Starting next Wednesday, The Triple Door is opening their doors and seats for a monthly showcase highlighting up-and-coming singer-songwriters. The stage, arguably the swankiest show setting in Seattle that doesn’t find you at the Symphony or Opera, is usually reserved for only the most established local acts, but partnering with local singer-songwriter J. Wong the Triple Door will be giving promising Pacific Northwest bands the same treatment.
For their inaugural showcase locals Cloud War (formerly known as Brother Bear), Apartment Lights (Grace Sullivan formerly of Goldfinch), Cathedral Pearls (from Spokane) and the evening’s organizer, J. Wong will be performing sets July 25th. The second showcase, scheduled for August 26th, will feature performances by Shannon Stephens, Tomo Nakayama (of Grand Hallway), & Yet and again, the evening’s organizer J. Wong. The four band bills are just $8.
Both bills highlight some of the most promising and praised songwriters in Seattle, the second bill especially, features established names Stephens and Nakayama, while the first showcase is highlighting some bands and voices you might be familiar with in new arrangements. Cloud War was previously known as Brother Bear and their fastidious costumes and narrated concerts. They’ve recently changed their name to reflect their roots and aspirations, to be psychedelic story-tellers on par with songwriter Barry Uhl’s encyclopedic knowledge of any song that evokes paisleys or fractals. Grace Sullivan, formerly singing sweetly in Tacoma’s Goldfinch, has stepped out on her own and is calling her new project Apartment Lights. The project presents unvarnished sad songs on piano, Sullivan’s angelic voice still tearing your heart out in a minor key. Cathedral Pearls was recently named by Paste as one of “12 Washington Bands you Need to Listen to Now,” making them the only band from the East side of the mountains to make the list. Front woman Karli Ingersoll, sounds like First Aid Kit being backed by a taut indie rock band — whether you’re a fan of Land of Pines or Kaylee Cole, there’s something in this project for you to be drawn to.
We’re giving a way a pair of tickets to the first Song Writer Showcase for Wednesday July 25th and we hope you’ll discover a new favorite there. To enter, just leave a comment sharing your favorite singer song-writer on this post with your real email address. We’ll notify the lucky winner Tuesday morning!
And here’s a chance to listen to Apartment Lights and Cathedral Pearls: