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February 1

February 2

First Monday Wine Tasting

The Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble
February 3

The Buddy Bolden Project

Sam Boshnack Quintet
February 4

The Royal Ramble ft. Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons/ Country Hammer
February 5

Will Kimbrough & Brigitte DeMeyer
February 6

Ayron Jones

Cordaviva
February 7

Georgetown Orbits/ The Kings
February 8

Garfield High School Choirs/ Fundamental Forces/ Dual Process/ Northern Cantrips
February 9

FATHER DAUGHTER PRESENTS: SALON NO. 1
February 10

Audubon Center Presents: Yoram Bauman

Mazen Kerbaj + the Seattle 4
February 11

Christian Howes

Christian Pincock Group
February 12

Jovino Santos Neto & Keith Terry Duo

On The Make/ Bonneville Power
February 13

Brazil Samba Night
February 14

Dancing on the Ceiling: Jimmie Herrod Sings The Music of Chet Baker

Cupid Birthday Bash: Blvd ParK and The Wicked Bitch of the Pacific Northwest
February 15

Not Dead Yet: KO Ensemble and Birch Pereira Trio
February 16

The Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble
February 17

Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Celebration
February 18

February 19

Probosci with Alan Bishop
February 20

Joel Harrison and Spirit House featuring Dave Binney
February 21

The Cumbieros
February 22

Garfield High School Jam

Jacob Zimmerman/David Valdez Quartet
February 23

Peter Bradley Adams
February 24

Robin Holcomb
February 25

Jazz Night School

Comfort Food
February 26

Helen Gillet
February 27

Twisted Groove
February 28

Ray Skjelbred's Yeti Chasers

En Canto

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Super Bowl XLIX

3:30pm

Seahawks vs Patriots, GO HAWKS! Limited menu and full bar available, all ages for all fans!

Monday, February 2, 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, 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 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, Ivan Artega, Greg Sinibaldi, Jacob Zimmerman, Eric Eagle, Kate Olson, Haley Freedlund, Naomi Siegel, Jacob Herring and Wayne Horvitz.
Featured guests have included Bobby Previte, Greg Campbell, Stuart Dempster, and Briggan Krauss, Craig Flory and Neil Welch.

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, February 3, 2015

The Buddy Bolden Project

6:30pm

We are thrilled to invite you to a workshop presentation of our Buddy Bolden project, an immersive music and theatre experience commissioned by Freehold and produced in partnership with the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas. The Buddy Bolden project investigates the necessity that drives people to create art in the face of profound hardship by examining the parallels between Seattle's historic Jackson Street jazz scene, which evolved in response to segregation, and the forgotten legacy of Buddy Bolden, the godfather of modern jazz who died in obscurity. A two-part experience featuring an interactive site-specific installation as well as an original play, the Buddy Bolden project will combine video, performance and music for a night of storytelling that will allow the public to encounter theatre--and each other--in a new interface.

The workshop presentation will feature selected scenes from a new play by Reginald Andre Jackson (winner of the 2010 AATE Distinguished Playwriting Award) about the life of Buddy Bolden, along with pieces of an original score composed by D'Vonne Lewis (of Industrial Revelation, winner of the 2014 Stranger Genius Award in Music), and a panel of artistic collaborators who will discuss the process of bringing Seattle's unsung jazz heroes to life in a contextual historic gallery. The Buddy Bolden project is a work in progress set to debut this summer, and we would love to hear your feedback at this formative stage of its development.

We hope you'll join us at the Royal Room for an evening of workshop performances from this exciting work in progress. A talkback and Q&A will follow. As always, this event is free and open to the public (donations will be accepted to support the summer production).

