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Win Tickets ($50+): Seattle Fremont Halloween w/ Jeff Austin Band @ Nectar Lounge | Bluegrass w/ Danny Barnes, Eric Thorin and Ross Martin + Left Coast Country

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Halloween w/ Jeff Austin Band @ Nectar Lounge on October 31. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, October 27.

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Jeff Austin Band @ Nectar Lounge | Bluegrass w/ Danny Barnes, Eric Thorin and Ross Martin + Left Coast CountryJeff Austin Band
with Danny Barnes, Eric Thorin and Ross Martin + Left Coast Country
October 31, 2014
8 p.m. Doors | $25 ADV | 21+

Nectar Lounge
412 N 36th St, Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 632-2020

Mandolinist Jeff Austin is unstoppable. He is celebrated for his fleet fingers and penchant for improvisation on stage, but those qualities also speak volumes about how he chooses to live. Austin has cultivated his natural musical abilities and allowed himself to be driven by his boldest instincts. In this way, he has been able to build positive, exciting momentum around his life’s greatest passion.

Austin’s enthusiasm for the vast, vibrant world of music was rooted in him as early as he can remember: “I was always raised very musically. My mom always had music playing; she always sang.” It’s no surprise then that Austin himself grew up singing too. From beginning to end of his years in grade school just outside of Chicago, he sang in classes, choirs, and musicals, allowing his musical influences to lead him where they may. “I started listening to Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings,” Austin says. “And then the Beatles, that turned into Bob Dylan, and then the Grateful Dead and Phish.”

It is with this rich personal history at his back that propels Austin into a new creative direction as he prepares to step into the spotlight as a solo artist. On his forthcoming debut project, Austin’s songwriting remains rooted in Americana inspiration and the frantic energy of the jam genre but also, reaches even further weaving in more mainstream themes, reminiscent of his co-write contribution “Fiddlin’ Around,” that was featured on the 2010 Grammy nominated Dierks Bentley album, Up on the Ridge. While the upcoming, untitled solo effort is still a work in progress, it can already be summed up succinctly as Austin’s love letter to storytelling. “I love writing a three-minute song with a hook that would grab a five-hundred-pound marlin as much as I like writing something that goes, ‘okay, after the bridge, it’s going to open up and just go wide.’”

Indeed, “wide” is what Jeff Austin is all about. He wants new and different, complex and interesting. He wants everything the music world has to offer, and he’s willing to work hard to get it.

Danny Barnes
“A good song has a way of speaking to everybody” Danny Barnes says. “I have faith that more people are going to hear my songs, which is really what I have to offer. I’m not one of those virtuoso instrumentalists, I can’t compete with those guys, but the one thing I can do is write really good songs.”

Part Southern gentleman, part humble artist, Barnes is being more than a bit self-effacing with this statement. Widely regarded as one of the most innovative and genre-bending artists of his craft, Barnes’ musical interests are both varied and adventurous, and he incorporates that versatility into a progressive approach to an instrument that is musically polarizing and steeped in tradition. Although he demonstrates an appreciation for the history of the bluegrass, country, and folk music from which the banjo’s reputation was born, his inventive take is what truly separates him from his contemporaries…using the banjo as his ‘weapon of choice’ to play non-traditional music like rock, fusion, and jazz with electronic percussion and loop elements.

He has come to redefine the banjo’s perceived image in an eclectic career for which genre definitions have merely been a polite suggestion. From his early days as the driving force behind the impressive Austin-based Bad Livers, a band of pioneering Americana missionaries, through a prolific solo career and the development of his trademark ‘folkTronics’ project, a startling approach that incorporates digital technology and various effect pedals to stretch the tonal range of the instrument, Barnes has always listened to his proudly offbeat inner voice.

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29 Responses to Win Tickets ($50+): Seattle Fremont Halloween w/ Jeff Austin Band @ Nectar Lounge | Bluegrass w/ Danny Barnes, Eric Thorin and Ross Martin + Left Coast Country

  1. Em September 30, 2014 at 4:35 pm #

    I should win because I’ve been bad once or twice this year so Santa won’t be bringing me anything, the judgemental jerk.

  2. JHager October 1, 2014 at 6:13 am #

    These underappreciated instruments in the right hands are heavenly. I’d love to share the beauty of mandolin and banjo with my best friend who, so far, hasn’t heard anything more complex than a guitar.

  3. Steve October 2, 2014 at 2:35 pm #

    Would love a chance to see what Mr. Austin is doing solo these days. Loved him in YMSB. A HUGE Danny Barnes fan as well.

  4. Ashley October 2, 2014 at 4:03 pm #

    Because I haven’t been able to catch Jeff solo yet and I can’t wait to see what he is like without YMSB. And I always try to catch Danny Barnes when he is in town!

  5. Lisa L October 2, 2014 at 4:46 pm #

    Have not seen in him in person yet and would really enjoy seeing first hand his great talent as a Mandolinist.

