The Watt’s event on January 24th, 2014 at the Piranha Shop, featuring Jon Auer of The Posies, Jesse Morrow, and Jenn Grinels, was no exception to their track-record of demonstrating exactly what SLRS is all about. After an hour of mingling, taking in the eclectic ambience, and sipping on Piranha Shop concoctions, Jon Auer kicked off the evening’s music with a set as polarized as it was impressive. One moment Auer would be playing a haunting, self-conscious piece from his newest solo album, Songs from the Year of Our Demise, and the next he would be stepping on his distortion pedal and slamming on his hollow-body Epiphany as he covered a song from his power-pop days with Big Star and The Posies.
Throughout his set, Auer played with the good-humored confidence that comes from being entirely at home on the stage after thirty years of experience: chatting with the Seattle Living Room Shows’ sound engineer, Ben DeVore, in the middle of a song, bantering with the Watts over his set length, and frequently inciting amused appreciation from the audience with impersonations of pop-culture sensations such as Justin Bieber, Enya and Nickleback.
Kristin and Carrie Watt kept audiences grinning as they introduced the evening’s next performer, Seattle-based singer/songwriter Jesse Morrow, adding that they had renamed his 5-piece band “Jesse Morrow and His Super Hot Entourage.” The audience laughed and smiled as five, very well dressed and slick-haired twenty-somethings sheepishly strode into the limelight.
Following in the recently laid pop-folk-meets-retro footprints of Pickwick and The Head and The Heart, Jesse Morrow (and His Super Hot Entourage) have a catchy, upbeat sound that fits in with the Seattle folk-rock vibe we have all come to know and love. Jesse’s songs are upbeat, but play with alterations in conventional song-structure and oscillate between three-part harmony and spoken lyrics – techniques that make his songs interesting and accessible to music junkies and tenderfoots, alike.
Although Morrow disclosed during the course of his performance that his mom begged him to write, “just one happy song” for many years to no avail, his most recent album, Things I Might Lose, is familiar, hopeful and extremely easy to listen to. Support these awesome local musicians and have a listen on iTunes for yourself.
Speaking of easy to listen to, I feel very lucky to have stumbled across the evening’s headlining performer, Jenn Grinels, at an M-bibe concert last summer. If you have not heard of this fantastic singer and musician, take a few minutes to listen to her work.
Touring around the United States for the past ten years, Jenn has a degree in Musical Theatre and the kind of voice that, quite simply, knocks audiences flat. She possesses lush vibrato, a pure timbre with interlacings of gritty guttural, impressive breath control, and such dynamic prowess as to require her to physically remove the mic from in front of her – during several points throughout the show – to keep from blowing audiences away. Jenn was joined for the evening by Birch Pereira (of Seattle’s Theoretics) on bass and Matthew Singler on drums, who gracefully complimented her dynamic, genre-defying songwriting style.
Although Jenn has recently transplanted to Nashville after living in Seattle for the past six months, I very much recommend you catch her live when she comes through on tour. In the meantime, however, be sure to check out her albums, Little Words and brokenHEARTbreaker so you can be well-versed next time she swings through town.
So there you have it, folks: mission accomplished. As always, thanks for reading and we hope to see you at one of the forthcoming Seattle Living Room Shows.
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March 29th, 2014 in a secret Seattle venue in the SODO area:
Motopony, Rusty Maples, NTNT
8:00pm Doors, 9:00pm Music
21 + / $16
Location is released after ticket purchase.
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