Thursday, February 16 • Mars Bar/Cafe Venus • 609 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle • $7 • 21+
- Zero Goose (9 p.m.)
Zero-Goose is a forward-thinking Seattle-based jazz group featuring saxophonist Mark Taylor, guitarist Jason Goessel, bassist/keyboardist Ryan Burns, and drummer Tom Zgonc. The group made its debut at Bumbershoot Arts Festival in 2009 (as the Mark Taylor Quartet) and has since performed at the Zero-G concert series, Cafe Racer Sessions, and other venues around Seattle.
- Quasi Mojo (10 p.m.)
This triad creates music that is a roiling hybrid of post-Ayler expansion, minimalist expression, UFO Club abstraction, and black hoodie aggression – and that’s just where it begins. Quasi Mojo is the latest chapter in a decade-plus collaboration between veteran saxophone improviser Wally Shoup and guitar expressionist Bill Horist. Wally has been a singular, leading light in the Northwest free music scene, and Bill’s idiosyncratic work has appeared in numerous genres within and without convention. Add to this frayed fold expansive drummer Mark Ostrowski, a musician of exceptional versatility who can tread the extremities of outside and inside with equal measures of ferocity and sensitivity.
- 3rd Law (11 p.m.)
3rd Law is a dynamic and powerful quartet whose influence ranges from the mighty riffs of Led Zeppelin to the complex and bold compositions of Weather Report. Their original music can contain psychotic rhythmic polyphony mixed with haunting melodies. 3rd Law is Bob Williams (guitar), Igor Abuladze (bass, mandolin), Drew Locke (drums), and Travis Metcalf (guitar). They began recording their first album in January 2012.