  6. Natalie October 2, 2014 at 4:58 pm #

    I should win the tickets because I can’t afford to go to Phish in Vegas… and because my costume is gonna be awesome.

  7. J. B. October 2, 2014 at 7:55 pm #

    I like the poster; Corvus is my favorite genus. This show sounds like fun!

  8. April Schiavo October 2, 2014 at 9:56 pm #

    Pick me! Winner winner chicken dinner. Halloween in Seattle with awesome, music & friends! I will represent on the dance floor!!!

  9. Coco October 3, 2014 at 9:13 am #

    Because I cried when Jeff left YMSB. I want to see his ridiculous faces and am excited to see what this 4 will do together. I imagine it will be awesome. I also really want to see Natalie’s costume.

  10. Crickett October 3, 2014 at 1:52 pm #

    Please choose me because I deserve to see Mr. Barnes in my home town and I am a huge supporter of all upcoming musicians and artists. Also because I am flat broke, depressed, and the last three times I’ve won anything I’ve given it away to someone else because I could afford to buy the tickets when they could not. Plus I am a decent person too. :)

  11. Mel Jasper October 3, 2014 at 6:52 pm #

    Because Jeff Austin is the SHIT & I’ve missed him terribly!!! Although I still love YMSB it isn’t the same without the high energy of this man on stage! Jeff turns into a cartoon character and takes me on a wild musical adventure!!! Pick Me! Pick Me! Also because I’m dying to see Natalie’s costume!!!!!

  12. Woody October 6, 2014 at 9:53 am #

    Just happen to be visting Seattle for the weekend. Bringing a friend that hasn’t been there before. I need to show her all the highlights in just a couple of days … impossible. This concert would be a BONUS. I grew up in Appalachia and love Bluegrass. I don’t get to see it live much. Please pick me, pretty please!

  13. Mark Bunch October 6, 2014 at 11:27 am #

    Jeff is an amazing musician, the best in Yonder, and I’d love to show support to his new solo career. He’s going to CRUSH IT!!!!!!!!! DAB trio be damned. :)

  14. Johnny "Jams" Lalonde October 7, 2014 at 12:51 pm #

    Jeff Austin’s charisma and energy and Danny Barnes’ mad genius at the same show? Who WOULDN’T want to go?

  15. Blaire October 9, 2014 at 1:54 pm #

    would love to go!!

  16. LAURIE October 9, 2014 at 2:02 pm #

    love bluegrass

  17. Ian October 9, 2014 at 2:22 pm #

    To celebrate my favorite holiday!

  18. James Kirchmer October 12, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

    Mr. Barnes is DA MAN… #DannyForHonoraryMayor :: p.s. – Imah gon’ dress up fo’ Hall’ween azah BAD LIVER :-P

  19. Amber Gray October 14, 2014 at 3:12 pm #

    We love bluegrass and need to finally get out on Halloween! Plus we just moved away from Fremont and miss our old hood!

  20. Rachel October 15, 2014 at 10:58 pm #

    I’m designing and sewing costumes for both myself and my super sexy partner–we need somewhere to go in them!

  21. Sue October 16, 2014 at 3:05 pm #

    Help get me off this island and transport me to the land of bluegrass where I may drink thy NECTAR!!!

  22. Leann October 18, 2014 at 7:56 am #

    I’ve been dying to see Jeff solo & who doesn’t love some good bluegrass music with Danny. Pick me as I need to set my soul free to music. Lets dress up, listen to great music, party & dance. It’s the day of the dead & it’s time to celebrate!!!!

  23. Mike October 18, 2014 at 1:14 pm #

    Me and my girlfriend are traveling up from LA for 3 days. Oct 31st – Nov 2nd. We do not have anything to do on Halloween & This place looks awesome. We would love to start our trip off with a BANG by hanging out at the Nectar for our first night!

  24. Steve October 22, 2014 at 4:32 pm #

    Concerts are so much fun and I’ve never been to the Nectar Lounge for a concert. My girlfriend and I have not been to a concert in quite a while due to tough financial times, so going to this concert would be amazing.

  25. Kelly October 23, 2014 at 6:35 pm #

    I love bluegrass and would love to listen to some on Halloween!

  26. Vesta October 23, 2014 at 9:28 pm #

    I say again- bluegrass is in my soul :)

  27. Deborah Schorzman October 23, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    How dark my shadow’s grown… Danny, I love your words, your music. I missed you in YMSB at string summit and would LOVE to see what you are doing now. Yes! you do write really great songs. I can’t wait to celebrate my favorite holiday with you.

  28. Gina Schneider October 24, 2014 at 7:57 pm #

    I should win because I just took care of a sister with a 30 pound (yes!), a 30 pound tumor, a daughter with a deadly skin infection that was taking over her leg, and a husband with dental surgery, and I want to dress up as a Day of the Dead Frida Kahlo and hear the Blues on Halloween!

  29. Jen October 25, 2014 at 12:25 am #

    I would love to win the tickets because, my best friend of 20 years and I have never been single at the same time. We are now, and headed up to Seattle for a amazing weekend….

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