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by Amy

Tractor Tavern's 15th Anniversary and the Maldives

August 25, 2009 in Ballard, Ballard Events, Ballard Music by Amy

The Tractor Tavern will be celebrating its 15th anniversary with three consecutive nights of shows by the Maldives, who are celebrating the release of their newest album, “Listen to the Thunder” (Mt. Fuji, 2009). The shows are on Thursday the 27th, Friday the 28th, Saturday the 29th. Each show is at 9pm, and tickets are $10, available at Sonic Boom Records or online.

The Maldives, a Seattle-based country rock group deep in the roots music scene, is composed of nine members playing a variety of instruments, including fiddle, lap steel guitar, banjo, accordion, acoustic and electric guitar, bass, and drums. Each night, they will be performing with other local bands, including North Twin, 17th Chapter, The Moondoggies, Zoe Muth & the Lost High-Rollers, Shim, Thee Emergency, and Pickwick.

The Maldives will also be at Sonic Boom Records for a free, all-ages event on Saturday the 29th at 4pm.

Tractor Tavern
5213 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

Enjoy the 4th of July in Ballard!

July 2, 2008 in Ballard, Ballard Events, Ballard Music by SeattleMeg

Forget joining the insane crowds at the Needle or Gasworks Park, stumbling over drunks, and a 2-hour snarl of traffic once it’s over.  Stay here and plan your holiday weekend!

Start your day by joing other summer beach naturalists at Carkeek Park to learn about the beach, what lives and grows there, and what washes up.  Enjoy nature and learn a little about your local beach.  Make sure to wear good sunscreen for the glint off the waters!  (I personally love wading in my Crocs; the waves go right through the holes.)

Enjoy a free concert at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks after lunch.  The Seattle Civic Band entertains you on the 4th from 2-3pm with patriotic and marching music.  Come early to grab a seat or bring your own lawn/folding chair.

At 6pm, you can while away the hours until right before sundown at the Ballard Jam House, 1707 NW Market Street.  Playing on the 4th will be the Welch/Stickney Ensemble (Modern original jazz).  The best thing about this set is that it’s also a relief fundraiser for a cyclone in Myanmar/Burma!  No cover charge, but donations are highly encouraged and all proceeds go to the International Burmese Monks organization for those affected.

Head home just before sunset and watch fireworks from the best seat in the house – your own TV with your friends.  Share nibbles and drink responsibly as you get the best view of both the 4th of Jul-Ivar’s over Elliot Bay and Washington Mutual’s sponsored display that’s shot off a barge on Lake Union. While personal fireworks are banned in our town, don’t fret!  Your night isn’t finished!

Once the shows are over, keep the party going by heading out to the 9:30 show at the Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Avenue.  Enjoy the “high-octane power pop” of three bands in one night!  The reunion tour of The Model Rockets, as well as The Tripwires and Doll Test.  Make sure to grab your very reasonably priced $8 tickets at Sonic Boom Records before then. You’re definitely going to end the holiday on a high note, as the Tractor is open til 2am.

Looking for something else to do, and worried about how other people may have spent the 4th in Ballard?  Here’s your chance to give back and make it a better place.  July 6th at 7:30am (at least it’s Sunday!), the SurfriderFoundation is wanting volunteers to help clean up the holiday mess at Golden Gardens Beach.  It’ll only take you a couple of hours, and they’ll provide light refreshements as well as the bags and gloves.  Make sure to let Melanie at know you’re planning on attending, or visit

Enjoy your 4th of July weekend.  Stay safe and have a great time in Ballard!

by Cameron

Get Down Moses in Ballard, Georgetown Orbits, Skatalites

June 30, 2008 in Ballard, Ballard Music by Cameron

Ska, soul and rock and roll are brewing in the streets of both Ballard and Georgetown. Get Down Moses (already awesome for naming itself after the Joe Strummer & Mescaleros song on the Streetcore album), is no stranger to Ballard. After playing just two and a half weeks ago at the Tractor Tavern, GDM will revisit our humble home, July 5th at the Bit Saloon. Cough up just $5 and spend your hangover with GDM. You can preview their music at I recommend “Sodo”, a Sublime/Operation Ivy beckoning anthem (with extra heavy organ jams) to Seattle’s gritty industrial district, Georgetown, “where the trains and the beggars meet.”

Following the 5th of July, the Georgetown Orbits, a more traditional, straight up Reggae influenced band, will open for the legendary Skatalites on the 9th at Nectar Lounge (not Ballard, sorry).  Here’s your chance to witness one of Jamaica’s earliest reggae pioneers and one of Seattle’s own torch carriers. You’re welcome.

by Ben

KEXP decends on Ballard

May 2, 2008 in Ballard, Ballard Events, Ballard Music by Ben

Good Ballardites! Local radio station KEXP, is bringing it’s broadcasting prowess to the Ballard neighborhood for a full day of musical goodness this Friday, May 9.

All things 90.3 have designed the hostile takeover of Ballard today in celebration of Ballard being crowned winner of KEXP’s Hood to Hood Challenge. The station holds an annual Spring pledge drive which creates one of the largest portions of funding. It has become habit over the last three years, in an effort to promote local funding to create some good ol’ completion among the Seattle neighborhoods. Ballard has championed the last two years.

This years events will take place at a variety of locations beginning with John Richards broadcasting live at 6 a.m from Cupcake Royale/Vérité Coffee and moving to Sonic Boom Records, across the street, where Cheryl Waters will take over at 10 a.m. and eventually Kevin Cole will man the mic from 2 p.m. till 6 p.m. Musical guests will be on hand for live performances. Common Market and Arthur & Yu will be performing during Richards broadcast; Throw Me the Statue, Mochipet and Man Plus will be performing for Waters and the Sonic Boom crowd; and Velella Vellela and Cloud Cult will be live during Cole’s show.

The party doesn’t stop after 6 pm either. Neighborhood pubs will also be taking part, hosting several parties. From Portalis to Hatties Hat, drink specials and other KEXP DJ’s will be spinning until late into the night. Other bands will also be performing. Highlights; the Maldives will take the Conor Byrne stage at midnight while Sunday Night Blackout will be performing at the Tractor Tavern at 10 pm. For further information, schedule for the days events and a list of participating businesses visit

Ben Guerechit

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