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Monday, September 30, 2019

THE PHOENIX THEATRE Season Opening Event Review! Edmonds, WA 9/28/19

LADIES MAN

The Phoenix Theatre


Edmonds, WA
9/28/19



“The Ladies Man” stages Sept. 27 through Oct. 20 at Phoenix Theatre in Edmonds. From left to right: Annie St. John, Tod Harrick and Renee Gilbert. (Eric Lewis)


Greetings,



The season opening show at The Phoenix Theatre was this past weekend. “Ladies Man” by Charles Morey, as directed by Eric Lewis, was an over the top farce that was an adrenaline rush of pure fun for the whole audience.



Set in the yesteryear of Paris, France, the show revolves around the main character Dr. Hercule Molineaux and a series of lies and mishaps that just spin out of control. The level of zaniness in this show was just incredible. 



Tod Harrick as Dr. Molineaux was on pointe the entire show. Comedic timing, physical comedy, stage presence, everything worked. And when you have a lead as strong as Mr. Harrick, the other actors had plenty to work with. 



Bassinet, with his lisp, as played by Asa Sholdez, had some of the best moments in the show. 



The build up to the entrance of Madame Aigreville, as played by Melanie Calderwood, was absolutely priceless.



The entire cast had their shining moments throughout the production. At the height of the farce, there was so much in and out through the stage doors that it almost felt like the show was going off the rails - in the best possible way.



“Ladies Man” is the best show I’ve seen at The Phoenix Theatre thus far. The bar has been set high for this season. I’m looking forward to watching them top it throughout the upcoming season!



See you at the theatre,
Mark Sugiyama
Eclectic Arts



Special Thanks: Amy for the credentials and Tracy for saying hi the night of the show!




“Ladies Man” runs through October 20th. You can buy tickets here:  TICKETS!



PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET - Season Opening Event Review! 9/27/19 Seattle, WA

CARMINA BURANA / AGON

Pacific Northwest Ballet



September 27, 2019
McCaw Hall
Seattle, WA




Pacific Northwest Ballet company dancers and the Pacific Lutheran University Choral Union in Kent Stowell’s Carmina Burana, which PNB is presenting on a double-bill with George Balanchine’s Agon, September 27 – October 6, 2019. Photo © Angela Sterling.



Greetings,



It was with great anticipation Eclectic Arts attended the season opening of the Pacific Northwest Ballet on Friday evening at McCaw Hall. Greeted by a red carpet into the lobby entrance, the PNB devised a fun and creative way to kick things off for the 2019-2020 season. Various stations were located on each of the levels of McCaw Hall. Attendees could spin the wheel of Fortune (a nod to the production) to win prizes that ranged from tote bags to signed used pointe shoes, get autographs from PNB dancers, pick up a reusable drink cup, and sample products from company sponsors. If you ventured to at least four stations, you received a stamp (initials) and you could drop off your form for a chance to win a free subscription to the current PNB season. We went to three of the four stations and enjoyed moving around the levels of McCaw Hall. A very nice touch to open the season.



The evening began with Balanchine’s, “Agon”, with music by Igor Stravinsky. A complex music piece utilizing twelve tones, Balanchine was up to the challenge of matching the choreography to such a difficult musical score.




Pacific Northwest Ballet company dancers in Agon (choreographed by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust) which PNB is presenting on a double-bill with Kent Stowell’s Carmina Burana, September 27 – October 6, 2019. Photo © Angela Sterling.




For the common attendee, they may have found the music hard to digest. The twelve tone arena produces jarring and uneven melodies. Trained musicians would recognize the difficulty in writing and performing such a score. The bottom line is the score was similar to free form jazz as a very, very simplistic comparison.




The choreography is quite an achievement when you consider how difficult and involved the music is. Fluid and bold at times, and very complex, it would take multiple viewings to really take in everything that was being performed by the PNB company dancers. I could see why “Agon” is considered a master showcase in Balanchine’s world renowned choreography skill set.




Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancers Lesley Rausch and Seth Orza in Agon (choreographed by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust) which PNB is presenting on a double-bill with Kent Stowell’s Carmina Burana, September 27 – October 6, 2019. Photo © Angela Sterling.




After the intermission, the stage was set for Carl Orff’s, “Carmina Burana”. The opening piece, “O Fortuna” has been utilized in many films over the years - usually depicting strife, darkness, and despair.



