Thursday, January 1, 2015

Friday, January 2, 2015

Sweeter Than The Day/ Young & Moore/ Zony Mash

8:00pm

Sweeter Than The Day
Formed in 1999, Sweeter Than the Day began simply as the acoustic incarnation of Zony Mash. The band played a series of weekly shows at Seattle's Baltic Room, and quickly became Wayne Horvitz’s first piano-based ensemble in over 10 years, and one of Wayne's longest-running groups, as well as one of his favorites.

Young & Moore
Young is joined by composer and longtime friend Paul Moore, who happens to be the former Director of Music for the University of Washington’s Dance Program. The two first began playing together when Moore arrived in Seattle in 1995. Between Moore’s film scoring work and Young’s ever-expanding repertoire, the duo defies categorization and should provide an unforgettable set. Featuring Paul Moore, keys; Timothy Young, guitars.

Zony Mash
Zony Mash made its debut in late 1995 as the unofficial house band at the OK Hotel in Seattle, where the guys honed their chops with months of weekly gigs. In Zony Mash you´ll hear a wide variety of influences, including sixties-style psychedelic rock, the blues and definitely some sounds that could only be described as being from outer space.

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, January 3, 2015

The Westerlies

6:00pm

Tickets: $12 advance/ $15 at the door/ $10 Students
Tickets available from Stranger Tickets

The Westerlies are a New York based brass quartet comprised of four friends from Seattle, Washington. Avid explorers of cross-genre territory, The Westerlies are a collectively run ensemble dedicated to the cultivation of a new brass quartet repertoire that exists in the ever-narrowing gap between American folk music, jazz, classical, and indie rock. The Westerlies have premiered over 40 original works for brass quartet since their inception in 2011, and crafted an approach that Dave Douglas had described as “Swinging, grooving, clean and tricky playing. This is the group that, once you’ve heard them, you’ll realize they always needed to exist. Unique, original, exciting. And simply killing in the best sense.” The Westerlies music exudes the warmth of their longstanding friendships, and reflects the broad interests of its members.

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.

Robin Holcomb Band/ The Golden Road/ Zony Mash + Horns

8:00pm

Robin Holcomb Band
Saturday kicks off with a fantastic opportunity to hear what’s new from Holcomb as she joins past collaborators. The New York Times has described Holcomb’s music as “a new American regionalism, spun from many threads – country rock, minimalism, Civil War songs, Baptist hymns, Appalachian folk tunes, even the polytonal music of Charles Ives. Holcomb has never ceased seeking out new influences, a tirelessness that’s apparent when she takes the stage. Featuring: Robin Holcomb, Wayne Horvitz, Timothy Young, Andy Roth and Keith Lowe.

The Golden Road
The Grateful Dead’s classics get a hell of an update as members of Zony Mash and other friends take on the rambling, chaotic folk-funk-acid-jam-rock of the Dead and spin out something totally their own. Featuring: Wayne Horvitz, Timothy Young, Andy Roth, Keith Lowe, Andy Coe and Paul Moore.

Zony Mash + Horns
The Mash line-up will be joined by a number of horn players, pushing the ensemble beyond its usual four-piece arrangement and towards a bigger, brasher sound. Combined with the talents of the visiting Mr. Young, the roof might fall in. Featuring Wayne Horvitz, keys; Timothy Young, guitars; Keith Lowe, bass; Andy Roth, drums; with special guests on horns Steve Moore (trombone), Skerik (tenor sax), Briggan Krauss (alto/baritone sax) and Al Keith (trumpet).

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, January 4, 2015

Madeline Tasquin

6:00pm

Singing in both English and French, Canadian-Californian Madeline Tasquin’s songs dip from jazz-tinged folk to odd-meter soul, to twisted pop ballad and delicately dark fairy-tale. Raised in Northern British Columbia by her opera singer mother and Austrian gold-miner father, Tasquin began playing the piano as soon as she could reach the keys and developed an acute sense of melody and harmony by singing on long car trips with her mother and two younger sisters. In her teenagehood, Primus and Mr.Bungle played on repeat alongside Rachmaninoff, Satie and Chopin. She returned to her musical roots through an unexpected relocation to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006, after completing a degree in Architecture in Sydney Australia.

