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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

PREMAN: SILENT FURY Film Review September 27, 2022 Eclectic Arts

PREMAN: Silent Fury

Well Go USA
Reviewed: 9/27/2022
Rating: 4 / 5

Available on Digital, Blu-ray™ and DVD September 27

(Well Go USA)


The new film, “Preman: Silent Fury” is an exceptionally well done film. Typically in an Indonesian action film, the dialogue scenes are merely excuses to get to the action scenes. This isn’t the case here.


The story is dramatic at times but overall it is interesting and captures a depth rarely seen in an action film.


(Well Go USA)

 

And the action scenes are intense and even more so because the characters were built up through the dialogue scenes. When the fighting breaks out, you give a damn about the characters which is rather rare in an action film.


“Preman: Silent Fury” is a winner and well worth your viewing time.


Recommended.


Best,
Mark Sugiyama
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CARMINA BURANA PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET September 24, 2022 Eclectic Arts

CARMINA BURANA

Pacific Northwest Ballet
McCaw Hall
Seattle, WA
Review: Saturday 9/24/22 7:30pm Performance

Performances run through Sunday October 2

(Pacific Northwest Ballet company dancers with the PLU Choral Union in Kent Stowell’s Carmina Burana. PNB presents Carmina Burana on a triple-bill with works by Alexei Ratmansky and George Balanchine, onstage at Seattle Center’s McCaw Hall September 23 – October 2, 2022 (and streaming October 6 – 10.) For tickets and information, contact the PNB Box Office, 206.441.2424 or PNB.org. Photo © Angela Sterling.)



The 50th Anniversary of the Pacific Northwest Ballet is an amazing accomplishment for the company. I was barely making a mark in this world when the PNB started all those years ago. The 2022/2023 season will be a mixture of new and old to celebrate the 50th Anniversary.


The first production of this new season features Carmina Burana (Kent Stowell), Allegro Brillante (George Balanchine), and Wartime Elegy (Alexei Ratmansky).


The performance started off with Allegro Brillante. As influential as George Balanchine was/is, I am honestly growing a bit tired of seeing his works scattered throughout the various seasons that I have reviewed for the PNB. Artistic director Peter Boal clearly loves Balanchine’s work as he has incorporated many of his pieces since he took over as artistic director. It’s not that Balanchine’s work is bad, far from it. I just find it dated and the more I see of it, the more dated it becomes.



(Pacific Northwest Ballet corps de ballet dancers Clara Ruf Maldonado and Juliet Prine in Allegro Brillante, choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust. PNB presents Allegro Brillante on a triple-bill with works by Alexei Ratmansky and Kent Stowell, onstage at Seattle Center’s McCaw Hall September 23 – October 2, 2022 (and streaming October 6 – 10.) For tickets and information, contact the PNB Box Office, 206.441.2424 or PNB.org. Photo © Angela Sterling.)



The dancing during Allegro Brillante was as high level as one would expect from the PNB. I enjoyed seeing the PNB live again after a few months off. I just wish the program would have started with something non - Balanchine.


The second work was a world premiere and was arguably the best work of the evening. Wartime Elegy told a story much like cinema on a grand scale. Dramatic in the first movement, comedic in the second movement, and dramatic again in the third movement. The music and choreography worked so well together that it was simply mesmerizing. This was a highlight performance and one of the best I've witnessed since I started reviewing for the PNB in November of 2018.



Pacific Northwest Ballet company dancers in the world premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s Wartime Elegy. PNB presents Wartime Elegy on a triple-bill with works by George Balanchine and Kent Stowell, onstage at Seattle Center’s McCaw Hall September 23 – October 2, 2022 (and streaming October 6 – 10.) For tickets and information, contact the PNB Box Office, 206.441.2424 or PNB.org. Photo © Angela Sterling.



The last work of the night was Carmina Burana, something I have actually seen before in 2019. Due to the 50th Anniversary aspect, there are a few productions that will be repeated viewings for me which is interesting as now I can compare and contrast when applicable.


Carl Orff’s main theme has been used in numerous films, tv shows, and commercials. I tend to think of it as “Conan” music as that was the first time I heard the music where it made an impact on me (the 1982 film). The ballet version of Carmina Burana is impactful and weaves a great story, complete with operatic vocals, a full sized choir, and other assorted visuals to add to the overall impact. My only gripe with it was the length. There were parts of it toward the end where it seemed like the choreography should end but unfortunately it didn’t. But this is a minor gripe. I really enjoyed the production and all of the artistry that went into making it come alive on the McCaw Hall stage.


