There's a new all-ages sheriff in town, and his name is j. wong, a local singer-songwriter who wants to bring a new audience and rising Pacific Northwest bands together at the Triple Door. His inaugural showcase happens tonight, and features a heavy-hitting lineup of some of the area's most talented and criminally underrated artists.
"I spend a lot of time around music and I enjoy it," says wong. "There's a lot of really great bands that don't get the opportunity to play in the right venues. I see a lot of people that struggle and grind it out and they deserve a chance to be elevated and be heard, especially if they're doing something great. And that is why we're doing these shows."
In addition to his own brand of indie-folk that's been compared to Sufjan Stevens and David Bazan, tonight's bill features the lush, haunting piano work of Apartment Lights, the '60s psych-pop of Cloud War (formerly Brother Bear), and the Northwest indie rock of Cathedral Pearls, who were recently pegged as one of Paste Magazine's "12 Washington Bands You Need to Hear Now."
If wong's grooming talent in consideration for Paste's next list, he's got more than a few contenders, including the acts on his 8/28 follow-up showcase that features Shannon Stephens, Tomo Nakayama, & Yet. Whether you're underage, overage, or well-seasoned, Reverb highly recommends getting acquainted with these awesome, hand-picked bands. (Oh yeah, that poster art's pretty rad, too).
The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets and info for both shows can be found right here.