By Polly Keary, Editor
While classic rock bands are ubiquitous in nightclubs throughout the area, Eddie’s Trackside in Monroe continuously features acts that are a little more original, sophisticated and urban.
In the next month, find several interesting acts that will not only have you dancing, but make you want to buy the CDs, as well; all while enjoying cocktails and beverages and the homemade pub fare on the menu.
Letters From Traffic, a seven-piece band from Seattle with a sound reminiscent of the Kings of Leon crossed with Van Morrison and Dave Matthews, comes to Eddie’s to play all-original music that has graced such Seattle stages as the legendary Showbox, the Crocodile Cafe and the King Cat Theater.
They have also appeared at some of the region’s largest festivals, including Hempfest and Bite of Seattle.
They have recorded two albums, and mostly perform originals, but will throw in a favorite cover tune now and again for fun, they say.
Letters From Traffic will appear at Eddie’s Jan. 26 at 8 p.m.
The Wired Band might be the best blues band in the world. At least, last year they won first place at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn., beating out more than 100 bands from all over the globe. The stripped-down, rock-a-billy, blues and soul trio features Kevin Sutton on guitar and vocals. Sutton is an extremely entertaining front man, who likes to hop on furniture and walk down the bar while playing, and who may even sit in an audience member’s lap to sing a song. The band has two albums out, and has won multiple awards from the Washington Blues Society.
See the Wired Band Friday, Feb. 8 at 9 p.m.
Ravinwolf will appear the following night, bringing a mountain jug-band sound to the club. Ravinwolf, an acoustic/electric band, tours constantly, appearing at more than 160 shows per year all over the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Their sound, honed over a decade, includes complex male-female harmonies, fusion guitar, and roots blues and folk the band calls “unbridled acoustic mountain blues.”
You might hear anything from old Robert Johnson and Skip James blues to their own original music-the band has three albums out-or a little psychedelic 60s sound mixed in with a bit of funk.
Ravinwolf appears Saturday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m.