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August 1

Seattle 4Culture Presents Seattle Meets Tokyo: Modern Jazz Connections

ARCO-PDX
August 2

Bradley Leavens

Tina Vernon: NOTE TO SELF, An Evening of Storytelling and Music
August 3

First Monday Wine Tasting

Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble
August 4

Sam Landsman Group – Transport Album Release Show
August 5

Kshama Sawant Fundraiser

Royal Room Rockeroke, Hosted by Grace Love
August 6

Raquel Rodriguez/ Ethan J Perry & The Remedy Band/ Luau Cinder
August 7

SeaProg Festival 2015
August 8

Edna Vazquez plus Alejandro y Maria Laura

Arête Quartet ft. Joe Doria/ Wayne Horvitz/ Steve Jones/ Joel Litwin
August 9

Bernie Sanders for President Meet up

Beatwalk Youth Initiative

Columbia City Beatwalk: ChoroLoco
August 10

FATHER DAUGHTER PRESENTS: SALON NO. 4

The Salute Sessions
August 11

Courtney Weaver Quartet
August 12

The Isak Gaines Band/The Noah Halpern Group/Leo Shannon/Riley Calcagno Duo
August 13

Caleb Chapman’s Soundhouse All-Stars

Seattle Songwriter's Summit
August 14

3rd Annual Columbia City Blues Festival
August 15

3rd Annual Columbia City Blues Festival
August 16

3rd Annual Columbia City Blues Festival
August 17

The Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble
August 18

Mctuff
August 19

Boss Guitar: Country Revolutionaries
August 20

D'vonne Lewis' Limited Edition/ Flying Spider
August 21

Who is John Smith
August 22

Ray Skjelberd's Yeti Chasers

Luau!
August 23

Family Gathering w/ Triplifried (Andy Coe, D'Vonne Lewis and Evan Flory-Barnes) + Special guests

Fin De Fiesta with Daniel Azcarate
August 24

(Ensō)/ Johnaye Kendrick with Dawn Clement & Chris Symer
August 25

August 26

Perry Robinson/ Stochastic Mettle Union local #35
August 27

August 28

Beth Fleenor's Birthday Show
August 29

Twisted Groove
August 30

August 31

Jacob Zimmerman & Ryan Becky/ Lift Kit/ Ivan Artega with Carmen Rothwell & Levi Gillis

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Seattle 4Culture Presents Seattle Meets Tokyo: Modern Jazz Connections

6:30pm

Seattle Meets Tokyo: Modern Jazz Connections is a collaborative improvisation project between Seattle and Tokyo musicians. Featuring Seattle native Kevin McHugh on piano and special guest Akihiko Ando (Tokyo) on alto sax and effects, they are joined by Naomi Siegel (trombone), Geoff Harper (bass) and Evan Woodle (drums). Through original compositions, our group will explore the boundaries between free jazz, Japanese noise and written/improvised forms. This project was supported, in part, by an award from 4Culture.

This event is free to the public

ARCO-PDX

10:00pm

John Berendzen Opens

ARCO-PDX brings you classical orchestral and chamber music with a contemporary attitude. Amplified so you can talk, laugh, drink, dance...just like you would at a rock concert. Yet presenting each piece exactly as written—no watered-down arrangements, no cheap drum track.

Featuring the U.S. premiere of Lamento & Toccata by 90-year-old Russian composer Andrei Eshpai. Plus, the brooding and daring music of Ernest Bloch, Henry Cowell, Dmitri Shostakovich, Arvo Pärt, and Henryk Górecki, whose harpsichord concerto makes death-metal seem like a lullaby. Not your Eine Kleine!

No cover. The musicians are compensated by your donations.
Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Bradley Leavens, Jazz Voice & French Horn

5:30pm

Recent Cornish graduate Bradley Leavens performs a set of jazz on voice and french horn with Seattle’s finest.

No cover. The musicians are compensated by your donations.
Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

Tina Vernon: NOTE TO SELF, An Evening of Storytelling and Music

8:30pm

A Texas native, Tina Vernon is all too familiar with what it means to forge new frontiers.

The writer/musician/performing artist is an eclectic mix who resides most comfortably at the intersection of bridging and breaking forms. Her debut EP, Flight Risk, pays homage to this gypsy woman’s early beginnings by mixing folk, soul, jazz and rock like you’ve never quite heard them before. Vernon is adept at penning portraits of human life with piercing emotional accuracy, and vocally delivering with all the candor of someone who makes no apologies for who she is or what she’s seen. You can hear in her work varied elements and influences from many of the greats: Sarah Vaughan, Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone, Bill Withers. Although hers is a sound that borrows from everywhere, she finds distinction in the unique quality of her voice and lyrical perspective.

No cover. The musicians are compensated by your donations.
Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

Monday, August 3, 2015

First Monday Wine Tasting

6:00pm

Expand your knowledge and palette with Kate Bond (former Verve proprietess) at this First Monday Wine Tasting at the Royal Room! Featuring 6 great wines from Vinum, this month presenting French Wines.

