Grand Hallway frontman Tomo Nakayamas warm, whimsical ditties about honeybees Blessed Be, Honeybee, walking in the rain Raindrops (Matsuri) and girls with golden hair Elinor With The Golden Hair (Tsukimi) would be lovely even if he performed them all on his own, but its the symphonic accompaniment that keep his light, airy songs from hitching a ride on his feathery tenor and floating away altogether. Shenandoah Davis bright, operatic warble is a perfect complement to Nakayamas reedy, tremulous tenor, but its the instrumentals provided by Davis, Nakayama and six other well-seasoned musicians who employ (at different intervals) two violins, accordion, pedal steel, multiple guitars, keyboard, bass and percussionthat lend the songs on Promenade, the bands second full-length, much of their dramatic weight. Best of all, Seattle Rock Orchestra will accompany the band at this show, which is sure to amplify Grand Hallways sonic impact a hundredfold. With the Maldives. All ages.
Thu., Sept. 17, 8 p.m., 2009