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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

The Round with Eric Howk, Shane Tutmarc, and Star Anna

posted by on April 9 at 12:39 PM

Last night’s edition of the Round, the series bringing music, poetry, and visual art together in the basement of Fremont Abbey Arts Center the second Tuesday of every month, was another great example why the Round is one of my new favorite things in Seattle. It’s a relaxed, friendly night of mellow music, funny jokes, sometimes bad but sometimes awesome poetry (I know, I never thought I’d say that either), all warmed by flickering candlelight and an appreciative audience.

Eric Howk was the class clown last night, he had the audience laughing nearly every time he spoke. Star Anna’s voice, which I hadn’t heard until last night, gave me goosebumps a number of times—especially when she covered the Old 97s song “Wish the Worst” (which I sadly didn’t film).

I did manage to capture a few videos for you, though…

Here’s Shane Tutmarc, with the help of his stagemates, playing an eerie version of “Something in the Way.” The “he” he’s talking about in the introduction of the song is Kurt Cobain. (Yesterday, the day of the show, was the day Cobain’s body was found 14 years ago.)

Here’s Star Anna playing a song I don’t know the name of. But she said it’s about a serial killer:

And finally, here’s Eric Howk covering “Bus Stop” by the Hollies:

The next Round is May 13th with musical guests Carrie Akre and John Roderick (and one more to be announced). Visit www.theround.org for more info.

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