Overall, Rep 1 for the 2022/2023 season of the Pacific Northwest Ballet was solid, aside from the opening number. Again, this is just my “still learning about professional ballet” opinion. I’m sure there are some patrons that get excited as soon as they see Balanchine’s name on the program.


What I can say is that I’m looking forward to seeing a full season in-person of the Pacific Northwest Ballet. This would be a first for me as I started one show into the 2018/2019 season. The 2019/2020 season - well, we all know what happened there. Ditto 2020/2021. And the 2021/2022 season was hybrid (for me at least).


The PNB is ready to celebrate 50 years this season. Be sure to join in the celebration!


Carmina Burana runs through October 2. Purchase tickets:  HERE!


Best,
Mark Sugiyama
Eclectic Arts

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THE GRISWOLDS' BROADWAY VACATION The 5th Avenue Theatre September 23, 2022 Eclectic Arts

THE GRISWOLDS' BROADWAY VACATION
The Musical

Book, Lyrics, and Music by David Rossmer and Steve Rosen
Directed and Choreographed by Donna Feore

The 5th Avenue Theatre
Seattle, WA

September 23, 2022 Evening Performance

(Megan Reinking as Ellen Griswold, Hunter Foster as Clark Griswold,  Livvy Marcus as Audrey Griswold and Nathan Levy as Rusty Griswold in "The Griswolds' Broadway Vacation"  at the 5th Avenue Theatre.  Photo Credit- Tracy Martin)


The world premiere of “The Griswolds' Broadway Vacation” had the local Seattle patrons buzzing with excitement. Depending on your age, you know, and in many cases love, at least one of the “National Lampoon’s Vacation” films. The very thought of Clark, Ellen, Audrey, and Rusty traveling from their native midwest roots to the sights and sounds of New York really sounds like a fantastic idea. Of course there would be mishaps along the way until they reach their final destination.


Act I starts off in New York City. There is no traveling to be had so to speak. The quest for Clark to come through for Ellen and the kids is really at the center of the storyline. And, of course, seeing a live broadway hit called, “Wilson” (which is a take off on the Tom Hanks film, “Castaway”).


The tone of the production is light and captures the vibe of the films rather well. This should be fun and it definitely is (particularly Act II). Act I took some time to get things going. The musical numbers were written well but could stand a few less measures in some cases. More concision would be a great asset to some of the musical numbers.


The interplay between Hunter Foster (Clark), Megan Reinking ((Ellen), Livvy Marcus (Audrey), and Nathan Levy (Rusty) worked seamlessly. They are a fun and likable cast and the comedic timing was spot on.


Jay Klaitz as Cousin Eddie in "The Griswolds' Broadway Vacation" at the 5th Avenue Theatre.  Photo Credit: Tracy Martin)


When Act II begins after the intermission, with a full appearance by Cousin Eddie (portrayed by Jay Klaitz), the show really finds its footing. The heart of the production starts to come through in the Clark and Audrey scenes and the laughs definitely go up a notch (no spoilers here). By the end of the show, you will leave entertained.


Overall, “The Griswolds' Broadway Vacation” is a solid contender for replication around the world. A few tweaks to Act I and the show will be that much better for the audience.


If you’re in the mood to escape the outside world for a few hours, with genuine laugh out loud moments from your seat, this show is for you.


Best,
Mark Sugiyama
Eclectic Arts

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“The Griswolds' Broadway Vacation” runs through October 2. 
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Sunday, September 25, 2022

FROM THE HOOD TO THE HOLLER Film Review September 25, 2022 Eclectic Arts

FROM THE HOOD TO THE HOLLER

Reviewed: 9/25/2022
Rating: 4 / 5

FROM THE HOOD TO THE HOLLER is in select theaters now and on Digital September 30th!





The new film, “From The Hood To The Holler” follows the political campaign of Charles Booker in Kentucky. A democrat in a primarily red state, the film shows the highs and lows of mounting a campaign against the odds.


The further we ebb along into the years post 2020, that period of time feels even more odd than it did at the time while living in it. Voter suppression, political hysteria, and of course COVID-19 were just a few of the topics of that insane year.


