes a shaker” for bands based in both Seattle and Japan. Say hello to a truly international musician, Antoine Martel.

We discuss everything from how learning classical piano, his time at McGill University, becoming a guitar teacher, his return to Seattle, and how he got involved in a band based out of Japan.

His personal website www.antoinemartelmusic.com has a fairly comprehensive list of his active projects:  Dentaru no Tsuba, High Pulp, Sous Chef, and Sunking.

Be sure to listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes here!

If you want to hear the different artists we talk about, check out our Spotify playlist here.

About

Made for Music is a podcast that explores how to navigate the Northwest music scene, the resources available, and most importantly, the stories behind the people making things happen.

The podcast is hosted by Duncan Byargeon, the lead singer / guitarist of Deify – a hard rock group hailing from Seattle, WA.

Contact Information

Duncan Byargeon, Host of Made for Music Email: mfm.podcast@outlook.com

Episode 3: Evan Johnson

Hailing from Minnesota, this man has become a pivotal piece of the Seattle scene on both the local and national level. He kick-started his career in music as an intern at KEXP in the programming department. Shortly thereafter he moved into booking, and is now theTalent Buyer for Neumos. Say hello to the man every local artist wants to be recognized by (and on good terms with), Evan Johnson.

We discuss everything from how he got into the business side of music, best practices for booking shows, the best shows that he’s book, and much more!

Be sure to listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes here!

If you want to hear the different artists we talk about, check out our Spotify playlist here.

About

Made for Music is a podcast that explores how to navigate the Northwest music scene, the resources available, and most importantly, the stories behind the people making things happen.

The podcast is hosted by Duncan Byargeon, the lead singer / guitarist of Deify – a hard rock group hailing from Seattle, WA.

Contact Information

Duncan Byargeon, Host of Made for Music Email: mfm.podcast@outlook.com

Ayron Jones and the Way Rock the Neptune Theatre

If you haven’t heard of him already, you will soon. Ayron Jones just released his sophomore album “Audio Paint Job” on July 2nd. His music reflects the Seattle music scene he grew up in, resulting in a beautiful mashup of Nirvana and Jimi Hendrix. Yet, he’s breaking new ground by incorporating elements of gospel, soul, and hip-hop.

Last night, Ayron Jones and the Way took the Neptune Theatre by storm. It was a guitar onslaught from the get-go. The kid is making a name for himself in the local scene as a guitar wonder, and it won’t be long before news starts to spread. It’s one thing to listen to the album recordings, but live is a whole different experience. The stage is where he belongs, and he knows it.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram| Spotify (First album is under Ayron Jones and the Way)

Performance Highlights

Every. Damn. Guitar solo.

Ayron lets it rip every time he steps away from the mic (sometimes even while he’s singing). There’s an attitude that comes with his guitar play, which is something that has been missing from the scene for quite some time.

While certainly a highlight, the solos don’t take away from the rest of the arrangements.

Whether a casual or avid guitar fan, you owe it to yourself to see this man play. Don’t miss him next time.

Best Songs:

“Boys from the Puget Sound” – What better way to take the stage in Seattle than to hear “the baddest band in town” come in guns blazing, screaming “here come the boys from the Puget Sound”?

“Take Me Away” – This is my favorite track off “Audio Paint Job” and it did not disappoint. The dynamics of the song translate perfectly to the stage. While Ayron is certainly shines in every song, the rhythm section displayed their chops, laying down a perfect groove underneath the guitar god’s wailing.

“Mr. Jones” – Once again, the rhythm section held it down enabling Ayron to get the crowd involved. We gleefully chanted “Mr. Jones, tell me, are you ready?” while getting our two-step on.

“West Coast Feeling” – this is a track I hadn’t spent as much time on. That said, I haven’t been able to stop listening to it since the show. This track has an identity factor to it and I can see this translating extremely well to a broader audience. The Neptune was certainly feeling it. Check it out. I’m sure you will too.

Honorable Mention

Noelle Tannen and the Filthy No Nos

Another act that I cannot wait to see again. This was the first act of the night that I caught, and boy am I glad I did. When reading about them they were advertised as a hip-hop/pop group. What I saw live was a full-blown blues/rock show. Noelle is a killer vocalist and knew how to work the crowd. The highlights of the set were the final two tracks (didn’t catch the names) which will be on the group’s upcoming record.

To my fellow Ducks, they will be performing in Eugene tomorrow night (June 26th) at Old Nicks Pub. Be sure to check them out!

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