The Buddy Bolden Project
Directed by: Robin Lynn Smith
Bolden Play by: Reginald Andre Jackson
Unsung Jazz Heroes writers: Sharon Williams, Kibibi Monie, Linda Holden and Sandra Dupree
Cast includes: Reginald Andre Jackson, Felicia Loud, Earl Alexander, Aishe Keita, Treavor Boykin and Jose Gonzales
Musicians: D'Vonne Lewis and Ahamafule Oluo of Industrial Revelation

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.

Sam Boshnack Quintet

8:30pm

“… the band sounds huge, almost orchestral, but also lithe. You could almost say this is chamber jazz, but there’s too much modernity to honestly describe it that way….these are pieces that can only be conceived by someone with a intimate understanding of many music forms; Boshnack’s exposure ranges from Bach to Balkan...” (somethingelsereviews.com)

Composer/Trumpeter Sam Boshnack’s primary small ensemble as a leader, this band thrashes and bounds through tightly woven twists, tunnels and cliffs with the deftness and precision of a chamber ensemble and weight of a rock band. The beautifully quirky, high-energy Quintet performs original jazz compositions that pack a power punch. Boshnack creates work with intricately woven soundscapes harboring deep grooves and punctuated, explosive improvisations in her personal blend of jazz, rock, contemporary chamber, world, and experimental music. Like all of her projects (B’shnorkestra, Reptet), she works to eliminate boundaries and create a sound that reflects the dynamic complexities of individual experience…that’s also a really good time.

The Quintet features Sam Boshnack (trumpet, voice & compositions), Beth Fleenor (clarinets & voice ), Alex Chadsey (piano & keyboard), Isaac Castillo (bass), and Max Wood (drums).

The band will perform a huge range of material. Music includes their debut record “Exploding Syndrome,” and two recent commissions: The Nellie Bly Project (music inspired by the 19th century daredevil, feminist & journalist), and Free Flow Interchange, a new work originally commissioned by the Karin Stevens Dance Company in Seattle. More information at www.boshnackmusic.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, February 4, 2015

The Royal Ramble ft. Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons/ Country Hammer

7:00pm

Modeled on the legendary Levon Helm's The Midnight Ramble, the Jelly Rollers present a monthly night of blues and more. Acoustic set begins at 7:00 pm, followed by an electric set from 8:00 pm to closing. .
Joining the Jelly Rollers is Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons and Country Hammer

After meeting at the crossroads of blues and folk music in the Pacific Northwest, Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons established themselves as a duo after their first year at the Pt. Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival in 2012. Delving deeper into their shared love of traditional and communal American musical styles, they developed their sound by adapting the arrangements of luminaries such as Blind Willie McTell to their main instruments: fiddle and banjo.

Country Hammer
Some dust just won’t wash off. Ask roots country songwriter Cahalen Morrison. His new album, The Flower of Muscle Shoals (out Aug 19 on Free Dirt Records), with his full band Country Hammer, is caked with the dust of the American Southwest.

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, February 5, 2015

Will Kimbrough & Brigitte DeMeyer

Will, Super Songwriter Legend and Americana instrumentalist of the year with Brigitte, Poetry laden with southern groove that transports to another place and time.
7:30pm

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

Will Kimbrough’s songs have been recorded by Jimmy Buffett, Little Feat, Jack Ingram, Todd Snider and others, Kimbrough’s multidisciplinary approach has led to many desirable collaborations with well-known artists, including Rosanne Cash, Guy Clark, Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Mark Knopfler, Buddy Miller, John Prine, Billy Joe Shaver, Todd Snider and Mavis Staples. Kimbrough was recognized in 2004 as the Instrumentalist of the Year by the Americana Music Association – an award that had previously been awarded three years in a row to Dobro ace Jerry Douglas.

Brigitte DeyMeyer’s new CD, Savannah Road intermingles acoustic steel and slide guitar, fingerpicking, gospel-tinged vocals and literary imagery. DeMeyer writes songs as weavers thread tapestries. Poetry laden with southern groove, her music transports to another place and time. A self-produced collection of 13 songs written mostly by DeMeyer and frequent collaborator and string-master Will Kimbrough

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.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Ayron Jones

6:00pm

Singer-songwriter Ayron Jones blends soul, blues, funk, pop, rock and about everything else into his intimate shows. Frontman of award winning band Ayron Jones and the Way, he's been on the local Seattle scene for years, playing some of the biggest festivals in the area like Bumbershoot, and sharing the stage with artists like B.B. King and Michael Franti. He's also done work with the band Deep Cotton, supporting their label-mate Janelle Monáe at Wonderland Records. Come see Ayron play solo for an intimate blend of originals and covers done by electric, acoustic and harmony."
For more information, visit www.ajandtheway.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.

Cordaviva

9:00pm

Cordaviva is a powerhouse of dance music influenced by the disparate rhythms and styles of the African diaspora. Their upbeat original music is a unique blend of soukous, rumba, Afrobeat, funk, and various Latin styles. Bright horns compliment sublime vocal harmonies (sung in various languages), soulful guitars, and relentlessly driving percussion.

The members of Cordaviva have performed at such notable Seattle venues as Sasquatch Music Festival, Bumbershoot, Hard Rock Cafe, The Triple Door Mainstage, Showbox, Neumo’s, Tractor Tavern, and ACT Theatre. Cordaviva’s influences stem from musical legends such as Nigeria’s Fela Kuti, Guinea’s Bembeya Jazz, and Congo’s Franco & TP OK Jazz, as well as the Brazilian and Afro-Cuban sounds of Caetano Veloso and Mongo Santamaria.

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, February 7, 2015

Georgetown Orbits/ The Kings/ Jet City Soundsystem

9:00pm (Doors open at 8:00pm)

The Georgetown Orbits boast a heavy regimen of traditional Ska and upbeat Reggae. They have garnered much attention throughout the west coast as one of the few bands to pay tribute to the sounds of Jamaican Ska, a style which has gained notable popularity in Seattle since the band’s conception in late 2004.

The Georgetown Orbits have played with such prominent names as the Skatalites, Clinton Fearon, The English Beat, Bad Manners, The Toasters, The Aggrolites, Westbound Train, Chris Murray, Lynval Golding, and Pato Banton, and a west coast tour with New York’s legendary Ska group The Slackers.

The Orbits have gained international acclaim from fans of all genres for their soulful, quality style of Ska and Reggae music. Their energetic live shows have never failed to impress audiences throughout the western US and Canada.

Jet City Soundsystem will be spinning the best in classic Jamaican vinyl before and between sets.

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, February 8, 2015

Garfield High School Choirs

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

Fundamental Forces/ Dual Process/ Northern Cantrips

8:00pm

The Royal Room presents a night of eclectic Seattle jazz organized by of one of the founders of the celebrated Zero-G Concerts series. The evening’s musical offering include an exciting blend of modern jazz, free improvisation and progressive rock. These performances will spotlight a multifarious selection of the region’s most adventurous instrumentalists, from accomplished scene veterans to head-turning emerging artists.

Rik Wright's Fundamental Forces
8:00pm


Guitarist Rik Wright’s Fundamental Forces is an innovative collective of modern progressive players who have developed a rich library of original compositions that are hauntingly beautiful, thoughtful, and evocative. Fundamental Forces blends forward thinking arrangements with grooves that allure at every turn. That allure has propelled both of their recent albums to the top 20 of the CMJ Jazz radio charts.
Rik Wright's Website.

Rik Wright – guitar, James DeJoie – reeds, Geoff Harper – bass, Greg Campbell – drums

Dual Process: Interpretations of “In A Silent Way”
9:00pm


One of Miles Davis’s seminal works, In A Silent Way represents the break point between Miles’ acoustic, more traditional approach and his electric period with more eclectic, free-flowing compositions. In A Silent Way is very much a product of the studio, featuring multiple edits that result in nonlinear song construction. Six longtime Seattle performers have rearranged these tunes for the stage and will give them a spin in real time.
Their Website.

