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Bumbershoot 2014: the Saturday of your life

{Bumbershoot 2014}

“It's never too late to have a happy childhood.”  ― Tom Robbins


I am looking at the Bumbershoot 2014 schedule for the first time today. Just two days before it all comes down. It's not because I'm lazy, though I am that (sometimes). Or a procrastinator (all the damned time). I prefer to walk into Bumbershoot blind, peroxide-clean, wet eyes stinging from smoke like a resurrected bird from some trickster's ashes. To play. Not music. I'm not a musician. (I may have been, once.) But I play with what I want to experience. So to do a preview for you takes great pains, as I would much rather love experiencing every Bumbershoot like adolescence the first time through; scared deathless. 

So this is what I would do if I were you when you get there. But I refuse to be strapped into time constraints. I want to construct this schemata out of need -- out of greatness expected from previous experience and performance and recordings -- out of play. There's a general schedule, but I fully intend to throw us into every ditch by the side of the clock on the way. 

What Goes On: Saturday, August 30th

11:45 AM, Fisher Green Stage - Fly Moon Royalty

Never seen 'em live. They tend to play all those hippie festivals, right? I have the feeling this will be a great way to wake up though. I loved The Gossip! I wonder if that skinny little girl I danced with at CHBP to The Gossip remembers that we were the only two people dancing that afternoon. Swarms of Seattle statues standing statue-like still. Hey, do people dance in Seattle yet again?

12:00 PM, Words & Ideas Stage (this just in! DON'T MISS THIS!)

“Why This? Why That? Why Now?”
Moderated by John Roderick. Subject experts now confirmed:

Saturday: Why Beards? Why Twerking? Why Now?
Beard Expert: Elan Gale (Television Producer)
Twerking Expert: Skip (dancer for Big Freedia)

Roderick has a beard? Really? They couldn't get anyone beardier than him? *Ahem.* Peronally, I hope he changes it up with "Skip" -- I'd have my sticky tip money ready if Roderick would do the twerking instruction instead. Come on. Roderick. Twerking. Possum-slaw! Anyways, spending time with John Roderick is like hanging out with Bob Dylan-at-his-coolest-and-most-funny in the doc Don't Look Back, except he's picking mostly on himself. This makes me very happy. [Editor's note: A++++.]


Bumbershoot 2014 music picks: Saturday’s dream(weaver) list

Now it is time for me to plan my ultimate list of musical goodness for this year's Bumbershoot! I'm a planner by nature, so I HAVE to make a list, but I like to refer to it as a "dream list" because inevitably I will get distracted by something shiny and forget which stage I've planned to go to next. SO.

Here's what I'd see on Saturday, 8/30 in a perfect, focused world: 

Fly Moon Royalty
Fisher Green Stage

Adra Boo’s voice is a symphony of amazingness, and every time I listen to her I simultaneously want to dance my ass off and cry because it’s so fucking beautiful.


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
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} 

Recommended Shows: A very imaginary holiday weekend at the Volterra Drawing Room {12/20 and 12/21}

The holidays are in full swing, and what better way to get into the spirit than to spend the evening in a cozy venue with a bunch of awesome local bands doing acoustic sets? My buddies Marco Collins and Michelle Quisenberry TOTALLY have you covered! 

Marco has curated an Acoustic Christmas in Ballard: a great selection of amazing musical talents playing two intimate Christmas shows next weekend at the Volterra Drawing Room! Tickets are $15 for standing-room GA, or $25 for reserved seats. AND: you can make a reservation at Volterra restaurant for a pre-show dinner for only $30 (trust me. the food, it is good.) awesome, awesome, and more awesome!  

