Every year, the Seattle Art Museum hosts three parties, dubbed SAM Remix. The parties generally include food, drinks, a variety of performing artists, arts & crafts, and more. In addition to featuring multiple DJs, including OCNotes and DJ Josai, SAM partnered with Seattle Secret Shows to include performances by two surprise local music groups.
The first to hit the stage was the indie pop duo known as SISTERS. This was the first time the group partnered with Secret Shows, and they did a great job kicking off the evening. There might only be two members in this group, but that doesn’t diminish their sound. These two take on multiple roles – offering up a full sound which could easily rival that of a four piece outfit. Their sound is playful, full of energy and incredibly catchy. As they perform on stage it’s obvious they are having a great time. They’re laughing, smiling and engaging with the crowd to encourage them to get in on the fun. The audience ate it up, and it seemed like their set ended far too early.
In between the two Secret Show acts, the local performing artist Queen Shmooquan filled the time with an outlandish performance which included wigs, a giant vagina and dinner rolls. She is a unique performer who was able to make audience members laugh hysterically and cringe at the same time. Most of her set is silent, even though she had a brief spoken word segment which made everyone laugh out loud. After what seemed like a short time, her set was over and she silently dipped out.
The next, and final Secret Show performing act was the vocal DJ trio The Flavr Blue. On this particular night they were down one member, but that didn’t stop them from getting their dance on. The frontwoman, named Hollis, took center stage and sang her heart out as the DJ blasted some bass-laden jams. Hollis has a sweet, powerful voice that blends beautifully with the electronic beats. She danced on the stage like no one was watching and on a few occasions excitedly encouraged audience members to get their dance on too. A few times during their set, they recruited the assistance of dj100proof – another local DJ. By the end of their set some brave souls made their way to the floor in front of the stage and started dancing. This was the band’s first time teaming up with Secret Shows, but it wasn’t their first time performing at a SAM Remix. After their energetic set, it will likely not be their last time.
There are a couple Seattle Secret Shows happening this week with just a few tickets remaining – Thursday (American Music Session with The Moondoggies) and Friday (David Bazan). For more info, visit their website. Signing up for their mailing list will give fans the opportunity to be the first to learn about future Secret Shows. To sign up, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.