For the PNB, Kent Stowell’s vision was much like watching a musical. All the pieces fit together to create one powerful statement. The dancing of course, but also the symphony, the chorale, and the set design, mesmerized the audience as the story unfolded. 




Pacific Northwest Ballet soloists Angelica Generosa and Dylan Wald in Kent Stowell’s Carmina Burana, which PNB is presenting on a double-bill with George Balanchine’s Agon, September 27 – October 6, 2019. Photo © Angela Sterling.



The giant wheel above the stage created a focal point while the nude suits that the dancers wore expressed the sacrifice evident in the music and lyrics. “Carmina Burana” was a powerful piece that finished the night on a high note.



Overall, the Pacific Northwest Ballet produced an evening of artistry, determination, excellence,and everything else we’ve come to expect from the company. The 2019-2020 season has begun and we here at Eclectic Arts are looking forward to the upcoming productions!



See you at the ….ballet,
Mark Sugiyama
Eclectic Arts
EA on YT



Special Thanks: Gary for the credentials and for putting up with my emails.   ;)



Tickets are available here:  TICKETS!  The show runs through October 6th.






Saturday, September 28, 2019

BABYMETAL Metal Galaxy Tour Continues Into Rocktober!

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Starting tonight in Salt Lake City, only eight performances remain on the BABYMETAL Metal Galaxy Tour!

The tour will run through October 16 in Seattle, Washington at the Paramount Theatre. The trek includes the previously announced October 11 gig at The Forum in Los Angeles, which will mark BABYMETAL's first headlining arena show in the States.



Support on the BABYMETAL tour through the October 4 show in San Francisco will come from the Swedish metal band Avatar. The last two dates will feature the Mongolian trailblazers The Hu as opening act.




Ticket information for all remaining shows available here:  TICKET INFORMATION


#BABYMETAL  #METALGALAXY  #USA #TOUR



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Japanese music sensation BABYMETAL will release its third album, "Metal Galaxy", on October 11 via earMUSIC/Edel.



"The forthcoming new album Metal Galaxy includes 14 songs, the names of which are all revealed today," the statement reads. "As their band name, BABYMETAL represents 'the birth of a new genre of music that combines Japanese pop with metal,' hence the term 'baby' in the name, the new album expresses light and darkness, emotions like duality and ambivalence, and 'new metal' created by various chemical reactions as other entities evolved and expanded in this album. Just like the sun and the moon changes the appearance of this world with its daylight and moonlight, with evermore new type of various sound, their music paints the metal galaxy in different colors."



BABYMETALMetal Galaxy track listing:


1. "Future Metal"

2. "Da Da Dance" (feat. Tak Matsumoto)

3. "Elevator Girl" (English version)

4. "Shanti Shanti Shanti"

5. "Oh! Majinai" (feat. Joakim Brodén)

6. "Brand New Day" (feat. Tim Henson and Scott LePage)

7. "Night Night Burn!"

8. "In the Name Of"

9. "Distortion" (feat. Alissa White-Gluz)

10. "Pa Pa Ya!!" (feat. F. Hero)

11. "Kagerou"

12. "Starlight"

13. "Shine"

14. "Arkadia"




Monday, September 23, 2019

NECESSARY SACRIFICES Taproot Theatre Seattle, WA 9/20/19


NECESSARY SACRIFICES

By Richard Hellesen


Taproot Theatre
Seattle, WA
9/20/19



Lamar Legend and Ted Rooney in Necessary Sacrifices at Taproot Theatre. Photo by Erik Stuhaug.



Greetings,



The newest production at the Taproot Theatre, “Necessary Sacrifices”, had its opening night last Friday evening. The play centers around the historical figures of Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and George Stearns. Set during the 1863-1864 time period, the play depicts the political and social issues at hand during the Civil War.



With the production essentially exploring the dialogue between Lincoln and Douglass, the actors cast had to be of the strongest caliber. As Lincoln, Ted Rooney did a masterful job of portraying the former president. While everyone has their own idea of what Lincoln was like, after ten minutes into the play, Rooney had you believing that his interpretation was the most accurate. From the high pitched voice, the lawyer-level intellect, and the humor, Rooney was Abraham Lincoln.



Lamar Legend was equally impressive as Douglass. Bold, assured, and a respected orator, Legend brought the also well known Douglass to life in direct and distinct measures.