The holiday-tastic line-up is as follows: 

Friday Night {12/20}

BRADEN BLAKE (Super Deluxe)
BEN CARSON (Hot Bodies in Motion)

Saturday Night {12/21}

ADRA BOO (Fly Moon Royalty)

{Acoustic Christmas in Ballard | Friday, December 20 & Saturday, December 21 | Doors at 7pm, Showtime at 8pm | All Ages | Volterra Drawing Room, 5407 Ballard Ave NW | $15 standing GA | $25 Reserved Seating}

Recommended SIFF Event + Ticket Giveaway: Welcome to Doe Bay {6/3}

Who wants to see Welcome to Doe Bay this Sunday? We've got another super-quick ticket giveaway, as the fine folks at SIFF have gifted us with a pair of tickets to the Seattle premiere of this local documentary, Sunday, 6/3, 9:15pm at The Egyptian!! Directors Nesib Shamah and Dan Thornton, and Producer Sarah Crowe scheduled to attend, so you can ask them all your burning Doe Bay questions at the Q&A after the film. 

For a chance to win tix, send an email to tig {at} threeimaginarygirls {dot} com with the subject line "The PNW Rules" between now and 5pm tomorrow, 6/1. We'll pick a winner early Saturday morning and put your name on the list +1 for Sunday screening.


The weekend in photos: Sasquatch! 2012, part II

{We Are Augustines at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{This is part two of a three-part Sasquatch! 2012 photo recap. Be sure to check out part one here, and part three here!}

Day three {Sunday} at this year's Sasquatch! Music Festival saw us a bit tired, a bit beat-up from the sun and the hills, and a bit gritty from the seeming "dust bowl" that was starting to kick up and cover everything with a fine dirty mist. But we forged on into the day with high spirits, knowing a slew of good bands were on tap -- and we got things started with an uppy, poppy-tight set from Hospitality and a smooth, sexy, beat-laden set from Fly Moon Royalty. While the two bands hit opposite ends of the sonic spectrum, they both shared the commonality of putting on great performances, each showcasing their respective sounds near-perfectly.


{Hospitality at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Hospitality at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Hospitality at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

Fly Moon Royalty:

{Fly Moon Royalty at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Fly Moon Royalty at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

Then, the rockin' boy-band part of the day got going, with alternating takes from Gardens & Villa, War On Drugs, and Deer Tick. Gardens & Villa were a nice transition from the upbeat Hospitality and played a bright, synth-y dream-sound set and the War On Drugs ramped it up a bit with a bigger, bulkier sound before Deer Tick took the stage and jammed it on out into the rock-o-sphere. It's worth noting that Deer Tick were on the Sasquatch! campus for the remainder of the weekend, and wound up filling the hole in the weekend left by Mogwai (who had visa issues coming into the US) with a covers-only set, bouncing whip-tight renditions of the Replacements and Nirvana out into a thrilled crowd as Monday night started to fade to black.


Latest comment by: John in Ballard: "

Yeah, it was pretty cool. Certainly kept the crowd entertained. It was kind of funny to watch Dyme Def checking them out from the grass hill behind the stage too. 


SIFF 2012 Preview: Face the Music

It’s time once again to run down the highlights of this year’s Face the Music program for the Seattle International Film Festival!

There are a ton of great things this year, but the film I think our Imaginaries will be most excited about is the documentary Welcome to Doe Bay, which chronicles the community and camaraderie of Doe Bay Fest—a camping trip/music festival/weekend-long party at Doe Bay Resort on Orcas Island that brings Pacific Northwest music stars and fans together for a relaxing musical retreat, and apparently, some slip-n-slide action and s’mores. The trailer is packed with engaging commentary and familiar faces (Hi, Jace!) and I’m sure the music featured by Sera Cahoone, Lemolo, the Maldives, Fly Moon Royalty, Champagne Champagne, and … wait for it … The Head and the Heart will be the draw for fans of the scene. {Screens June 3, 9:15pm, The Egyptian & June 5, 9:30pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown}

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Emerald City Visions (A Hip Hop Reinterpretation of The Wiz) looks pretty radical. The description promises OC Notes, Don’t Talk to the Cops, and “some of the hottest names in hip hop” (I guess it’s a secret, but I know who I’m pulling for) will infuse the musical score of The Wiz with some fresh flavor and beats. Word. {Screens June 1, 7pm and again at 9:30pm, The Triple Door—and if you see the 7pm showing, you’ll still have plenty time to make it to our Rockstar New Wave Karaoke show!}


Latest comment by: imaginary embracey: "

Can't wait to ease on down to the Triple Door for Emerald City Visions. Really looking forward to seeing what DJ Mizell does with The Wiz.


