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Great Garden Escape: Smokey Brights w/ Nick Delffs

Thursday, July 14th 2022 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm

We’ve partnered with the folks at Duck Club to bring you another amazing season of Great Garden Escape! Bring your blanket and folding chair to sit and enjoy music in the oasis of the Meditation Garden!

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This week’s GGE features:
🌱  7/14 Smokey Brights w/Nick Delffs

Advance Tickets – Coming Soon!
$14: Garden Members and Youth (4 – 12)

$15: AARP Members
$18: Non-Members
Free: Kiddos 3 and Under

Tickets at the Gate
$20 – Members, Youth (4-12), AARP Members, and Non-Members

Free: Kiddos 3 and Under

Gates @ 5:30p
Show @ 6p

** To ensure the best guest experience and to reduce impact on our garden spaces, capacity for Great Garden Escape shows will be limited. Advanced, online ticket purchasing is strongly encouraged. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the gate on the day of each event for a flat $20.00 fee

** E-tickets (delivered in a separate e-mail) can be taken straight to the gate to be scanned the night of the event. When purchasing tickets, members receive their discount at the check-out screen once they sign in or register with the online sales program. Member discounts are only valid for online purchases.

Seating is limited in the Meditation Garden. We encourage you to explore our many acres and spread out into the various garden spaces!

Food & Drink
Visitors are welcome to bring in their own food and non-alcoholic beverages. Lost Grove Brewing is onsite serving delicious beer. Tasty bites and wine are also available all season long!

7/14 Smokey Brights

Perseverance through troubled times has a subtle shine and Seattle’s Smokey Brights have been shining through these times with songs of hope, determination, compassion, defiance and love. The very first band signed to Seattle label Freakout Records, the group quickly released a number of albums and a slew of singles while simultaneously hitting the road, playing across the US and Europe. A new record was ready to be released and a year of tours booked to support it, but the dark cloud of 2020 came down and, well, no one said perseverance was easy. Smokey Brights shined on, releasing the album I Love You But Damn in July of 2020. The record quickly garnered rave reviews and the support of independent radio, eventually landing on KEXP’s top albums of the year. Confined to their rehearsal space the group kept grinding, hammering out new material and honing their performance to a razor’s edge. When live music came back, Smokey Brights were ready. They hit the stage with a passion, unleashing their ecstatic rock anthems to eager audiences across the Pacific NW, culminating in a triumphant set at Freakout Fest. Along the way, they dropped a pair of singles, Honey Eyeand Unity, documenting their commitment to social justice and collective action, and earning them features in Rolling Stone France, American Songwriter, and The Big Takeover.

Fronted by married songwriting duo Kim West and Ryan Devlin, the bands melodies and harmonies exude intimacy. The swirling synths of keyboardist/vocalist West cut through the heaviness of Devlin’s fuzzed out guitars like a neon sign in the night. Bassist Luke Ragnar fills in the bottom end with stylishly inventive bass lines that perfectly compliment Nick Krivchenia’s grounded and authoritative drums. With Ragnar’s voice in the mix, the band’s hallmark three part harmonies radiate. Lyrically, Devlin and West trade off telling personal stories of doubt and existential anxiety, while always keeping a hopeful eye to the future. Devlin’s gravel filled voice alongside West’s honey dipped melodies is a shot of raw whiskey spiking a cherry soda. The resulting alchemy is performed with a professional aplomb that not only highlights Smokey Brights stellar musicianship, but the genuine passion and love the group has for their music, each other, and their audience. A Smokeys show is rife with dancing, dad jokes, monstrous guitar solos, and the best thrift shop fashion from across the world. Asses will be shook, hearts will be beautifully broken, and bartenders will be tipped. Also, their merch guy is hot.

Smokey Brights are primed, their sweaty-but-stylish live performance soon to be bolstered by a new record and a year of touring across the globe. Explore SmokeyBrights.com for links to live videos, touring calendar, and more.

-Nick Anderson – writer at large, Smokey Brights merch seller

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📸: Rachel Bennett

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