Since the 2012 release of her EP Another Trip Around the Sun, Madeline has spent her time developing and touring a repertoire that leans closer to soul and blues than the orchestral-pop flavor of her debut recording. In “The Acorn and the Oak,” a romantically wandering melody reminiscent of a Chopin nocturne is woven through a driving blues ballad in compound meter. In “Twinkle Twinkle Little Satellite” she quotes the familiar nursery song melody and then corrupts it in chromatic fashion, resolving into a doo-wop anthem about relativity. The thread that ultimately weaves it all together is a nimble 3-octave voice that adapts gracefully to the musical whims, and her disarmingly big, bold and heart-driven stage presence.
Madeline Tasquin's website.

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.

Ama Trio

8:00pm

Seattle-based Ama Trio, the "rarely yodeling, always scintillating latin american afro sephardic eastern european gypsy circus chamber band" with multi-talented composer/producer Amy Denio alongside award-winning latin duo Correo Aereo (Madeleine Sosin and Abel Rocha).
Amy Denio: accordion, voice; Madeleine Sosin: violin, bombo, maracas, voice; Abel Rocha: guitar, cuatro, voice.

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, January 5, 2015

First Monday Wine Tasting

6:00pm

Expand your knowledge and palette with Kate Bond (former Verve proprietess) at the First Monday Wine Tasting at the Royal Room! Featuring 6 great wines from Vinum. $15 per person, includes light appetizer.

"Some Places Are Forever Afternoon"(Work In Progress)

8:00pm

Some Places Are Forever Afternoon, a set of 11 compositions by Wayne Horvitz based on the poems of Richard Hugo will have its live premiere in the fall of 2015. The work, written for sextet, will be recorded early in 2015 and released on the Songlines label in May of 2015.

Horvitz will compose, record and perform a suite of eleven pieces, with each composition based on a different poem. Using a combination of two long standing quartets, The Gravitas Quartet and Sweeter Than The Day, the suite will be performed and recorded by Ron Miles (trumpet), Peggy Lee (cello), Sara Schoenbeck (bassoon), Wayne Horvitz (piano, electronics), Timothy Young (guitar), Keith Lowe (bass) and Eric Eagle (drums).

The Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble

The Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble is a 12-15 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.

Regular members include Beth Fleenor, Steve O'Brien, Al Keith, Sam Boshnack, Ryan Burns, Geoff Harper, Greg Sinibaldi, Jacob Zimmerman, Craig Flory, Eric Eagle, Kate Olson, Naomi Siegel, Jacob Herring and Wayne Horvitz.
Featured guests have included Bobby Previte, Greg Campbell, Stuart Dempster, and Briggan Krauss, Neil Welch and Ivan Artega.

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, January 6, 2015

"Some Places Are Forever Afternoon"(Work In Progress)

8:00pm

Some Places Are Forever Afternoon, a set of 11 compositions by Wayne Horvitz based on the poems of Richard Hugo will have its live premiere in the fall of 2015. The work, written for sextet, will be recorded early in 2015 and released on the Songlines label in May of 2015.

Horvitz will compose, record and perform a suite of eleven pieces, with each composition based on a different poem. Using a combination of two long standing quartets, The Gravitas Quartet and Sweeter Than The Day, the suite will be performed and recorded by Ron Miles (trumpet), Peggy Lee (cello), Sara Schoenbeck (bassoon), Wayne Horvitz (piano, electronics), Timothy Young (guitar), Keith Lowe (bass) and Eric Eagle (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.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

MIXTAPES

7:00pm

Katie Kuffel is a Seattle-based singer-songwriter. With a contemporary sound that draws from blues, jazz and folk music, Katie writes her own innovative and thoughtful material. Her background in classical cello and jazz piano helps her to merge complex lyrics with a wholly unique sound. www.KatieKuffel.com

Camila Recchio: "Art in it's most expressive form is my favorite. I write music & poetry, sing & paint as a way of expressing experiences or observations."
Camila Recchio has worked extensively with Pastor Pat Wright and The Total Experience Gospel Choir. She's musically collaborated with Macklemore X Ryan Lewis, Ray Dalton, Theoretics, Nu Era, Chev, KnowMads & Fatal Lucciano with more projects coming soon! www.CamilaRecchio.com

Mark Lilly: Lilly’s intimate songwriting style and subtle arrangements combined with his intense yet broad vocal range make him a natural for singer/songwriter and adult progressive audiences. “With the right producer he’s and international artists just waiting to happen”, says Tom Mehren of Sounds of Seattle”. www.reverbnation.com/marklilly

Peter and The Tribe: Peter and the Tribe are a neo-soul trio harkening back to the early 90's Seattle scene. With passionate performances and infectious melodies, Peter and the Tribe is on their way to being the next big thing. Their Website.