(drum roll, please) And the grand total raised at Dancing on the Valentine 7 is....

Jenny George with Exohxo at Dancing on the Valentine 7

$7, 714.83!!!!

You guys. That is. AMAZING!!! Jenny George (pictured atop an Exohxo pyramid above!) was sobbing with joy when we dropped the money off to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society {check out this sweet comment from Erin @LLS}. They told us straight up that it would help SO many people! This is the most money that DOTV has ever raised, and Jenny is so so so so thankful for all the volunteers and bands and attendees who made it happen! We can't wait to help plan next year's bash and raise even more money. 

As for Ben Haley's amazing photobooth pictures - they are on the way! Please take a moment to gaze upon Ben as "The Chauffer" and his assistant Merilee Jones - who had THE BEST 80s OUTFIT EVER! So totally tubular. There's a few more pics after the jump - and you can watch for yours in the ever expanding DOTV 7 Flickr setTHANK YOU TO ALL WHO HELPED MAKE JENNY'S BIRTHDAY SO FANTASTIC! 


Latest comment by: imaginary liz: "

Love love love love PINit love!!!


Photo essay: we came, we saw, we Danced On The Valentine!

at The Crocodile

{John Roderick / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

It was another amazing year for Dancing On The Valentine, Jenny George's annual leukemia and lymphoma Duran Duran cover night benefit concert. Friends and fans packed the Crocodile while we heard most excellent renditions of DD hits and B-sides from the likes of Lesli Wood, Daniel G. Harmann, Noddy, John Roderick, and Fly Moon Royalty. Show-stealers NighTraiN took the stage with Hotels for a mindblowing cover of "Come Undone," Princess brought metal sensibility to Duran Duran's music like we've never quite heard it before, and Exohxo and Katie Kate rounded out an incredibly successful night. The tally is still in the works, but rumor has it that a very impressive amount of money was raised for a donation. Nice work, Seattle!

In case you were up in the photo booth (thanks Ben "The Chauffeur" Haley and assistant) and missed one of the songs, here's a recap of who oh-so-amazingly did what! We got our photo booth on too, so if you see any errors here, please let us know and we'll update:

Lesli Wood with Jupe Jupe - Girls on Film / Wild Boys
Davidson Hart Kingsbery - Skin Trade / Do You Believe in Shame?
Daniel G. Harmann & the Trouble Starts - Planet Earth / Electric Barbarella / Secret Oktober
Noddy - Red Carpet Massacre / Big Thing / Someone Else Not Me
Hotels - Come Undone (with NighTraiN) / Save a Prayer / A View To A Kill / Late Bar
Princess - Careless Memories / New Religion
John Roderick - Lonely in Your Nightmare / Hold Back the Rain / The Chauffeur
Fly Moon Royalty - Read My Lips / All You Need is Now
Exohxo - Rio / The Reflex / New Moon on Monday / Union of the Snake
Katie Kate - Hungry Like the Wolf / Notorious / Ordinary World

And, here's some photos to prove it all happened:

Lesli Wood and Jupe Jupe:

{Lesli Wood and Jupe Jupe / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Lesli Wood and Jupe Jupe / by Victoria VanBruinisse}


Latest comment by: KenDarling: "What an amazing night! It really was great for the cause. Rumor is, a lot of money was raised and I literally bruised my hand while clapping on stage during Rio. Great night! "