Triangle Park Pinata Party on Beacon Hill-Beacon Ave & Stevens Ave

July 17, 2010 1:45pm Triangle Park Pinata Party, Beacon Hill Seattle, WA

Piñata Party returns on July 17

It’s almost time for the annual Piñata Party at Stevens Place Park (informally known as Triangle Park—it’s the small triangular park located between Beacon Avenue South, South Stevens Street, and 17th Avenue South)! Last year’s party was cancelled because of the Link Light Rail opening day festivities, but this year it’s back on July 17 with music, food, and as always, piñatas for the kids to clobber.

Our neighborhood Beacon Hill Piñata Party is Saturday, July 17 from 12 noon – 3:00pm at Triangle Park at South Stevens Streeet and Beacon Avenue South.

On behalf of your neighborhood organizing committee, here are a few notes for past attendees and first timers:

We’re not grilling this year. Instead, food will be potluck style with a few local restaurants and Red Apple contributing. We’ll definitely have free fruit, juice and water. Please bring an item to share or a picnic lunch.

Entertainment, games, piñatas
Local band and Piñata Party tradition Lushy will perform as well as Beacon Avenue’s Jun Hong Kung Fu and a Oaxacan dance for kids. There will be a number of fun games for kids, too. Piñatas will start around 2:15pm. We still need a few more piñatas. Please let me know if you can bring a piñata.

Tiki Kon Launch Party! ATOMIC TIKI w/Lushy, The Apollo 4 & DJ Drew Groove! Friday, July 30th Portland, OR


That’s right, TIKI KON, the foremost NW Tiki weekender is celebrating its 8th year in Portland, happening July 30 – Aug 1, and is kicking it off on FRIDAY NIGHT JULY 30 at THE TONIC LOUNGE located at Sandy Blvd & NE 31st Ave and is not to be missed!

Be sure to come on out, enjoy a cocktail and make the scene at this evening’s weekend kickoff party! Enjoy records spun by DJ DREW GROOVE, the go-go spaced-out surf sounds of THE APOLLO FOUR, and don’t miss a rare Portland performance of Seattle’s premier cocktail party pop band LUSHY!

This year’s theme is ATOMIC TIKI and tonight’s kickoff extravaganza is guaranteed to be a BLAST!!!
Be sure to bring your dancing shoes!

LUSHY Seattle cocktail loungexotic pop
THE APOLLO FOUR  Go-Go surf space beat
DJ DREW GROOVE Far-outeous vinylous spinosus
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It’s Cal Tjader meets Stereolab meets Brazil 66 in a bar in Berlin. Drink up people–it’s LUSHY! Bossa beat flavored alterna-pop that goes down nice and easy. Lounge-y and danceable with hints of exotica and a touch of electronica…nutty and hip…intriguing and soothing–must see live! Lushy concocts a refreshing pop style that blends original samples and Bossa beats with elements of vintage-Latin jazz, exotica, surf, new wave and sixties pop to create their own distinctive intercontinental sound. Most importantly, they have established a solid reputation for originality far beyond their roots in the lounge and exotica scene. Don’t miss this rare Portland appearance!

The countdown has begun…Prepare to launch…!
The Apollo Four are GO!
The Apollo Four are blasting on to the scene by taking liberal doses of lounge & exotica, blended with a pinch o’ kooky kitsch, and an added dash of rockin’ 1960s cool to ignite their solid instrumental spacey surf music base. Absolutely entertaining… supremely danceable… always shaken, never stirred. If your neighborhood Secret Agent Go-Go Lounge had a house band, it would be The Apollo Four!

Keeping things movin’ & a groovin’ throughout the night, expect to hear the way out & wildest in Hip Shakin’ Soul, Lounge, RnB, Tiki, Spy-Fi, Mod, Jazz, Surf, Exotica, Discothèque & Other In Sounds from Way Out! In his non-stop quest as a vinyl archeologist, Drew fearlessly travels deep into the sonic jungles and dusty crates to excavate a tantalizing mix of wax from the primitive, pulsing, wild & exotic to the suave, swanky & narcotic. Grab a cocktail and swing…!