Tekla Waterfield: Tekla Waterfield and the Sweet Nothings are a Seattle based Americana Alt-Country Indie Folk band calling on a wide range of inspirations including country, (Elvis, Dolly Parton, Wilco), Americana (Gilian Welsh, Ryan Adams, Neko Case), jazz (Norah Jones, Ella Fitzgerald) and soul/R&B (Mary J. Blige, Otis Redding, Aaliyah). With Tekla Waterfield's powerhouse vocals, emotive songwriting, and spellbinding stage presence, Dune Butler and Eric Vanderbilt-Mathew's background in classical and jazz and beautiful backing harmonies, Mike Thornhill's tasty country guitar licks, and Bill Riach holding down the rhythm on the drums, Tekla Waterfield and the Sweet Nothing are soulful, captivating and moving. www.reverbnation.com/teklawaterfield

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, January 8, 2015

Tango Lessons and Live Music

With Live Music & Dancing to Tango, Salsa and other Latin Beats
6:30pm

Tickets $20
Tickets available from Stranger Tickets

Each of the last four Thursdays in January, fling your inhibitions aside and make plans for a fiery night of dancing and live music. Learn to dance in a casual atmosphere. At 6:30 pm: $20 Beginner Tango Lesson from Patricio Touceda. Later, dance to live Latin Music performed with timeless drama and grace to the pulse-quickening rhythms of the Tango and other Latin Styles of Music.

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.

The Royal Ramble

9:00pm

Modeled on the legendary Levon Helm's The Midnight Ramble, the Jelly Rollers present a monthly night of blues and more.
Joining the Jelly Rollers is Besty Olson.

Betsy Olson is a Montana-bred, Seattle-based artist releasing her first full-length album entitled "Lonely Woman Blues" in Octboer, 2009. Olson pulls from a wide range of influences, ranging from the classic sounds of Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix to the more modern gritty and soulful sounds of The Black Keys and The Gossip. Her live performance is a two-piece (guitar, vocals, drums). With this spare instrumentation she is able to create an energy and electricity that a full band might produce.

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, January 9, 2015

The Tetrabox & Grace Love Experience

8:00pm

A fusion of jazz, pop, funk, electro and anything with soul, Tetrabox is part of a new trend in music emerging from the northwest dubbed Electrosoul. Featuring Joey Walbaum | Keys, Vocals, Composition | Davy Nefos - Drums, Percussion, Vocals | Papa Josh - Guitar, Vocals | Eric Hullander - Bass | Eric Jellison - Trumpet | Dan Wager - Sax/EWI | Josh Clifford - Sax | Scott Allan - Trombone.

Grace Love is a dynamic soul artist, singer, & composer. She is set to drop her first full length LP on We Coast Records & her live shows are becoming the stuff of local legend. She is handily backed by some of the finest lads and ladies in the Seattle music scene who guarantee a mix of dancin' music and soulful sweet ballads.

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, January 10, 2015

Aaron Johnson Quintet

6:00pm

Aaron Johnson is a Saxophonist and young scholar of Jazz History and Culture whose music and unrelenting energy have captivated listeners and musicians in a short period of time. A disciple of Charlie Parker and the Bebop era, Johnson is an artist possessing a wild musical imagination, a fearless heart and a probing intellect.

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.

Dionvox/ Purr Gato/ Beatrix Sky/ Angela Sheik

8:30pm

Dionvox: “Imagine if Amy Winehouse got locked in a studio with Aphex Twin for a month and the result was some kind of alien love-child. That’s Ramona The Band [now DIONVOX]. Arty, atmospheric and overtly experimental, this trio brings a grungy bent to trip-hop.” — Seattle Music Revival
DIONVOX was formed in Los Angeles during a Wu Tang Killa Beez recording session and then nurtured for 2 years by legendary music manager Leila Steinberg (Tupac Shakur, Earl Sweatshirt) via her “Microphone Sessions” weekly workshop. Currently based in Seattle, Dionvox loves to stay under the radar and concern itself with creating unique tracks and putting on the best live show possible. The winner of 4 national music competitions (Heineken/Reverbnation, Windows7/Reverbnation, Ten legs (NYC), and Popchips/Spin magazine), the band continues to refine its presentation on a daily basis. The bands motto is “No fear and no regret”.

