The music, like the poster, will be ragged, retro, and fun as fuck.
Heard of a hard-rockin' local band called Los Testosterones? If you haven't, you've only got one more chance to see/hear them, and it's this Saturday night at Darrell's Tavern, a wholly enjoyable hovel of a bar in Shoreline next to Highland Ice Arena that features surprisingly kind acoustics, but which only recently started programming live music. It's the band's farewell show--in spite of the fact that their last public gig was seven years ago. So, really, it's a hybrid farewell-reunion. Just try and get your head around that, lady. Cost is $5, there are three bands, and the first will take the stage around 8.
Also, local collegiate grads of the 1990s might recall a wildly popular jam band named Calobo, as well as a rootsier, more John Doe-ish outfit called Kerosene Dream. Both acts emanated from Portland, and tonight (Friday) marks a cross-pollination of sorts, as Kerosene Dream guitarist Al Toribio will join the David Andrews Band for a Seattle gig. Andrews was essentially the ringleader of (or at least the tallest person in) Calobo, a multi-vocalist, frat-friendly band that included current Decemberists keyboardist Jenny Conlee (probably not an association Colin Meloy's collection of pompous Anglophiles touts on its resume).
There's nothing strange about a little '90s hippie rock nostalgia. What's weird is the venue Andrews and his band are playing.
That'd be the Scarlet Tree, the revived breakfast nook/bar best known for its scones and geographically peculiar middle-aged black following. Typically, the Tree's music--often retro-ish R&B--is programmed to cater to its standard flock. But Andrews band sounds like John Cougar Mellencamp after a cap and stem; hence, this is the very epitome of counterprogramming. It'll be interesting to see if the natives abide, if they even show. As with Darrell's, the cost if $6, and the action gets underway at 10.