July Show @ Mars Bar

Zero-G Concerts presents
Moraine / Sugar Skulls / Eric Amrine with Kenny Mandell
& Don Berman

Thursday, 7.21 at Mars Bar/Cafe Venus, 609
Eastlake Ave E in Seattle, 9 p.m., $7, 21+

Eric Amrine with Kenny Mandell and Don Berman (9 p.m.)

Guitarist Eric Amrine has recorded and performed with a who’s who of
creative musicians, including Wally Shoup, Dennis Rea, Jeff Greinke, Greg
Keplinger, the Catabatics, Amy Denio, Lori Goldston, the Degenerate Art
Ensemble, Paul Hoskin, Plunderphonic composer/alto saxophonist John Oswald, the
New Art Orchestra, Color Anxiety, Stem, Stark Raven, Suction, Stupid, and other
luminaries of improvised music and hybrid avant-rock. In the1980s, Eric worked
with David Torn and joined Robert Fripp for several shows before moving from
Washington, DC to Seattle, where SubPop asked him to record adventurous guitar
tracks for under-the-radar special operations. Other historical highlights
include a solo show at PS 122 in New York, and a treasured run as co-organizer
and performer in the first 10 Seattle Improvised Music Festivals, now in its
27th year. Eric is one of Seattle’s secret guitar weapons and performs very
infrequently, so you want want to miss this set, in which he’ll be joined by
top-flight Seattle improvisers Kenny Mandell (saxophone) and Don

Moraine (10 p.m.)

Moraine is an omnivorous
Seattle-based instrumental quintet led by guitarist Dennis Rea and featuring
violinist Alicia DeJoie, woodwind player James DeJoie, bassist Kevin
, and drummer Stephen Cavit. With its
several writers and full complement of ace instrumentalists arrayed in striking
combination, Moraine achieves a unique sound while drawing on forms ranging
from art rock to Chinese folk music to plugged-in power jazz and more. Moraine
has been enthusiastically received by audiences ranging from jazz aficionados
to metalheads to progressive rock enthusiasts and has shared the stage with
such renowned artists as Three Friends (Gentle Giant), Steve Hackett, Eddie
Jobson, and Richard Pinhas. The band’s 2009 release on NYC-based MoonJune
Records, manifest deNsity, garnered nearly 100 glowing reviews
worldwide, and its set at NEARfest 2010, the world’s preeminent showcase for
progressive rock, was considered by many to be a highlight of the festival.
Moraine created a buzz on its spring 2011 tour of major East Coast cities and
is currently working on its second CD with legendary producer Steve Fisk.

Sugar Skulls (11 p.m.)

One of Seattle’s most fearsome musical juggernauts, so unclassifiable that they
defy description – see http://www.myspace.com/sugarskullsrocks/
. With Ursula Beatrice Stuart (bass, vocals), Julie Baldridge
(6-string violin, vocals), Heidi Nebel (keyboards, vocals), Kory