#1, Star Anna and the Laughing Dogs
Star Anna and the Laughing Dogs have been on a tear lately. Prior to their packed Saturday Bumbershoot 2010 performance, Star and her guitarist Justin Davis told us that they had played every night straight for the past three weeks, including a show the previous night in Spokane that had them rolling into Seattle at 4AM. A scant seven hours before this backstage interview.
No breaks. From the music or from one other. So, are they getting on each other’s nerves? Maybe a little. Or a lot, depending on who you ask, and we do ask.
But this is no time to go all Fleet-wood Mac-ish on us (or Sid & Nancy? or Lennon & McCartney? Hello, anyone? Famous Rock and Roll breakups for $100).
#2, Wheedle’s Groove
We loved the Jennifer Maas’ documentary Wheedle’s Groove which premiered at this year’s Seattle International Film Festival.
It told the story of Seattle’s long-forgotten funk and R&B scene from the late 60’s-mid 70’s. A scene so hot that nearly everyone involved thought they were destined for international acclaim.
But of all these superbly talented artists involved, the only one to truly live up to the expectations of that era was a skinny sax player from Bothell named Kenny G.
The documentary was inspirational. It inspired many of these artists to reunite under the name Wheedle’s Groove (Kenny G. not among them), it inspired a Bumbershoot appearance, a mayoral declaration (Saturday of Labor Day weekend was declared Wheedle’s Groove day) AND this interview with two Wheedle’s Groove members – Curtis and Leonard Hammond, originally of the Brother’s Hammond.