At the age of five, Lijie moved from her home in China and flew across the ocean to the United States. Her parents decided she would learn “perfect” English and be the “perfect” student, and also enrolled her in piano lessons, not knowing it would plant the seed for her dreams as a musician. Lijie wanted to make her parents happy, but always felt that life had a different calling for her.
After graduating college, Lijie moved to Los Angeles to pursue music, waiting tables during the day and gigging at night. While in Los Angeles, she recorded her first album, titled Roam. Several tracks from Roamhave received recognition at the 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2009 UK Songwriting Contests, and have been used in independent films. She released her fan-funded second album, the Music Maker, this summer August 2011.
“…shoving her substantial instrumental and vocal chops through the prism of a pop record (the Music Maker)…” Seattle Weekly Blogs, by Chris Kornelis
Since 2007, Rachichi entertains audiences throughout the Northwest. Although considered a jazz ensemble, Rachichicrosses into blues and soft rock with the original writing of Roger Espinor and carefully selected cover material. Fans suggest the band sounds like a cross between Steely Dan and Ray Charles. The smooth and wide-range vocals of Allie Silverberg is reminiscent of the great New York blues singers and every once-in-a-while Eran Schweitzer takes you back to the licks of Carlos Santana.
The Spyrographs are a tight 5 piece band that plays the best Spy, Pop, Surf, and Bossa Nova hits of the 1960s. The Spyrographs are a consortium of Seattle music scene veterans whose chosen musical mission is to recreate the ultimate ‘60s experience.
Soul Jelly is Seattle’s essential Philly Soul, Motown and Funk band. Boasting a seamless rhythm section, mind-blowing guitarist, take-you-to-church keys, dynamic horns, and the undeniably powerful chemistry and vocal talents of KJ Jones and Laura Moreau, Soul Jelly delivers the most authentic and exciting live soul show around, every time.
Soul Jelly does supreme justice to the hits—along with the most beloved B-sides—by the best (if not always best-known) artists. Think Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, The O’Jays, Betty Davis, Bill Withers, The Temptations, Etta James, The Spinners, Sly and the Family Stone, Aretha Franklin, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Rufus and Chaka Khan. And while they perform the songs of the greats, Soul Jelly isn’t strictly a cover band; they put their own fresh stamp on every infectious rendition.
Soul Jelly makes you get up for the down stroke. The beats are sick—the bass line sicker. But this is so much more than a dance band. The musicians bring heart and gritty soul to the party, thanks to a genuine reverence for what makes soul music Real Music—honest emotion and depth of feeling. That depth is the key: to connecting with every audience, to Soul Jelly's unbridled spontaneity, to making every song, every show their own.
So go ahead, bring it back to the Old School with Soul Jelly. True Soul Fans will Recognize, and New Soul Fans will be glad for the Education.
Compared as a modern day Beatles group by live fans for their clean image and range of musical expression. Perry Acker’s sound is best described by vocalist/guitarist Pete Johnson, “Pop rock, blues… Dave Matthews meets John Mayer with a little bit of Fleetwood Mac and Super Tramp. Put them all in a bucket and mix it around."
Perry Acker has spent the last two years popularizing their unique sound and cranking out unforgettable music. In February 2011, the group’s hard work paid off when they won Ford’s national battle of the bands, Gimme the Gig competition. Due to that success, Perry Acker will be recording with seven time Grammy winning producer Don Was in spring 2011.
However, it’s ultimately Perry Acker's live show that generates the most enthusiastic reviews.
“The group played an amazing set of melodic, pop, rock and jam music on the KISS FM Fisher Green Stage. Take The Beatles and The Grateful Dead, throw them in the mix and you have a beautiful sound that is perfect for a festival setting.”
– Greg Roth, Examiner
“Two Words… Great talent! With their young positive energy, fresh originals, a clean rockin’ sound, and a full house of happy fans that always equates to a great night!”
– Jeff Call, Owner of Stonegate Rock Club
Perry Acker formed in Gig Harbor, Washington when vocalist/guitarist Pete Johnson, drummer Grady Lester and bassist Brandon Meade started making music together in high school. Several years later, Pete’s younger brother Mark Johnson joined them on the keyboard followed soon by guitarist Rick Powers. Named after Pete & Mark Johnson’s great-grandfather, Perry Acker was an accomplished Northwest landscape painter and artist.
It’s your turn to see this amazing live band. Then you will learn why there is always a “buzz” surrounding the band – Perry Acker.
Matt Brown is a unique and established talent based in Portland, Oregon. An experienced and successful band front-man, he has now decided to step out on his own to pursue his promising music career. Matt’s extraordinary vocals and moving lyrics are awe-inspiring and his live performance, whether solo or with a band, is an intimate and moving experience that stands head and shoulders above the crowd.
Gibson endorsed International Act, Camille Bloom has played the most premier venues in 8 different countries including Canada, The U.S., Germany, The Netherlands, UK, Denmark, Belgium and Ireland. Combining percussive guitar and a voice that can "purr and wail" (Victory Review), "Camille's music can make even the rain dance." (Mike Galaxy Indie Music)
In addition to touring full time with club dates and festival appearances, Camille takes time out of her schedule to direct a Rock n Roll camp for kids in Seattle – and she also makes regular stops at Youth Centers – performing and talking to kids about using positive outlets such as music to cope with life’s struggles.
Camille has gained an avid and adoring fan base with her high energy and intensely personal show. She has released four full length albums, three EP’s, and one Live DVD – all of which received incredible reviews: "This is wonderful; full of life; wild, sweet and rich in its sound textures; graced with songwriting that fills the heart and surprises the mind" (Bill Fisher, Victory Review).
Bottom line, Camille Bloom is a powerhouse of a performer: said to be "like Ani Difranco dipped in Maple Syrup". (Spokane Inlander).