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The Crocodile, in Seattle
02-15-2014, 06:52 PM (This post was last modified: 02-15-2014 07:07 PM by Tusk.)
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The Crocodile, in Seattle
Last night, I got to go with some friends to see some bands at Seattle's famous "The Crocodile"

Quote:Since 1991, music fans far and wide have recognized the Crocodile as Seattle’s best live music venue.

There is no other spot in the North West with such a storied and beloved past, and no other rock and roll venue that has earned its right to occupy the hearts of so many.

Countless incredible bands played within the walls of Belltown’s much loved living room including: Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Cheap Trick, R.E.M., Mudhoney, and Yoko Ono.

The venue’s abrupt closure in December 2007 broke many a heart, and it is safe to say that people felt a piece of Seattle had died. But after months of renovations and reconstruction, the mighty Crocodile reopened in March 2009.

Today
We regularly host a vast range of up & coming local, national and international talent. Hip-hop, rock, electronic, folk, singer/songwriters, metal, punk, and avant-garde. We also serve as a venue for showcases, private events and fundraisers.

We’ve been honored to host Beastie Boys, Ben Gibbard, Macklemore, Zola Jesus, Ben Harper, Alabama Shakes, Jessie Ware, Emile Sandi, Battles, First Aid Kit, Dick Dale, Balkan Beat Box, Gaslight Anthem, Bombay Bicycle Club, Talib Kweli, Gary Clark Jr., The Ting Tings, Alt-J, Cam’Ron, Walking Papers, El Ten Eleven, Toro Y Moi, G-Eazy, Wood Brothers, Death Grips, The Coup, Divine Fits, Ariel Pink, Walking Papers, Hoodie Allen, Tom Morello, Social Distortion, Hadag Nahash, Our Lady Peace, Austra, Black Joe Lewis, Destroyer, Eugene Mirman, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Minus the Bear, Lucero, Black Happy, Thee Oh Sees, Neon Indian, Explosions in the Sky, Grynch, Allen Stone, Wye Oak, The Lonely Forest, Meat Puppets, The Melvins, Doomtree, The Head and the Heart, Cults, Joy Formidable, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Tune-Yards, Starfucker, Thee Satisfaction, Nada Surf, Hieroglyphics, Kulture Shock, and so many more incredible artists.

So this venue, has a Major connection w/ Seattle's music scene, made more famous when Grunge became a national movement thnx to Nirvana and Pearl Jam, among others.

There is artwork
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These are the bands I saw last night:

Purr Gato, fronted by two women performing original music with a style I can only describe as "Synth Grunge", featuring a 'keytar'. I liked it enough to purchase a cd

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Followed by an R&B/soul/funk band called the Braxmatics, they came with two dancers on stage





But the band we came to see, Dudley Manlove Quartet, a highly popular seattle cover band specializing in covering songs that people don't normaly cover, like Neil Diamond, Billy Joel, Journey, Simple Minds, ABBA, B52's and even A Ha. This is their 19th year. This'll be my fourth time seeing them, they are excellent musicians and have a loyal following.





But when they cover Bowie songs, they are known as Bowievision







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02-15-2014, 08:44 PM
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Thanks for the vids, Tusk. The lead singer of the Dudley Manlove Quartet/Bowie Vision has a nice voice and it's a good band.

But quartet???? In CTMEOOY, there are at least 8 people. Does it then become a double quartet??? Are any (humorous) explanations made?
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02-15-2014, 08:57 PM (This post was last modified: 02-15-2014 09:39 PM by Tusk.)
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I think it's just a name, not necessarily an account of members. Tongue
I don't think the brass section in their promo video, usually accompany them. Probably for promo purposes, although I saw them at the Triple Door too, (Where they will be performing in May), so sometimes for 'special occasion'

The name is derived from the actor, Dudley Manlove,
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Quote:Dudley Devere Manlove (June 11, 1914 – April 17, 1996) was an American radio announcer and actor. Manlove had a deep, resonant voice and a full career as an announcer and radio actor. He is also known for his roles in the movies The Creation of the Humanoids and Plan 9 from Outer Space

The Lead singer, Stefan Mitchell, is 'new', first time I've seen him. The previous singer was caught stealing money from the group. I think I heard Stefan has been with them for 2 years.

The two ladies, on second look, might just be the female members of Purr Gato, giving a hand for background vocals. I can't be sure....
(I admit, I watched the one on the left performing most of the set Blush )

They also needed a female voice to help perform "Under Pressure"




The video was taken on a Windows phone, the sound is a lot weaker than it should be, the band sounded great...

I recommend their shows, high energy, entertaining and their audience brings up the energy. Kind of fun to hear songs performed you might not normally hear live Cool











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