$15 per person, includes light appetizer.

The Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble

8:00pm

The Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble is a 15 piece band featuring Seattle's finest and most innovative improvisers under the direction of composer Wayne Horvitz. The RRCME performs Mr. Horvitz's compositions in a loosely constructed format which uses a combination of on-the-spot (re)arranging and various other techniques, some of which have come to be known as "conduction".

Wayne Horvitz first performed in Butch Morris's Conduction Ensemble in 1987 at The New School for Social Research in New York City. Twenty four years later, in the summer of 2011, Horvitz began to experiment with his own approach to Conduction while co-leading an experimental big band with composer John Hollenbeck at Cornish College of the Arts. Horvitz added to Morris' original Conduction symbols, a series of numbers which correlated to specific motifs derived from the compositions. Upon the opening of The Royal Room, Horvitz took the opportunity to form his own big band to perform his compositions utilizing this approach.

Learn more on our Royal Room Projects Page!

No cover. The musicians are compensated by your donations.
Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Sam Landsman Group – Transport Album Release Show

8:00pm

In July, the Sam Landsman Group recorded Transport, an album of 11 of Sam’s compositions, at the Piano Studio in Lake City. The band members are Sam Landsman (tenor), Jacob Zimmerman (alto), Nick Rogstad (trombone), Gus Carns (piano and keyboards), Zack Hartmann (upright and electric bass), and Evan Woodle (drums).

The tunes on the album touch on a variety of musical styles, including straight-ahead jazz, modern jazz, Latin jazz, and New Orleans-style groove. Additionally, two tunes on the record are rooted in hip-hop, and one will feature rappers from the hip-hop group One Above Below None, the winners of EMP’s 2015 Sound Off! competition.

To celebrate the album’s completion and release, the group will be playing the entire record, in order, at this show. The evening will begin with an opening set by the innovative and talented duo of Gregg Belisle- Chi (guitar) and Brian Kinsella (piano)

No cover. The musicians are compensated by your donations.
Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Kshama Sawant Fundraiser

6:00pm

We invite you to help us to re-elect a defender of the people and the working class, KSHAMA SAWANT to position number 2 of the City of Seattle Council.

No cover. The musicians are compensated by your donations. Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

Royal Room Rockeroke, Hosted by Grace Love

9:00pm

Grace Love leads a karaoke session backed by a live big band! Belt it out with the finest every first Wednesday of the month!

This young Tacoma-raised singer has the sort of powerful pipes that tend to stun chatty bar bar crowds into silence. Her voice ranges from tender to towering as she covers popular songs by artist Joe Cocker to Adele to Amy Winehouse giving her own soulful flair...

No cover. The musicians are compensated by your donations. Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Raquel Rodriguez/ Ethan J Perry & The Remedy Band/ Luau Cinder

8:00pm

Raquel Rodriguez: Backed by a young and versatile team of heavy hitters, Raquel Rodriguez and crew deliver music with a soulful, gritty groove that people want to dance and party to. Commanding the stage, Raquel’s live show is engaging and a crowd favorite at clubs and festivals.

Ethan J Perry & The Remedy Band are a Seattle based band. They self describe their music as Americana Indie Technicolor Jazz. Jaimie Hawkins, an independent music reviewer, said of their music, ” [it's like] riding a horse through a desert in space.” And Rachael Perrell of the Levee Breaking writes, ” it’s honest… It’s the super long drive home to visit, remembering the dog you grew up with, and maybe even quietly missing a long put out relationship.”

Currently, Ethan J Perry & The Remedy Band is comprised of Sam Kuniholm on drums, Alex Fermanis on pedal steel, and Bryan Dever on bass. Ethan heads the band up on guitar and vocals. The Remedy Band also has various musicians of many styles sit in with them when they perform both at shows and in the studio.

Joining is Luau Cinder, original rub a dub funk rock reggae, wild improvisation.

No cover. The musicians are compensated by your donations.
Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

Friday, August 7, 2015

SeaProg Festival 2015

8:00pm
Isthmusia, Panther Attack, and Northern Cantrips

Organized by Seattle musicians, the inaugural edition of Seaprog, a new festival showcasing up-to-the-minute progressive/avant rock by regional and internationally prominent bands, was launched Saturday-Sunday June 29-30 at the historic Columbia City Theater, with a Friday kickoff event at the Royal Room. The success of Seaprog 2013 has spawned Seaprog 2014 and Seaprog 2015.

Isthmusia
Michael Esparo - Drums
Matt Robison - Guitar, vocals
Logan Hixson - Bass
Isthmusia is a young band out of Kingston, Washington, proving that you really can't guess where good music will be made. They are nothing if not eclectic, blending heavy elements with lighter sounds, powerful crashing with tricky math rock.

Panther Attack is a Seattle band bent on "exploring irregular structures." The band originally convened in Detroit many years ago, then moved to Seattle, and has toured extensively.

