Evan Flory-Barnes

On Loving the Muse and Family
Mar 1 - 4, 2018

$23 | $30 WEEK OF • BUY TICKETS Merrill Wright Mainstage

Thu, Mar 1–Sat, Mar 3 at 8 pm
Sun, Mar 4 at 5 pm


Bassist and composer Evan Flory-Barnes creates a multi-part performance that references and remixes the tradition of historic late night variety shows, such as The Nat King Cole Show and The Dean Martin Show, with a series of self-reflexive monologue songs about his relationships, both intimate and familial.  

Flory-Barnes will fill the stage with an extended family of musicians and performers including The Traumatics, The True Loves, and the Seattle Girls Choir, in addition to a full orchestra. On Loving’s musical range encompasses soul, country western, and ensemble choir linking the performance to a PBS-style episode about learning music. 

On Loving is a celebration of life, philosophy, and psychology through music. Flory-Barnes creates an intimate evening with a cast of characters—both real and imagined—that reveals the artist’s inner relational and emotional world.


"It is a rare thing in this day and age for an accomplished artist younger than 40 to speak so openly and directly about spirituality, authenticity, individuation and how we can respond to the hate of our day with 'soulful loving defiance' but can there be any other way? What a model we have in our midst, reflecting the beauty that we sense is original to Seattle. Evan Flory-Barnes calls us to amplify that in our own lives and this makes perfect sense to me." — Paul E Nelson, South Seattle Emerald


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Thu, Mar 1
Studio Supper with Tarik Abdullah (The Black and Tan Hall, Morning Star) 
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Fri, Mar 2
Post-show conversation with Evan Flory-Barnes in the Studio Theater

Sat, Mar 3
WTFJH? Saturdays: After the show the lobby and FUBAR will be open so audience members can connect and talk about the performance.

Sun, Mar 4
Childcare is available during Sunday performances for kids ages 2-10
(Must reserve in advance; if this is your first time purchasing childcare, you can see the show for free! Learn more)

Evan Flory-Barnes is a Seattle native who has been composing and performing music since he was a student at Garfield High School. While there Flory-Barnes was a member of its award-winning symphony orchestra and performed with the hip-hop group Maroon Colony. For the past 15 years Flory-Barnes has been performing and composing music with a wide variety of artists from across the musical spectrum, in Seattle and abroad. From classic soul to experimental free improvisation, from son jarocho to hard bop, Flory-Barnes brings a demonstrative passion, joy, presence, and virtuosity to every endeavor. Flory-Barnes is also a member of the genre- and expectation-defying Seattle supergroup Industrial Revelation

Photo: Shasta Bree