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We've invited some of our friends to join us on Whidbey Island this winter for an Unplugged series. We've challenged some of the loudest, most animated bands we've shared the stage with to join us indoors at Bailey's Corner Store as the days grow shorter and the darkness intensifies. We'll fire up the wood burning stove and share stripped down versions of our songs and the stories that inspired them. Each month a local visual artist will set the stage and we'll host an artists reception before the show. Get there early to grab a seat and a burger!

Click here to read about the concert series in the Whidbey News Times!

Saturday, December 10th 6pm

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AR BAND

Blues fueled rock n roll from Granite Falls - formed when lead singer Ashley Reandeau was the worship director at a local church and Kent and Walter joined her team. They started writing songs together and playing shows. This summer they spent some time at Witchape Studios crafting their new album with Tad Doyle. Part of a night to remember from the summer Bailey's series, they are excited to get back to the island. Visit their website and learn more - www.arbandrocknroll.com

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YETI SET GO

Yeti Set Go is a psychedelic surf trio from Seattle who take their music seriously but nothing else. Their witty lyricism, progressive arrangements, and many many more neuroses are guaranteed to make you laugh and maybe even dance.  Check them out here.

and an opening set from BURIED BLONDE

UPCOMING ARTISTS

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MAKOTAKS

MakoTaks are a husband and wife duo who perform regularly together in the bands Cherry Dragon and Moopsie. Masako Takeoka (MakoTak) on lead vocals/guitar is from Tokyo, Japan and D. Adam Estner guitar/backing vocals is from Grand Rapids, MI moving to Seattle in 2011. They met online through an online dating site (MakoTak was Masako’s screen name) and after a long long distance courtship MakoTak received her fiancé visa and they were married in Seattle in 2019. The first show as MakoTaks was performed in L.A. at the Tuning Fork in 2017 shortly after their engagement and visiting Adam’s friends and family. MakoTaks play mix of pop, folk, J-pop and garage rock fueled by MakoTak’s powerful, emotional vocals, often in Japanese, and Adam’s jazz/classical influenced rock guitar. Learn more here.

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KITTY JUNK

We first saw Kitty Junk when they opened for us at (the now defunct) Tim's Tavern. We sat in awe of the loudest, most hard-hitting two-piece we'd ever heard. The glam-grunge duo project of Angie Dane and Ryan Lee, the band formed in response to many sexist encounters within the music industry. The band aims to make the rock world a gender-inclusive and POC-friendly space. The duo works to empower their female listeners through their heavy, hard-hitting tracks. The female duo is only adding more ammunition to their collection of undeniably catchy tracks. For more info, visit their website at www.kittyjunk.com

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SPORADIC KICKS

Sporadic Kicks is a project led by Victor Ramos to fulfill a lifelong dream of making and releasing music. Although Victor has been making music for most of his life, he never hunkered down to record any of it until last year and has released one album (Self Explanatory) and 2 ep's (Some Vibe and Boy Songs) as Sporadic Kicks. Sporadic Kicks are currently working on their new album and are aiming for a 2023 release. To learn more, click here.

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NOW AND LATER PANTHER JACKSON

Since being "discovered" in a Fred Meyer deli case late last year, Now and Later Panther Jackson has been making a serious splash in the "scene pool". Prolific and always unexpected, Jackson's Jumanji-inspired magnum opus "Puma" made waves coming on the tail-end of his Americana-themed "Crystal Foliage" tour. 

Whether you're a new fan, or if you've been spinning "Calloused Hands" since his first residency at Austin, Tx's Rorschach Room, you'll find a cleansing leather embrace in the special set Now and Later Panther Jackson has prepared specifically for our Winter Series. Tighten your belts, wash your hands, and enjoy.

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NICK TOOMBS

Nick Toombs plays bass in the band Marshlands and can often can be found playing percussion and other instruments at live 5 rhythms dance gatherings on Sundays on South Whidbey. A talented multi-instrumentalist, his experimental leanings also find him fingerpicking guitar and 6 string banjo through effects pedals. He has also been known to write a song or two. We are excited to welcome him to the Unplugged stage.

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ELI MOORE

Eli Moore is a founding member, guitarist and vocalist of LAKE, formed in Olympia in 2005. He is also a producer and session musician for an array of projects far and wide. Learn more here.