Northern Cantrips weaves a tapestry of improvisation laden original compositions and reinterpretations of bebop, modern Brazilian music, tango, hip hop, and progressive rock.

No cover. The musicians are compensated by your donations. Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Edna Vazquez plus Alejandro y Maria Laura

6:00pm

Tickets $10 in advance/ $12 at the door
Tickets available from Stranger Tickets

Peruvian singer/songwriters Alejandro Rivas and María Laura Bustamante released their first LP “Paracaídas” in 2011, which was produced by Matías Cella (who has produced records by academy award winner Jorge Drexler and Kevin Johansen). In 2012, they earned the “Canteras” award for the song “Jaula” and the Innovation award in the “V Festival Claro” in Lima, Perú. In 2013 they released their second LP, which includes guest vocals by Susana Baca, Kevin Johansen and Javier Barría. Alejandro y Maria Laura were invited earlier this year to participate in the acclaimed HBO special “Encuentros en Brasil”. They performed Brazil-themed songs along international artists like Jorge Drexler, Natalia Lafourcade, Andrea Echeverri, and others.

Please note: Tickets do not guarantee seating during shows at the Royal Room. For sold out shows standing room may be the only available space. Please come early to ensure you get a table. Reservations can be made for those who are coming for dinner as well as the show. The Royal Room is all ages until 10pm.

Arête Quartet ft. Joe Doria/ Wayne Horvitz/ Steve Jones/ Joel Litwin

10:00pm

Arête Quartet (pronounced uh-RETT) is the musical brainchild of Joel Litwin (Erin Corday, Bossa 31, Incendio) and Steve Jones (Rumors of the Big Wave, Yambique, Obá Obá). A groove-oriented acid jazz ensemble, borrowing from downtempo, straight ahead jazz, nu jazz, Brazilian and other styles, Arête Quartet employs deep grooves and simple, melodic horn lines, crafting an entrancing sonic atmosphere.

Arête Quartet pulls from the top jazz and funk players on the West Coast, including San Francisco trumpeter Dave Carter (Wayne Horvitz, Bill Frisell, Pearl Jam) and keyboardist Joe Doria (McTuff, Michael Shrieve's Spellbinder), to create an exceptional ensemble, capable of amazing subtlety and improvisation. Its members work together as a single organism, flexing and turning, all the while musical and poignant. Influences include Amon Tobin, MMW, Thievery Corporation, Nicola Conte, Miles Davis, Les Hommes, et.al.
For this show at the Royal Room, Arête Quartet welcomes special guest Wayne Horvitz (John Zorn, Sweeter Than the Day, PigPen) on keyboards, sitting in for Dave Carter.

More band information available at www.reverbnation.com/aretequartet

No cover. The musicians are compensated by your donations. Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Bernie Sanders for President Meet up No. 3

3:00pm - 7:00pm

Now that we've all introduced ourselves and have exchanged niceties, it's time to get down to business. Last meeting I heard some good ideas about a more structured discussion, maybe choosing topics rather than free-forming it. If anyone wants to suggest topics, feel free. Any other input or suggestions will be more than appreciated and THIS time I'll be taking notes as I'll pass off the responsibility of Chair person to a capable soul who will take it.

There will be food and drink available, but this time children will be welcome as The Royal Room is all ages till 10pm.

Beatwalk Youth Initiative

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Columbia City BeatWalk: ChoroLoco

8:00pm

BeatWalk is a monthly music festival featuring live music at multiple venues in Columbia City every second Sunday from June through October. BeatWalk always features a diverse line-up of first-rate, local musicians hosted by neighborhood businesses for audiences of all ages. Since 1994 BeatWalk has brought music lovers together for a fun and safe night out on the town!
ChoroLoco is Seattle’s premier acoustic ensemble specializing in choro (vintage Brazilian jazz from Rio de Janeiro).

Beatwalk is free to the public

Monday, August 10, 2015

FATHER DAUGHTER PRESENTS: SALON NO. 4

8:00pm

It is time again for the Father Daughter Show! Please join us for the presentation of our fourth salon! The musicians daring enough to perform are an actual Father and Daughter duo, Ramona and Steve Freeborn. They will be joined by Jim Ellis (featuring members of Freeway Park). A swell gent, by the name of Brian Edwards will be showing 16 mm films from his personal archive as well. Come down and been amazed! Electronic artist Xuan Rong opens the show.

Father Daughter is dedicated to presenting an evening of ambient music and visuals in an attempt to create an immersive, site specific environment. This is the beginning of an ongoing series dedicated to the Expansion of Cinema with the aid of local musicians and film makers.

Father Daughter is the Brainchild of Nico Sophiea (of Grale and Time Eater) on and B. Grimm (of Leviathan Worship Service).

Learn more on our Royal Room Projects Page!

No cover. The musicians are compensated by your donations.
Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

The Salute Sessions (Salute to Monk)

10:00pm (Lounge)

A themed weekly jam session that focuses on a variety of jazz masters.