While watching “From The Hood To The Holler”, the issues presented were extremely pertinent before 2020 and now. But at the same time the issues almost felt like a moment in time from long ago.


Where we go from here remains to be seen. There is a great deal of hopelessness of ever turning this mess around but films like, “From The Hood To The Holler” give a glimpse into a movement of people that refuse to let that future hope fade away.


Recommended.


Best,
Mark Sugiyama
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Friday, September 23, 2022

SECTION 8 Film Review September 23, 2022 Eclectic Arts

SECTION 8

RLJE FILMS
Reviewed: 9/23/2022
Rating: 4 / 5

In Theaters and Streaming on AMC+ starting Sept. 23.    

(RLJE Films)



The new film, “Section 8' is an action thriller that actually delivers on both of those genres. While the plot isn’t going to win any awards for originality, the execution of the film really works well.


With an ensemble cast that features Dolph Lundgren, MIckey Rourke, Dermot Mulroney, and Scott Adkins, the dialogue scenes flow together with the action scenes.


There have been a slew of films that have a solid cast with a decent budget and the end result has been lackluster. “Section 8” bucks that trend and bucks it hard. This is an entertaining film and one worth seeking out at home or at a theater near you.


Best,
Mark Sugiyama
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GRATITUDE REVEALED Film Review September 23, 2022 Eclectic Arts

GRATITUDE REVEALED

Reviewed: 9/13/2022
Rating: 4.5 / 5

GRATITUDE REVEALED is out September 16th!





The new film, “Gratitude Revealed'' is a wonderful documentary about, well, gratitude. It explores several different stories from around the world to demonstrate gratitude in all its forms.


Much of what can be learned from the film may be common knowledge but it's not put into action as often as it should be (I’m guilty of this as well). It’s so easy to get caught up in the hecticness of day to day life that gratitude can get it lost in the mix.


Something as simple as the weather, and not just your favorite type of weather, but all forms of weather has a purpose. Am I grateful when it’s raining outside? Sometimes I am as I prefer the cooler months to the hotter ones but my gratitude is only half measured.


Something that may seem impossible that is actually possible - our gratitude can get lost in the degree of difficulty. The film shows a great example of this scenario with a mountain climber (no spoilers here).


In the end, “Gratitude Revealed” is a welcome reminder to stop and smell those proverbial roses. And to thank them for being in our lives, big and small.


Recommended!


Best,
Mark Sugiyama
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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

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THE MOUSETRAP Edmonds Driftwood Players September 17, 2022 Eclectic Arts

THE MOUSETRAP
By Agatha Christie
Directed by Adam Othman

Edmonds Driftwood Players
Edmonds, WA

September 17, 2022 8pm Performance


(The cast of "The Mousetrap" by Agatha Christie at the Edmonds Driftwood Players.  Tessa James, Sam Neer, Oliver Rowland-Jones, Ingrid Sanai Buron, Joe Goins, Alayna Moffat, Topher Wick, and Bryce Smith.  Photo by Dale Sutton.)



The 2022/2023 season (the 64th) for the Edmonds Driftwood Players kicked off last week with a perennial favorite by Agatha Christie “The Mousetrap”. Directed by Adam Othman (who performed in the same show years prior), the packed Wade James Theatre was ready to be entertained.


The first thing that stood out to me was the stage design. It was arguably the best I have seen at the Wade James Theatre. It expertly set everything up for the performers to begin their tale of murder and mystery.


Speaking of the performers, the cast was good to great. This has been a noticeable improvement that also stood out in last seasons “Holmes and Watson”. There have been times in the past when the casting was a bit all over the place, which I am extremely lenient on, but it must be said that when the casting is tighter, the end results speak for themselves.


I think that as the run continues, the cast will gel that much more together. The first act felt a bit disjointed like the actors weren’t as confident with the material (or show) as they would like to be. One could argue that’s typical of any show during opening weekend but it’s just something I noticed. I have a feeling if a patron were to see the show this coming weekend, you’d see a stronger, more relatable cast of characters weaving their tales on stage.


I recognized a few cast faces from other productions (at EDP and other local theatres) and again they all did a solid job with the classic Agatha Christie material.


