Marymoor Park in Redmond may be my new favorite spot to catch a concert. With first-class sound and a a lush green ampitheater, this summertime venue boasts a festive environment and some of the area’s top concerts – like last Tuesday’s show featuring The Fray, Barcelona, and Oh Honey.
First up was Oh Honey, a band that entered the national spotlight when their song “Be Okay” was featured on Fox’s Glee. This band’s optimistic attitude is reflected in their tunes, and they are as fun to listen to as they are to watch. Though they may be a little too “poppy” for my taste, their energy was magnetic and I wouldn’t mind catching them next time they swing through town.
Seattle’s own Barcelona took the stage next. This band’s star continues to rise as they join the Fray on their summer tour. Their music is full of synth sounds and rhythms, blending with seamless, chill-inducing vocal harmonies.. Lead singer Brian Fennell‘s voice is soothing and resonating. I could listen to it for hours – and I have . . .
Performing songs spanning the length of their ten-year career, headliners The Fray put on a high-energy show that evoked joy and tears, sometimes simultaneously. Lead singer Isaac Slade was a hoot to watch as he bounded across the stage, strumming guitar on one song before bounding over to the piano to play one of their oh-so-recognizable piano riffs. One such riff from “You Found Me” had the audience screaming in recognition after the first two notes.
About halfway through their set, about 10 beach balls were released into the audience in one of the most successful attempts to get people off their phones I’ve ever seen. It worked for about five seconds, which is probably a record. Despite giant beach balls being hurled at them by people with bad aim (or, good aim?), the band played an incredible show. They ended with an encore which included another one of their earlier hits (and tear-jerker) “Never Say Never.” It was an incredible evening of music that was magnified by the scenic venue of Marymoor Park.
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1 month away! Don’t miss out on the best weekend of the summer :)Timber! Outdoor Music Festival Returns July 11-13 and is the best weekend getaway of the summer. See Thee Oh Sees, Mark Lanegan with the Passenger String Quartet, Seattle's Tribute to the Last Waltz and more while paddling in a river, stargazing with astrophysicists and so much more. summer.timbermusicfest.com ... See MoreSee Less
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We broke the story that Davin Michael Stedman is working on an album distributed by Tuff Gong International. Now have a listen to Davin & The Trail Blazer Band in Port Antonio, Jamaica as they rehearse for the big show.
West Indian Rock combines big names from Jamaican music scene like Sly & Robbie, with the unsung of Northwest scene such as Jeremy from Steel Beans and Alex George, on a release that will be delivered around the globe by Bob Marley's famous label.
☆ Keep supporting local musicians around the world, and look out for the West Indian Rock TV episode on Band in Seattle. ... See MoreSee Less