No cover. The musicians are compensated by your donations.
Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Courtney Weaver Quartet

6:30pm

Born on the after beat in Seattle, submerged in music since her inception. Courtney’s roots are in jazz, blues, and soul lined with vague memories of dreams asleep on the floor backstage as a child at her parent's gigs. She began gigging professionally when she was 14 under the tutelage of world renowned vocalist Jay Clayton, doing jazz and soul standards at weddings, bar mitzvahs, and Cornish Vocal Showcases at Tula’s in winter 2001. Over the past several years she began to hone and expand her repertoire to incorporating blues and R&B elements. From 2003-2006 she was deeply immersed in her study of all aspects of Jazz while attending Cornish College of the Arts.

In June of 2006 she left Cornish and Seattle behind to pursue her music career and moved to Arcata, CA cultivating her art and building her chops in the local music scene, and was a featured artist at the legendary Blues Jam at the Jambalaya.

At 20 years old she began to explore herself as a vocalist and she honed her craft singing in various groups including a five female vocal revue, the Luscious Ladies, with Melody Walker. She also was a vocalist in an 80‘s cover band, Eyes Anonymous, that did the casino circuit performing as her alter-ego Roxy Chartreuse. She found her niche in winter 2008 in Saint John and the Sinners, a blues/rock cover band in which she flourished covering Etta James, Muddy Waters, Ann Cole, Willie Dixon, and Aretha Franklin.

In the year of 2009 Courtney Weaver had had over 95 musical performances in Northern California and had established herself as the resident blues belter at local blues festivals.

Just as her career was beginning to take off she was derailed when she was shot in the face and arm by her abusive boyfriend on January 15th 2010 in Arcata, CA. After moving back to her hometown of Seattle in January 2011 and 13 reconstructive surgeries later she is finally healed and has successfully rehabilitated her voice. ​
Five years later she has transformed her experience into a call for action and integrated her advocacy with her music by founding the Survivor Voice’s Collective and debut album Paper Tiger.

The arts can be a powerful force for social change and for healing. Using music and the arts as a way to elevate the voices of survivors of domestic violence and gun violence, showcasing their stories in a multimedia format along with Courtney’s own songs about the dangerous relationship between love and violence. Her Survivor Voices kickstarter runs through August 12 2015 and has a goal of $27,000 to pay for $21,000 in recording and production costs and $6,000 for launching her nonprofit, the Survivor Voices Collective.

No cover. The musicians are compensated by your donations.
Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Isak Gaines Band/The Noah Halpern Group/Leo Shannon/Riley Calcagno Duo

8:00pm

Back at the Royal Room again to play a set of hard-groovin' originals, The Isak Gaines Band combines elements of instrumental funk, soul, R&B, rock, hip-hop, jazz, and electronic music for a totally unique sound you won't hear anywhere else. Featuring Isak Gaines on tenor saxophone, tbd on trumpet, Jack Swiggett on keys, Carmen Rothwell on bass, Nikhil Wadhwa on guitar, and Janak Preston on drums.

No cover. The musicians are compensated by your donations.
Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Caleb Chapman’s Soundhouse All-Stars

5:00pm (Doors at 4:30pm)

A performance of Caleb Chapman’s Soundhouse student bands, featuring:
Kingston Winter: Reggae
Lo-Fi Riot: Ska
Simple Talk: Alternative pop
Vicious Beat: Pop and contemporary R&B

No cover. The musicians are compensated by your donations.
Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

Seattle Songwriter's Summit

8:00pm

For those of you who enjoy the craft of a good song on a hot summer night - enjoy an evening of incredible song-writing with a hand-picked selection of some of Seattle's premier song-writing talent.

Featured songwriters include:
Andy Coe (McTuff)
Norman Baker (Norman Baker & The Backroads)
Brian Kinsella (Discs of Fury, M. Bison)
Jeff Grant (M. Bison)
Simon Kornelis
...and more!

with musical accompaniment provided by:
Scott Goodwin
Chris Jones
Mike Muir

Grab a drink, a friend, and come to hear expert song crafters share their work and their perspective on their craft...
...and plan to get a song or two stuck in your head!

No cover. The musicians are compensated by your donations.
Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

Friday, August 14, 2015

3rd Annual Columbia City Blues Festival

Early Evening Music (Lounge, No Cover)

The Music of Otis Spann and Lonnie Johnson
5:00pm-7:30pm
Critically acclaimed guitarist, Darren Loucas and Internationally recognized composer/musician Wayne Horvitz, perform a free Otis Spann and Lonnie Johnson tribute in the lounge.

Blues Festival Night 1 (Main Stage, No Cover)

Tribute to James Booker and Dr. John
8:00pm
Local pianist/vocalist, Anna Freedman pays tribute to James Booker, the "best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced." - Dr. John.

