By Steven Graham
The Fremont Abbey Arts Center has come to be one of my favorite places to see a show because they host and organize very small and intimate concerts with some very big names in the Seattle music community. One of the things that makes it feel so special is because there aren’t many people in the room for these shows and all the people who are there came for the same reason you did, to see a great show. No talking or texting or ordering a drink while the artist is on stage, just pure enjoyment.
I didn’t think it would be possible to do this type of show on a much larger scale and still have it feel special, until last Friday.
On Friday night I finally made it to one the Fremont Abbey’s offsite shows held at St Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle. The lineup included Damien Jurado, Naomi Wachira, Pepper Proud who was joined by Jon Pontrello of The Moondoggies, and Kevin Long.
850+ people packed into the cathedral with pillows and cushions to sit wherever there was space. Every performance was great, but Damien Jurado brought the house down. He performed two songs with his son Miles assisting him on piano.
“I’m learning so much musically from a 12 year old boy who’s blowing my mind every day” said Jurado of practicing these songs with his son.
He ended the night by bringing his chair down to the floor, standing on it and giving the crowd a completely unplugged and beautiful version of “Let Us All In.” The video is available below.