Purr Gato: An original dark-wave, synth-pop band, currently calls Seattle their home. When you listen, you might think they garner inspiration from acts like Depeche Mode, Gary Numan, or The Knife. Fronted by two female voices: Katrina Kope and Brittany Kohl, and backed by an array of pretty and gritty synthesizers with heavy beats: Tyler Kope.
purrgato.com

Beatrix Sky(aka Meggie Hauth) is an electronic/synthpop artist from the greater Seattle area.
beatrixsky.bandcamp.com

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



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, January 11, 2015

Hamilton Jazz Band

6:00pm

Zooma Bella

8:00pm

Zooma Bella will bring it, so you can swing it! An 8 piece show band of seasoned music veterans, capturing the style and flavor of the Louis Prima/ Keeley Smith Era, with a punchy horn section, a snappy rhythm section, and the dual vocal stylings of Joe Fromaggio and Atsa Nice.

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, January 12, 2015

Keith Secola

8:00pm

Native American award-winning artist Keith Secola, bent towards addressing social and political issues including poverty, economic isolation, substance abuse and environmental degradation performs at The Royal Room on January 12th, 8:00pm. He has termed his brand of music "Alter-Native," as well as "Native Americana”, drawing from rock, blues, folk, reggae, world beat and Native American culture.

Secola’s music is familiar to thousands of fans across North America and Europe, where he's been playing his brand of progressive music in concerts to a cult following for many years. Keith's famous song, "NDN Kars", is considered the contemporary Native American anthem and is the most requested song on Native radio in the US and Canada. Keith Secola has toured extensively throughout the United States, playing with such national acts as David Bowie, the Indigo Girls, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Bonnie Raitt and the Neville Brothers.

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, January 13, 2015

Nels Cline & Julian Lage

Two shows: 7:00pm (Early Show, All Ages) and 9:00pm (Late Show, 21+)

Tickets: $20
Tickets for Early Show
Tickets for Late Show

Nels Cline is a major force as a guitarist and improviser, ever since he debuted on record in 1978 and as a leader in 1988. Named by Rolling Stone as one of 20 “new guitar gods” and one of the top 100 guitarists of all time, Cline has gained his widest fame as a member of acclaimed rock band Wilco since 2004. He’s known for a certain cranked-up experimental mayhem, the kind sometimes heard from his extraordinary trio the Nels Cline Singers, which released the well-received MACROSCOPE on Mack Avenue earlier in 2014. But throughout his career, Cline has undertaken projects, sometimes acoustic or semi-acoustic duos, highlighting an intimate and reflective approach that’s just as central to his artistry.

With ROOM, Cline returns to Mack Avenue, creating a world of melodic beauty but also hard sonic edges and technical brilliance in the company of Julian Lage. At just 26, Lage has taken the world of jazz guitar by storm. The New York Times hails the “disarming spirit of generosity” in Lage’s music and notes the young guitarist’s “roots tangled up in jazz, folk, classical and country music.” In addition to his work with Mark O’Connor, the late Jim Hall, Anthony Wilson and a great many others, Lage leads his own groundbreaking groups as documented on the albums Gladwell and Sounding Point (the latter earning Lage a Grammy nomination).

In a 2013 Q&A with JazzTimes, Lage described the Cline-Lage duo sound as “200 percent power,” and that’s exactly what comes through on ROOM: an inspired collection of originals and collaborative pieces that run the full range from intricately composed and complex to free and spontaneous. Cline builds on the strength of his previous duo work with the likes of Vinny Golia, Zeena Parkins, Elliott Sharp, Thurston Moore, Carla Bozulich, Marc Ribot and not least of all the late West Coast bassist Eric Von Essen, to which the gorgeous dual-acoustic showcase “Whispers from Eve” is dedicated. Lage, for his part, has worked in duo settings with David Grisman, Martin Taylor, John Abercrombie, Taylor Eigsti and others.

Cline and Lage remain on acoustic guitars to end ROOM with “Calder,” a reference to the visionary sculptor Alexander Calder. “I have a Calder mobile that my mom sent me years ago when I moved back east,” Lage says. “It hangs in my apartment and I just love it. So though I wrote the tune first and the title came later, I felt like the presence of the mobile fit the mode of the piece well.”

On ROOM one hears two guitar masters who span the generations, comfortable in every conceivable role, meeting the daunting challenges of these compositions while giving themselves over to the moment. In the JazzTimes Q&A, Cline credited the duo for revitalizing his playing overall: “I was burned out on touring, burned out on myself…. And when Julian and I started playing together it kicked my ass hard. At the same time it inspired me and refreshed my soul.” Lage replied, “Likewise.”

Nels Cline's Website.
Julian Lage's Website.

