Your Weekend Events

MAGMA PURSUES YOU INTO THE WEEKEND: Be not afraid, gentle citizen, for this is nothing to fear, but something to welcome. Magma is Hollow Earth Radio’s annual monthlong music festival, and this second weekend of shows is a persuasive point counterpoint on why letting yourself into the lava is a fine idea. Tonight, the Grand Illusion hosts accordionist and singer Dave End, artist and animator Clyde Peterson, whistful lyricist Theo Hilton, and mesmerist Jordan O’ Jordan. Saturday whistles trunk tones as it saunters up your drive with Magma’s first ever electronic showcase. With Cyanwave, Crown Hill Repeater, The Algebra of Need, Jtuttle, Dax-0-troniC, Vancouver’s The Automatic Message, and additional video from KillingFrenzy, it promises to tickle your electricity.
Friday 9:00 p.m. // Grand Illusion // $10
Saturday 7:30 p.m. // the In (17th/Olive in Capitol Hill) // $10

BALKAN BEATS: One of the best things about Seattle is the sheer variety, breadth, and talent of our local musicians. And what an example this Saturday’s First Annual Balkan Night Northwest makes. 14 bands will represent the music of Croatia, Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria, and popular Roma (Gypsy) brass-band music from 3:00 p.m. until midnight, a full nine hours of wind up and release. Between the two rooms (a mainstage for dancing and the Kafana room, devoted to a more intimate experience), you can see, experience, and enjoy the music of Balkanarama, RTW, Sinovi, Dragi Spasovski & Dobro Veche Band, Tri Šešira, Orkestar Zirkonium, Dromeno, Nu Klezmer Army, Bucharest Drinking Team, Dunava, and Bonaca. And that’s not naming them all, or mentioning that food will be catered by the Croatian ladies and there will be a full bar, except for the part right there where I just did. Epic doesn’t even begin to cover this event, so let’s go with full sensory experience.
Saturday 3:00 p.m. – Midnight // The Russian Center // $15.00

BIG TOP BRIDGES: Syzygy (said sIz.IdZ.i) has several definitions, and where Circus Syzygy is concerned, at least three bear mentioning: a kind of unity, the communication of the conscious and unconscious minds, and the fusion of some or all of the organs. CirsIz brings elements of all in their combination of acrobatic art, physical slapstick, and dance. Caught in an existence much like ours, where the distance between neighbors can best be measured by mutual friends, CirsIz invites us to join them as they search for a way through. Watch.
Through Sunday 8:00 p.m. // SANCA Annex Theater // $22 (Children 12 and under $12)

THE OLD CARNY CHARM: After a weekend such as this, it feels almost mean to suggest one more thing, but it would be a greater disservice not to, given the bill: The Bad Things, Eliza Rickman, and Toy-Box Trio. Working backwards: TBT is toy piano, concertina, and double bass smudged together in a Coney Island looking glass; Ms. Rickman weaves her voice through Cline and Cave covers, supported only by piano; and The Bad Things traffic in drunken dance parties, whooping it up until the cops get called. Look, you can sleep Monday. And might very well have to.
Sunday 8:00 p.m. // Columbia City Theater // $10

Your Weekend Events

MARCHFOURTH ON MARCH SECOND: Portland’s MarchFourth Marching Band is nearly 30 performers, incorporating horns, drummers, bass, guitar, and stiltwalkers. They are celebrating nine years together, and having spent over 180 days and 50,000 miles on the road during 2011, who are we to tell them no? We’ve seen M4 twice, once at the Tractor and once in the Streets for us here at HFW, and can confirm that they are a wandering dance party, mixing funky electric bass with marching band horns, part groove and part spectacle and all together wonderful.
Friday 8:00 p.m. // Neptune Theatre // $19

SPORKESTRA’S BIG FUCKING PARTY: Of all the things you could accuse Titanium Sporkestra of—a sampling, off the cuff: hooliganism, hedonism, heroism, being firebugs—you can’t really include hyperbole. This Saturday is the Spork’s Big Fucking Party, and they mean it. To help fund their upcoming trip to Austin for HonkTx, they’re taking over The Big Building with friends Twisted Trystan, Onodrim, Hypothetics, Killer Whales of Puget Sound, Aqueous, E@5E95, Ghostplay Jones, and Diem. It’s a huge Spörkåsbord of entertainment and you’re invited.
Saturday 9:00 p.m. // The Big Building, 3600 E Marginal Way S. // $10 at the door
($50 VIP tickets available)

MAGMA BEGINS: And this is a little outside the HONK arena, but we very much support their vision: This weekend marks the opening shows for Hollow Earth Radio’s annual Magma Festival! Hollow Earth Radio is a volunteer-run, community-supported internet radio station located in the Central Area, and Magma is a full month of musical performances that attempts to touch every genre Hollow Earth plays and still falls short. It’s awesome in the archaic sense is what I’m saying. Tonight, the Josephine hosts Footwork, Portland’s Older Women, Bellingham’s Scumeating, and Zephyrs (video below). If you’re still standing on Saturday, head over to Radar Hair & Records where you can catch a case of the smallness of humanity with a bill curated by the folks behind the Cumulus Festival: San Fran’s The Drift, Fungal Abyss, Gems, and Lowmen Markos (mp3). Keep your head, kids, a lot of this month remains.
Friday 8:00 p.m. // The Josephine // $5
Saturday 8:00 p.m. // Radar Hair & Records // $10

Zephyrs at Hollow Earth Radio from Garrett Kelly on Vimeo.