Uncle Bonsai
Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)clever contemporary folk-pop $16.50 advance / $18.50 at doorPurchase tickets online
July 02 8:00 pm

Uncle BonsaiThe legendary Seattle folk-pop band Uncle Bonsai plays “funny original songs whose exquisite musical detail and subtle needling wit attain a level of craft not often seen in pop,” says the New York Times. “The group has achieved an almost cult status,” says Carlos Pedraza of the Associated Press. “Their music ranges from irreverent to ironic, from satirical to sad. And despite the folk tag, their music defies categorization as it incorporates elements of jazz, pop, Broadway, reggae, and classical.” They’ve been around for 30 years now, and they’ve developed a reputation for angelic vocals, barbed wit, and perfect enunciation. Tonight’s show celebrates the release of their illustrated bedtime book and album for grown-ups, The Monster in the Closet/Go to Sleep, two tauntingly twisted tales for tormented parents.

With roots in Vermont – think Bennington College – the band features Andrew Ratshin, Arni Adler, and Patrice O’Neill gloriously harmonizing on intricate arrangements of clever originals with catchy tunes and twisted lyrics. In their early years, with hits like “Boys Want Sex in the Morning,” the band toured with They Might Be Giants and The Bobs, and opened for Suzanne Vega, Loudon Wainright III, Bonnie Raitt, and 10,000 Maniacs. After an extended hiatus, the band picked up again in 2008, with new songs focusing more on an irreverent vision of childhood, what the Seattle Times calls “nicely edgy, sour-sweet songs, written for grown-ups.” This band, in the words of the Boston Globe, is “not normal.” For an abnormally entertaining evening of provocative music, catch Uncle Bonsai at the Freight.

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