Crow Drummers with Sean Gaskell (West African Kora) and Mukana Marimba

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 8:00pm - 11:00pm

Crow Drummers (West African Drum Ensemble) with Sean Gaskell (West African Kora) and Mukana Marimba (Music from Zimbabwe)
Saturday, December 15th
Doors at 7:30, show 8pm
@ The Olympia Ballroom (above Urban Onion Restaurant)
116 Legion Way SE
Olympia, WA 98501

Admission: $10 general/$8 students

Sean Gaskell plays traditional music of the Mandinka people on the 21 string West African Kora.  The music is traditionally played by Griots (Gree-ohs, oral/musical historians).  The Kora is a very melodic and peaceful instrument, which can often feel contrary to a repertoire which tells ancient stories of war and hardship,while praising people of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande empire. While the Kora is only 300 years old, some of the songs date back as many as 800 years to the founding of the Mande empire, which took place in Mali in the mid 13th century. Sean Gaskell has studied extensively under the instruction of Malamini Jobarteh and Moriba Kuyateh, both of Brikama, Gambia. He has also studied under Kane Mathis, a Kora player formerly based in Seattle who has lead groups such as "The Kora Band" and "The Sahel Band". Sean released his first solo album "Kora Music of West Africa" in March of 2012. He has performed at the Kartong Festival in Gambia, the Dombondir Festival in Senegal, the Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle and at the Naked Arts- a weekly series featuring raw, traditional music in Charlotte, NC. "Sean's playing and singing are right on when it comes to traditional Mandinka music. Very nice indeed!" says Roderic Knight- a retired professor of Ethnomusicology at Oberlin College Musical Conservatory- Ohio.

Hillstomp with the Oly Mountain Boys

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 9:00pm - Sat, 11/10/2012 - 1:00am

After taking a year or so off, Hillstomp brings their bucket-n-slide brand of rock & roll (formerly known as North Misissippi style punk blues) to the Olympia Ballroom this Friday, November 9. Our own Oly Mountain Boys are opening the show. All ages, $10, $8 with student ID.

Sassparilla at the 4th Ave. Tavern

Sat, 11/03/2012 - 9:00pm - Sun, 11/04/2012 - 1:00am

Mainly comprised of Kevin “Gus” Blackwell (vocals, cigar box guitar, national resonator guitar), the father and son combo of Ross “Dagger” MacDonald (harmonica) and Colin “Sweet Pea” MacDonald (washtub bass), Naima (vocals, accordion, washboard), and Justin Burkhart (drums), Sassparilla is a rollicking band filled with many a jaunty, bluesy rendition that can coax even the most predisposed human beings to get riled up in a finger-snapping and body-rocking kind of way.  (Celebrity Cafe My Nguyen 1/17/12)

If you like Hillstomp (who will be at the Olympia Ballroom 11/9 BTW) you are sure to enjoy this band from Portland.

Sinners welcome!

The Blackberry Bushes Stringband with Polecat, Friday, Oly Ballroom

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 9:00pm

The Blackberry Bushes Stringband's triumphant return to the Puget Sound Friday, Oct 26, 9:00 p.m., at The Olympia Ballroom with Polecat (Bellingham, WA). Jes Raymond (guitar-lead vocals) and Jakob Breitbach (fiddle) will be joined by special guest super-picker Jack Dwyer (mandolin), and Eric Hullander (upright bass) and Sean Bendickson (drums/percussion). See you'all on the dance floor. Don't forget your Halloween costume!

All ages. Full bar with ID. Tix: $10 at the door.

Olympia Ballroom ~ 116 Legion Way (Urban Onion), downtown Olympia    ~

The Blackberry Bushes’ innovative acoustic sound draws from the deep roots of American traditional music to create a rich patchwork that shares threads with artists like Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Sean Hayes, and Crooked Still. Joyful singing and songwriting are supported by carefully constructed soundscapes that feature virtuosic fiddle.  A longtime Northwest favorite, the band has developed into a national act, with recent tours across the US and Europe. Their live show is joyous and vibrant with an intention to move the audience in their hearts and out of their seats. 