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.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

PK & WhatArmy?/ Crystal Beth and The Boom Boom Band

8:00pm

PK & WhatArmy?: Funk Edition originally conceived in early 2001 as a sextet for PK to showcase his compositions and collaborations with some of the area's finest improvisors. Since then he has broadened his concept to include an extended family of 25-30 members. Rehearsals are rare, so much of the music is allowed to structure itself as it proceeds. Bass and drums swing like it's church while horns careen and slash. This is healing, questing, challenging music.

Crystal Beth and 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.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Tango Lessons and Live Music

With Live Music & Dancing to Tango, Salsa and other Latin Beats
6:30pm

Tickets $20
Tickets available from Stranger Tickets

Each of the last four Thursdays in January, fling your inhibitions aside and make plans for a fiery night of dancing and live music. Learn to dance in a casual atmosphere. At 6:30 pm: $20 Beginner Tango Lesson from Patricio Touceda. Later, dance to live Latin Music performed with timeless drama and grace to the pulse-quickening rhythms of the Tango and other Latin Styles of Music.

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.

SuperSones/ Picoso

8:30pm

SuperSones play the sublime music known as Son - the acoustic dance music of the Cuban countryside that inspired modern Salsa. Son is a unique blend of Spanish guitars and harmony, Afro-Cuban percussion and swing, call-and-response singing, and trumpet improvisation. From the 1930's in Havana to the present moment, Cuban septets like SuperSones have inspired people around the world to dance and celebrate.
www.SuperSones.com

Integrating a fully capable horn section with hard hitting rhythms, Picoso blazes the dance floor from the first note. The lyrical delivery, led by Puerto Rican cantante (singer) Alfonso Gonzalez and backed up by 7-part harmonies is both passionate and playful, drawing in audiences like a warm hearth in winter. Time and again Picoso proves their ability to control the stage with facility and to send their audience home full of joy and asking for more. www.Picoso.net

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, January 16, 2015

Cellotronik/ ARCO-PDX

8:30pm

What is classical music? To many, it's that old-fashioned European music that they play at weddings, church services, and sometimes movies.
But to those who dig classical music, it's a portal that takes you into the composer's mind—through the ultimate highs and the darkest lows, the most hellish storms and the heavenliest peace.

The problem is, in order to hear it live, they make you sit still for over an hour—no talking, no coughing, no drinking. Staring at musicians who are staring into their music stands. No wonder classical music has such a hard time attracting new audiences.

ARCO-PDX is here to change that. We bring you classical orchestral and chamber music, with attitude, on a rock-concert stage. Amped up loud enough so you can dance, shout, order a drink without disturbing anyone. All while keeping true to the composer's intent. Top it off with state-of-the-art intelligent lighting in sync with the music, to creat a one-of-a-kind, unforgettable experience! Cellotronik opens the show at 8:30pm, ARCO-PDX starts at 9:30pm.

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, January 17, 2015

Hū`ewa + Patrick Landeza

An Evening of Aloha 6:00pm

Tickets $15 advance/ $17 at the door/ $10 at the door for kids (12 & under)
Tickets available from Stranger Tickets

Hū`ewa (pronounced HOO-EV-AHH) began with three young men who decided they loved to play Hawaiian music together. The name, Hū`ewa, means, “to sing or create on our own path.” The members of the group include Kekoa Kane, Kahi Young, and Kupu Dalire-Na`auao. Kekoa, the leader of the group, plays the ukulele and is the lead vocalist. Kahi Young plays the bass, and Kupu Dalire-Na`auao plays the guitar. Together their blended harmonies are reminiscent of the good old days, however their youthful flare ignites the child within and recalls the carefree times.

Patrick Landeza: Hawaiian slack key guitarist extraordinaire, returns fresh on the heels of receiving Hawaiian music’s highest honor, the Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Slack Key Album of the Year. He made Hawaiian music history as the first musician based on the mainland to win this award, informally known as the Hawaiian Grammy. A musician, composer, and producer, Patrick is a leading exponent of ki ho’alu, the Hawaiian slack key guitar style that Hawaiian cowboys developed in the 19th century. Patrick studied slack key from masters like Cyril Pahinui, Ray Kane, and Dennis Kamakahi.

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.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Electric Circus

9:00pm

Electric Circus remixes classic soul and rock for the 21st century with sampled grooves, improvised sonic exploration, light projections and a reinventions of mid 20th century psychedelia.

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, January 18, 2015

Seahawks vs Packers!

11:00am

This Sunday we are showing the game on our big screen projector, we will be open at 11:00am with a full bar and limited menu, game starts at 12:05pm. All ages are welcome, go Hawks!