Lamar Legend in Necessary Sacrifices at Taproot Theatre. Photo by Erik Stuhaug




The interaction between the two actors was as compelling as anything I’ve seen at the Taproot Theatre. The subtle nuances, the opposite sides of an issue they both stood tall on, the realization that they were fighting for the same causes - only in different manners - was expertedly portrayed.



Lincoln was fighting to preserve the Union first and foremost. There is historical debate about his intentions when it came to slavery, freedom, and citizenship. Douglass called Lincoln out on many issues but also came to realize he could help the former president win the war which in turn would help Douglass bring attention to his issues of slavery, suffrage, and other pertinent issues of the time.




Ted Rooney and Lamar Legend in Necessary Sacrifices at Taproot Theatre. Photo by Erik Stuhaug.



Andrew Litzky played George Stearns who had a small but important role setting up each act of the play.



“Necessary Sacrifices” was powerful, poignant, and incredibly well done. The play runs through October 26th.



See you at the theatre,
Mark Sugiyama
Eclectic Arts
EA on FB
EA on IG
EA on YT



Purchase tickets here:  TICKETS!







Lamar Legend and Ted Rooney in Necessary Sacrifices at Taproot Theatre. Photo by Erik Stuhaug.


Thursday, September 19, 2019

ZARA LARSSON Don't Worry Bout Me Tour 2019 Event Review! Seattle, WA Neptune Theatre 9/17/19

Zara Larsson



Neptune Theatre
Seattle, WA
9/17/19




(All photos - Mark Sugiyama for Eclectic Arts (c) 2019)


Greetings,



Tuesday evening was a busy night of music in the greater Seattle area. Shows were going on in pretty much every major club, theatre, and arena in the area. I chose to cover the Zara Larsson show at the Neptune Theatre to see what all the buzz was about.



The Swedish pop star has amassed a seriously intense following ever since her win as a ten year old on a Swedish television reality show. Before her performance, many fans were lined up outside in the unsettled northwest weather, waiting for the doors to open to then grab a prime spot on the rail inside. Once the fans were inside, the phones came flooding out near the stage. I haven't seen so many selfies being taken by teens in my life. The whole, "omg I'm at Zara Larsson" pics must have been flooding social media last night.



Zara's four-piece band started the night off before she walked up through the back and on to the top of the staircase. The audience went absolutely nuts! Flanked by two dancers, Zara sang and danced pretty much non-stop the entire show.



Starting off with, "Symphony", Zara kept the audience captive as she went through a ton of choreographed dance routines. Her intoxicating dancing was only eclipsed by her spectacular voice. The woman can sing! Many times pop stars get lumped into the product of the music business machine cliché'. Not Zara Larsson. Yes, she has all the components to become a global phenomenon. But, if you strip all the glitz and glamour down, you'll find one talented artist underneath it all.



With millions of view of her videos and over a billion streams, it's quite obvious Zara Larsson is on her way up. She just released an acoustic version of her current single, "All The Time" that shows what I'm talking about. She is a pop start with loads of talent. I would love to see her release an EP or album of stripped down material ala Lights - just to show there's more than meets the eye.



The fans were dancing all through Zara's set in Seattle. On the main floor and up in the balcony - bodies were moving.



Zara played just over an hour-long set. There were really no stops in the show - a little talk in-between songs but that was kept to a minimum. It was really song after song with plenty of dancing to match.  Her band was on point and sounded great all night as well.



This was one of the most entertaining shows I've been to in awhile. You couldn't help but get caught up in the atmosphere and the good time everyone was having.



I have a sneaking suspicion the next time Zara Larsson comes to town, she'll be performing at an even larger venue with an even bigger following. The buzz is real.



A great show by an amazing artist!



Cheers!
Mark Sugiyama
Eclectic Arts
EA on YT



Special Thanks: Nick for the credentials - thank you very much for the opportunity!



YOUTUBE



The show was opened by local artist PSA - Archie. She performed an energetic set of material with a DJ and two dancers. Her music was a good compliment to Zara Larsson's set (aka worked well). I'm interested to see what PSA - Archie does in the future. She got things going the right way Tuesday night.




Zara Larsson












PSA - Archie


Monday, September 16, 2019

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder - Edmonds Driftwood Players - 9/13/19

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder


Edmonds Driftwood Players
The Wade James Theater
Edmonds, WA
9/13/19



(David Roby and Josh Pulley - Dale Sutton of Magic Photo)



Greetings,



The 61st season for the Edmonds Driftwood Players kicked off Friday night with the musical, "A Gentleman's Guide To Love and Murder". Being the first show of the new season, the house was packed.