Organ Boogaloo with Joe Doria
8:30pm
NW raised Joe Doria has been composing and performing on Hammond Organ, piano, and varied vintage keys/synths since the 90’s. Steeped in Hammond tradition studying the giants of the instrument he also never limits himself to one style and can be seen working with new projects often. Tonight, he explores the great Hammond B-3 tradition of blues infused boogaloo and funky grooves, joined by Eric Eagle and Andy Coe

B.B. King Tribute
9:30pm
The Blues Festival House band, comprised of Seattle's finest, backs guest guitar players, honoring the late "King of The Blues" B.B. King. Featured guitarists include Ben and Joe, Colin Higgins, Andy Coe and more!

The Legacy of Willie Dixon
10:30pm
The Blues Festival House Band, backs guest musicians, paying tribute to the legendary Willie Dixon.

The Blues Festival House Band features Wayne Horvitz - Piano, Eric Eagle - Drums, Darren Loucas - Guitar, Andy Stoller - Bass, Sean Divine - Harmonica.

No cover. The musicians are compensated by your donations.
Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

3rd Annual Columbia City Blues Festival

Early Evening Music (Lounge, No Cover)

The Music of Otis Spann and Lonnie Johnson
5:00pm-7:30pm
Critically acclaimed guitarist, Darren Loucas and Internationally recognized composer/musician Wayne Horvitz, perform a free Otis Spann and Lonnie Johnson tribute in the lounge.

Blues Festival Night 2 (Main Stage, Ticketed)

Tickets for entire evening: $8 in advance/ $10 at the door
Tickets available from Stranger Tickets

The Legacy of Willie Dixon
8:00pm
The Blues Festival House Band, comprised of Seattle's finest, backs guest musicians, honoring the legendary Willie Dixon.

"... & The Blues"
9:00pm
Celebrating the works of musicians not traditionally associated with blues, but who still contributed a lasting impact to blues music. This series includes the works of Nina Simone (& The Blues), Bob Dylan (& The Blues) and Los Lobos (& The Blues). For this set, The Blues Festival House Band will be backing a host of Seattle musicians, including Reggie Garrett, Katie Jacobson, Anna Freedman, Robin Holcomb, Arni Adler and Milky Burgess.

Tribute to Johnny Winter
10:30pm
The Blues Festival House band, backs guest guitar players, paying tribute to innovator of high energy blues rock, Johnny Winter. Guest artists include Colin Higgins, Milky Burgess and more!

The Blues Festival House Band features Wayne Horvitz - Piano, Eric Eagle - Drums, Darren Loucas - Guitar, Andy Stoller - Bass, Sean Divine - Harmonica.

Please note: Tickets do not guarantee seating during shows at the Royal Room. For sold out shows standing room may be the only available space. Please come early to ensure you get a table. Reservations can be made for those who are coming for dinner as well as the show. The Royal Room is all ages until 10pm.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

3rd Annual Columbia City Blues Festival

Early Evening Music (Lounge, No Cover)

The Music of Otis Spann and Lonnie Johnson
5:00pm
Critically acclaimed guitarist, Darren Loucas and Internationally recognized composer/musician Wayne Horvitz, perform a free Otis Spann and Lonnie Johnson tribute in the lounge.

Blues Festival Night 3 (Main Stage, Ticketed)

Tickets for entire evening: $8 in advance/ $10 at the door
Tickets available from Stranger Tickets

The Legacy of Willie Dixon
8:00pm
The Blues Festival House Band, comprised of Seattle's finest, backs guest musicians, honoring the legendary Willie Dixon.

Kathy Moore Playing the Music of ZZ TOP
9:00pm
An All-Female line-up plays the music of ZZ TOP, centering around their 1973 album, "Tres Hombres", led by Kathy Moore. ZZ Top has become known for its strong blues roots and humorous lyrical motifs, relying heavily on double entendres and innuendo. ZZ Top's musical style has changed over the years, beginning with blues-inspired rock on their early albums, then incorporating new wave, punk rock and dance-rock, with heavy use of synthesizers.

Please note: Tickets do not guarantee seating during shows at the Royal Room. For sold out shows standing room may be the only available space. Please come early to ensure you get a table. Reservations can be made for those who are coming for dinner as well as the show. The Royal Room is all ages until 10pm.

Monday, August 17, 2015

The Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble

8:00pm

The Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble is a 15 piece band featuring Seattle's finest and most innovative improvisers under the direction of composer Wayne Horvitz. The RRCME performs Mr. Horvitz's compositions in a loosely constructed format which uses a combination of on-the-spot (re)arranging and various other techniques, some of which have come to be known as "conduction".

Wayne Horvitz first performed in Butch Morris's Conduction Ensemble in 1987 at The New School for Social Research in New York City. Twenty four years later, in the summer of 2011, Horvitz began to experiment with his own approach to Conduction while co-leading an experimental big band with composer John Hollenbeck at Cornish College of the Arts. Horvitz added to Morris' original Conduction symbols, a series of numbers which correlated to specific motifs derived from the compositions. Upon the opening of The Royal Room, Horvitz took the opportunity to form his own big band to perform his compositions utilizing this approach.

