The expansive Numerica PAC stage is turned into an intimate, energetic, black box concert experience – featuring Pickwick, opened by Adra Boo.
Seattle-based quintet Pickwick splice soul into their stylized indie rock. This blend of groove and pop savvy was evident on their 2013 debut, Can’t Talk Medicine, and its 2017 sequel, LoveJoys. Pickwick’s origins lay in a folk group fronted by Galen Disston and Matthew Emmett. Around 2008, the duo decided to shift toward a soulful direction, expanding to a quintet with the addition of Garrett Parker, Michael Parker, and Cassady Lillstrom. Producer Kory Kruckenberg worked with the band on three 7″ singles in 2011. All the 45s were compiled as the EP Myths, which was followed by the self-released Covers EP in 2013. That same year brought Can’t Talk Medicine, a Kruckenberg-produced full-length album released on Small Press/Dine Alone. Emmett left the group after the release of Can’t Talk Medicine. Alex Westcoat took his spot and the group teamed with producer Erik Blood, who previously worked with Shabazz Palaces, for LoveJoys, the sophomore set that came out in the summer of 2017.
Opening for Pickwick is Seattle soul singer, teacher and actress, Adra Boo. Known in the Emerald City as one half of the now-defunct electric-funk duo, Fly Moon Royalty, which has shared stages with the likes of Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and Macklemore, Boo also performs regularly as a solo artist or as a featured singer for musicians like Erik Blood, Vox Mod, and the Grammy Award-winning composer and Seattle native, Andrew Joslyn. Currently, she is the newest member of Seattle’s new wave noir band, Hotels, which has been proving to give the band’s sound new energy, and in this new arrangement, not even the sky is the limit. When not singing, however, Boo works in her community in multiple facets, including holding a board seat with the Pacific Northwest Grammy Chapter, and directing the Seattle Ladies Rock Camp, bringing in the next wave of killer local bands. Boo is also a regular emcee for summer music festivals, burlesque and cabaret, and a former festival correspondent for the award-winning alternative weekly, The Stranger. A veteran performer on myriad stages, Boo has been compared to timeless musicians like Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner, unafraid to ruffle feathers or rouse would-be audiences. And while all of these efforts cause her to stand out in the city, it’s her work as an artistic liaison that has made her a local legend.
Tickets to each show are general admission. VIP Tables include a reserved table for 4 closest to the stage.