 
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BURIED BLONDE 

Buried Blonde was formed in Shoreline, WA in 2020 by solo artist and Whidbey resident, Lauren Flynn. Lauren came up to Whidbey Island, WA from Topanga Canyon to finish her second solo studio album in 2018, after which she committed to staying on quiet Whidbey to write. She began writing songs with the goal of forming a band with lead guitarist Nick Kurtz, who she met in Seattle prior to lockdown. Once restrictions eased up they added a rhythm section. They started out performing on live streams in support of Seattle venues during lockdown. They recorded their debut ep, "What Now?" at Robert Lang's Shoreline studio in 2021 and released it this summer, receiving air play in three states and garnering lots of positive feedback. They have recently returned to the studio to record their full length ep, due next year. The first single, "Perfect Machine" will be released this December. They curated a summer series outdoors at Bailey's Corner with local Whidbey artists and Seattle bands. They are the hosts of this winter unplugged series and will play a set of acoustic versions of their songs to kick off each show.

BURIED BLONDE IS 

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NICK KURTZ

Nick Kurtz, Lead Guitar/Songwriter/Back-up Vocals: Hailing from Knoxville, TN, Nick Kurtz has been irrationally obsessed with music ever since he could walk. He started playing guitar as a teenager, quickly garnering a reputation as one of Knoxville's taller guitarists. Nick spent years on the original and cover circuits, making records and sharing stages with numerous national acts. In 2015 he found himself in Seattle and eventually found his way into Buried Blonde. He didn't even know it was happening. Just boom - all of the sudden he's in a band and can't get out. A music major, he's been known to give guitar lessons if provoked, and can be seen at shows channeling light and magic through his magnificently calloused fingertips.

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ANIELA MARIE PERRY

JEFF NELSON

LAUREN FLYNN

Aniela Marie Perry, Bass: Aniela recently relocated to the PNW after living and working in Los Angeles for over 20 years. She is a classically trained cellist and has performed with a diverse group of composers and artists as well as on numerous feature film and television scores. She is a proficient electric bassist who studied with Wrecking Crew legend Carol Kaye. While her list of accomplishments and career highlights in cello transcend anything we can wrap our brains around, she is forbidden to play cello in this band and 100% focused on delivering the rock.

Jeff Nelson, Drums - Jeff splits his time between Whidbey based jam band, Dr. Chef & Buried Blonde. A drummer for over two decades, his influences include hip hop, drum and bass and djent. He is currently studying Drum Performance at Musicians Institute.

Lauren Flynn, Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar/Songwriter/Producer: Lauren began her music career as a vocalist and quickly picked up rhythm guitar in order to write and perform solo. She has released 2 solo studio EP's ('Bad Decisions in the Daylight' & self-produced 'Theory of Mind'), one self produced/engineered EP ('Outside One Girl') and two singles including a cover of Talking Heads 'This Must Be The Place' with 5-time Grammy winning engineer, Alfonso Rodenas (Los Tigres Del Norte). Her song 'Beyond This Moon' was featured in the 2019 web series "Coffee House Chronicles". She wrote, arranged & co-produced the debut Buried Blonde ep, 'What Now'. Lauren is a former professional wrestler and studied stand up comedy in LA under Greg Dean while building her live performance skills on stages throughout southern California. She embarked on a path of sobriety in 2017, having fallen into substance abuse after losing three homes to natural disasters within 6 years.

PREVIOUS ARTISTS

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ATROCITY GIRL 

Atrocity Girl is an all female, hard hitting heavy rock band hailing from the heart of Seattle, WA. From Tom Tom Mag - "The band is coming to gradual success, with one of their videos, “Suffering Skin” (with former bassist Machelle) recently reaching more than 50,000 views on Instagram. Atrocity Girl plays hard-hitting rock ‘n’ roll. Vocals growl and shout, guitars hammer and drums crash. It’s mesmeric.” The band is also LGBTQ and POC inclusive. To learn more, visit www.AtrocityGirl.com

MILO MATTHEWS

Born and raised in Boston, Milo began playing the bass at the age of 12.  Through his teens and early 20’s, he busked the subways making a living by playing for eight hours a day and he credits the experience with teaching him invaluable lessons about music and performing.  Milo has travelled extensively throughout the United States and Europe performing his music. Milo’s style of music ranges from jazz, blues, rock, pop, funk to even folk.  He performs his own originals as well as adds his unique flavor to 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and present cover songs. Over the past 30 years, Milo has refined his technique and musicianship and perfected his skills in recording and producing.  To date, Milo has recorded, produced and engineered over 25 albums of his music and for other artists. Learn more at www.MiloMatthews.com

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Where is the show?

Bailey's Corner Store, Clinton, WA on scenic Whidbey Island

What time does the show start?

6pm

When does Buried Blonde play?

They play an opening set at 6pm. 

Is it outside?

No - it's indoors and there's a wood-burning stove! 

Is there food?

There's a full menu of burgers, chicken sandwiches, grilled cheese as well as beer on tap and a full store of things. Kitchen closes at 7pm.

Can I reserve a table?

No. 

Is there a cover charge?

There is a $10 suggested donation NOTAFLOF 

Who is playing?

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Where do I park?

There's a lot out front. If that's full there's plenty of street parking.

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