"Their blend of traditional Bluegrass and Folk elements with more contemporary sounds has an appeal not seen since Nickel Creek or The Be Good Tanyas." (Joseph Kyle; The Big Takeover)


Sun, 10/21/2012 - 8:30pm - 11:45pm

Golgothan Sunrise ( is an amazing instrumental, very heavy Avant-Doom band from Seattle featuring members of Lesbian and Sedna.

Wounded Giant (, from Seattle, is one of the most exciting psych/stoner metal bands in the NW right now. You don't want to miss this.

Shadows ( Melodic, lilting, sinister, psychedelic and HEAVY!!!

At Le Voyeur, bring bucks for bands.

All Ages Underground Hip Hop Show

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 8:00pm - Sat, 10/27/2012 - 12:00am

WHO: Blae Lue, Crazy Monk, Hopped Up Metaforesters, SMEAR, Rey Holliday, Old Growth Poetry Collective, Dirty Hands Artists Collective. Curated by Deaed Language.

WHAT: All ages underground hip hop show with local rappers, beat makers, & slam poets. Cost: $5-8

WHEN: Friday, October 26th, 2012. 8PM

WHERE: Northern, 414 1/2 Legion Way, Olympia

WHY: To rock that party party

DANCE OLY DANCE House Party episode # 2, Oct 20th at The Track House

Sat, 10/20/2012 - 10:00pm - Sun, 10/21/2012 - 2:00am

Flier For Dance Oly Dance Oct 20th 2012

Dance Oly Dance, Olympia’s local dance TV show, invites you to yet another televised dance party on Saturday, October 20th, 11pm to midnight. Dance in front of video cameras at a downtown house party. The one-hour episode will air in November on TCTV.

Get down to an hour-long beatset by DJ PhilosoBitch, who will play songs from Junkie XL, Noisia, Krewella, Boz Scaggs, and more.

Party begins at 10:00pm with DJ dancing. TV recording goes from 11:00pm to midnight. Party continues with DJ AwsomeCat.

Again, that’s Saturday, October 20th at the Track House, 511 7th Ave SE.

And don’t forget to become a fan of Dance Oly Dance on FaceBook

Here's the FaceBook event invite page for this episode:


Sun, 10/28/2012 - 7:00pm - 8:45pm

Sunday, October 28th at 7:00 pm
Traditions Cafe
300 5th Ave, Olympia, WA
Admission $15

We have planned an evening of new classical music by six composers of the NW area. Fresh, original pieces have been written for small ensembles. Please enjoy a sampling of the newest that classical music has to offer!

The composers: Shawn Meloy, Laurel Gonzalo, Scott Cossu, Nick Melton, John Vergin, and Debra Porter

For more info, call 360-463-8528
or email



Mythologies / Twin Peaks / Brookyln Pool @ Le Voyeur

Thu, 10/25/2012 - 7:00pm

@ Le Voyeur (404 E 4th Ave)
Weds October 25/ 7:00 PM / FREE / ALL AGES

Up-and-coming indie music from The Evergreen State College and Tacoma

Mythologies (OLY)
Psychedelic groove from Olympia


Twin Peaks (OLY)
New garage pop from Evergreen

Brooklyn Pool (TAC)
Pure indie rock

Curse (MD)/ Fellwoods (PDX)/ Shadows

Sat, 10/13/2012 - 8:30pm - 11:30pm


At the Blue House 925 Legion Way SE Olympia, WA


Curse: Two Piece Electro-Goth/Doom on tour from Baltimore, MD

Fellwoods: Doomy and psychedelic, heavy stoner rock from PDX

Shadows: Psychedelic Heavyland

$3-$5 for touring and PDX bands.

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