After presenting live music for over 14 years, we definitely recognize the depth and variety of talent we have here in the Northwest. One of the things that we’re most excited about with this new venture is our ability to expand on the types of musical genres we offer. With live shows six nights a week, we will be able to feature a wide range of musical offerings including R&B, Latin, singer-songwriter, rock & roll, blues, jazz and more. Our goal is to develop an eclectic roster of artists and for our musical calendar to truly have something for everyone.
We are still working out the details but our intention is to create a weekly format with certain evenings designated for specific genres. We anticipate that our weeknights will be devoted to jazz, singer-songwriter and Latin shows, while the weekends will be more geared towards R & B, blues, funk and rock. Of course, this format will remain flexible, as we want to be able to accommodate tricky schedules, especially those of nationally touring artists.
If you take a peek at our event calendar, you will get an idea as to the variety of shows that are coming up. The schedule includes many of your favorite musicians and bands, as well as some artists that are new to Bake’s Place. Our May schedule is a great example. We’re kicking things off with critically acclaimed jazz vocalist Dee Daniels, who is the featured performer for our Grand Opening weekend, May 11-13. May also includes the high-energy vocal group Groove For Thought, electric violinist Geoffrey Castle, Roots Americana band The Halyards and New Age pianist David Lanz. These are just a few. Looking ahead to summer, we have some great Latin bands on tap such as Tumbao, Sambatuque and Susan Pascal’s Soul Sauce, a Latin Jazz Tribute to Cal Tjader. For the blues fans, we have a smokin’ line-up that includes the Lloyd Jones Quartet, Little Bill & the Bluenotes and Mark DuFresne. We will also be featuring some very fun retro-rock acts such as Creme Tangerine and Ventura Highway Revisited. Of course, we will continue to present jazz artists, including Northwest favorite Greta Matassa, up and coming group Industrial Revelation and the funky organ jazz band McTuff to name just a few. Starting in June, our wonderful house band Trish Hatley and the Bake’s Place Players will hold court every Tuesday night. The band, which features some of the top jazz musicians in the region, will perform your favorite pop tunes from the 50’s & 60’s with a unique jazz twist.
Clearly, we’re spreading our wings. We are thrilled about all of these performances and about the array of styles and genres reflected therein. We hope you will take some time to check out our calendar of events. We think you’ll like what you see!
Construction at the new venue continues to progress at a rapid pace. The dry wall is up and most of the walls are painted. At present, we’re installing the railings on the mezzanine and completing the carpentry on the bar. We’ve also hung the stage lights and have installed modular art panels to create a stunning backdrop for our stage. Please have a look at the slideshow below. (Just click on the photo to advance the slideshow.)