Thursday, 09 December 2021
7 pm doors, 8 pm show
$15 advance, $20 day of show
All ages welcome
COVID Policy: All attendees age 12 and older must be fully vaccinated for COVID (proof is required via vaccination card or photo of vaccine card on phone), or show proof of a negative PCR COVID test within 72 hours preceding the show. Proof in all cases must be accompanied by photo ID. Full COVID policy here.
"A moving testament to our life and times, Shook Twins' emotive 'Some
Good Lives' resonates with warm energy and raw humanity" - Atwood Magazine
"Some Good Lives is as
affirming as it is magical." - Popmatters
"The Shook Twins tell it like
it is while also making us want to dance." - Glide Magazine
"I love the harmonies of the Shook Twins, the
dreamlike songs that seem somehow permeated by the American Folk tradition,
without actually being part of it. They make music that twines through your
soul the way vines cover an abandoned shack in the woods." - Neil Gaiman, New York Times - Best-Selling
"The Shooks will Shake you. These ladies have
been keepin' it real since the day they were born and that was only seconds
apart from one another I think. Do yourself a favor and check 'em out. I do
declare, ya won't be sorry." -
"The Shook Twins put on a heck of a show. Keep
your eyes on these folks. I'm excited to hear what they do next." - Tucker Martine
"A unique, personal music that lights up the
stage with its joy and enthusiasm." - Mason
your life will write his or her own chapter in your story. Take a step back,
and you'll see the influence of your loved ones, mentors, and friends in your
decisions. Shook Twins refer to these folks in the title of their fourth album,
Some Good Lives. Throughout fourteen
tracks, the duo-identical twin sisters Katelyn Shook
[vocals, guitar] and Laurie Shook [banjo, vocals]-pay homage to everyone from a
late grandpa and godfather to Bernie Sanders.
realized there was a theme," Katelyn reveals. "Even though our minds are mostly
on the women of today and wanting the monarchy to rise up, we have several men
in our lives who have been such positive forces. We wanted to thank them and
honor the good guys who showed us the beauty in this crazy world we live in.
So, it's an album for Some Good Lives
that have crossed paths with ours-and to them, we are grateful."
also an acknowledgment of our thankfulness of the good life that we get to
the pair derived their own strength from these relationships. Over the course
of three full-length releases and a handful of EPs since 2008, acclaim would
come by way of everyone from USA Today
and Baeble Music to Langhorne Slim,
The Lumineers, Mason Jennings, and iconic best-selling author Neil Gaiman who
enthusiastically decreed, "They make
music that twines through your soul the way vines cover an abandoned shack in
the woods." Beyond gigs with the likes of Gregory Alan Isakov and Ani
DiFranco, they captivated crowds at High
Sierra Music Festival, Lightning In A Bottle, Bumbershoot, Hulaween, Summer Camp Music Festival, and Northwest
String Summit, to name a few.
2016, they planted the seeds for what would become Some Good Lives by thinking bigger. The girls intermittently
recorded at Hallowed Halls in Portland, OR. Within this old library building, "which feels full of stories," they tapped into palpable energy like
never before, locking into a groove inside of the spacious, reverberant live
room. Moreover, the full band-Barra Brown [drums], Sydney Nash [bass], and Niko
Slice [guitar, mandolin]-expanded the sonic palette.
took us a long time to find the band that we wanted to record these songs with
and for the songs to fully mature," admits Laurie. "Once Barra, Sydney, and
Niko joined us, we really started to explore what our music could be. These
amazing players helped us realize that we could be more than just 'folk pop'. We started adding other
genres to the word like 'disco,' 'psychedelic,' 'funk,' and 'soul.' We really honed
in on a new sound."
initially teased that evolution with the single "Safe." Its airy acoustic
guitar and delicate harmonies materialize as a heartfelt and hypnotic
rumination on love. The track quickly surpassed 1 million Spotify streams and
stoked excitement among audiences for the eventual arrival of Some Good Lives.