3100 NE Sandy Blvd

Tickets are only $6 Advance / $8 Door [21+]

For advance tickets & more information about the weekend festivities please see:

NW TIKI KON 2010 is sponsored by:

Deco Distilling Rums
Trader Tiki Syrups, Bitters and Spirits
Old Mill Rum
Elroy Art Agency
AlexSandra’s Vintage Emporium

TIKI KON 2010 – Atomic Tiki

For advance tickets & more information about the weekend festivities click here.

Lushy at Triple Door Musiquarium Tues April 27 8-midnight with special guest Lynval Golding!


Lushy will be playing in the Musicquarium at the Triple Door starting March 30 and then every Tuesday in April as part of SIFF’s Speakeasy film series San Francisco.  NO COVER!

Remy, SIFF and the Triple Door are pleased to announce the second edition of our Speakeasy series that will run each Tuesday from 3/30 to 4/27, this time celebrating the lovely city of San Francisco.

SIFF has chosen two more outstanding films: Ray Harryhausen’s vintage Sci-Fi classic It Came From Beneath the Sea (1955) and the Bogart/Bacall noir thriller Dark Passage (1947).

This time around, local 10 piece ‘progressive cocktail pop’ outfit Lushy will provide the musical accompaniment, laying their horn & percussion driven compositions over the dynamic visuals of both films.

Our resident mixologist Brian McKay has updated the vintage cocktail list for this series with some outstanding new additions, as well as retaining the favorites from the Chicago edition.

In addition, Seattle’s purveyor of all things classy, Paula the Swedish Housewife, will be curating some additional atmospheric nods to everyone’s favorite city by the bay: Tippy Hedron in the flesh, sashaying flower girls and other delightful eye candy shall abound.

Please join us for the exclusive launch of Speakeasy SF on Tuesday 3/30. Films show at 8 and 10PM: ‘It came from beneath the sea’ at 10 and ‘Dark Passage’ at 8.

The Triple Door
216 Union Street
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 838-4333

Tuesday, March 30
8:00 PM (21+)

Tuesday, April 06
8:00 PM (21+)

Tuesday, April 13
8:00 PM (21+)

Tuesday, April 20
8:00 PM (21

Tuesday, April 27
8:00 PM (21+)

Lushy fez T-Shirts now available at shows!

Yeah, we dig the fez at Lushy central…and so we bring to you the first in a series of items from the Lushy lifestyle store–the Lushy fez t-shirt in various colors, sizes, mens and womens made of the finest cotton threads for a mere $15.  Now available at shows !!! Our newest design was created by our friend Robin Best at Electra Schwartz and pulled by master printer Steve over at Primal Screens.

TIG article The cool, cocktail party pop of Lushy Photo by Ivan Lasso

The cool, cocktail party pop of Lushy

Photo by Ivan Lasso

For a decade now, Lushy has quietly been making some of the coolest and catchiest music to come out of the Northwest. Their sound and aesthetic immediately brings to mind retro, cocktail parties but with more international influences. You hear elements of swing, jazz, bossa nova and whatever the music was in Bond films back when Sean Connery was 007 and at the same time you want to dance in between sips of your dry martini.

As the band gets ready to release their third official LP, Spaced Out, they have just started playing with a new, full lineup and have sort of rechristened the band “Lushy 9”. While previously playing with a revolving cast of musicians and using a laptop to supply the remaining instrumentation, the band has just begun playing with an expanded lineup to that now has a steady rhythm section, synths, keys and a horn section. The principle members of Lushy are singer Annabella Kirby (who sings in an indie pop band called The Moonspinners), multi-instrumentalist Andy Sodt and guitarist Matt Nims, who I met for an interview over drinks at a cozy downtown bar. Some of the musicians that have played with Lushy over its history include the KEXP DJ Johnny Horn and Lynval Golding, now a Puget Sound resident who was a member of the hugely influential (and now reunited) English ska band The Specials.

Ten people in all complete the live Lushy band, but the name Lushy 9 will remain. Kirby joked that “we counted wrong and now there are ten people in the band.” While the principles agreed that Lushy 9 would be their name and liked the ring to it, Kirby added “it’ll never be the Lushy 10, even if we have ten or sixteen people in the band.”

