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Fri, June 14 | Jo Miller & Her Burly Roughnecks

Jo Miller & Her Burly Roughnecks ride again! Eagles Mother Aerie (8201 Lake City Way NE), 6:30pm Honky Tonk Dance Lesson with Scot McKay & Sean Donovan, Dance 7:30-10pm, $20 adv (get your tix here) / $25 door. The Burly Roughnecks are a super swingin’, rockin’ hillbilly jump band led by Jo’s superb vocals and unerring rhythm guitar, and their mighty tight ‘n’ tasty dance beat will put you right in the groove. We’re talkin’ honky-tonk and western swing harking to the late 40s to early 60s and including rhythm and blues, doo-wop, country, blues and jazz.
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You might remember Jo Miller as the lead singer of the legendary “almost all girl” western swing band, Ranch Romance, who released three albums on Sugar Hill Records, toured with kd lang, won every music award available in Seattle and was one of the most popular festival acts in North America in the mid-1980s. After eight years of hard touring, Jo took some time off from the music biz and then came back with a vengeance at the turn of the century with the Burly Roughnecks, who swing like crazy, dress just right and show up on time. The band honed their groove and knocked ’em dead at regular gigs at Seattle roadhouses and national festivals such as Bumbershoot, Chicago Folk & Roots Festival, Winterhawk, Rhythm & Roots in Ninigret, NW Folklife Festival, etc. And now, after another extended break, the Burly is back!
There are few band leaders who connect so effortlessly to their audience, keep up the pace on stage, tell great stories between tunes, and make the people jump up and dance to the best swingin’, rockin’ American music on earth. This promises to be a truly transcendent event and we hope to see y’all there!
Gator Boy’s Juke Joint happens every 1st & 3rd Friday with DJ Gator, and 2nd Fridays live music with the most rollicking bands to be found in the Great NW.

3rd Friday Dance • 8th Anniversary!

Fri, June 21 Gator Boy’s Juke Joint

It’s been 8 years of Juke Joints at the Mother Aerie, and we’re fixin’ to celbrate! Come revel and dance with lovely partners in joyful community to an extraordinary variety of soulful, groovy sounds with the Gator Boy at Eagles Mother Aerie (8201 Lake City Way NE, Seattle). 6:30pm dance lesson (TBA), 7:30-10pm dance, $15. About the lesson: TBA. Delight in music, community, and unbounded merriment every 1st and 3rd Friday with your DJ, the Gator Boy. Great dancers, super friendly people, a fully-stocked bar and Mike, your stellar bartender. P.S. The Zydeco Locals will NOT be playing this night as previously announced.

Zydeco Galore

July 4-7 | Waterfront Blues Festival

Waterfront Blues Festival featuring Lucinda Williams, Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Wayne Singleton & Same Ol’ 2 Step, The Daiquiri Queens, Seattle’s own Bayou Envie and more happens in Portland, OR over July 4 weekend. And great news for zydeco fans! The Zydeco Friends Package that includes the Early Bird 4 Day Pass and a discounted Blues Cruise ticket are on sale. The Zydeco Friends Package includes: 4-Day General Admission pass, Blues Cruise ticket (guarantee your spot on the Friday, July 5 Bayou Blues Cruise from 3-5pm), and discounted pricing: $139, plus fees. To purchase: Visit the WBF ticketing site here and enter promo code ZydecoFriends24 in the “Time to Choose Your Tickets” promo code box. Once the promo code has been applied, the secret Ticket Bundle named Zydeco Friends Package will become visible at the top of the list of 4-Day passes. Add tickets to your cart, and confirm your ticket selection reads Zydeco Friends Package to ensure you’re getting the special deal. See you there!

Best Little Fest

July 19-21 | Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival

Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival is a superbly curated event which regularly introduces the best emerging artists to Washington State and this year features Galactic, Eric Gales, The Record Company, Colin James, Nikki Hill, and Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers (Dwayne just played onstage as a special guest with the Rolling Stones at Jazz Fest!) and more in beautiful Winthrop, WA. Dip in the cool Methow River as you enjoy great music and the gorgeous mountain vibe. Tix & info.

Live from Louisiana!

Fri, July 26 | Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble

Curley Taylor’s comin’ back to town! Aurora Borealis (16708 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline), details coming soon…