Redhook Sausage Fest 2013

Beat Connection

In the first flush of freedom, new eras, and new lives, Jordan Koplowitz and Reed Juenger met in 2008 as freshmen at the University of Washington. Their fate was sealed one night not long after they met, over a game of beer pong that turned into a discussion of mutual musical appreciation. In his younger years, Koplowitz had picked up the guitar so that he could play along with his favorite Metallica songs. Juenger had gone down a similar route with Nirvana, but found his friends cover bands to be boring and focused on bygone eras so he started learning how to create electronic music. In their new hometown of Seattle, Juenger and Koplowitz began crafting dorm-room beats on Garageband and venturing into DJing gigs, eventually working their way towards the sounds that would be become their first record, Surf Noir EP.
The songs on Surf Noir are at once dreamy and danceable, sophisticated and free, meant to evoke both golden sunsets and glittering city lights. Of the EP, Juenger has said, "This is an absolute indulgence, because the world is an incoherent jumble of perception. So in that spirit of cutting loose, let's have a good time and not worry too much: Saturday night always becomes Sunday morning." Two of the songs, the romantic pop tracks "In The Water" and "Silver Screen," featured the duo's roommate Tom Eddy on vocals; Eddy, a folk-rock singer-songwriter, nailed "Silver Screen" in one take. The rest of these songs are instrumental; cool, sweeping waves of synths, electric guitar, drum machines, and samplers. Beat Connection self-released Surf Noir in the summer of 2010; London's Tender Age records, an imprint of the venerable Moshi Moshi would pick it up for an updated release in April of the next year.

In May of 2011, Beat Connection had toured the UK and Paris with such electronic luminaries as Holy Ghost!, Toro Y Moi, and Niki and the Dove. By June, in anticipation of their appearance at Seattle's Capitol Hill Block Party, they had added a live drummer, Jarred Katz, another musical roommate and a modern jazz aficionado. In September they embarked on their first US tour, opening for Starfucker. They made fans of the Seattle Times, Pitchfork, KEXP, and the Seattle Weekly, who named them the Best New Band of 2011. They closed out the year in Spain, opening for Real Estate.

2012 is poised to become an even bigger year for Beat Connection, who've again expanded, this time adding as their fulltime vocalist and guitarist Tom Eddy, the only man they considered for the job. This summer, the new four-piece will release their first full-length, The Palace Garden, a record that fines the band meditating on the idea of unattainable beauty, an idea that encases magical evenings, flooding happiness, heavy regrets, and sky-clearing epiphanies. They've left all genre constraints behind and now, as four, their music can only broaden, rise, and take them on to new adventures and new audiences.

My Goodness is a Seattle-based blues/garage rock band that consists of Joel Schneider (guitar and vocals) and Andy Lum (drums). The band has existed since 2011, playing predominately in the Pacific Northwest and releasing one self-titled album that same year. My Goodness was on hold for the majority of 2012, but with the recent addition of Andy Lum on drums, it has found a renewed purpose and is ready to move forward with a heavier, more aggressive sound. Somehow straddling the line between raw and refined, MG doesn't sacrifice technical precision in the name of punk rock: they strive to marry both.

While teaching at the progressive International School in the Seattle suburb of Bellevue, choral-music instructor Michael King had a very promising, if somewhat introverted, vocal student named Joel Schneider. "He was quiet and very unassuming," recalls King via phone from his office at Interlake High School, where he now teaches. "He didn't draw much attention to himself, and was almost a bit shy. However, he never had a fear of performing."

As a young teen, Schneider took in the sounds of Nirvana, Beck, Butthole Surfers and other alt-rock staples that local station KNDD kept in heavy rotation. But back in school, he continued to impress King with his work in choir.

"He had perfect intonation," says King. "He never sang wrong notes and he had great control over his voice." During his senior year, Schneider entered the soloist competition at the prestigious Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, taking first prize amongst tenors, and performing before 5,000 rapt audience members.