Ryan Berg – bass, Jim Knodle – trumpet, James DeJoie – reeds, Dennis Rea – guitar, Matt McCluskey – keyboard, Stephen Thomas Cavit - drums

Dual Process: Simon Henneman’s Northern Cantrips
10:00pm


Led by celebrated Seattle guitarist Simon Henneman, Northern Contrips weaves a tapestry of improvisation laden original compositions and reinterpretations of bebop, modern Brazilian music, tango, hip hop, and progressive rock.
Simon Henneman's Website.

Simon Henneman – guitar, Ray Larsen – trumpet, Kate Olson – saxophone, Julio Faustino, Aaron Otheim – keyboards, John Seman - bass

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, February 9, 2015

FATHER DAUGHTER PRESENTS: SALON NO. 1

8:00pm

Father Daughter will be 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 comprised of Nico Sophiea (of Grale and Time Eater) on Keyboards/Electronics and B. Grimm (of Leviathan Worship Service) on Guitar/Electronics/Tape. For the Flagship performance, Father Daughter will be joined by Kyle Mooney (Bass), Mack Fisher (Lap-Top), Mark Ostrowski (Drums/Percussion). The Mixed Media Projections this evening, provided by Nico Sophia and B. Grimm, will include treated 16mm film, 35 mm/glass slides and digital projections.

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, February 10, 2015

Audubon Center Presents: Yoram Bauman

6:00pm

Stand-up comic and co-author of "The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change" Yoram Bauman speaks about his new book.
Climate change is a very complex and expansive topic and Yoram Bauman, Ph.D. helps breakdown the issues through an unlikely method: stand-up comedy. Billed as the first and only stand-up economist, Bauman has recently published his latest book, The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change, where the issue is dealt with through science, humor and optimism. Now Yoram will bring his entertaining and urgent message to the Royal Room in Columbia City as part of Seward Park Audubon Center's Naturalist's Lecture Series.

Mazen Kerbaj + the Seattle 4

8:00pm

Mazen Kerbaj is one of the most inventive improvisors in the world. A trumpet player from Lebanon, he will be joined by four of Seattle's finest creative musicians. The sonic realms that shall be discovered are without parallel or description. He is joined by:
Greg Kelley - trumpet
Paul Hoskin - baritone saxophone
Lori Goldston - cello
Greg Campbell - percussion
www.kerbaj.com
www.lorigoldston.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, February 11, 2015

Christian Howes

6:00pm

Christian Howes has gained respect from critics and players alike, establishing himself as a world class jazz violinist and educator. From 2001-2009 Howes became an in-demand violinist on the New York scene, collaborating with a bevy of top shelf jazz artists, including Greg Osby, D.D. Jackson, Frank Vignola, Joel Harrison, Dafnis Prieto, Dave Samuels, Spyro Gyra, and a 4-year chair in Bill Evans’ “Soulgrass” band.

Christian was a favorite of the late Les Paul, with whom he worked closely for 11 years. Following a three-year tenure as Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music and after establishing his “street cred” in New York City, Christian returned to his hometown in order to be close to family and set out to build his career exclusively as a bandleader and entrepreneur.

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.

Christian Pincock / Lay Larkin, Julio Lopez and Troy Schiefelbein / Dio Jean Baptiste & Luke Bergman

8:00pm

Lay Larkin - violin
Julio Lopez - violin / guitar
Troy Schiefelbein - bass
Improvisations and interpretations of graphic notation scores

Christian Pincock - valve trombone / organ pedals
Original works using custom controllers and software
Christian Pincock is a trombonist, composer and educator creates a wide range of uncompromising and meaningful music. Informed by a firm background in jazz, his work focuses on narrative, gesture and detail as a way of inspiring and entertaining audiences with work that integrates many musical styles and elements. In addition to a quartet, he performs solo works on trombone and computer using homemade controllers and computer software for live control over computer-generated sounds and processing.
www.ChristianPincock.net

Luke Bergman - bass
Dio Jean Baptiste - drums
Improvisation with energy!