I was looking forward to starting the season as last year I came in a show or two into the season. Anyone that read my previous reviews would be happy to know this show brought many of the aspects together that I personally want to see in a strong production.




(Valerie Vestal Reinking, Ingrid Sanai Buron, Kyle Roecks, David Roby, David Goss-Grubbs - Dale Sutton of Magic Photo)




As usual, I prefer not to go too much into the plot. Let's just say this show has something for everyone.



Most of the actors are required to play different characters throughout the show. There is plenty of drama, intrigue, near slapstick style humor or perhaps British humor would be more accurate. Here's what stood out:



Everything.



(Josh Pulley and Karin Terry - Dale Sutton of Magic Photo)



The cast was strong, perhaps the strongest I've seen at a show here. And with this being a musical, the cast had to, not only perform different roles, but also they had to act, dance, and of course, sing.



The direction by Adam Othman was tight and visionary. It didn't surprise me to learn he directed last season's, "Peter and The Starcatcher". Both shows required a lot of attention to detail, to juggle the variety of moving pieces during the show, and Adam did so with ease.



The execution of the material was also top notch. Again, arguably the best I've seen at a performance here. 



(Featuring David Roby - Dale Sutton of Magic Photo)




With every show I had seen previously here, there was a mish mash of talent, things that worked and didn't work, which in turn made for shows that were good, ok, or even not so good. This show finally got all the aspects together to create a fantastic production.



This quality of this show reminded me why the company has been around for 61 seasons. It also showed me what the company is capable of when the right pieces fall into place. If this is any indication of the season to come, the Edmonds Driftwood Players will be hitting home-runs out of the park every show.



Bravo!



See you at the theatre,
Mark Sugiyama
Eclectic Arts
EA on YT



Special Thanks: Katie for the credentials - thank you for all the opportunity!



"A Gentleman's Guide To Love and Murder" runs through September 29th. Buy tickets here:  TICKETS!


Saturday, September 14, 2019

ERIN BOWMAN - Apartment 101 U.S. Tour Review Seattle, WA 9/12/19

Erin Bowman
Apartment 101 Tour



Easy Street Records
Seattle, WA
9/12/19 




(All Photos - Mark Sugiyama for Eclectic Arts (c) 2019)



Greetings,


As most of you know out there, Eclectic Arts is a passion project for me. I am forever grateful for the opportunities it has afforded me over the years. When things aren't going well in the day-to-day part of my life, Eclectic Arts has been the pick me up I've needed from time to time. Thursday night was one of those times.


I wasn't sure I wanted to make the journey to West Seattle on a Thursday to cover a new artist (well new to me). Things were stressful during the day this past week for reasons I won't mention here so I was initially going to pass on this opportunity. There were other media opportunities the same night that I was considering as well.


But I went back and listened to a clip of Erin Bowman singing. My instinct has rarely been wrong when it comes to new musical artists. I used to enjoy discovering new music when I was a teenager and turning my friends on to the latest underground band, etc. So, after listening to one of her songs from her forthcoming EP, "Apartment 101", I said screw it - let's go out to Easy Street Records on Thursday and cover the show.


This was one of the best decisions I've ever made.


Erin Bowman (from New Jersey but based out of L.A.) was doing a grass roots campaign to promote her upcoming EP. She was playing acoustic sets at independent records stores to get the word out and to have that person-to-person connection with the audience.


I ventured out on I-5 heading south - knowing full well the traffic would be typical Seattle at that afternoon time - bad. Once I got over the West Seattle Bridge I stopped into one of my old haunts (Skylark Cafe') before heading over to Easy Street Records on California Ave.


I knew about Easy Street Records - walked by it a few times - but had never actually been inside the store. I arrived around 6pm while sound check was going on. Soon thereafter I conducted a video interview with Erin inside the store. A few customers came in (we were upstairs) and oblivious to the interview going on - at least initially. Look for the interview at the end of this review.


Erin was warm and personable. She came across as a woman that was excited to forge a new musical path with this upcoming EP - a bit of a left turn from her previous music that got her quite a bit of attention a few years back.


After the interview we took a few photos downstairs on the main floor and then she got ready for the show while I went outside to get some air.


