We play all over—the Crocodile, Neumos, Royal Room, Blue Moon Tavern. I hear a lot of music from the other bands on the bills, so when I go out I usually want to go dancing. I like Nectar Lounge in Fremont—they have all kinds of bands: reggae, salsa, hip hop. I also love ’90s dance night at Lo-Fi on Eastlake. They have theme nights there, like Emerald City Soul night. Just make sure to check the calendar in case you don’t like psychedelic doom metal.
The coffee shop is integral to the Seattle experience, so you have to start the day there. I’m in Columbia City so I usually go to Empire Coffee or Caffe Vita. I’d also recommend the Columbia City Bakery—anything you get there is incredible. Then go for a walk or bike ride. Lake Washington is so beautiful, and you can walk around it on the path, or hang out in Seward Park. My daughters love walking around Columbia City. We end up at Full Tilt Ice Cream and play old-school video games.
The Underground Tour! When I had a day job, we went there as a company, and even as a work event it was really enjoyable.
To be from the same city as Quincy Jones, Jimi Hendrix, where Ray Charles got started—there’s not another city whose music legacy I’d rather be a part of. The Royal Room is my favorite jazz club. It feels like such a neighborhood place. The Owl & Thistle in Pioneer Square has a Tuesday night late-night jam session that features some of the best jazz musicians in Seattle. And I’m excited about the new Black & Tan Hall in Hillman City—which is within a quarter mile of Columbia City. To have multiple music venues in one area is always a good thing.
Interview by Brangien Davis. Photo taken at the Polar Bar.