As an older teen his interest in punk and the local Seattle hardcore scene began to blossom. He began falling in love with the more caustic, progressive sounds of bands like Rites of Spring and The Blood Brothers. The latter was also a major influence on a fellow Bellevue teen and budding drummer, Andy Lum, who regularly attended all-ages gigs in Bellevue, drawing inspiration from bands big on that circuit, including Waxwing and These Arms Are Snakes.

Schneider first encountered Lum while they were playing in rival bands during a high school battle of the bands. "He was far and away the most talented drummer there," says Schneider. "I remember the janitor of the school coming up to him after the show and gushing over how amazing his drumming was."

The next time Schneider saw Lum was in 2011, when he was playing drums with Seattle-based primal art punks Wild Orchid children. "He stole the show for me," continues Schneider. "I knew if I had a chance to ask a drummer to play with me it would be him. He has the rare ability to be extremely technical but still flow and groove without sounding rigid or mechanical."

In early 2012, he got that chance when the two connected at SXSW in Austin, TX. Later that year Schneider was in search of a new drummer for My Goodness, and the possibility of collaborating musically with Lum was finally realized. The pair recently recorded at Seattle's London Bridge studios with esteemed Seattle producer Rick Parashar (Pearl Jam, Temple Of The Dog, Blind Melon). The 7-inch for "Cold Feet Killer" b/w "I've Got a Notion" is set for release in February, when My Goodness will also be returning to the studio to record a new full-length album with Parashar.

Fly Moon Royalty

The combination that makes up Electro-Soul duo Fly Moon Royalty is Vocalist/ Fast Talker Adra Boo and DJ/Producer/Emcee Action Jackson. Adra, a Seattle native and sophisticated songstress, whose inspiration is drawn from everyday life, has been blazing trails in the theater and burlesque community, and is building her name as a one of a kind host for special events. Jackson, who re-located to Seattle from Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2009, is the musician's musician in every sense of the phrase. He credits great artists such as Danny Elfman, DJ Premier and Stevie Wonder as some of his biggest influences and inspirations; he also continues to make his mark on the radar as a DJ in the Seattle area.

The duo formed in the winter of 2010 under the name Sugar Water Purple, but soon disbanded the moniker after discovering another group with the same name already existed, thus birthing Fly Moon Royalty. Their style remains soulful, but at the same time experiments with electronic textures, which makes up the backbone of their sound. Your ear is immediately keen to their influences drawn from the golden era of Hip Hop as well as a deep feel of 60's influenced jazz and soul sounds, all of these are key elements that create the rebel dance music that is Fly Moon Royalty. Their sound touches upon familiarity, but it's not approached in any traditional manner. Fly Moon Royalty has been compared to the Gossip, Janalle Monae and Gnarls Barkly.

After recording their self- titled debut project and releasing it independently in early 2011, Fly Moon Royalty caught the ear of DeVon Manier, President of Seattle based indie Hip Hop label Sportn' Life Records. The two entities partnered and re-released the album as a joint effort.

Fly Moon Royalty is just getting started and if the response so far is any indication to the future, the group has a bright one.

The Pynnacles

$10.00 - $15.00

Tickets

Festival of beer, meat, and music
What: Redhook Brewery’s SausageFest
When: Saturday, September 14; Doors at 3 p.m.
Where: Redhook Brewery; 14300 NE 145th St, Woodinville, WA
Who: 21+; Tickets $10 in advance or $15 at the door day of event
Food: The festival’s meat-centric menu items have been carefully selected to pair with Redhook classics like ESB and Long Hammer IPA as well as new releases including Joint Effort, the hemp beer collaboration with Seattle’s Hilliards Beer. We will also have 3 special food trucks serving up additional meat inspired dishes. And remember - Be a responsible meat eater. Please use a condiment.
No outside food or beverage
Blankets and low back chairs only

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Redhook Sausage Fest 2013 with Beat Connection, My Goodness, Grizzled Mighty, Big Eyes, Fly Moon Royalty, The Pynnacles

Saturday, September 14 · Doors 3:00 PM / Show 4:00 PM at Redhook Brewery