Down North ○ Northern Shakedown ○ DBST

High Dive Presents

Down North ○ Northern Shakedown ○ DBST

Saturday 3/31

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm (event ends at 2:00 am)

$10 advance / $12 day of show

Off Sale

This event is 21 and over

Down North
Down North
Down North masterfully mixes underground rock and party-fueling soul, regularly lifting up audiences that have been craving new soul sounds from the city that gave the world Wheedle's Groove and Jimi Hendrix.

Down North's upcoming new line-up debut will still feature the bold and sensual talents of lead vocalist/dancer Anthony "RenaGade" Briscoe, whose North Carolina-bred approach to making fans swoon has no equal in the Pacific NW. Raised on Michael Jackson and Sam Cooke, Anthony is as stylish and emotional as Prince in his vocal expressions. Co-leader Brandon Storms is an extremely versatile bassist-guitarist who writes much of the music and taps into his love for everything from Hendrix to James Jamerson in making tunes both infectious and substantial.

The recent additions of Drum Off! award-winning and crowd-amping player Conrad Real (drummer for Ayron Jones and The Way and Society's Child as well) and the psychedelic-jazz trills of guitarist Nick Quiller make the band an unusual and extremely welcome addition to the regional music scene. Depending on whim (and the size of the stage!), Down North expands to a seven piece, integrating horns and other players to help deliver their dazzling grooves.

They'll probably also transcend to higher level of acclaim very soon; early single "Danger" was played on MTV's The Real World even before this killer line-up was settled on. Newer meatier cuts like "So What," "Your World," "Running," and "Heartbreaker/Revolution" (which features the Black Rock psyche-outs of guest legendary axeman Jabrille) reveal the band moving in even edgier, sweatier musical realms.

"We want to be an opening beacon for this scene that's happening now and not getting enough notice," Anthony says. He loves to hang out all over Seattle, but the other night was blown away when he met two gals on Cap Hill "who had lived all their lives here and never heard of Marmalade." He wants to open up the party to rock fans "who want to dance again!" and to those who have been craving fresh, warm, loving soul in the midst of a chilly indie scene. "The people that play in this band are excellent at what they do and we're all here to play
music for people who want to move and connect."

Down North is part of the zeitgeist not only of bands mining a deeper, better played history, but also one that taps into the 90s music scene when anything was possible. "I grew up pretty sheltered," Brandon admits, growing up in a small Washington town near the Canadian border, "and had my life turned around by feasting on albums like 'Check Your Head' — the fusion of all those beautiful sounds going on
at that time." Serious about his playing (like Anthony, they were raised in the church and really learned how to practice and perform music), he moved to Seattle, and enrolled in the Shoreline recording program. He joined some musicians which became the formative version Down North, and their first gig was opening for Alien Crime Syndicate before a crowd of 500 people. "I was playing in a soul band before I even listened to soul!" he says (and has truly grown into the role).

Like many bands these days, the two met on Craigslist — Anthony finally finding collaborators who wanted to make the good time, high quality sounds he loves to listen to and make, and Brandon eager to add him to Down North's line up. "I want to have a body of work," Brandon says about their recent playing in the studio, "We're going to focus on short releases (EPs) of great songs; I want to release as much as I can but it has to be high quality material."

–Chris Estey
Northern Shakedown
Northern Shakedown
Northern Shakedown is a reminder that Rock & Roll may still yet have a few more tricks up its
sleeve. The band originated, like many of the greatest bands on the famed Chitlin' Circuit that gave
birth to Soul, after it sprang from the Church. It was the crucible in which these two sets of brothers
exposed each other to two different worlds that they have made co-exist through their bonds of
friendship and mutual respect. There is a sense with a band that came from the structures and
tenants of the Pentecostal church, that outside of those walls anything is possible, and they have
emerged with songs that are worth enjoying up in the club or on your home hi-fi stereo system.
DBST
DBST
DBST is an impassioned and energetic neo-soul band formed in Olympia, Washington with wild electronic leanings- yet they maintain the full interplay and instrumentation of a traditional band. Centered around the fluid yet commanding vocals of song-writer and front-man Sam Pohl, the band works to construct an encapsulating and textured aura of sound; seeking to connect and resonate with every listener in the audience. The band formed loosely in 2011, cutting their teeth in small clubs in their home town and released their first full length album, Kamaliens, in 2014. After many forms and iterations, the band truly discovered their voice in 2016, when they decided to bring their act to larger venues and wider audiences. The members of DBST come from varied musical backgrounds and disciplines, lending to a unique and often category defying sound, but their common ground is what really shines through- they want to make music that MOVES people.
Venue Information:
High Dive Seattle
513 N 36th St.
Seattle, WA, 98103
http://www.highdiveseattle.com/index.asp