While this is fresh in my mind, I wanted to share my fun, late evening with you.
I ‘scheduled’ myself to go see/hear the band Good Co Electro Swing for my company holiday party.
They have a great following and some wonderful video’s on YouTube, but as an event planner, I also want to see how they are live. Carey invited me to see them at their “Electro Swing Battle-Royale” event.
Michael was unable to go with me and my sister (Mo) also had to bow out (soon-to-be-ex) failed to come pick up their kids… anyways! Oh and Kate, my co-coordinator somehow also didn’t show up?? Well, I will admit that it felt a little odd to be going out by myself (once again – like I did back in my single days) but once I was there I enjoyed it. It was like I’ve done before, I got to just people watch/hear and be happy.
Luckily, following some high winds/rain that we had during the day, we were given a reprieve as several of us stood outside waiting of the venue, Re-Bar to let us in for this show – battle of the swing bands. But I now wish I had gone earlier for the previous show as well because it was a burlesque show and they definitely had some fun ‘characters’.
The night had this great amber/pink haze over the city and it magnified all of the building lights/colors. I realized that this IS what I missed most about living IN Seattle.
Older photo (skyline) but still love this – and the sky at night!
Parked my car and as I walked across the street, laughed when I saw this poster (my next night out – aka, Mo looks like we’ll be going to another “strip club” – lol event) (that’s a bad joke against her soon-to-be-ex mom in law). Burlesque you stupid prude (besides your son loved going with us…hmmm, Blue Martini, Julia’s…), why don’t you look at THOSE photos on my Facebook account! Sorry, just a bit of a rant. But here’s the poster – can you see why “I” will be attending???
I’ve been to Re-Bar before but this evening introduced me to Roma (the lesbian bouncer) who I chatted with, as she had a smoke break (and the previous event participants passed through the door). She shared a bit about herself, as I watched with amusement the burlesque ‘carni-characters’ stroll past; that by day she is a re-hab worker for one of the local Youth Group Rescue centers and actually was a former high school English teacher. Dressed in her vest, tie and sporting the half shaved hair, she made me laugh and also told me a fun story. When I say ‘carni-characters’ what I’m referring to is the people of the city, the fun people, what some would consider carnival people; colorful characters whom I seem to have a likeness for. These are people who have stories to tell and who enjoy entertainment. NOT what I would see some of my colleagues, family & friends enjoying – but none-the-less I do love seeing.
Finally entered at just about 10:45pm and found a spot at the tiny bar, at the end near the (then curtained off other room). Two young men were sitting at the end, one dressed in a vest, tie and white shirt with another tie as a bandana around his head. As I watched people come in and could hear the band setting up and practicing, one of the young men chatted with another very clean cut young man also in similar attire. I then asked if they were with one of the bands, and luck enough yes, this was Good Co Music’s piano and saxophone players. Cute young men!
I will give Good Co props/compliments for setting up on the smaller, half round stage because there wasn’t a lot of room for them to move around, BUT let me say they most definitely worked the stage like it was large! WOW – what a great sound, loved the routine and they most certainly have a great presence. I got a quick chance to meet Carey Rayburn and also had a chance to chat with him following their first set. He also gave me three CD’s (which I will admit I truly enjoyed on the way home) and I loved his personality. Very professional and I look forward to having him play for my company.
Stayed around to watch the ‘intermission’ burlesque – Sinner Saint Burlesque troupe (great ladies whom I’ve seen as well).
And then I watched the second band, High Step Society (from Eugene, Oregon) and liked hearing them as well. I loved seeing these bands ‘dressed up’ too and how both bands had everyone smiling. Too band there wasn’t as much room to see swing dancers though – but there were a few people dressed in Swing Style – vests, great hats, some fur wraps and even some beaded dresses.
Since I got to see Good Co Music and had a great time, I left a little early (before the last sets) around 12:45 but was glad I came out. As I was looking for photos to add to this post, I came upon Re-Bar’s own photo of one of my favorite actors (Robin Williams) who apparently also came to Seattle and enjoyed an evening here. I can totally see him liking this too! I took a scenic route home, driving through some of the quiet city streets and once in awhile finding some crowds near some small venues and it also made me smile! Ah Seattle City Nightlife… and I continued to listen to the Good Co Music CD’s and look forward to introducing them to my company’s event! Now to see if I can get some of my colleagues to ‘get off their butts and dance!’ (Ok, that would be a miracle)… lol.