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by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Bluehouse
Mercy and Cuteness went to see Bluehouse at the Laughing Lady Café Music Festival. The Australian Lesbian duo was energetic. Their music was hot. Jacqueline Walter's bass playing was nice and funky, Bernadette Carroll's guitar skillful. Both voices were lush. They compose beautiful bluesy melodies. Mercy found their lyrics lacking depth.

"Winter in New York" was a sweet song about a brief relationship. They did a rich cover of Aretha Franklin's "Do Right Woman." Their song "I'll Find You" has Mercy and Cuteness searching iTunes, since they like its confidence that being the best person one can be will bring the right match. Bluehouse followed with a powerful cover of "Heard it Through the Grapevine." Mercy and Cuteness also particularly liked the group's passionate breakup song, "What's Been Going On (You Really Should Have Told Me)." The crowd applauded emphatically, until the duo came back with a funny rocking version of Kris Kristofferson's "Take the Ribbon From My Hair" saying, "Please forgive us, we're from another hemisphere."

A fun aspect of the concert was that the performers are friends of Seattle Storm forward Lauren Jackson, who was in the audience. Jacqueline Walters pointed Jackson out and dedicated a song to her. Other members of the team were also there. Cuteness is a very enthusiastic fan, so she had trouble keeping herself from asking the players for their autographs. It was thrilling to be up so close to them.

Camille Bloom
Camille Bloom also performed at the Laughing Lady Café Music Festival. She started out with some funny stories about her day teaching middle school boys at guitar camp. Her guitar sang and her voice was sure. She was accompanied by Michael Hine on drums. The two had played together years ago, and he picked up her music quickly. Mercy liked the lyrics from "Feels Like Rain": "The scented air rests on your skin/ It's like the ground is being born again,/ And yet you mourn it like the next of kin,/ And you smell the earth so faintly." "10,000 miles From Nowhere" and "The Habit" were also high points. Galen Billingsley sang back up with a strong voice.

Alicia Healy Trio
Mercy and Cuteness' favorite act at the Laughing Lady Café Music Festival was the Alicia Healy Trio. They had found Alicia Healy's solo act earlier in the week to be a knockout. Lisa Mills' harmonica added magic. Laurie Miller's electric guitar added power to the music. Both women used to play with Swamp Mama Johnson.

The warm-up act, singer/songwriter Val D'elessio, had spunk and skill. High points of her songs were "There Ain't Nothing Like a Train," and "Home Highways and Bad Hair Days."

Healy's music held up well with Mercy and Cuteness, so they liked the fact that she repeated some of their favorites, "You'll Be Safe Tonight" and "Waiting for the Moon." Cuteness has been irritated with performers who say they are going to do a country song, but no idea what that means. Alicia's "Another Round" is a fine exception. Mercy was impressed with the imagery and wordplay in Alicia's lyrics. The band rocked out on Dolly Parton's "Jolene" and "Earthquake," which is Mercy and Cuteness' new favorite of Healy's songs.

Healy expressed appreciation to café owner Angela Rinaldo for her dedication and risk-taking in inaugurating the festival. Mercy and Cuteness agree that Angela is quite amazing, and they want you to know she is also single and cute.

The Side Project
Another act Mercy saw at Laughing Lady Café Music Festival was The Side Project. Suzie Bradford's voice was sweet and her keyboards lovely. Her husband Ben's guitar work and voice were strong. High points were covers of "I Can't Help Falling in Love With You" and a slowed-down "I Want to Dance With Somebody."

Seattle Chamber Music Festival (SCMF)
Mercy and Cuteness and their friend Reality Greenwizard sat outside for a lovely evening of Chamber Music. Cuteness is not so fond of Mozart for some reason, so her enjoyment picked up when the music changed to Beethoven and Strauss. The weather was perfect and the green setting of Lakeside School suited the music. It dawned on the group that when the festival moves to Benaroya Hall next year because of schedule conflicts with the school, that experience will go downhill dramatically. At that point, the music will be piped into the small Garden of Remembrance, where it will compete with street noise.

Mercy talked to Executive Director Connie Cooper to say she has these issues with the move. Ms. Cooper said it is hard to find a concert hall surrounded by acres of green. She urged Mercy to try it out for a year, and see how it works. Reality said it is time to write letters. E-mail Connie@seattlechambermusic.org and ask her whether there is some way to negotiate going back to Lakeside if the move works out as badly as we think it is. Apparently the issue is that Lakeside is starting to have summer sessions, but as Reality says, "At night?" Maybe there would be a way to use Lakeside for most of the concerts, and find another space for those nights the auditorium is actually used by students.

Coming Up
Mercy and Cuteness are looking forward to more of Seattle Chamber Music Festival (www.seattlechambermusic.org/concerts/index.html), both inside and out, Last Summer at Bluefish Cove at Woman Seeking Theater & West (www.womanseeking.org/west), and Suzanne Westenhoeffer at the Triple Door (www.thetripledoor.net).

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