This Sunday night’s show at Neumos, opening for Dengue Fever, will be just their fourth with their expanded arrangement and sans laptop, but for a lot of people, it’ll be their first opportunity to see Lushy 9, so the band is treating it like the debut. The band now includes Kirby, Sodt and Nims and Brad Chodos-Irvine (percussion). The musicians currently playing in the live lineup of Lushy are Mark Bentz (bass), Debbie Sweetland (keyboards), Don Kenoyer (synth), Patrick Napper (trumpet), Zach Davies (trombone) and Fletcher Andrews (drums). “It’s more band for your buck,” Sodt in our interview. Really, any party is better when more people show up.

While the band has expanded their lineup, their sound has also evolved from their tiki party origins. One of the first Lushy shows was at an event called Tiki Oasis, held in Palm Springs, which fit the group’s early dynamic well. Sodt explained, “We were doing a lot of exotica stuff at the time and were into Martin Denny, so we were trying to do stuff like that. We’ve strayed away from pure tiki now and we have more influences, but back then we were pure exotica or tiki.” It was that show that led to their distribution deal with the independent label Dionysus Records.

The band attracts a diverse crowd to their shows, often bringing an older audience that you wouldn’t normally see at a club like the Sunset or Chop Suey. They also said they play an average of a private party a month, often weddings. “We’re not a typical party band that people hire, but people really like it,” Kirby said and Nims added “we can party with the best of them”.

“We don’t know how to capture the younger set, maybe we could do a Ween cover” Sodt quipped during our interview with Nims joking “yeah, that’ll get us down to thirty-five year olds.” Talking with the band for over an hour, it was often difficult to tell when they were serious and when they were kidding, especially with some ideas for merchandise to sell at shows and online in the “Lushy Lifestyle Store”. All jokes aside, Lushy does appear to be having a lot of fun with the music they make and with the crowds they play to. Talking with them, you get the sense that they will continue to play together until it stops being fun – and no one foresees that happening anytime in the near or distant future.

Spaced Out, forthcoming third album, is set to be released in February with a hard copy but fans should also be able to download the album digitally shortly after this article is posted, and likely before Sunday’s show with Dengue Fever. Sodt says it’s different because “we decided we want to make a dance record and go back to the best of the seventies and use that as our influences.” The album, they said, is a reference to the famous bandleader Enoch Light’s 1969 album, also called Spaced Out. Nims said they took their time recording it, but recorded it before adding any new musicians to the band so the core members of Lushy played all of the instrumentation on this album. They would, though, like to record an album soon with the new members of the band.

My favorite song from the new album is “Get It”, a cool as ice retro pop song that seems to have a hook in nearly every line Kirby sings yet and each verse is catchy itself, without having a defined chorus. When it gets to the bridge, the song goes in a completely different direction, led by both Kirby’s harmonies and the melody.

For as many articles you’ll read about how contemporary bands are rediscovering music from their parents’ generations, there really isn’t another band in Seattle like Lushy. They are completely forthright about their influences (an entire afternoon on Google wouldn’t have led me to Enoch Light’s name – and I knew who he was before the interview), but more importantly they seem to have as much fun themselves as the crowds do that hire them or that they play to. While they may blend elements of forties, fifties, sixties and seventies music throughout their songs, pop music always endures throughout each and every era because people (as a mass) enjoy catchy songs and they like to sing-along and they like to dance. Easily enough, anyone who likes that, should love Lushy.

{Photo by Ivan Lasso.}

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Sunday, Jan 10 Lushy 9 opening for Dengue Fever at Neumos

Neumos Presents: Dengue Fever, Lushy, Darek Mazzone (KEXP Expansions) :: Doors at 8pm :: $15 adv :: Advance tickets on sale now at:, select QFCs, Rudy’s Barbershops, Moe Bar [Buy Tickets Online] :: 21+

Sunday, Jan 10 2010

8pm Doors

Nuemos 925 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122

See you at the show!!!
You won’t want to miss this one!
Lushy goes on at 9:30

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