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Ever Had a Dance Party in The Woods?

24 May

Dance party at Grim’s on Floor 3 @danceinthewoods

Rated | Crazy
Revealed | Old school dance party on the Hill
Reminds me of | I Like by Guy

You know it was a good night when you close the place down, the giggles spill out into the street, and the bootleg paparazzi are still trying to capture the Kodak moment. I can’t say that’s what I planned for when I left the house for a dinner party on Friday, but that’s certainly how it went…and I loved (almost) every minute of it.

Mentally preparing to “man up”

Last Friday, just as I was heading into Xscape mode — kick off my shoes and relax my feet – everyone around me was getting their drink on second wind. In my delirium, I hear “no, that salsa place is closed. How about…” admittedly, I closed my eyes real tight as if to avoid the monster under my bed that goes away when I can’t see him. Unfortunately, I’m an adult and it doesn’t work that way. I opened my eyes and knew I had to mentally prepare myself for a night on the town. First thought: “Thank God I wore this today.” Second thought: “So glad I just got my hair done!” If I feel good about the hair and the fit, I can always get my mind right – even if it requires a running start.

Dance Party in The Woods

Girls’ night out

I overheard “Oh yea, you’ll like Grim’s” and I look over at my friend who is wide-eyed and smiley, and I immediately  turned my internal frown upside down. In truth, the hill -Capitol Hill- is far from my go-to guy. Parking nightmares and cover charges give me hives, but Grim’s has a special place in my heart and and inspires me to chock it up. Background story, my first time a Grim’s was for a close friend who held a private going away party on the 2nd floor Butterfly Room. I love him, but some of his female friends are dumb as rocks and I can only take so much. When I ventured upstairs to take a break from the groupies young ladies with high-pitched voices, I found myself in The Woods and didn’t come back down until the party was over! The DJ was dope! So good, I didn’t really care that only 1 of 3 people around me could find the beat. Honestly, it’s the type of place you can has so much fun NO ONE ELSE around you matters. And on this girls’ night, like any other at Grim’s, the 80’s and 90’s music transported me to another place and all I had no choice but to let my feet, arms and dance face take over. It made me forget about the annoying line outside. Forget about how hot it was inside. Forget that I was soooo ready for a nap only 60 minutes ago.

Keep the party goin

You can’t really go wrong with cocktails in a mason jar and Michael Jackson, Adina Howard or DJ Quick playin on the 1’s and 2’s #justsayin. Yes, we had out lil sista circle of dancing ladies, but there were plenty of couples enjoying themselves as well as dudes clearly on a prowl mission guy’s night out. One of the best things about Grim’s is that if you have a mixed group of friends, everyone can have fun here – there’s 1st floor bar with cafeteria style seating for the rhythmically challenged or those with sore feet, the 2nd floor is pretty chill (it’s too snug to be anything else) and the 3rd floor is where the real party is at if you like you shake it fast – or slow I suppose, but that’s just extra IMO. The potential parking madness, line to get in and $5 cover to get up to The Woods is totally worth it, and I’m high maintenance selective.

We had an awesome time, found a spot to dance near the fans, and partied until they turned on the lights. Laughter and snapshots spilled into the streets and we had some fun reunions on the way to the car. Friends from college, random break dancers. All good stuff. Turns out the Capitol Hill isn’t just for hipsters. Who knew?

Break dancers don’t need a dance floor

Soul Singer Allen Stone Announces Seattle Concert

22 Nov

Tickets will sell out, get em now

Seattle's Allen Stone stole the show at CityArts Fest 2011

 If this was the Marvin Gaye days, ladies, we’d have thrown our panties on the stage…yes, he’s that good.
Rating | Crazy-Sexy-Cool
Revealed | A new soul experience with an old school sound
Reminds me of | The feeling I get from The Sing-Off or this epic cover of James Brown’s It’s a Man’s World

An on-air, in-studio performance on Seattle’s KUOW radio was more than enough inspiration to harness my inner stalker researcher and dig up info about an unfamiliar voice that soothed my ears and went straight to my soul. His name was Allen Stone. When I didn’t find future tour dates listed online, I went to the next best resource – Facebook.

“Hey Allen, just heard you on NPR. You’re dope. When’s your next show?!?” and whaddya know, he wrote me back. “I’m performing at CityArts…” I hate love social media sometimes. Sometimes.

My plan was to get tickets as soon as they went on sale. As usual, life and that pesky thing called work got in the way. With a week or two left until the show, I was making a stop at the Triple Door to go buy tickets – only to have my dreams crushed by a tweet “@SeattleRevealed Yup, sorry. The rumor is true, tickets are  sold out.” F! I spent about 5 minutes being depressed and then went into beast mode. Skipping all the meticulous details, I learned that he was doing an impromptu show at Far4, singing in a Stevie Wonder Tribute and performing as the musical guest on King5’s New Day Northwest. I struck out with the first two but you betta believe I was in the front row for New Day Northwest with my biggest groupie grin #1fan level of enthusiasm.