A little after 7pm, Erin introduced herself and played an eight song set for a crowd inside the store and curious onlookers on the outside (there was a garage style door that was opened up for people to hear and see the performance from the sidewalk).


Armed with just a Martin acoustic and her voice, Erin played many songs off her EP. I can honestly say that from the first song, Erin bared her soul for all to see. It reminded me of something from a movie where all of a sudden - a fully lit room goes completely dark - with only a single spotlight on the performer. Sort of like the world stopped. Yeah, she was that good from the first song. The singles like, “Your Mother” and “Something To Say” sounded mature and carefully introspective. Many people stopped on the sidewalk to take a listen, too.


I started going to concerts when I was nine years old. I can't count how many shows I've been to as a fan and now as media. Some have been good, others have been great, and a few have been disappointing. But every now and then I get to experience a show where it just affects me. Deeply. It lingers for days after and it really makes me reevaluate my own interests and my own life. This was one of those shows.


Erin's voice swings between singer songwriter, a modern Alanis Morissette, and a few other influences. There was even a little bit of Melissa Etheridge and Bonnie Raitt in one of the songs – not Erin’s voice but in the song structure and melody. She accompanies herself well on guitar and I felt like I was watching someone tell a story, in some cases a painful personal story, through well-written songs.


For the artists out there (not just musicians), putting your life experiences into a song is one thing. Performing it in front of strangers is another. I've always likened it to having your skin completely removed from your body - so every little thing affects you. A slight breeze, someone brushes by you, etc. It hurts. It's painful. And it takes a lot of courage to do so.


The upside is it can be cathartic. It can help you heal those wounds and become stronger because of it. But it's still a scary process to perform songs that are so personal to you.


Erin put herself out there on Thursday night. Through her songs, she connected with the audience, and forced us to listen. That's a rarity, folks. "How raw do you go with your emotions" is what I used to always say with my writing. It can't be half measures or even almost full measures. It must be one hundred percent. All the time. Every time. Otherwise it misses the mark.


I was one of the fortunate ones. I got to witness an artist in an intimate setting that is ready for bigger things. And I don't mean in a mainstream way. If Erin stays on the path she is forging, the audience will come to her. She will accomplish her musical goals on her own terms. And that is something to be respected and admired.


And to think I was this close to not going.


I'm so glad I did. Thank you Erin for making such an impact on me - on a day/week that I really needed it.


You read it here - remember the name Erin Bowman - you will absolutely be hearing from this talented artist again.


Cheers!
Mark Sugiyama
Eclectic Arts
EA on FB
EA on IG
EA on YT



Special Thanks: Sarah for the invite - thank you for the opportunity!

Special Thanks: John for being friendly and professional. Everything went off without a hitch. Thank you!

Special Thanks: Erin for being an amazing talent and person. All the very best. Hope to see you back in Seattle soon!


ERIN BOWMAN OFFICIAL SITE

ERIN BOWMAN on INSTAGRAM

ERIN BOWMAN on FACEBOOK

ERIN BOWMAN on SPOTIFY

ERIN BOWMAN on iTUNES

ERIN BOWMAN on YOUTUBE



 VIDEO INTERVIEW!












Friday, September 13, 2019

BABYMETAL Metal Galaxy World Tour Continues!

(Image courtesy of the artist)



BABYMETAL's first-ever full-scale headlining U.S. tour continues tonight in Philadelphia, PA at The Fillmore.

After blasting their way through the first four shows on the U.S. Metal Galaxy Tour, BABYMETAL have shown that they are more popular now than ever in the U.S.  The audiences in Orlando, Atlanta, Washington D.C., and Boston were treated to both classic BABYMETAL songs as well as new tunes from the forthcoming, "Metal Galaxy" album.


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The tour will run through October 16 in Seattle, Washington at the Paramount Theatre. The trek includes the previously announced October 11 gig at The Forum in Los Angeles, which will mark BABYMETAL's first headlining arena show in the States.



Support on the BABYMETAL tour through the October 4 show in San Francisco will come from the Swedish metal band Avatar. The last two dates will feature The Hu as opening act.




Ticket information available here:  TICKET INFORMATION



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Japanese music sensation BABYMETAL will release its third album, "Metal Galaxy", on October 11 via earMUSIC/Edel.