Learn more on our Royal Room Projects Page!

No cover. The musicians are compensated by your donations.
Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

The Salute Sessions (Salute to Monk)

10:00pm (Lounge)

A themed weekly jam session that focuses on a variety of jazz masters.

No cover. The musicians are compensated by your donations.
Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Mctuff

9:00pm (Lounge, Doors open at 7:00pm)

Hammond organist Joe Doria brings together some of the best of the NW music scene to create a powerful and jaw-dropping funk and jazz sound like you’ve never heard. A mix of stellar musicianship, seasoned songwriting and deep groove where no musical stone gets unturned. McTuff is a movin’ and groovin’ adventure that you will not soon forget.

No cover. The musicians are compensated by your donations.
Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Boss Guitar: Country Revolutionaries

7:30pm

Tickets $10 adv/ $12 at the door/ $8 students (door only with student ID)
Tickets available from Stranger Tickets

Seattle’s finest guitarists get together to interpret and explore the music of the greatest guitarists to play and compose for the instrument. Boss Guitar ranges widely, from country to fusion, from Jimi Hendrix to Chet Atkins, but all with the goal of celebrating the work of these legendary musicians and their chosen form of expression.

Come hear the music of country greats like Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, and Danny Gatton. Twang, chicken pickin’ and hot country licks have always been unique to the guitar, and we owe it to some fast-fingered players who brought the instrument to where it is today. Featuring Jason Goessl, Country Dave Harmonson, Michael Wohl and Brian Christianson

Learn more on our Royal Room Projects Page!

Please note: Tickets do not guarantee seating during shows at the Royal Room. For sold out shows standing room may be the only available space. Please come early to ensure you get a table. Reservations can be made for those who are coming for dinner as well as the show. The Royal Room is all ages until 10pm.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

D'vonne Lewis' Limited Edition/ Flying Spiders

8:30pm

D'vonne Lewis' Limited Edition:
Drummer D'Vonne Lewis(band leader/drummer of Industrial Revelation) brings together some of the Northwest's best instrumentalist for a set of swinging, energetic, soulful-jazz standards and original compositions. Tonight's band will feature Thomas Marriott on trumpet; Farko Dosumov on bass; Eric Verlinde(arriving a bit later)on piano; Cliff Colon on saxophones and D'Vonne Lewis on drums.

Flying Spiders: Hip Hop Orchestra:
Flying Spiders live at the intersection of galaxies: words about the transformation of fear and a thirstfor social change, merging with the textures of live instrumentalists from different musical andmetaphysical practices. Since debut on 10/10/10, we have been layering original hip hop lyrics over live instruments (drums,electric bass, electric guitar, violin, piano, synth, sax, trumpet), and impossible mouth sounds.

No cover. The musicians are compensated by your donations.
Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Who is John Smith

9:00pm

Who Is John Smith is Yaw Amponsah and James Whetzel. They play new West African palm wine music on guitar, vox, high hat, and rumba box. Palm wine music is the original acoustic music that is the roots of highlife music, which is in turn the roots of afro-beat.

This is the album release party for their first album “Go To Fly”. For the performance at The Royal Room they’ll play as a duo and also as a quartet with two additional percussionists. They will be joined for the evening by Ghanaian traditional group Anokye Agofomma, and the Congolese rumba fusion group Eckaman and Super Mokako.

About the Artists:
To see Yaw Amponsah play drums is to see a master at work. He's at home in the world of rhythm and makes difficult ones seem easy. The son of the legendary Ghanaian artist Koo Nimo (AKA Daniel Amponsah), Yaw is a specialist in the multi-part drumming styles of the Asante (Ashanti) region such as Adowa, Akom, Aprede, Kete, and Fontomfrom. He’s likewise proficient in drumming styles from Mali and Guinea, as well as Agbacha, Highlife, Kpanlogo, Odonson, and Congolese popular styles. He is the bandleader of the Ghanaian traditional group Anokye Agofomma.

James Whetzel is a musical human. A composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer, he is known for his 51 piece soundtrack to the film “Man With a Movie Camera” by Dziga Vertov, and for bold new interpretations of South Asian classical and folk music on sarod. He produces electronic music and DJs as DJ Baba James. He is also a gifted throat singer, and is part of the groups Das Dhoom and Mean Deep. He studied palm wine guitar music with Koo Nimo in the USA and Ghana. He also learned palm wine guitar music from the late great Nigerian artist I.K. Dairo MBE. He is currently working on an album of ambient music called “Slow Waves,” which includes surprising remixes of palm wine music. For more about James’s music visit jameswhetzel.com

No cover. The musicians are compensated by your donations.
Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Ray Skjelberd's Yeti Chasers

5:00pm (Doors open at 4:30pm)

Ray Skjelbred was a protégé of the great Earl "Fatha" Hines. His "Yeti Chasers" play music in the style of the swinging Chicago & New Orleans bands of the 1920's and 30's. "He plays so good it scares me." - Jess Stacy

No cover. The musicians are compensated by your donations.
Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

Luau! Ft. The Ukadelics/ Banzai Surf/ DJ Vodka Twist

8:00pm: Doors & Pig Roast Buffet
9:00pm: Music

Featuring live Hawaiian tiki music and a pig roast buffet!