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, February 12, 2015

Jovino Santos Neto & Keith Terry Duo

6:00pm

Keith Terry is a percussionist/rhythm dancer whose work encompasses a number of allied performance disciplines — music, dance, theater, performance art — which he brings together to create an artistic vision that defies easy categorization. As a self-defined "Body Musician," Keith uses the oldest musical instrument in the world — the human body (his own) — as the basis for exploring, blending and bending traditional and contemporary rhythmic, percussive and movement possibilities. Tonight he is joined by pianist Jovino Santos Neto.

Trained as a percussionist, Keith was the drummer for the original Jazz Tap Ensemble when he found his drum patterns becoming hand claps and foot steps. Soon percussion became dance, his body his instrument, and his own style of body music emerged. Keith's influences range from Japanese Taiko and Balinese Gamelan to North American rhythm tap and Ethiopian armpit music.

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.

On The Make/ Bonneville Power

8:30pm

Bonneville Power is a soul powered 5 piece whose members have been involved in the Seattle music scene since the grunge rock wars of the late 80s and early 90s. The guys use their experience to bring a fresh twist to the soul sounds of the 60s and 70s and can bring it down but also crank it up on classic songs by Otis Redding and Booker t and original songs that bring soul into the 21st century. Guitarist Jim Collier conceived the band and provides its headquarters at Wedgewood One- an analog studio that has produced influential recordings since the 1980s. He recruited vocalist Robert Westergard- a dynamic frontman to help spread the word and organist Jeff Zunker to control the Hammond organ and Leslie cabinet for that classic soul sound. The band was lucky to enlist a talented and experienced rhythm section when Martin Bland joined to keep the beat and bassist Robin Peringer dug in to bring the groove. Bonneville Power deliver a unique blend of old and new that does not sound like any other band on the scene and pack a rock and soul one two punch to the stage and the dance floor.

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, February 13, 2015

Brazil Samba Night

9:00pm

Tickets $10
Tickets available from Stranger Tickets

February is Carnival month! Come experience a slice of Rio de Janeiro with the vibrant TUDO BELEZA dancers in full costume, and dance the night away to the infectious rhythms of Brazil with live music by Jeff Busch, Adriana Giordano and friends. We'll also bring the energy of Bahia, Brazil with some Samba Reggae dancing led by BAHIA IN MOTION. Join us at the Royal Room, a fantastic venue with delicious food and drinks, and plenty of room to samba. What better way to chase away the winter doldrums then with a splash of Brazilian summer? Don't miss it!

About Tudo Beleza
Tudo Beleza is a Seattle dance company that brings the creativity, energy and infectious enthusiasm of Brazil to the stage, with vibrant dancing and colorful costumes that invoke the spirit of Carnaval. The company specializes in the fast-paced and exciting Rio-Style Samba, and also performs other forms of Brazilian dance, such as Samba-Reggae, Axé, and Maracatu. Tudo Beleza also draws from the varied cultural experiences of its members - infusing choreography with Latin American, African and North American flavors. Company dancers have studied dance both in Brazil and the United States. "Tudo Beleza" is a colloquial Brazilian Portuguese phrase that means "everything's great" or "everything's cool." Literally translated as "all beauty," it captures the Brazilian spirit of joy, optimism and appreciation of beauty - in music, dance and life.
www.tudobeleza.com
www.bahiainmotion.com

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, February 14, 2015

Dancing on the Ceiling: Jimmie Herrod Sings The Music of Chet Baker
Special Valentines Day Prix Fixe Dinner Available

6:30pm

Featuring Jimmie Herrod (voice), Tim Kennedy (piano), Geoff Harper (bass), Al Keith (trumpet) and Andy Roth (drums).

