The iconic Seattle band Soundgarden was spotted posing for photos in front of a grungy-looking building on 22nd Ave. in Old Ballard Friday evening. Our tipster, who sent us these photos, says it was a photo shoot for Spin Magazine. We also saw a couple Tweets about the photo shoot. “(I’m) still calming rob down […]
Phil Brockman, the principal at Ballard High School was recently honored for his commitment to music. Last month, Brockman (shown holding plaque) received the first-ever Washington Music Educators Association Administrator of the Year Award “for advocating music as a core quality of education,” the release from the Seattle Public Schools states. He was honored during […]
Sofia Talvik, a singer and songwriter from Göteborg, Sweden is coming to the Nordic Heritage Museum for a concert this weekend.
Not knowing anything about the musician, we wanted to ask her a few questions:
MyBallard: Tell me a little bit about your music.
Talvik: I think my music is very personal. I try to put the lyrics in focus which often results in a bit of a minimalisttic production. I guess I’d be tagged as a singer/songwriter but leaning towards a folk pop expression. I have a new album out in May and it’s got a bigger sound than my previous work, I’ve worked a lot on giving the songs a depth, and it’s almost like my vocals are resting on top of the instruments. What’s similar in all my albums though is that my voice and acoustic guitar is the core of everything.
MyBallard: Where do you get your inspiration? Who are your musical influences?
Talvik:I get my inspiration from everyday life. I love movies and often find the score interesting, I also pick up phrases I like from the movies or TV and incorporate them in my lyrics. Musically I have a very diverse taste. Like for this album I was inspired by Kings of Leon, something you probably wouldn’t think of when you listen to it. But I also love great songwriters like Neko Case, Aimee Mann and Nick Drake.
Get ready for downtown Ballard to become one giant music scene tomorrow. Seattle Weekly’s Reverb Festival hits the neighborhood tomorrow with dozens of bands playing at ten venues into the wee hours of Sunday. The entire schedule can be found here. Wristbands are $5 in advance and $7 on the day of the show for […]
The schedule for Seattle Weekly’s annual Reverb Festival was just announced today so get ready for 64 bands to take over Ballard on October 3rd. The more than five dozen bands will be playing at ten different venues, including four places that are all-ages. Wristbands are $5 in advance and $7 on the day of […]
Tre Norske wow’d the crowd last night while the Friends of Bergen Place harvested the lavender in the downtown park. A couple dozen people enjoyed the music and some took to the dance floor. Updated: At the end of the event, volunteers say an 70-year-old man was hit by a “punk kid” who was harassing […]
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 […]
You may have seen this drum circle on a sunny Saturday in front of Market Street Traders, just down from Majestic Bay Theater. The sidewalk entertainment is in celebration of “World Fair Trade Day.”
Ballard’s biggest music event of the season, the Ballard Jazz Festival, is underway through Sunday. We stopped by tonight’s event, the Jazz Walk. Musicians played at a dozen venues across the neighborhood. One of the top names in jazz, Thomas Marriott (on the trumpet), dazzled the crowd at the New York Fashion Academy. On Saturday, […]
We dropped by Sonic Boom Records today to check out a live performance by Ballard’s own “Say Hi,” one of several events celebrating Record Store Day. “Say Hi” is Eric Elbogen, who wrote and recorded his sixth album, Oohs & Aahs, in his home studio, playing all the instruments himself. (Amazing, when you listen to […]
We swung by Old Ballard Friday night to take a few photos of the second annual Honk Fest West, featuring over a dozen motley marching bands. Here at Conor Byrne, a few bands played inside and out to the delight of the dancing crowd gathered on the street corner. Bands also played at The Sunset, […]
You can expect quite the show in Old Ballard tonight as Honk Fest West returns with “radical marching bands” from 5 states and Canada. “The streets, cafes, & pubs of Ballard and Georgetown will be overflowing with the lively sound of horn players and drummers from more than a dozen street bands,” explains the website, […]