Saturday, 28 January 2023

The Whole Bolivian Army + Wild Powwers + Salt Lick at Spanish Ballroom

6pm doors, 7pm show

$10 advance, $15 day of show

All ages welcome

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About The Whole Bolivian Army

The Whole Bolivian Army

Let's start with the short version: Boy meets girl. Girl says she can sing. Boy invites girl to mom's basement for quick tryout with newly forming band. Girl opens mouth to sing. Boy falls in love. The Whole Bolivian Army is born! (Cue soundtrack...)  

The girl eventually married the boy, and today Mary Beth Kite (vocals) and Matt Kite (guitar) are the only remaining members of the original lineup. Gibson Kite, their son, became TWBA's full-time drummer in 2018.

Based out of Tacoma, WA, TWBA has been playing to Northwest audiences since 1993 and has survived grunge, Y2K, and the departure of the Seattle Super Sonics, among other adventures. The band has shared stages large (Seattle's mural amphitheater) and small (the fabled Crocodile Café) with Seattle luminaries ranging from Harvey Danger to Goodness.  

TWBA's music has its roots planted firmly in the "modern rock" and "alternative" sound that aired on college radio in the '80s and '90s with the likes of The Sundays and Throwing Muses. Comparisons run the gamut, but you'll be hard-pressed to find a band that sounds like The Whole Bolivian Army-according to its fans, the Northwest's best-kept secret. 

TWBA runs its own label, Gargantuan Records, and has played an active role in the Northwest music community for the last several years. Along with spawning Wilmafest (a foofy-free, estrogen-fortified version of Lilith Fair) and Gargantuan Productions (a short-lived musicians' co-op), the band has donated performances and/or recordings to Amnesty International, Students Against Violence Everywhere, the Bread Alone Project, Home Alive, Northwest Harvest, the Saint Hussy Scholarship Fund, Seattle Peace Concerts, and the Washington State Arthritis Foundation.

About Wild Powwers

Wild Powwers

Wild Powwers are a dynamic trio who come from the dark, dank corners of a basement in Seattle, WA. Throughout their several years relentlessly writing and touring as a band, they have grown their sound using the vastly different influences in their lives. The result being "the sort of carefree grunge riff-rock that gets better the dirtier it gets. Each layer of meticulously gnarly distortion, each off-kilter lyric, drenched in garage-echo reverb, is pure Pacific Northwest filth"- KEXP.

About Salt Lick

Salt Lick

Salt Lick is a Seattle/Tacoma-based heavy indie rock band made up of buddies Teddy Kieser, Malia Seavey, Ian McQuillan, Kevin Middleton, and Dylan Hanwright. Fuzzed out guitar riffs take on winding melodic progressions while the lyrical content swings from moments of deep emotion and humanity to questions of an existential nature delivered with a unique sense of yearning. The contradictions found in Salt Lick’s music mirror those found within the struggle to shape an identity and identity out of what we have. While some moments may feel messy and tempestuous, there is always a tender note of vulnerability to be found among the noise. For fans of Blonde Redhead, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Hop Along.

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