Prix Fixe Dinner: $35 for either fish, vegetarian or chicken entrée.
Comes with a small salad, desert (flourless chocolate torte) and a glass of champagne.

Reservations accepted only for prix fixe dinner purchasers.

Seafood Barley Risotto: Mussels and prawns seared in a pan with mushrooms, carrots, cauliflower and wine with a creamy sauce.
Butternut Squash Lasagna: Fresh pasta layered with ricotta, butternut squash, arugula and cream sauce.
Chicken Saltimbocca: Chicked wrapped in prosciutto with spinach and parmesan cheese, with shallot marsala sauce. Served with potatoes and greens.

No cover. The musicians are compensated by your donations.

Cupid Birthday Bash: Blvd ParK and The Wicked Bitch of the Pacific Northwest: Terri Weagant/ The Dedaucherauntes/ Michael Conrad

9:00pm

Valentine’s day. Usually that means 3 bottles of wine, a box of chocolate and trying to find a date at the last minute. Yes, in that order. But what better way to celebrate the big L word than a night of honky-tonk musical delight with Blvd Park! Featuring songs from their new album: “I did it for the money”, Blvd Park is excited to collaborate with a bunch of sexy artists. Indeed, Seattle’s own theatrical gem Terri Weagant will not only grace us as host, but will also lend her voice! Mai Li Pittard and the sultry and gypsy-like musings of the Debaucherauntes will knock your socks off, and the ever-so-talented Michael Conrad will open the show: swooning guaranteed? I think yes! What better way to celebrate Cupid’s birthday?

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, February 15, 2015

Not Dead Yet: KO Ensemble and Birch Pereira Trio play Kate's 32nd birthday party!

8:00pm

KO Ensemble
Kate Olson-Soprano Sax
Robby Beasley-Trumpet
Naomi Siegel-Trombone
Simon Henneman-Guitar
Geoff Harper-Bass
Eric Eagle-Drums

Please join Kate in celebrating her 32nd birthday with some great musicians whom she has convinced to play her music. Heavily influenced by the idiosyncracies and quirkiness of Thelonious Monk's music, Kate's compositions are great vehicles for her band's improvisation skills.
soundcloud.com/kateplayssax/to-the-left
soundcloud.com/kateplayssax/bachelor-party

Action Figure
The band was originally formed for a single performance during bassist Birch Pereira's Charlie Haden tribute in October, 2014. The group received such enthusiastic reviews from the audience that they decided to continue gigging under the name Action Figure, playing original music inspired by the free, hard swinging jazz of the Ornette Coleman quartet. The group features Seth Alexander on alto, Dave Abramson on drums and Birch Pereira on bass.

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, February 16, 2015

The Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble

8:00pm

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, Ivan Artega, Greg Sinibaldi, Jacob Zimmerman, Eric Eagle, Kate Olson, Haley Freedlund, Naomi Siegel, Jacob Herring and Wayne Horvitz.
Featured guests have included Bobby Previte, Greg Campbell, Stuart Dempster, and Briggan Krauss, Craig Flory and Neil Welch.

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, February 17, 2015

Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Celebration

7:00pm

Columbia City Beatwalk celebrates Fat Tuesday with live music in every venue of Columbia City! Parasol Parade and Second Line Marching Band led by Sylvia O'Stayformore begins at 6pm at Lottie's, followed by live music at 7pm.

For tonights entertainment The Royal Room presents Big Chief, playing the music of Professor Longhair, Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, The Meters, Allen Toussaint, Dr. John and more. Featuring Wayne Horvitz (organ), Ryan Burns (piano), Tristan Gianola (guitar), Darren Loucas (guitar) and more.

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, February 18, 2015

Boss Guitar Presents: The Family of Man: Robert Johnson and His Descendants

7:30pm

Tickets $10 advance/ $12 door/ $8 students with ID (door only)
Tickets available from Stranger Tickets


The Royal Room is pleased to announce Boss Guitar, a companion series to the popular, ongoing Piano Starts Here. Beginning in February 2015, 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.