"The forthcoming new album Metal Galaxy includes 14 songs, the names of which are all revealed today," the statement reads. "As their band name, BABYMETAL represents 'the birth of a new genre of music that combines Japanese pop with metal,' hence the term 'baby' in the name, the new album expresses light and darkness, emotions like duality and ambivalence, and 'new metal' created by various chemical reactions as other entities evolved and expanded in this album. Just like the sun and the moon changes the appearance of this world with its daylight and moonlight, with evermore new type of various sound, their music paints the metal galaxy in different colors."



BABYMETALMetal Galaxy track listing:


1. "Future Metal"

2. "Da Da Dance" (feat. Tak Matsumoto)

3. "Elevator Girl" (English version)

4. "Shanti Shanti Shanti"

5. "Oh! Majinai" (feat. Joakim Brodén)

6. "Brand New Day" (feat. Tim Henson and Scott LePage)

7. "Night Night Burn!"

8. "In the Name Of"

9. "Distortion" (feat. Alissa White-Gluz)

10. "Pa Pa Ya!!" (feat. F. Hero)

11. "Kagerou"

12. "Starlight"

13. "Shine"

14. "Arkadia"




Tuesday, September 10, 2019

QUEENSRYCHE The Verdict World Tour Suquamish, WA 9/7/19

Queensryche



Clearwater Casino Resort
Suquamish, WA
9/7/19




(All photos - Mark Sugiyama for Eclectic Arts (c) 2019)



Greetings,



The Verdict World Tour has seen local metal heroes Queensryche tour the U.S., Europe, back to the U.S., and then back to Europe for another run in November. It gives you an idea of just how well received, "The Verdict" album has been. I haven't met any Queensryche fan (or metal fan in general) that doesn't like, "The Verdict". The band is entering a new phase in the Queensryche pantheon - and it's exciting to see!



On Saturday night, the band returned to the Clearwater Casino Resort to play to a packed room once again. Having just played in Seattle in early April, the drawing power of this band locally cannot be denied. Normally, when a band comes through on the same tour only four months or so between shows, the attendance drops for the second show. Not Queensryche. Much like the old "build it and they will come" line from, "Field Of Dreams", with Queensryche it's more like, "book it and they will come".



The band hit the stage, as they have been this tour by pounding out, "Blood Of The Levant" from the new album. Todd on vocals, Whip and Parker on guitars, Ed on bass, and Casey on drums, the band was in stellar form. The fact that they've been touring heavily definitely showed on Saturday night. They were a well-oiled machine ready to give the fans one Hell of a performance.



The set-list was somewhat similar to the show in April at the Neptune with a few changes. "I Am I" and, "NM 156" were once again welcomed by the audience. A bit of back and forth between classic and new era tunes kept the set lively. It was nice to see, "Condition Human" still in the set as well as, "Toxic Remedy" from the same album. "Queen of The Reich" will never get old as far as I'm concerned. This version ripped especially hard.



The obligatory tunes from "Empire" are still in the set. I would of liked to have seen one of these swapped out for another new era tune but I know I'm in the minority on that. Gotta give the fans what they want.



"Operation Mindcrime" sounded especially heavy this go around as did, "Take Hold Of The Flame". The metallic "oomph" to the band seems to be back which I'm not complaining about one bit.



The band encored with, "Light Years" from the new album, "Empire", and set ender, "Eyes Of A Stranger".



Todd was in fine form again. He is the spark that reignited the flame in this band. Whip and Parker were on top of their game as always. They seemed even more into their performance than normal, which was awesome. Ed kept the harmonies going (as did Parker) as well as his signature bass lines. And Casey - so fun to watch perform. He gets it. Rehearsal is the time to work on getting things right. The stage is where you let loose and perform. Like I said last year, he has seamlessly fit into this band - and that's saying a lot.



The band put on a great show and no one left disappointed by the set list or the performance. I would love to see them play Snoqualmie next time they do a casino show - bigger stage, larger room with a higher ceiling, etc. But, wherever they play locally in the future, I along with all the other fans will be there!



Cheers!
Mark Sugiyama
Eclectic Arts
EA on YT



Special Thanks: Claire for the credentials - thank you for the opportunity!



Special Thanks: Todd La Torre for coming over after sound check and saying hello, asking if my mom was here again (my mom had filmed both video interviews I had done with Todd), etc. I hope we can do another interview the next time the band is in town! I was ready to go on Saturday but I guess it wasn't meant to be this time …