"'Safe' was written up at a cabin in the
woods," recalls Katelyn. "I had the line 'a
love that feels safe' in my mind for a while. That's the only kind of love
truly possible and healthy when you're touring and away from your person all
the time. You feel like you can trust it, and it's not going to change within
either of you-no matter how long and far you are away from each other."
was struggling to find that kind of love at the time, and Katelyn had this
other perspective," adds Laurie. "It's my breakup song my sister wrote for me,"
opener "What Have We Done" struts forward on funky tambourine and boisterous
horns before culminating on the shuddering soulful chant, "My God, what have we done?" Inspired by "feeling the Bern," the
track serves as a "wake-up-and-do better
social commentary to fire people up."
Meanwhile, the dreamy "Figure It Out" sways from vivid verses into a catchy and
me, it's about being lost and trying to figure 'it' out over and over again," continues Katelyn. "We're always
going to be trying to figure things out, and that's okay."
intimate "Grandpa Piano" draws on 1992 tapes of the girls' grandpa performing
on a grand piano during the final weeks of his life. Such moments thematically
thread together the record, following its concept.
adds, "You can hear our grandma, uncle, and godfather who have all passed on
speaking in those clips too. These are little glimpses of those lives that we
are honoring. I knew it was the perfect thing to add and complete the theme."
the album concludes on "Dog Beach"-a song penned by their godfather Ted as his
only original composition in 1989. Preserving the raw spirit, Shook Twins
tracked their background vocals over the initial tape 28 years after the initial
recording. As Ted passed away recently, the song possessed a special place in
like our village anthem in a way," says Katelyn. "We made him sing it, and we'd
all sing the responses at every campfire we had growing up."
In the end, Shook Twins do Some Good Lives justice by reaching new heights themselves as
musicians, lyricists, artists, and women.
hope people will hear this music as part of the soundtrack to their lives,"
Laurie leaves off. "I hope it makes them feel joy, relaxation, or makes them
want to dance a little. I hope they're satisfied with the way we captured these
want them to feel the love that emanates from the songs: the love of the sounds
we made and the love of the people we are honoring through them," concludes
La Fonda is a lyrically-driven indie dream pop band,
defined by sister singer-songwriters Veronica and Valerie Topacio, exploring
love, longing and loss with harmonically rich vocals, reverberating, 60s
surf-esque guitars, driving bass lines and synths.
The group started in the summer of 2015 when Veronica and Valerie began writing
songs and busking at Pike Place Market. The sisters grew up in a musical family
where singing in the living room with guitars was a regular affair. Magic
blossomed when they reconnected with guitarist Jesse Cole, friend from the
past, whose blue-wave guitar style mixes perfectly with their harmonies. The
Sisters and Cole then met their musical soulmate, bassist Bryan Dever. Weeks
later, Bryan’s childhood friend Patrick Hodge joined the ensemble on
keys/synth. Completing their lineup most recently after playing with a string
of several professional and studio drummers over the years since their
founding, the family that is La Fonda has found their match with the brilliant
addition of Jacob Whinihan (Special Explosions) on drums, having officially
joined the band in spring 2019 before they all headed out on a three-week tour
down the west coast to sxsw. Cemented in musical comradery, La Fonda
looks to their art as a compass to help each other navigate through the
compounding pressures and disarray of adulthood while attempting to adapt and
find their way in an ever-consuming digitized and radically polarized society.
Making wake in the music scenes and having completed two west coast tours with
pit stops in Austin at SxSw, the band continues to build their presence in
Seattle playing to sold out crowds, including at The Crocodile and Neumos,
opening for national touring acts such as Snail Mail and appearing in 2018
festivals like Capitol Hill Block Party.
Nearing the end of production on their anticipated elementary album, La Fonda
connects with their fans through discussing life living paycheck-to-paycheck,
learning from break-ups, the lingering effects of infidelity, stripped
confidence, and adolescent traumas. The family that makes up La Fonda hopes the
vulnerability exposed in their music steers people closer to their core,
reminding those who can hear them to show up fearlessly in love and life,
broadcasting their most authentic, confident and beautifully vulnerable selves.
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