Blackie

When seasoned Seattle guitarist Gary Westlake asked super-vixen vocalist Dejha Colantuono (the pipes behind Ragazza and Rotten Apples) to join his Blondie tribute band, she agreed, with the caveat that the band be called "Blackie." As a petulant young punk-in-training, Colantuono stole a copy of Blondie’s 1978 masterpiece Parallel Lines when she was 9 years old, subsequently learning all the songs—and Harry’s moves—backwards and forwards. “Deborah Harry has always been an inspiration to me,” says the former Seattlite. “She was sexy as fuck without being overt, and the band covered the gamut of styles and genres fearlessly.” Colantuono now lives in New York City, while Westlake and the other band members (including the Shins’ Dave Hernandez) are bound to other bands here in Seattle, so it’s a rare treat to have them all on the stage together, one way or another. With The Pytons, DJ Cherry Canoe. HANNAH LEVIN

Thu., Oct. 13, 9 p.m., 2011

 
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