Overall, “The Mousetrap” will satisfy the hardcore Agatha Christie follower and the patron that wants to see a sure handed mystery at the Wade James Theatre by the Edmonds Driftwood Players.


Best,
Mark Sugiyama
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“The Mousetrap” runs through October 2nd. Purchase tickets HERE!

Sunday, September 18, 2022

WHERE WE BELONG Seattle Rep September 15, 2022 Eclectic Arts

WHERE WE BELONG
By Madeline Sayet
Directed by Mei Ann Teo

Seattle Rep
Seattle, WA
Performance Review: September 15, 2022


(Madeline Sayet in WHERE WE BELONG at Philadelphia Theatre Company, directed by Mei Ann Teo. Photo by Mark Garvin.)



The first show in the 2022 /2023 Seattle Rep season, “Where We Belong” was a strong statement from the first moment to the last.


A one artist performance, Ms. Sayet stood on stage amongst an initially unusual but later effective set design with equally interesting use of lighting design techniques.


The story of part of her heritage as a Mohegan from the Mohegan Tribe (located on the east coast), Ms. Sayet was incredibly sure handed with her delivery of the material. From the colonization atrocities to the modern day scars, there was much to be learned if the patron took in what was being said.


I couldn’t help but wonder a tad about her other heritage as the play progressed. She mentioned her father’s Jewish heritage and it piqued my interest. I would imagine there would be another story in there that needs to be told as well. Or perhaps not.


“Where We Belong” was brave and vulnerable, inspiring and shaming, all at the same time. If you leave the theatre not talking about this piece, then you missed the point entirely.


Recommended.


Best,
Mark Sugiyama
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“Where We Belong” runs through October 9th. Tickets are available here:  TICKETS!

STEWART COPELAND - Deranged For Orchestra with the Seattle Symphony September 14, 2022 Eclectic Arts

STEWART COPELAND
Police Deranged For Orchestra with the Seattle Symphony

Benaroya Hall
September 14, 2022
Seattle, WA



As a longtime musician, I used to hear The Police around the house growing up. My brother would be drumming to the songs quite competently while I would be butchering Andy Summers guitar work. As I grew into an adult, I always liked Stewart Copeland’s drum work but I never really dug into it seriously until about ten years ago. That’s when I realized what an amazing musician he was/is.


My brother saw Stewart Copeland play with an orchestra many years ago (via tickets for his birthday). Little did I know that was the first time Stewart Copeland had performed with an orchestra (he mentioned this at the show on the 14th). So the performance on September 14th was a bit of a full circle moment for Mr. Copeland.


As he explained, he had been scoring some documentary footage he took of The Police from all of their years as a band before disbanding in the 80’s. The actual recordings didn’t quite work as soundtrack material for his footage so he started to deconstruct some of the songs to make them fit the film work better. Thus this idea was born.


Some of the songs were heavily deconstructed while others were left closer to their original recorded shape. Seattle got a selection of both on Wednesday evening.


Starting off with “Demolition Man” and ending with an encore of “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic”, watching Stewart Copeland play for ninety minutes was a joy to behold. He’s always been a pioneer in his field with such a unique approach to the instrument. But, many don’t know about his many television and film credits, along with a slew of other artistic musical endeavors he’s worked on over the years.


One of the best numbers of the night (no pun intended) was the lesser known, “Murder By Numbers”. The new arrangement really worked well and it brought a new life to the song.


After the intermission, the key notes from “Every Breath You Take” were transformed into a symphonic vision that could have come out of any top tier film before diving into the first sung words of the song.


A few of the derangements were a bit too left of center for me but I could still appreciate the vision behind them.


Stewart hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. From his banter between songs, to strapping on a guitar for a number, to conducting the Seattle Symphony for another number, he commanded the stage like a mad scientist. In some cases he reminded me of Doc Brown (played by Christopher Lloyd) from the Back To The Future films - he had so much energy and enthusiasm throughout the show.


I think what would be a great aspect to add to the show would be to have a video shown during a few of the songs as Stewart and the orchestra plays to it - so the audience can put everything together. Whether it's The Police footage he filmed or something completely different, I would love to see that marriage of different media come together.


A legendary artist on a beautiful Seattle evening. If you were there, you know what I’m talking about.


