John Spalding with Andrea Zollo
It's at Gainsbourg (which is in Greenwood), starts at 8 p.m. and is free, though 10% of food/drink sales will be donated to the John Spalding Memorial Fund in memory of John, who made music under the name Love Land. For most of us, tonight will be the first time it'll be possible to hear the album in its entirety. And now, a few words from Gainsbourg proprietor, KEXP DJ and Rocket Queen columnist Hannah Levin on why she's hosting the event and what John meant to her: DJs spinning tonight include Minus the Bear's Erin Tate, Helms Alee's Ben Verellen and Born Anchors' Jason Parker.
"The primary and practical reason is simply to raise a little more cash to put towards the memorial fund and give folks an opportunity to finally buy the CD. The personal reason is that meeting John Spalding and forging the brief friendship I shared with him was one of the more moving experiences I've had as a journalist and a DJ."
"Sadly, John's estimate of his remaining time was quite accurate, and the last time I saw him was when I had him into the station one night to talk about the making of the record. He was brave as hell, smart as a whip and one of the most astonishingly peaceful and compassionate people I've ever met. It breaks my heart that our friendship was so brief, but I'm damn grateful to have had the chance to know him."