I’ve been working in the Seattle music scene since 2008 and like to think I’m pretty up-to-date about venues, shows, and music organizations around the area. But every now and then something sneaks by me and I ask myself, how did I not know about this? To add insult to injury, the most recent time this happened I found out that it was something that’s been going on under my nose in my own backyard of West Seattle and it took a friend from L.A. to bring it to my attention.
I figured there must be others like me who are still in the dark so I have to share the news about Blues To Do, which is perfect for all blues fans who live in the Seattle area.
Apparently BTD has been around for more than 20 years and has been bringing access to the blues throughout the Seattle area for decades. Tonight’s Blues To Do, which happens at The Feedback Lounge (6451 California Ave. SW in West Seattle), features L.A. guitarist Jared James Nichols.
All bluesmen have a story, and Jared James Nichols is no different. His love affair with the blues began at the age of 14 when he received his first guitar. He’s now 24 and burning up stages across America. He’s currently on his way home, finishing up his west coast tour which included a stop at Sturgis and an opening slot for Lynyrd Skynyrd. Nichols’ new EP, “Old Glory and The Wild Revival” can also be found on iTunes. At the Feedback he’ll be appearing with Jeff and The Jet City Fliers.
But Blues To Do is more than just a concert showcase. The organizers of Blues To Do also work to provide access to the blues. That access includes a live stream from Pioneer Square’s 88 Keys on Mondays at 7 p.m. and a free live show and taped interview that that streams live on the mixlr app (which you can download here) on Thursdays beginning at 8p.m
There are also television broadcasts of the BTD shows that air on various dates throughout the week. In King County, Blues To Do TV airs Fridays at 7 p.m. on Ch. 77 (Comcast) or channel 23 (Broadstripe) and repeats on Saturday nights at midnight and again on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. In Snohomish County (Everett area) BTD-TV airs Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. on channel 77. And in Kitsap County (Bremerton, Silverdale, Poulsbo, Friday Harbor areas) BTD-TV airs every Friday and Sunday at 10 p.m. on channels 3 and 12.