People of "Now I'm Fine": Josh Rawlings Dec 2, 2014

by Erin

Josh Rawlings is a Seattle-based pianist, keyboardist, composer, vocalist, and expert Fender Rhodes player. A jazz-based musician, he plays in several different groups as well as being an in-demand session player and teacher. One of Rawlings' many projects is the garage-jazz band Industrial Revelation, who recently won the 2014 Stranger Genius award. 

Learn more about Rawlings and hear music at his website.

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ARTIST INTERVIEW: WHY DO YOU MAKE ART? Dec 2, 2014

by Monique

OtB heads to the Streamline Tavern to interview Ahamefule Oluo and Frank Boyd, two artists working with Jazz and Theater at On the Boards this season. In this clip Aham talks about why he loves his work as an artist.

READ MORE ABOUT AHAM'S WORK Now I'm Fine

READ MORE ABOUT FRANK'S WORK The Holler Sessions



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People of "Now I'm Fine": Evan Flory-Barnes Dec 2, 2014

by Erin

Bassist and composer, Evan Flory-Barnes, is a Seattle Native, who has been composing and performing music since he attended Garfield High School.  He was a member of the award winning symphony orchestra at Garfield while writing music for the hip-hop group Maroon Colony.  He is purposeful in his resolve to use his music to remove the barriers imposed on music, musicians and society – no genres. His vision is to create music that reflects beauty; stirs the emotions; and, enlightens the soul.

Read more at his...

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People of "Now I'm Fine": D'Vonne Lewis Dec 2, 2014

by Erin

Journalist/saxophonist Steve Griggs profiles drummer D'Vonne Lewis at Earshot.org:

Lewis has worked so steadily since he attended high school that he decided to forgo college. “I started playing with [saxophonist] Hadley Caliman when I was still in high school. Then I went on a West Coast tour with singer Jennifer Jones and just kept getting gigs.” Lewis worked with soul and hip-hop artist Darrius Willrich in the projects Blue Scholars and Source of Labor. He performed his grandfather’s music in the band McTuff with organist Joe Doria. Recently, Lewis toured the East Coast with Ethiopian singer Meklit Hadero, celebrated four years of performing with pianist Ron Weinstein at the now defunct Thaiku, appeared at the Royal Room with Skerik and Andy Coe, and laid down some tracks for Pearl...

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"The show is about those moments when you don’t feel hopeless" - Ahamefule Oluo at KPLU Dec 1, 2014

by Erin

Ahamefule Oluo and kplu.org's Florangela Davila break it down on kplu's blog:

Ahamefule J. Oluo was not doing well. After seven years of marriage, he was divorced, a single father and living in a basement apartment. He had a day job he hated. And though his night job of trying to make it as a musician and as a stand-up comedian was much better, all the juggling was wearing him down.

Then he learned his father had died. The man had left Oluo when he was one month old but “I’d always dreamt about reconciling with him,” Oluo says.

A few weeks after that, Oluo contracted a harrowing skin disease called Stevens-Johnson syndrome, which later turned into toxic epidermal necrolysis.

“My skin started dissolving,” he says. “Like it’s there when you go to...

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'Now I'm Fine' Balances Dramatic Personal Stories with Humor - Ahamefule Oluo in Seattle Magazine Dec 1, 2014

by Erin

Seattle Magazine's Brangien Davis talks to Oluo about his upcoming performance:

“There’s sometimes a misconception that this is an uplifting show,” Ahamefule “Aham” Oluo says. A smile curls at the edges of his deadpan voice, but it comes from a place of sincerity, not scorn. His tall frame folded into a café chair at a coffee shop in his neighborhood, Columbia City, he is discussing his new show, Now I’m Fine. It’s a sort of jazz performance memoir, a dark and funny pop opera that shrinks and swells from intimate portrait to sweeping emotion. “I would say it’s neutral,” Oluo continues. “It’s about the momentary pacification of the things that are tearing you apart. It’s about just making it through stuff.”

At 32, the musician/composer/...

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Office Closed for Holiday Nov 25, 2014

by Monique

OtB administration and box offices will be closed Wednesday, November 24, 2014 and will re-open Monday, December 1, 2014. We apologize for any inconvinence.

xoxo - OtB

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"What Does it All Mean?" - Marcie Sillman on Tere O'Connor Nov 24, 2014

by Erin

Arts reviewer/journalist Marcie Sillman on O'Connor's BLEED at And Another Thing...

A few years ago, my friend Christopher let me in on his approach to contemporary art.

"Just sit down in our seat," he instructed, "take a breath and open all your chakras to what you're about to experience."

 Indeed.

That's probably the best advice to heed before you see Tere O'Connor's Bleed. This work for 11 dancers, and the three separate works that informed it, were all performed in Seattle November 20-23, 2014 at On The Boards and Velocity Dance Center.

Bleed is an abstract, hour-long dance. Choreographer O'Connor told dance writer Melody Datz Hansen of "The Stranger" that he doesn't make work to convey meaning. He wants us, the audience, to experience his dances at the moment we watch them. Somebody described this to me as akin to watching something...

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