City Arts was the first festival I’d ever attended with multiple locations and it wasn’t easy for me to organize. I wanted to see so many bands, but could only pick a few! Decisions…decisions.
The first obvious choice was Reignwolf at the Laser Dome. I had been talking this up for weeks and the night had finally come. It was strange being at the Seattle Center so late at night, the only people wandering the sidewalks were excited fans and cleaning crews. I was almost as fascinated by the nostalgia of the Laser Dome and its unchanged decor as I was the show itself. I don’t think a thing has changed since I last visited in the eighties.
Once everyone was inside, the lights went completely out, pitch black. People were scurrying around to find a good spot, bumping into one another, and feeling around for guidance. The stage was set low enough so the lasers could design the dome without interference, which seemed fine for Mr. Cook since he seems to literally enjoy being in the crowd. There definitely seemed to be two different kinds of show-goers there, the laser gazers and the Reignwolf die hards. I would have to say I was a little of both.
Another great show was Case Studies, aka Jesse Lortz of The Dutchess and The Duke. This show was at the Rendezvous, a very intimate venue with theater style seating. However, many people chose to sit (or didn’t chose, due to lack of other options) on the floor near the stage. This seemed fitting considering Jesse’s choice of props. No lights whatsoever, except a small lantern that was set on a chair next to his whiskey.
I felt like a school girl. Aside from the whiskey, it was like a classroom setting. He told stories with his guitar, asked questions, and engaged the audience. His songs were heartfelt and moving. After the show I felt compelled to know more about this character. I had never heard his music before, but his stage presence left me wanting more. Not necessarily more music like most shows, but information. Where IS this guy from? What is his past? It was different than a lot of shows I’d been to, and I liked it!
One more notable performance, was The Crypts. It wasn’t surprising that most of the shows had an artsy aspect. This one was no exception to the creative rule. The Triple Door has such an extravagant stage, fit for a king. The Crypts are somewhat new to the Seattle music scene, so royalty isn’t quite how I would describe them, but they are a name to be reckoned with. Their evil, awesome sound and demeanor is perfectly contradictory to the elegant stage the Triple Door offers.-
The lead singer is also extravagant. He is wildly amusing and unabashedly charismatic. He dips, draws in, strips down, and gets into it! I could not stay in my seat! One unique thing about the Triple Door is the seating. Every spot is perfectly situated so that you can see the stage in its entirety. But I just couldn’t help myself, I have to be up close in hopes of getting more personal :)