The Tractor was lit up in Old Ballard on Monday night as MTV crews shot new episodes of “5 Dollar Cover,” a scripted show that features local musicians.
Crews shot The Maldives perform and followed up with some shots outside.
We caught up with David Gale, executive VP of new media for MTV, who was enjoying a beverage at Kings Hardware next door. “Everyone is local,” he said, explaining that the director (Lynn Shelton), crew and musicians are all from Seattle. “It’s a look at the city’s music scene from up-and-coming bands,” he said. Real musicians act out real stories, Gale said, adding that the show is designed for the web with some components airing on TV.
This is the second city for MTV’s “5 Dollar Cover.” The first, Memphis, is available online. MTV crews will be shooting at The Tractor again on Tuesday with other shoots to follow around the city. In all, 14 local bands will appear in the show. By the way, the Maldives will be helping The Tractor celebrate its 15 year anniversary with a CD release party on August 27-29th.