It was all Dolly, all the time at Conor Byrne (5140 Ballard Ave NW) Saturday night. A “sold-out” sign hung on the door to the popular pub. “You couldn’t buy tickets, we are just sold out from people walking in,” Kiley Dumas, an employee at the Pub says. “Tribute Nights always get a lot of people.” It was the third annual tribute night for Dolly Parton. Cost was $10 at the door and all proceeds benefited Seattle’s Left Bank Books Anarchist Book Fair.
The Gloria Darlings playing a cover of “Little Sparrow”
From 9:20 until midnight, nine bands took the stage and performed a wide variety of Dolly Parton music to a full house.
“I love [to play] here in Ballard and at Conor Byrnes.” Rachel Sage a violinist for The Gloria Darlings said after their three song set. Rachel lived in Ballard a few years ago and keeps coming back for shows. She met her band member Pandi at a Bob Dylan Tribute night almost two years ago. They have been playing at Bluegrass and folk festivals as well as at various venues in Ballard since.
According to Kiley Dumas, Conor Byrne hosts three to four tribute nights a year and mainly rely on bands to advertise. The pub does have a chalkboard of upcoming events hanging on the wall across from the bar. Last month they held a Tom Waits night, which is the biggest one of the year.
The bands featured were: The Dolly Pops, MoZo, Mikey Budd, Strange Jerome, Holler, Randall Walker, The Gloria Darlings, Cheshire Faulkner and Side Saddle.