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FREE PERFORMANCES ALL DAY TOMORROW FOR KEXP’S BALLARD DAY 2011

KEXP Blog
As the winner of KEXP’s Hood to Hood Challenge during the fall membership drive, Ballard and its lovely inhabitants will be treated to a full day of live music and other perks tomorrow. The Sunset Tavern will host performances all day, starting bright and early at 7 AM with David Bazan. Below is a complete list of performances happening tomorrow:

Bands LIVE on KEXP from The Sunset:
7:00am – David Bazan
9:00am – Yuni In Taxco
11:00am – Point Juncture, WA
1:00pm – Buffalo Tom
3:00pm – Joan As Police Woman
5:00pm – Shabazz Palaces
6:30pm – The Black Crabs
8:30pm – Marshall Scott Warner

Bands at Cupcake Royale:
2:30pm – Jason Dodson of The Maldives
4:00pm – Eric Elbogen of Say Hi
5:30pm – BOAT

Attendees can also take advantage of discounts at local Ballard businesses and listen to KEXP DJs spin at local watering holes like Harlow’s, Hazelwood, BalMar, Ocho, Portalis Wine Shop & Bar, and Hattie’s Hat. There will also be musical showcases at Conor Byrne, The Tractor Tavern, and The Sunset. If you’re feeling like a mooch, consider donating to the Ballard Food back while you’re in the neighborhood. KEXP will have a donation tent set up in Bergen Place Park from 10 AM to 5 PM. Congratulations to Ballard for winning KEXP’s Hood to Hood Challenge!

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TRACTOR TAVERN, CENTURY BALLROOM HOST SQUARE DANCES FOR NEW GENERATION
October 27, 2009, 1:06 pm
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Seattle Times
On a Monday, the lights are up inside one of Ballard’s best-loved watering holes. The better not to step on your dance partner’s toes — not that you’ll be entirely able to avoid it. A sizable crowd has braved the chill of an early fall night to go square dancing. While attendees appear to range in age from 21 to early 50s, they skew young and attractive, and a Joan Jett T-shirt is as apt an accessory as a cowboy hat. Twice a month, The Tallboys (a self-professed “old time string band”) and their special guests provide the soundtrack for an event called Monday Square Dance. A different “caller” — who speaks over the music with dance explanations and cues — accompanies the band at each event. Don’t know how to promenade? No problem. “I like to sing my calls, and I want people to figure out the dance,” says the caller on this particular night, Suzanne Girardot.



TRACTOR TAVERN KEEPS ON TRUCKIN’ 15 YEARS LATER
August 24, 2009, 2:50 pm
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Seattle TimesTractor
There is a tractor in the Tractor Tavern. It hangs above the far wall in the Ballard Avenue haunt, rust-colored and soft-edged, easy to miss in the low light and swirl of music and conversation. This tractor — a 5- by 8-foot oil painting by local artist and longtime Tractor bartender Dan Amell — could be considered the tractor, because, 15 years ago this month, it gave a name to what’s now one of the longest-lived music venues in Seattle. The Tractor Tavern’s 15th anniversary season kicks off with a CD-release party for the Maldives album “Listen to the Thunder” this Thursday night at 9:00 pm. The anniversary celebrations continue on Friday and Saturday nights; bands include the Moondoggies, North Twin, 17th Chapter, Shim and more.



MTV SHOW “5 DOLLAR COVER” FILMING AT THE TRACTOR TAVERN IN BALLARD
August 5, 2009, 12:51 pm
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Seattle Times
Lynn Shelton, director of “Humpday” is presently directing the Seattle (Ballard) installment of a show for MTV called “5 Dollar Cover.” The show, which is intended for web broadcast with limited TV play, is a drama, and stars members of local bands acting and also performing music. So: non-actors, acting and not acting. Except musicians normally invoke personas when playing music in nightclubs, so it’s all acting. Yesterday evening, the My Ballard blog posted photos and words to the effect Maldives/Shelton/Tractor Tavern filming had just occurred. The blog said more filming will happen tonight, and that a ton of local bands (14) will be on the show, with more filmings upcoming.