Ken Stringfellow, The Maldives, Sarah Goodin
$7 advance, doors at 8, music at 9
In the last 25 or so year, Ken Stringfellow has played in The Posies, R.E.M., the re-formed Big Star, Lagwagon, The Minus 5, and Sky Cries Mary (among others) - also, his most recent album is titled "Danzig in the Moonlight", which is AWESOME (the title, I mean, but the album is also excellent). And you get to see him onstage in our beloved Shakedown, for only 7 bucks. Uhhhhh yeah, Bellingham. You're welcome.
In the great Northwest, The Maldives are more than a band, they are an institution. With a history that goes back more than half a decade (their friendships considerably longer), they've played every kind of gig imaginable- from backwoods festivals on the back of a flatbed truck to the inauguration of Seattle's musically minded mayor.
Their debut full-length, 2009's Listen to the Thunder (Mt. Fuji, produced by Grammy Award-winner Kory Kruckenberg), was the culmination of years of live playing, not a studio piece, but a faithful document of who the Maldives had become as a live band. Their latest release Muscle for the Wing (Spark & Shine) is the opportunity to bring the band's assembled creativity together in a different way and explore their combined vision. And this time they brought in producer Shawn Simmons (The Head and the Heart, Grand Hallway) to capture it all. It builds on a heritage of cinematic American rock & roll that's at turns chivalrous and fist-pumping, steeped in tradition but unbound by expectations.
The Shakedown (View)
1212 State Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
|Minimum Age: 21|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|