Rock or theater? Multifaceted Stew and the Negro Problem does both

  • Wed Mar 14th, 2012 1:57pm
  • Life

By Jackson Holtz Herald Writer

Stew and Heidi Rodewald are the musical and creative forces behind the bands Stew, the Negro Problem, and Stew and the Negro Problem.

The former is their duo work, the middle their Los Angeles-band, the latter the collaboration that’s persisted with various musicians joining the pair.

They bring their act to the Neptune on Saturday, drawing from their critically acclaimed new release “Making It,” and their Tony Award-winning “Passing Strange.”

“We like to do a mixed bag,” Stew, 50, said. He spoke to The Herald the other day during a break from New York City where he’s rehearsing a new play.

“It’s another excuse to play rock in the theater,” Stew said. Neither Stew nor Rodewald are in the new play.

Thanks to the success of “Passing Strange,” audiences at the band’s shows tend to draw from theater and rock enthusiasts.

“It’s nice to have different crowds,” Stew said.

It’s especially nice to play in the Pacific Northwest, he said.

“Seattle is one of those cities that this is how the rest of the world should be,” Stew said.

Catch Stew and the Negro Problem with the Four Bags at 9 p.m. Saturday, Neptune Theatre, 1303 NE 45th St., Seattle. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 day of the show, at or 877-784-4849.

Edmonds Community College is presenting a Hip-Hop Showcase highlighting some of the region’s preeminent young rappers and hip-hop dancers.

It’s titled “The Takeover: New Kings” and features World of Dance Seattle 2011 first place winners PG Fam and second-place winners Audacity Crew.

Also appearing is local rap artists and R&B singers the Code Breakers and Michael Villanueva. EdCC Hip-Hop Club founder Albee Abigania and the Kontagious Performing Company will get turns on stage as well

The show is 8 p.m. Saturday, Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N, Edmonds. Buy $9 tickets at Edmonds Community College Office of Student Life through today, or at the Edmonds Center for the Arts box office at

Fresh from their Grammy win for Country Album of the Year, the trio Lady Antebellum is coming to KeyArena on Tuesday.

This year’s win is the latest in a string of accolades for Dave Haywood, Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley, the three who make up this young group from Nashville.

Rumor has it, they’re working on their fourth album.

They’ll be appearing with Darius Rucker and Thompson Square.

The show is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Tickets are $24 to $76.50 at or 800-745-3000.

An all-night party is planned for Lucky 2012 at the WaMu Theatre.

Two stages featuring top-rate musicians and DJs including Calvin Harris, ATB, Porter Robinson, Hardwell, and Manufactured Superstars, Flux Pavilion, Dirtyphonics live, Ed Rush &Optical, Goldie, Adventure Club and Crizzly.

The 18-and-over show begins at 8:30 tonight and continues through to 3:30 a.m. Saturday, WaMu Theater, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle. Tickets are $45 to $100 in advance, $70 at the door, at or 800-745-3000.

The band Little Feat is a classic. They began in 1969 when Lowell George left Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention.

George teamed up with Bill Payne to produce one of the funkiest rock groups ever formed.

Over time, they’d pen a number of classics including, “Willin’,” “Time Loves a Hero,” “Dixie Chicken,” and many, many more.

“Waiting for Columbus,” their 1978 live album endures as one of the best concert albums ever.

George died of a heart attack in 1979, but the band formed again and has been playing in various configurations for years.

Catch Little Feat with the Villians at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Neptune Theatre, 1303 NE 45th St., Seattle. Tickets are $35 in advance, $37.50 day of the show, at or 877-784-4849.

Jackson Holtz: 425-339-3447;