Next Stop….White Center


That’s right. Our annual visit to lovely White Center, brought to you by the nice folks at Big Al Brewing happens this Saturday, July 30th.

They let us take over their stage and play our sad, sick songs. Best part of this show, besides being free, is it’s all ages. Lots of kiddies dancing. They’ve got great beer and you can bring food and eat it on the patio (we recommend Proletariat Pizza or Zippy’s Giant Burgers down the street) and the whole thing runs from 6pm – 9pm. We usually do two sets and bump vintage reggae and ska when we’re not on stage. Summer fun with your Bad Things.

After this we’ll be at Doe Bay Fest but it’s sold out so, if you were lucky enough to get tickets, we’ll see you there. We’ll try and post a report from this very unique and prestigious festival in the beautiful San Juan Islands.

We’re Baaaacckkk!

Big-Al-BrewingYep, that’s right. 4/6ths of The Bad Things will be making an appearance in Seattle on Saturday, July 11th for our annual summer show at Big Al Brewing in the White Center neighborhood. This show has always been an opportunity for us to play to family and friends. The shows always have a great laid-back feel to them and we bump our favorite early reggae/ska cuts between sets, so it really gets the outdoor dancehall feeling going.

The show is all ages and free and there’s plenty to drink for those that need to imbibe. Also tons of great food in White Center. Why not wander around and grab some great local grub, a great local beer and enjoy your favorite local band, The Bad Things?

Big Al Brewing on Saturday

Here it is already. Our last show of the summer and our last show until the big ‘ol CD Release festivities in September.

This Saturday, August 9, we’ll be playing a free, all-ages show at Big Al Brewing in White Center. I think this is our third or fourth time playing Big Al’s and it’s always a blast. This year we’re actually playing their 6th Anniversary Party, so there will be even more reason to celebrate. We’ll also have our friend Alana filling in on bass. You may know her from such Seattle institutions as Miss Mamie Lavona & Her White Boy Band and L’Orchestre d’Incroyable. Mad Wilcox is down in Black Rock City helping build the monstrosity that is Burning Man.

Big Al’s This Saturday Then No Bad Things Until Fall.

cornicello_badthings-119So, The Bad Things summer break is rapidly approaching. In fact, after our show this Saturday at Big Al’s Brewing in White Center, we won’t be gracing a Seattle stage until November when we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Cabaret Macabre.

But, we will be making an appearance in Portland, Oregon after an almost three year absence with our pals Orchestre L’Pow. Details are still being worked out but we do know that burlesque superstars Jeez Loueez and 2012’s King of Burlesque Russell Bruner will be performing. Should be a good time. We’re currently looking into playing another show in the Rose City around that time as well so stay tuned. Continue reading

It’s Been A Hell of a Year….

9th Annual Cabaret Macabre. Photo by Justin Hills.

9th Annual Cabaret Macabre. Photo by Justin Hills.

So, here we are. 2012 is over. It’s been a strange year for The Bad Things, to say the least.

We opened the year with a great show at The Comet, played on TV, visited our buddy Danbert Nobacon in Twisp for his 50th birthday, lost our practice space and thousands of dollars worth of equipment in a fire, had a busy and inspiring Folklife weekend and Punk As Folk showcase featuring, amongst other incredible acts, the last live performance of God’s Favorite Beefcake.

The week that followed was one of the worst weeks ever experienced within our Seattle artistic community, but, somehow, in the middle of it all, Mad Wilcox had an amazing marriage ceremony, lifting our spirits for a night. That beautiful night was followed by a month of fundraising shows, playing through multiple tears and multiple beers, and remembering our lost friends. Continue reading

Big Al Brewing & Sassparilla!

Usually we take the month of August off. In fact, in the past, we’ve taken most of the summer off, but this summer kicked off with a bang….in a bad way…and we found ourselves playing a ton in June, which led to us booking a show in July, which led to us booking two shows in August, so no rest for the wicked or the bad….things that is.

We played Big Al Brewing in White Center last year as part of their Summer Concert Series and had an absolute blast so we were honored to be asked back. We’ll be gracing their stage this Saturday, August 4th. It’s just us all night, or at least until 10pm with things kicking off around 6:30pm. Because they are technically a tasting room, they can have kids there and adults can drink as well so it’s a great deal for south end parents: free show, all-ages, adult beverages, surly drunks with accordions and banjos on stage, food carts and Zippy’s Burgers down the street. Plus, we’ve been known to bump our favorite 60s and 70s ska, rocksteady and reggae classics between sets so it’s a guaranteed good time. Hope to see you all there.

Now, I know a lot of you don’t live in the south end and adhere to a later schedule and are adverse to the presence of children. Don’t worry, we understand. That’s why we were excited to get added to this last minute bill with our good buddies from Portland, Sassparilla at the High Dive on Friday, August 17. This will be your more typical Bad Things gig with us headlining in the wee hours after way too many PBRs, Jim Beams on the rocks and…ahem…herbal performance enhancements. It’s always tough to follow Sassparilla because they put on a kick-ass show. Plus, opening the night will be the really high-quality twang of Jackrabbit, who we are new to but already big fans of. So, despite having to weave through the Friday night douchebags in Fremont to get to the High Dive, this is guaranteed to be a kick-ass night of amazing drinking music. Check out this video of Sassparilla busking at Folklife last year and you’ll get an idea of what I’m talking about.