Emerald City dwellers, rejoice! After a week chock full of great musical options, our recommendations culminate with the Grand Reopening of Chop Suey in Capitol Hill! We can’t wait to find out if the new owners have stayed true to the original vibe of the venue, but based on the debut lineup, we think the Chop Suey will maintain its superbly gritty underground live music reputation.
Weeknight shows can be tough, which is why we get so excited when a great band serves as an opener. It allows enough time for a couple drinks, good tunes and you can arrive bright-eyed and bushy-tailed to work the next day. It’s especially great when the opener is someone like Gabriel Mintz, who plays Americana-tinged rock with hypnotic riffs, and who could easily be the headliner for the night.Gabriel is one of the most unassuming frontmen we’ve encountered. His voice is truly a gift – a soft, rich, unwavering tone that is just raw enough to give the band’s music an authentic rock and roll vibe. He’s backed by drummer Trent Moorman of Head Like A Kite and bassist Geoff Stanfield, Sun Kil Moon’s producer, so he is in good company.
Below, we’ve included one of our favorite Gabriel Mintz songs, “Western Days,” from their 2010 release, Volume 1. If you’re looking to make it an early night, we recommend at least checking out Gabriel’s set before turning in. And who knows, after hearing such musical brilliance you might just be inspired to put that third latte to work.http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/track=437745268/size=venti/bgcol=FFFFFF/linkcol=4285BB// 2/10 Way South/The Brambles/Gabriel Mintz @ Nectar :: Tickets are $7 at the door :: Doors at 8:00 PM :: 21+