ORCA K-8 Benefit Show

6:00pm (ORCA Talent Show)

All are invited to enjoy the 3rd Annual Orca K-8 School Open Mic fundraiser. The open mic welcomes Orca community members of all ages and abilities to share a unique talent in front of family and friends. No cover. All donations will go to Music and PE/Athletics programs at Orca K-8.

8:00pm(Le Shat Noir/Insect Man/Gigantor)

Gigantor plays dancey, sunny old school ska and rock steady.....Seattle style! The rocking horns and rhythms of Gigantor waft a bit of Jamaican breeze into the rainy, chilly clime of Seattle. Led by Lynval Golding, veteran of the UK’s legendary The Specials, impeccably dressed Gigantor disregard the hissing of grungy bounders and deliver a hefty helping of Saucy Brit beat. Seattle scenesters will recognize longtime, familiar fixtures on the stand, such as Saxophonist Andrew Sodt, currently of Lushy and formerly of Tiny Hat orchestra and his counterpart on the trumpet, from Rat City Brass and Tiny Hat Orchestra, Mark Bentz. The keyboards are deftly handled by Don Kenoyer (Lushy, Tiny Hat orchestra). and no caravan of Rockers would be full-length without a trombone, and boneman Zach Davies fills the two toned shoes of this role, while bassist Matt Nims, also in Lushy and Tiny Hat orchestra and drummer Mike Daugherty (Ray Skjelbred and Glenn Crytzer's Syncopators)) complete this most rude of musical aggregations. Don’t forget your dancing shoes, and sing along if the spirit moves you – Gigantor is coming to you. Keep muddling through...

Insect Man - Lean, clean and bluesy; barbed-wire guitar wound about bittersweet melodies while a ghost of psychedelia stands by.

Le Shat Noir - "Deliberately awful punk music featuring humorously pathetic lyrics and often created with rudimentary synthesizers and outdated electronic equipment" -- KZSU Stanford

Savoy Night Owls - A Jazz Quintet based in Seattle Washington. Featuring vocal and instrumental jazz standards.

No cover. All four bands feature members whose children attend Orca K-8 School, and all donations for this show will go to Music and PE/Athletics programs at Orca K-8."

Monday, January 19, 2015

Christian Carlson

6:30pm

Featuring:
Tim Kennedy - Keys
Steve O’Brien - Trumpet
Bennet Pullen - Bass
Christian Carlson - Drums/ Compositions
www.ChristianCarlsonMusic.com

The Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble

8:30pm

The Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble is a 12-15 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.

Regular members include Beth Fleenor, Steve O'Brien, Al Keith, Sam Boshnack, Ryan Burns, Geoff Harper, Greg Sinibaldi, Jacob Zimmerman, Craig Flory, Eric Eagle, Kate Olson, Naomi Siegel, Jacob Herring and Wayne Horvitz.
Featured guests have included Bobby Previte, Greg Campbell, Stuart Dempster, and Briggan Krauss, Neil Welch and Ivan Artega.

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, January 20, 2015

Robin Holcomb

8:00pm

In this, the first performance of her residency at The Royal Room, Robin Holcomb will present a rare solo acoustic performance of new and old original songs, solo piano compositions and settings of Nazim Hikmet, Stephen Foster and The Mississippi Sheiks.

Robin Holcomb performs internationally, creates vocal and instrumental music for ensembles of all sizes, film, dance and theater. Her music can be heard on Nonesuch, Tzadik, Songlines and New World recordings.
“She has created a new American regionalism, spun from many threads – rock, minimalism, Civil War songs, Appalachian folk tunes, even the polytonal music of Charles Ives.” (NY Times).
“Achingly painful and suddenly tender, Robin Holcomb’s songs mirror a beguiling, bewildering world.” (Rolling Stone)
“Satie goes to Appalachia, Morricone goes to the Knitting Factory, and you, dear art-folk fan, die and go to heaven.” (Village Voice)

Also performing will be the elusive and matchless Mike Dumovich, one of Robin’s favorite local songwriters. Mike will perform with his songs with Bill Patton (slide guitar), Anne Marie Ruljancich (viola) and Anna Lynne Williams (voice).

www.robinholcomb.com
http://mikedumovich.bandcamp.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.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Piano Starts Here: Charles Mingus

7:30pm

Tickets: $10 advance/ $12 at the door/ $5 students w/ ID.
Tickets Available from Stranger Tickets

Though he’s best known for his bass playing and composing, Mingus released a single solo piano record – “Mingus Plays Piano” – which offers a unique window into the mind and mechanics of the category-defying musician. As the album approaches its half-century birthday, Piano Starts Here uses “Mingus Plays Piano” as a starting point from which to honor and explore Mingus’ piano compositions.