For many, the story of guitar as we know it began with Robert Johnson and his followers, starting with Johnson’s legendary (and speculated) night at the crossroads. Begin at the beginning for Boss Guitar’s very first performance! Featuring Darren Loucas, Jim Steffen, Reggie Garrett, Betsy Olson, Orville Johnson and more! Guitarist Thaddeus Turner will be joining to speak about Robert Johnson and early blues guitar.

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, February 19, 2015

Probosci with Alan Bishop

8:00pm

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

Probosci is a collaboration between Seattle expat, currently France-based violinist Timba Harris (Secret Chiefs 3) and New York guitarist Gyan Riley (Eviyan, Terry Riley). Both composers, whose work is featured in John Zorn’s Tzadik Records Composers’ Series, contribute to the interplay between composition and improvisation, steeped with intricacy, subtlety, and shape-shifting energy. On Probosci’s debut album, Time to Feed (Mimicry Records), they adventurously explore the sonic landscape, from purely acoustic music to unfamiliar electroacoustic textures, dancing between delicacy and aggression. Having performed throughout Europe, South America, and North America in concert halls, outdoor festivals, wineries, museums, and house concerts, Probosci is the next evolution of these two musicians’ years-long musical partnership.

Opening the show is Alvarius B., the solo acoustic guitar/singer-songwriter alias of Alan Bishop (globe-trotting Seattle superhero and co-founder of Sun City Girls). Alvarius B has released four full-length albums since 1994 with material ranging from outsider primitive folk guitar excursions to original and cover songs with caustic lyrics drenched in razor sharp wit. His music has been described by critics in a wide variety of terms - one example: “Weirdo psychedelic cabaret folk music, somewhere between Tom Waits, Nick Cave, and show tunes.” (Aquarius Music/San Francisco)

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.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Joel Harrison and Free Country feat. David Binney

8:00pm

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

Supremely gifted guitarist, composer, arranger, vocalist and songwriter, Joel Harrison has been a mainstay in jazz since the 1990’s and has released 16 records as a leader since ’95. His combination of western classical ideas, roots Americana, and improvised jazz has become a hallmark for him throughout his career and blurring these boundaries has become crucial to his inventiveness and innovativeness as a musician.

This special performance features music from Harrison's 2003 "breakout" cd Free Country, music that Harrison has not performed in over ten years. This project garnered Harrison an international following, and The Times of London called it "the most singular vision you're likely to hear all year." The quintet, partly from New York, partly from Seattle, will also perform music from Harrison's upcoming release "Spirit House," a group that debuted with Earshot in Seattle in 2013, featuring Brian Blade and Cuong Vu. Vu will be with Harrison at The Royal Room along with the amazing saxophonist David Binney, Michael Bates (bs), and Ted Poor (dr.)

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, February 21, 2015

Cumbieros

9:00pm

The Cumbieros are a Seattle born multi-national cumbia band made up of talented musicians from Chile, Brazil and North America. Featuring such instruments as violin, accordion, guiro, guitar and horns, The Cumbieros fuse traditional and contemporary South American cumbia with the modern sounds of ska and rock creating fun, high-energy music that drives everyone to the dance floor. Cumbia is a genre of music/dance that originated in Colombia and is now extremely popular all across Latin America. The Cumbieros hope to spread the popularity of this music to the Pacific Northwest and beyond with one goal in mind; getting people on the dance floor. Come dance with us!

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, February 22, 2015

Garfield High School Jam

6:30pm

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.