Best,
Mark Sugiyama
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Tuesday, September 13, 2022

HOUSE OF DARKNESS Film Review September 13, 2022 Eclectic Arts

HOUSE OF DARKNESS

Saban Films
Reviewed: 9/13/2022
Rating: 2.5 / 5

HOUSE OF DARKNESS is in Theaters September 9, 2022 and on Demand and Digital September 13, 2022.


(Saban Films)


The new film, “House Of Darkness'' is unfortunately one of those missed opportunity films. It has known lead actors in Justin Long and Kate Bosworth. A known director in Neil LaBute. But with this solid foundation, and a decent budget, the film just goes nowhere.


Yes, the ending was fun but the lead up to it left a lot to be desired. There seems to be quite a few of these films coming out lately that are movies that should have been better considering the talent involved.


Disappointing.


Best,
Mark Sugiyama
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SNIPER: THE WHITE RAVEN Film Review September 13, 2022 Eclectic Arts

SNIPER: THE WHITE RAVEN

Well Go USA
Reviewed: 9/13/2022
Rating: 4 / 5

SNIPER: THE WHITE RAVEN debuts on Digital & Blu-ray™ September 13


(Well Go USA)



The new film, “Sniper: The White Raven '' is a Ukrainian war film being released by Well Go USA. The movie is based on a true story which fills the story with even more robustness than if it was entirely fictional.


It’s obviously a sensitive time to be reviewing anything from a Ukrainian or Russian perspective. But, this is a well done film for the most part. The action scenes really accentuate the storyline and the dramatic aspects work better than I thought they would.


Some of the story could have been condensed down to create a more cohesive film but overall “Sniper: The White Raven” is a film worth seeking out.


Best,
Mark Sugiyama
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Friday, August 26, 2022

MANEATER Film Review August 26, 2022 Eclectic Arts

MANEATER

Saban Films
Reviewed: 8/26/2022
Rating: 3 / 5

MANEATER in theaters and on Demand and Digital August 26, 2022.

(Saban Films)



The new film, “Maneater” is a new shark film from Saban Films. The plot is simple revolving around a group on vacation that become the target of a shark - a great white shark in an environment they normally aren’t found in.


A local fisherman/shark hunter (played by Trace Adkins) has personal reasons for killing the shark and that is the basic plot of the film.


The characters are forgettable other than the shark hunter Harlan Burke as Trace Adkins has presence on screen and is the only believable character.  The others are pretty faces that are interchangeable.  



(Trace Adkins as Harlan Burke in the thriller, MANEATER, a Saban Films release. Photo courtesy of Saban Films.)


With any shark film the shark is the center of attention. The CGI at times is good and other times really bad. The shark is also made to look more menacing (i.e. unrealistic) with odd markings on its skin and other non great white shark attributes. If the filmmakers had kept the shark looking as realistic as possible, the film would have benefited greatly.


Overall, “Maneater” is another shark film that misses the mark.


Best,
Mark Sugiyama
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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

THE BELLWETHER SYNDICATE Then Comes Silence Accolade August 23, 2022 Seattle, WA Substation

THE BELLWETHER SYNDICATE
Then Comes Silence
Accolade

August 23, 2022
Seattle, WA
Substation

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A night of firsts is always an interesting prospect. Having never been to the Substation in Seattle (plenty of opportunities over the years so I certainly knew of the venue) and only recently discovering the bands on the bill (literally the night before), I was looking forward to a new experience on many levels.


The Bellwether Syndicate are back on the road with a much anticipated full length due in 2023. For the faithful (pun intended), the band (in a live setting they are a five piece) bring a mix of goth, post punk, with a few other influences sliding in the mix as well. The new single “Dystopian Mirror” really took on a whole new shape in the concert setting. Older songs like “Republik” and “Night Watch” got the crowd dancing at a feverish pace.  One cover was thrown in for good measure as well.


William Faith and Sarah Rose Faith, along with their live band, really packed a blackened punch that was most welcome. There’s no reason a goth band can’t satisfy the primal callings of a harder edged band and The Bellwether Syndicate did exactly that.


Count me among the fans that are looking forward to the full length in 2023 as well as the subsequent tour!   