The Ukadelics, Seattle's best kept ukulele secret, take the stage with the force of a runaway pineapple truck and heats up your event like a tropical sunset! From quaint beginnings, strumming for friends at an annual backyard Luau, The Ukadelics now play regularly around town for private parties and themed events. Their repertoire is a range of classic "hapa-haole" Hawaiian songs like Blue Hawaii and Tiny Bubbles to show stopping lounge favorites such as Secret Agent Man and I Wanna Be Like You (from The Jungle Book). Though primarily a uke driven ensemble, The Ukadelics creatively employ a wide variety of percussive instruments as well as a guitar, Hawaiian slide guitar, bass, and nearly a dozen different ukuleles.

Banzai Surf
Dude... We play surf rock! The origin of Banzai Surf began in Seattle back in the Spring of 1995 with The Deep End which was formed by Joe Jabon (guitar), Gordy Fitterer (guitar), Russ Fitterer (bass) and John Lavin (drums). In 2008, Banzai Surf was formed by Joe Jabon (guitar), Joe Anderson (bass) and Bob Merrihew (drums). In 2010, Jim Sadler was added on keys,in 2012, John Mooney joined on drums which makes up the current lineup.

No cover. The musicians are compensated by your donations.
Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Family Gathering w/ Triplifried (Andy Coe, D'Vonne Lewis and Evan Flory-Barnes) + Special guests

2:00pm (Doors open at 1:30pm)

Triplifried is a trio of Seattle's finest including D'Vonne Lewis, Andy Coe and Evan Flory-Barnes. The Family Gathering will be a chance for Triplifried to invite many special guests to join in on the music making fun in a family friendly atmosphere.

No cover. The musicians are compensated by your donations.
Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

Fin De Fiesta with Daniel Azcarate

7:30pm

Tickets $15
Tickets available from Stranger Tickets

Featuring Daniel Azcarate (Vocals) and special guests!

FIN DE FIESTA brings Spanish inspiration to Seattle soil. We are four of flamenco artists that divide our time between Canada and Seville, Spain. The name FIN DE FIESTA translates to "End of the Party", a reference to the open jam session that occurs at the end of a traditional flamenco show in Spain. It is during the fin de fiesta that the true improvisational and spirited nature of flamenco shows itself, and it is that lively spirit — unpredictable and unrestrained — that inspires our work.

Please note: Tickets do not guarantee seating during shows at the Royal Room. For sold out shows standing room may be the only available space. Please come early to ensure you get a table. Reservations can be made for those who are coming for dinner as well as the show. The Royal Room is all ages until 10pm.

Monday, August 24, 2015

(Ensō)/ Johnaye Kendrick with Dawn Clement & Chris Symer

8:00pm

Enso is Gregg Belisle- Chi (guitar) and Brian Kinsella (piano) playing originals, arrangements, and covers inspired by the Jim Hall/Bill Evans duets.

No cover. The musicians are compensated by your donations.
Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

The Salute Sessions (Salute to Monk)

10:00pm (Lounge)

A themed weekly jam session that focuses on a variety of jazz masters.

No cover. The musicians are compensated by your donations.
Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Perry Robinson/ Stochastic Mettle Union local #35

8:00pm

Perry Robinson, world-renowned jazz clarinetist, is joined with Seattle musical colleagues in the Jump Ensemble (www.jumpensemble.com) to explore some of his new and classic compositions.

Stochastic Mettle Union local #35 progressed from a want to perform in a setting where wanderlust is a valued commodity. Starting with an informed sensibility of “play for the song”, without the framework of convention.

Stochastic 1: random; specifically: involving a random variable
2: involving chance or probability

Mettle 1 a: vigor and strength of spirit or temperament
b: staying quality : stamina
2: quality of temperament or disposition

“If you absolutely needed to shove the members of Stochastic Mettle Union into a genre box, the closest you could find is the one marked "jazz." But even though the group plays tunes like "Ornette's Cage"—a reference to avant-bop icon Ornette Coleman—and exhibit a penchant for double bass and wind instruments, the tag still seems limiting. This ever-evolving project encompasses some free jazz ideals (amorphous rhythms, dissonance) and rends them asunder by way of laptop manipulations and scratchy post-punk guitars. And since they improvise every performance, they could zig into pure noise or play with delicate restraint. That's a recipe for avant-greatness in my book. ROBERT HAM”
Portland Mercury

No cover. The musicians are compensated by your donations.
Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Friday, August 28, 2015

Beth Fleenor's Birthday Show

8:00pm

Beth Fleenor celebrates 35 laps around the Sun and 10 years of the Frank Agency, with Crystal Beth & the Boom Boom Band, Amy Denio, Trimtab, Tarik Abouzied Duo and Angela Sheik.

