Having a favorite band is one of the best things in the world. The music and materials spawned by a favorite band are a reliable go-to for the mending of a tired heart or a sad face. The only drawback to being one of our kind (the type to fall hopelessly in love with a band and everything they do) is that – usually without notice – one’s favorite band will break up.
A band break up (usually) means no more new music, no more shows, no more videos, no more band interviews to read, no new lyrics to quote; basically, total sorrow.
I love our Seattle music community’s ability to recognize the need to fill the holes in each band-loving person’s heart – with a tribute show. Seattle has had some killer tribute nights this year, like KEXP’s All-Stars doing The Stooges atop the Pike Place Market roof and their 80’s Ladies night a few months back.
And topping off this year’s tribute night roster – and an evening of music you should not miss – is the annual Seattle’s Tribute to the Last Waltz on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at the Neptune Theatre.
The night pays tribute to The Band’s farewell concert, The Last Waltz with all proceeds from the event going to Northwest Harvest – a nonprofit aimed at providing nutritious food to hungry people throughout Washington with a network of more than 370 food banks and meal programs.
The list of 30+ brilliant Pacific Northwest musicians who will be a part of this year’s show is so massive and so stunning, it’s on the verge of obscene. But, that’s what it takes to pay tribute to such a swaggering and poignant band and such a legendary show.
All of these musicians will be in one (very pretty) room, performing magnificent songs: Star Anna, Nouela Johnston and members of My Goodness, The Maldives, Exohxo, Smokey Brights, The Dusty 45s, Down North, Vendetta Red, and many more!
The evening is a beautiful tradition for a wonderful cause. Let’s all go and mend our tired hearts.