The Piano Starts Here series highlights the work of some of the most prolific and talented composers and pianists to have ever tackled the instrument. Each of the performances brings together Seattle’s finest pianists to perform the works of the artist selected for that evening on the Royal Room's Steinway B grand piano. Past PSH performances have highlighted the work of Sonny Clark, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Sun Ra, Bill Evans, Fats Waller, Keith Jarrett, Paul Bley, Herbie Hancock and Herbie Nichols. Curated by Wayne Horvitz and Tim Kennedy. Hosted by Tim Kennedy.

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.

All Star Dub Session

10:00pm

The All Star Dub Session is a collective of rotating seasoned musicians who perform live improvisational Dub Reggae.

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, January 22, 2015

Tango Lessons and Live Music

With Live Music & Dancing to Tango, Salsa and other Latin Beats
6:30pm

Tickets $20
Tickets available from Stranger Tickets

Each of the last four Thursdays in January, fling your inhibitions aside and make plans for a fiery night of dancing and live music. Learn to dance in a casual atmosphere. At 6:30 pm: $20 Beginner Tango Lesson from Patricio Touceda. Later, dance to live Latin Music performed with timeless drama and grace to the pulse-quickening rhythms of the Tango and other Latin Styles of Music.

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.

Trio Subtonic/ Tim Kennedy

With Live Music & Dancing to Tango, Salsa and other Latin Beats
8:30pm

Trio Subtonic has made their mark on the Northwest independent and jazz music scenes, crafting four albums worth of original compositions. In 2009 “Cave Dweller” received national attention for striking a balance between unique groove, catchy melody, and overall drinkability. The incorporation of jazz and brazilian traditions with non-stop funky fervor poses the question to the dance floor: is it better to stop for a moment and listen, or to have never listened at all?

Tim Kennedy Trio
Featuring
Tim Kennedy - Keys
Ian Sheridan - Bass
Brad Gibson - 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.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Khu.éex' ft. Bernie Worrell/ Skerik/ Om Johari (Two Shows in One Night)

Tickets $15 advance/ $18 at the door.
Tickets to the 7:00pm early show (all ages)
Tickets to the 10:00pm late show (21+)

This band is conceptualized by local Tlingit glass artist Preston Singletary (bass). Using Alaskan Tlingit music as inspiration, the band performs contemporary funk/jazz improvisations for the foundation and traditional vocals are layered and interspersed with spoken word and storytelling.

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.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Ray Skjelbred's Yeti Chasers

5:00pm - 7:30pm (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
www.rayskjelbred.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.

Django's Birthday Party

With Ranger and the "Re-Arrangers", the Greg Ruby Quintet, and Neil Andersson
8:30pm

Gypsy jazz musicians from around Puget Sound will celebrate Django Reinhardt’s 105th birthday with an evening of music. The party will be hosted by two bands, Greg Ruby Quintet and Ranger and the ‘Re-Arrangers’. Other top Seattle Gypsy Jazz musicians will make guest appearances, including Neil Andersson, founder and former member of Pearl Django.

Django was an itinerant Gypsy who earned international acclaim in the 1930’s. Many of his compositions became jazz classics and he is considered one of the top guitar soloists of all time. Duke Ellington referred to Django as “the most creative jazz musician to originate anywhere outside the United States.” Decades later, Jerry Garcia said, “Even today, nobody has really come to the state that he was playing at…nobody plays with the whole fullness of expression that Django has.” Django passed away in 1953.

Greg Ruby is a former member of Pearl Django, with whom he performed at the prestigious Django Reinhardt Festival in Samois-sur-Seine, France. To replicate Django's sound for this show, he has assembled a django-style quintet with 2 guitars, bass, drums, and clarinet. Ranger and the ‘Re-Arrangers’ feature the violin playing of Ranger Sciacca. They have performed about 600 times since coming together in 2007, including a concert at North America’s foremost gypsy jazz festival, Djangofest Northwest. Says Sciacca: “Our goal is to make this a really fun show, featuring as many great Gypsy jazz players as we can.”

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, January 25, 2015

JazzED: New Works Ensemble

5:30pm

Garfield Jazz Jam

6:30pm

Monday, January 26, 2015

Rodger Fox & David Marriott: Tribute to "Rosolino and Fontana"

7:00pm

DETAILS TBA.