Jacob Zimmerman/David Valdez Quartet

8:00pm

Jacob Zimmerman/ David Valdez - alto sax
Michael Glynn - bass
Phil Parisot - 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.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Peter Bradley Adams

7:30pm

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

Peter Bradley Adams is a folk-pop Americana singer-songwriter from Birmingham Alabama. Before embarking on his solo career in 2005, Adams was a founding member of the critically acclaimed folk/pop duo eastmountainsouth. Within a year of forming eastmountainsouth in 2001 (with Kat Maslich Bode), they were signed by none other than Robbie Robertson (of the Band) to DreamWorks Records.


Peter's new album, "The Mighty Storm" is available now online and in stores

"Adams is fast developing as a songwriter who both inspires and questions" - Nic Harcourt / LA Times Magazine - Jan 2010

"...one of the 21st-century writers whose songs are worth exploring.” Wall Street Journal – 2009

"…one of the most consistently eloquent and pleasing singer / songwriters on the scene. Indeed, his brand of musical melancholy is so specific and evocative that, sometimes, listening through his catalog is the only way to survive a moment or a day." -- No Depression - 2014

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.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Robin Holcomb & Bill Patton

8:00pm

Robin Holcomb has created 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. The music that results is as elegantly simple as a Shaker Quilt, and no less beautiful.”
- The New York Times

Robin Holcomb’s perspective on her art has been forged by rich and varied musical experiences, from her development of an individual solo piano style to her work with chamber ensembles, Indonesian gamelans, improvising orchestras and musical theater. Having lived in the deep South, on the West Coast and in New York City, her surroundings have also played a key role in her musical development. Equally influenced by popular, folk, contemporary classical and avant-garde music, Holcomb is the rare artist who synthesizes all of these seemingly disparate elements into something truly her own.

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, February 25, 2015

Jazz Night School

6:00pm

Jazz Night School All-Star Big Band—JNS's top level band playing great and rare big band arrangements!

Comfort Food

9:00pm

Celebrating the electric fusion movement that was sparked by Miles Davis' Bitches Brew, Comfort Food grooves down that musical path. Influences from electric Miles to Weather Report to Nigeria's Fela Kuti's driving afrobeat. Comfort Food is music for your soul.

"...electric Miles meets Fela Kuti..."

Bob Antolin: alto & soprano sax, flutes, guitar, wind synths
Jaiman Crunk: electric guitar, guitar synths
Yogi McCaw: synths
Lennox Holness: electric bass
Kofi Anang: djembe, percussion
Ahkeenu Musa: congas, percussion
Paul Huppler: 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, February 26, 2015

Helen Gillet

8:30pm

Cellist, singer, composer and improviser Helen Gillet grew up in Belgium, Singapore, Chicago and Wisconsin before moving to New Orleans in 2002. She has since successfully forged a path for the cello amidst the city’s thriving musical culture. She has performed extensively across the United States and Western Europe. Beginning cello lessons at the age of nine, Gillet has taken her classical education all the way to a Master’s Degree (Beloit College ’00, Loyola University New Orleans ’04). Her training as an improviser began with North Indian Hindustani vocal ragas in 1998, which launched her into the worlds of free improvisation, jazz, funk, rock and French chansons. The New Orleans Gambit Newspaper awarded her the Big Easy Best Female Performer Award in 2014.

“..great music can create a sense of exceptionalism: a feeling that nowhere else in the world is anyone else so attuned to the glories of the present moment…Globe-trotting cellist Helen Gillet makes this feeling of blissful grandiosity accessible by pulling together bits of traditional French songs, New Orleans rhythms and electronic loops to create a musical environment that heightens the best aspects of the here and now.” Cathy Hughes – Crescent City Sound

8:30pm: Evan Flory Barnes Solo
9:15pm: Helen Gillet & Evan Flory Barnes Duo
10:15pm: Quartet Hellen Gillet, Wayne Horvitz, Evan Flory-Barnes and Tarik Abouzied (of Mctuff)


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, February 27, 2015

Twisted Groove

7:30pm

A night of Seattle's finest funk!

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, February 28, 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.

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

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.