In the special guest slot, Sweden’s Then Comes Silence performed as a duo (with two members not on the U.S. tour and The Bellwether Syndicate’s drummer Stevyn Grey pulling double duty on this tour) and this incarnation was awe inspiring. They came across as though nothing was different - the uptempo, dark, and mesmerizing set went over well with the fans at the Substation. In support of their new album, “Hunger”, Alex and Hugo and Stevyn made a lasting impression on everyone in attendance. I suspect when they return (and hopefully they do return to the U.S.) as a four piece, they will be making even more waves. A band to get to know - now.


Seattle’s Accolade opened up the show with a tight set of music. Ethereal vocals and a mix of music (both live and programmed) set the mood nicely for the rest of the evening.


Best,
Mark Sugiyama
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Monday, August 22, 2022

FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery August 21, 2022 Eclectic Arts

FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS
August 21, 2022
Woodinville, WA
Chateau Ste Michelle Winery

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Every now and then the perfect mix of artists, venue, and season occurs in the greater Seattle, WA area and Sunday evening was one such event. Longtime favorites Fitz And The Tantrums returned to the Chateau Ste Michelle Winery Concert Series alongside co-headliner Andy Grammer, along with opener We Three.


The sold out event had the capacity crowd arriving early to claim their picnic spots on the lawn with the reserved seated area bringing up the rear in terms of arrivals. An 80 degree day just set the mood as wine bottles were purchased, food was eaten, and a hungry appetite for feel good music awaited.


Fitz And The Tantrums are no strangers to the Seattle area nor the road in general. They have made their reputation on their live performances, my earliest gig being 2011. They blew me away then and Sunday night they had me grinning from ear to ear all over again.


Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick (vocals), Noelle Scaggs (vocals), James King (saxophone, flute), Jeremy Ruzumna (keyboards), Joseph Karnes (bass), and John Wicks (drums, percussion) took the stage as night had settled in and started things off with “OCD” quickly followed up with “Complicated”.


The band was in fine form as they then launched into “Out Of My League”. The crowd was up, dancing, singing, and clapping along all through their set.


The first single from the forthcoming new album “Sway” went over well as did “Moneymaker”. I was happy to hear “6am” in the set.


“Moneygrabber” kicked things into overdrive as they eventually encored with the trifecta of “Handclap”, “All The Feels”, and of course, “The Walker”.


The sold out crowd loved the set and wanted more but it was not to be (strict curfews at this outdoor venue). As they always say, leave them wanting more, and Fitz And The Tantrums always do just that. They are a band that must be experienced live to fully understand what they’re all about.


Always recommended when they hit your town!


Best,
Mark Sugiyama
Eclectic Arts


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It must be mentioned that Andy Grammer put on one heck of a set and We Three got the energy up as well. A terrific touring bill for those looking for a great time!


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Saturday, August 20, 2022

BEDOUIN BURGER at the High Dive in Seattle, WA August 17, 2022 Eclectic Arts

BEDOUIN BURGER

August 17, 2022
Seattle, WA
High Dive Seattle

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Being media I get alerted to quite a few shows that are coming to town by artists I’m unfamiliar with. Every now and then an artist will stand out to me so I’ll look into them and then make a decision about possibly covering their show(s).


Bedouin Burger is one such artist.


Based in France but with roots in Lebanon and Syria, Zeid Hamdan and Lynn Adib make up the duo known as Bedouin Burger. Their form of Arabic music mixed with electronica, singer/songwriter, and other influences makes for a unique sound which intrigued me upon the first listen.


The band were playing a select round of US shows, one of which was in Seattle at the High Dive on Wednesday evening.


Some bands you need to experience in concert. Watching them on YouTube or any other platform will never do them justice. Bedouin Burger is one of these bands. In the live environment, they create a mood that is both positive and deeply emotional.


The audience at the High Dive were either dancing, smiling, or lost in a trance-like state all through the band's ninety minute set. Describing the band's music in words will never be enough to capture what the band are about. There is just such a wide mix of sounds emanating from the stage that they really are a band to see live to truly understand what they bring to the musical table.


Lynn has a beautiful voice, haunting at times. She is also a multi instrumentalist as is her musical partner Zeid. Together they are really on to something new and exciting.  I was so glad that I caught their show in Seattle.  I enjoyed it so much that I was contemplating how to get out of my committments for the very next night in Edmonds where they performed.  Yes, they were that good (and unfortunately I couldn't make things work for the Edmonds show)!


Highly recommended!


Best,
Mark Sugiyama
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