Tonight in Seattle:  

Recommended Shows: Loves Me and Loves Me Not Valentine shows at the Volterra Drawing Room {12/14 and 12/15}

Maybe you’re the kind of imaginary that LOVES Valentine’s Day! Or maybe you’re the kind of imaginary that HATES it! Either way, our friend Marco Collins has you covered. Marco is following up his amazing Acoustic Christmas nights with two shows around February’s most polarizing holiday: Loves Me for the lovers and Loves Me Not for the haters.

Both shows feature a range of diverse NW artists, and are at the Volterra Drawing Room. Tickets are just $15 GA, or $25 for reserved seating. If you haven’t been before, the Drawing Room is a cozy intimate venue with great acoustics. We had a blast at the Christmas shows, so we can’t wait to see what kind of surprises happen during these two!!

Grab some tix now and take your date—or not date—to a memorable show this weekend.

Loves Me performers:
SHELBY EARL
SHAPRECE (with IG88)
SHAWN SMITH (Brad/Satchel)
MAIAH MANSER
MARK SHIRTZ

Loves Me Not performers:
JASON DODSON (The Maldives)
MIKE HERRERA (MXPX)
NAOMI WACHIRA
RULER
S (JENN GHETTO)

Loves Me Not will also feature artwork by Ten Hundred (P Smoov)!

{Loves Me: Friday 2/14 | Loves Me Not: Saturday 2/15 | Volterra Drawing Room | Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm | All Ages | $15 GA, $25 reserved seats}

Don't miss: Write Doe Bay {April 3-6}

Ever wanted to fuse your want for the majestic landscape of Orcas Island with creative writing workshops and community with your fellow artists? Wait no longer, friends, because your time has come: weekend one of Write Doe Bay, an immersive weekend of students, authors, teachers, and that magical clothing-optional hot tub area is taking place from April 3rd - 6th this year, with John Roderick holding court as one of the hosts.

Anyone who attended "How To Be A Musician When You're Not That Good Of A Musician," John's installment of the Write Like I Do series for 826 Seattle, knows what an incredible and engaging instructor he can be. At Write Doe Bay, he'll have a similar tack, discussing how to best bridge the gap from personal experience to robust storytelling (and songwriting) in an installment called More Words About Buildings And Food. Other featured artists include Matt Logelin, Thor Hanson, Matt Gano, and Daniel Blue.

While the ticket price is hefty -- $600.00, for this and other installments of the spring series -- that money includes accommodations from Thursday night through Sunday morning, all of your meals, and of course, the workshops and classes plus a performance on Saturday night. If you've been planning to take yourself on a retreat weekend anyway, take the bread you would have spent on a long weekend on Orcas and fuse it with some mind-expanding, immersive writing vibes.

We'll see you at Doe Bay!

Recommended show & ticket giveaway: Dancing on the Valentine 9: You Can Dance for Inspiration {2/8}

Dancing on the Valentine Feb 8 at NeumosIt's time once again for us to tell you how much we love Jenny George's annual fundraising event, Dancing on the Valentine!!

This year the theme is MADONNA! YAYYYYY! Dancing on the Valentine 9: You Can Dance for Inspiration, is on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 8pm at Neumos!!! This awesome event will have raffle prizes from local businesses, a performance by aerialist Kelly Ward, photobooth goodness by Ben Haley, tunes spun by DJ Doc Blammer, and our own Dana as the emcee!

And of course, there's the music!!! This year features Madonna covers by:

Adra Boo from Fly Moon Royalty
The Redwood Plan
The Young Evils
Fox and the Law
XVIII Eyes
Lazer Kitty
Gibraltar the Band
Three Beats Two
The Hotels
The Swearengens
Trick Candles

In honor of survivor Jenny George, all proceeds from this event go the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, whose mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma, as well as improve the quality of life of patients and their families. This is the BEST way to celebrate Valentine's! So good. And we've got two tickets to giveaway to this super boss event! For a chance to win them, email us at tig {at} threeimaginarygirls {dot} com with the subject line "Into the Groove" anytime between now and 9am Thursday, 2/6. We will pick a winner and email them that afternoon!

OH man. Can't wait to see all the costumes!! Any bets on who's going to writhe around on stage in a wedding dress singing "Like a Virgin?"

{Dancing on the Valentine: You Can Dance for Inspiration -- A Tribute to Madonna Benefitting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society | Saturday, February 8 | Neumos | $15 Adv | Doors at 8pm} 

Sasquatch! lineup announcement party {TONIGHT}

There's no better place to be than the Neptune this evening -- tonight's the night that the 2014 Sasquatch! music festival lineup gets announced, the tickets are free, John Roderick is hosting, and there's even a few performances scheduled: Cold War Kids, St. Lucia, and a few members of the Cave Singers will be taking the stage at various points over the evening.

Don't forget, last year the festival announced that they'd be taking up not one but TWO weekends over the course of the summer, Memorial Day (as usual) and now Fourth of July weekend as well. Read more about it at the Sasquatch! site here, and sign up (you do need to do the Thing to get a ticket, even though they're free) to attend here.

{All ages / 7p doors / 8p show.}

Don't miss: Tractor Tavern's 20th anniversary celebration, featuring The Maldives {this weekend!}

If Ballard had a soundtrack, The Maldives would surely be it. Our favorite good old boys have played SeafoodFest, KEXP’s Ballard Hood to Hood party, and the venerable Tractor Tavern over fifty times. OMG, fifty! So fair warning to the new bougie Ballard, they’ll be leading a two night hipster hootenanny this Friday and Saturday to celebrate the Tractor’s 20th Anniversary. It’s time to get dirty.

The Tractor remains a bar for the masses where PBR tallboys are the house specialty and mixed drinks don’t come with more than three ingredients (one of those being the ice). And we love it like that. Dance hall hospitality collides with punk rock enthusiasm to create the best type of dingy beer soaked venue. And while the graffiti covering the bathroom walls provides enough entertainment in itself, the Tractor’s real draw has always been the stellar talent they continue to book. Known for keeping the alt-country / Americana musical flame aglow here in Seattle, everyone from Wanda Jackson, Old 97’s, El Vez, Dale Watson, and Evan Dando have taken the stage. C’mon, where else in Seattle can you square dance every week under a garland of old cowboy boots? We’ve got our very own honky tonk and that’s definitely something to celebrate!

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