8:00pm: Amy Denio/ Tarik Abouzied Duo
The Denio/Abouzied duo features internationally renowned multi-instrumentalist Amy Denio improvising and playing her compositions on bass, alto saxophone, clarinet and singing, accompanied by phenomenal musician Tarik Abouzied on drums.
Denio was recently voted into the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame. Abouzied is a composer, and well known for his excellent drumming skills in organ trio McTuff with Joe Doria and Andy Coe.

9:00pm: Angela Sheik
A truly groundbreaking musical force of nature, soulful music innovator Angela Sheik opens up a world of sonic, rhythmic and compositional possibilities that have driven her success as a multi-faceted, trip-hop and electronic-infused folk-pop indie artist. Based in Wilmington, Delaware, Sheik is a crafty multi-instrumentalist (autoharp, theremin, flute) who uses a loop pedal to create a richly textured exploration of deep grooves, infectious melodies, dynamic vocal harmonies, and soulful ambiences. Angela has been brilliantly fusing her traditional singer/songwriter leanings with electronic innovations since the release of her aptly titled 2011 debut EP “Songs from the Red Box” as the Grand Prize winner of the BOSS Loop Station 2011 U.S. National Finals, winner of the Philadelphia Songwriter Project Competition and twice voted Female Artist of the Year (93.7 WSTW Hometown Heroes). Wowing audiences with her fearless creative experimentation, mischievous smile and self-generated swirl of rhythmic harmonies, the multi-talented artist has toured the U.S. and Europe; and opened for The Neon Trees, Julia Holter, Joseph Arthur, and renowned bassist and pop singer Meshell Ndegeocello. She has just released her second full length album, "Home Before Dark," to critical acclaim. www.angelasheik.com

10:00pm: Led to Sea
Led to Sea is the unusual and magnetic solo project from the Seattle-based violinist, violist and singer Alex Guy, who fuses classical, pop and experimental music. Her live show as a string player and vocalist has captivated audiences all over the U.S. and Europe, and draws comparisons to St. Vincent and Andrew Byrd. She has opened for and shared the stage with a host of renowned artists, including Laura Veirs, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, Mirah and Jherek Bischoff. She has also contributed to albums from Amanda Palmer, Xiu Xiu, Laura Veirs, Mirah and Parenthetical Girls.

11:00pm: Trimtab
Led by guitarist/composer Jason Goessl. The unpredictability and complexity of their compositions is magnetic, generating a seemingly new listening experience with each performance. Varied meters create hypnotic tensions. Abrasive chordal and percussive expression mixed with gentler melodies and intense dynamic changes creates a unique gravitational pull. Whether listening to the arc of a Trimtab album or just a single composition, a development from compression, to tension, to visual, to abstract, to the electrical is evidenced.

12:00am: Crystal Beth & The Boom Boom Band
With the reflexes of a mongoose and the swagger of a leftist John Wayne, Crystal Beth* (aka: Beth Fleenor) spins her own brand of posicore purge-pop-punk-hop: a sweaty trance psychedelic ritual. Expect intense currents of bethnic chanting, propelled by the ferocious beating of the Boom Boom…
The Boom Boom Band features Tristan Gianola (guitar), Michael Owcharuk (keys), Paul Kemmish (bass) & Adam Kozie (drums).

*Crystal Beth is a psychoactive stimulant that increases alertness, concentration, and energy, and in high doses, can induce euphoria, enhance self-esteem, and increase libido.

No cover. The musicians are compensated by your donations.
Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Twisted Groove

9:00pm

Tickets: $10
Tickets available from Stranger Tickets

A night of Seattle's finest funk!

Please note: Tickets do not guarantee seating during shows at the Royal Room. For sold out shows standing room may be the only available space. Please come early to ensure you get a table. Reservations can be made for those who are coming for dinner as well as the show. The Royal Room is all ages until 10pm.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Monday, August 31, 2015

Jacob Zimmerman & Ryan Becky/ Lift Kit - Alex Pinto with John Bishop, Farko Dosumov, Levi Gillis/ Ivan Artega with Carmen Rothwell & Levi Gillis

8:00pm

Jacob Zimmerman, Alex Pinto and Ivan Arteaga present three new projects featuring original compositions and arrangements.

Jacob Zimmerman & Ryan Becky

Lift Kit - Alex Pinto with John Bishop, Farko Dosumov, Levi Gillis

Ivan Artega with Carmen Rothwell & Levi Gillis


No cover. The musicians are compensated by your donations.
Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

The Salute Sessions (Salute to Monk)

10:00pm (Lounge)

A themed weekly jam session that focuses on a variety of jazz masters.

No cover. The musicians are compensated by your donations.
Reservations are available for patrons who are planning to have dinner before and during the show.

The Royal Room is open seven nights a week.
Happy Hour drink and food specials weekdays from 5:00-6:30pm.
The Royal Room is all ages until 10pm.