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, January 27, 2015

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Alex Pinto Quartet/ Tyrant Lizard

7:30pm

Award-winning guitarist and composer Alex Pinto leads a new group featuring Levi Gillis on tenor saxophone, Chris Icasiano on drum set and Carmen Rothwell on acoustic bass. Fresh off a near year-long journey in India studying Carnatic music, Pinto's works create a world where elements of Indian classical music, modern jazz and the rock aesthetic of his youth seamless blend to form new soundscapes and push sonic boundaries.
www.alexpintoguitar.com

Tyrant Lizard is Ray Larsen (trumpet), Gregg Belisle- Chi (guitar), and Carmen Rothwell (bass.) Having shared the bandstand in assorted ensembles over the years, the trio formed in early 2014 with a common interest in playing original compositions and American folk music. The band name is a tribute to the carnivorous creatures of the Cretaceous Period (circa 68-66 million years ago.)

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, January 29, 2015

Ben Thomas Tango Quartet

8:00pm

A series of fantastic Tango lessons comes to a close with a grand finale of dancing, featuring Ben Thomas's Tango Quartet!

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, January 30, 2015

SpiceRack CD Release Show

8:00pm

Quirky, grooving and aggressively funky; SpiceRack unleashes a new take the on organ/guitar quartet. "So Hip it HURTS" is now available to the public for download, and will celebrate on January 30, 2015 with a CD release show at The Royal Room in Columbia City.

SpiceRack, the psychedelic funk quartet fronted by composer/guitarist Tristan Gianola, reveals their debut album, So Hip it HURTS. The album evokes the sounds of Scofield + Medeski Martin and Wood, The Meters, late 60’s psychedelia and much more spread over the course of eleven original tracks. Recorded in October 2014 at Studio Soli, So Hip It Hurts was engineered/mixed/mastered by Mell Dettmer and features Jake Sele (Hammond B3), Tristan Gianola (Guitar), Nick Lonien (Bass) and Thomas Whiteside IV (Drums).

As the South Seattle Emerald puts it, “…that homemade bands proliferate like memes on the internet is no surprise. That one could be so good that they conjure up thoughts of Parliament-Funkadelic, Zapp and the Ohio Players is”.
Listen to "So Hip it HURTS" at SpiceRack's Bandcamp.
SpiceRack's Bandcamp
SpiceRack's Facebook

The Royal Room Presents: Columbia City PARTY NIGHT!

The Chancellors ft. Shaina Shepherd
9:30pm

Join The Royal Room for a monthly party, Columbia City style! We are hosting a night of funky dance music led by neighborhood musicians joining forces with Seattle’s finest for a good time with drinks, dancing and great hanging with our wonderful neighborhood! Entertainment for the night features The Chancellors (Royal Room house funk band) playing classic dance covers and exchanging sets with SpiceRack, a grooving guitar/organ/bass/drums quartet playing original psychedelic funk and their breed of “Circus Motown”.

The Chancellors ft. Shaina Shepherd: If there's a party somewhere in the south end, you can count on The Chancellors being there! Now The Royal Room's in-house funk band, The Chancellors are a driving machine of funkadelia and dance music ranging from Smokey Robinson to Michael Jackson, Sly Stone to Stevie Wonder, Tower of Power to Chaka Khan. With three horns, a relentlessly grooving rhythm section, sassy arrangements and the belting vocals you won't miss a beat of the funkiest classics!

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, January 31, 2015

Maracujá/ En Canto

9:00pm

Tickets $10
Tickets available from Stranger Tickets

En Canto brings you music as rich and varied as the people and places of Brazil: forró and baião from the northeast, bossa nova and choro from Rio, and sambas from every city and town. These lively, danceable rhythms get everyone onto the dance floor, while the occasional slower tunes (such as Tom Jobim's "Falando do Amor") evoke the romantic Brazilian mood of saudade (longing). Led by Brazilian-born vocalist Adriana Giordano, this septet combines consummate musicianship with an infectious sense of fun, delighting everyone from the discriminating music aficionado to anyone who just wants to groove.

En Canto's Website

Maracujá plays music of Latin America drawing from its roots to find their own sound. From Brasil and its street sambas and gentle bossa novas to Cuba and its African rhythms of son, guajira, mambo, and bolero. ….and all places in between. Music for a mood or music to move to. Maracujá can perform in intimate settings as a duo or trio or grow to a full band to play fiery Afro Cuban and Afro Brazilian rhythms to make a crowd swing and dance.

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.

The Royal Room is open Wednesday through Monday and some Tuesdays.
Happy Hour drink and food specials weekdays from 5:00-6:30pm.
The Royal Room is all ages until 10pm.