This young brotha, a mere 24 years old, had the entire audience enthralled by his performance. The Gen-Yers in the audience by far weren’t the only ones ready for an encore. In fact, almost as much as he impressed Conan O’Brien, he wow-ed a 70 year old couple who told him after the show that “they know music and [he] was really good.”

So, bummed as I was that Allen’s CityArts Fest Thursday performance was sold out, I was pretty damn happy about my up-close and personal in-studio performance. Icing on the cake? The Friday night headliner for CityArts Fest bailed (wah) and Allen came in and saved the day. He filled the main floor and most of the second floor at Nuemos – with ~6 hours’ notice. I even had enough time to cancel shift my dinner plans and bring my crew. The show was everything a show should be, energizing, soul-touching and thought-provoking. In a word: dope. In lieu of panty throwing, we waved our arms, jumped up and down and screamed for an encore. Don’t let the granny sweater and the Shaun White hair fool ya, Allen Stone has a captivating voice that will stop you in your tracks and subsequently give you chills.

Clearly, my friends and I had a fabulous time and quite frankly we got lucky that there was less than one day notice about the Friday show because I have no doubt the tickets would have sold out. I’m sharing this long-winded story to convey that HIS JANUARY SHOW WILL SELL OUT, he announced it last week and last I checked the tickets we half gone. He’s the real deal…if you don’t wanna take my word for it, perhaps The New York Times, NPR, Billboard, okayplayer, MTV, The Washington Post, and CNN have some insights you’d find valuable.

Remarkably still unsigned, Allen has been compared to vocal stylings of  Stevie Wonder, the sultry falsetto of a pre-“Evolution” Robin Thicke, and the southern soul of Anthony Hamilton (a personal favorite of mine). Here are my favorites song so far, enjoy!

Citrus: Hot new lounge hits South Lake Union

4 Aug

The main bar at Citrus

When I hear the word lounge, images of a small, intimate space with plush chairs and couches fill my head. I also imagine that the space is very contemporary, urban, and hip thus drawing a crowd with these same characteristics. This is precisely was what I envisioned for Citrus, one of South Lake Union’s newest restaurants  so I set out on a Saturday night with my friend to see if I was right. Citrus is located on South Lake Union in between Joey’s and BluWater Bistro so if you’re at all familiar with this area you know that parking can be a pain (or the luckiest day of your life short of winning the lotto if you happen to snag one of the few “free after 6pm” spots ). Instead of driving in circles waiting for someone to vacate a free spot, I just parked in the lot next to the restaurant which set me back about $3 for 2 hours. When we approached the entrance, it was clear that things were going to be lively inside by the large group of well dressed men and women standing out front chit chatting away and the music bumpin’ from just inside the door.

When we got in, I was immediately struck by the awesome water feature located behind the front desk. It sort of reminded me of a wide yet narrow fish tank where the fish are replaced by millions of tiny, mesmerizing bubbles. There is another identical “wall of water” about 50 or so feet away that serves to define the middle area of the restaurant which is an elevated seating area. This is also where the DJ was stationed for the night (there is no dance floor per se but that didn’t stop anyone from bustin’ a move). Over on the left side of the restaurant was a more traditional seating area with booths along the wall and down the center of the section. There’s also a small bar towards the back as well as another seating area with leather couches, chairs and even a fireplace. At the very back of the restaurant is the entrance to the outdoor patio that faces Lake Union. That side looked pretty full so we busted a roger (aka made a right turn) over to the main bar area. Thank goodness we did because this is where it was going down! First off, this bar had almost everything for everyone. In regards to seating, there were seats at the bar as well as bar height tables. In the drink department, you can get beer, hard alcohol, or even blended drinks such as daiquiris or margaritas made to order quickly (those bartenders are fast!). Personally, the best discovery of the night was that happy hour is 4pm-6pm and 10pm-close, Monday through Saturday and all day Sunday. Most happy hour dishes are a reasonable $5 or $6 dollars so we went ahead and ordered the chicken skewers and calamari which were both tasty.

Citrus was definitely a welcome respite from the Seattle club (or restaurant by day, club by night) scene. I liked the fact that they featured different seating zones, reverse happy hour, and an in house DJ. I was able to eat, drink, dance and people watch all in one place! Even though they’ve only been open a few weeks, Citrus is quickly becoming the go-to spot in South Lake Union so hurry on over there and check it out for yourself.

Have you been to Citrus? Let us know in the comments!

Calamari from the happy hour menu

Rated: Sexy | Cool

Great for: Ladies Night, Guys Night, Happy Hour

Reminds me of: Montell Jordan: This Is How We Do It

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