Garden House Country Blues Series
Garden House is a beautiful older house with classic wood floors and a large living room space featuring a nice upright piano and wonderful acoustics. It is surrounded by a big lawn and large trees on one side and a graceful set of stairs flowing from the house and opening up to more lawn and a beautiful garden surrounding the other side. It is accessible and has lots of parking behind from the alley and in front on 15th Avenue, and is an excellent spot for an apartment dweller in Seattle to enjoy a connection with nature and a live music show. Garden House is owned by the Washington State Federated Garden Club, part of the world's largest volunteer organization, and you can see part of their story in the black and white framed photos of the women who own the house lining the entry hall wall, with a great story behind it. ROCKiT Community Arts has offices upstairs and brings the Beacon Hill community together on a regular basis for folk music nights and more. Capacity is appx. 80 seats and all ages are welcome.
GARDEN HOUSE COUNTRY BLUES SERIES - CONCERT #1
Friday, Sept. 21 Alice Stuart with special guest Eric Freeman
Alice Stuart is an icon in folk music and according to Taj Mahal, 'she paved the road that Bonnie Raitt traveled." Alice was one of the very first women to play electric guitar and front her own all-male band in the early 70s. She was also trail blazing with Frank Zappa just before he named his back up group the Mothers of Invention. Alice impresses the country blues crowd with her finger picking guitar style and her genuine voice touches hearts regularly. She started writing songs at the piano when she was 14, and started playing guitar and singing folk music in Seattle in 1962, after graduating from Chelan High School. She performed alongside Joan Baez, Doc Watson and Mississippi John Hurt, with whom she formed a close friendship, performing with him at the Ash Grove in Los Angeles and the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley. Shortly after the festival, Alice was signed to Arhoolie Records and made her first album, "All the Good Times". In 1969, Alice started writing her own songs again and made her first recording for Fantasy Records titled "Fulltime Woman". Alice spent the mid-70s, one of the most creative musical periods of the century, making music with some of the greatest artists of that time such as Jerry Garcia, Commander Cody, Michael Bloomfield, John Prine, Albert King, Asleep at the Wheel, John Hammond, Richard Greene, Elvin Bishop, Dave Mason, Sonny Terry, Tower of Power, and Mark Naftalin plus blues greats Lightnin' Hopkins, Jesse Fuller, and Albert King. Her LPs on Arhoolie (1964) and Fantasy Records (1970 and 1972) are landmark recordings. She won rave reviews from Billboard, Guitar Player, and Rolling Stone magazines. Her original songs have appeared on many albums recorded by other artists and in 2003, her song I Ruined Your Life, was on the soundtrack for the movie "The Station Agent", released by Miramax. Her CD, "Can't Find No Heaven," was nominated for both a Grammy and a Handy Award. The Washington Blues Society gave her an award for Best NW CD in 2003. In 2004 and 2005, they awarded her Best Songwriter and inducted her into the Hall of Fame. The Seattle Weekly Music Awards awarded her and her band, The Formerlys, Best Seattle Blues Band for 2004 and in 2005 Alice was given the award for Seattle's Best Guitarist. In 2006, they again won the award for Best Blues Band and Alice was again nominated for Best Guitarist.
Eric Freeman is a recent transplant from Virginia to West Seattle and plays country blues guitar he learned directly from such late great country blues masters as John Cephas (Cephas & Wiggins) and John Jackson, also both hailing from Virginia. Often compared to Taj Mahal, Freeman loves to share his knowledge of the blues and is an instructor at the Port Townsend Country Blues Festival in Port Townsend. www.alicestuart.com www.reverbnation.com/ericfreemanandwestsidemojo
GARDEN HOUSE COUNTRY BLUES SERIES - CONCERT #2
Friday, Oct. 19 Lloyd Jones & Paul Green
GARDEN HOUSE COUNTRY BLUES SERIES - CONCERT #3
Friday, Nov. 16 Bonnie McCoy (Memphis Minnie's niece) with special guest Mary Flower
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2336 - 15th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144