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CAMPFIRE OK is a hugely popular new band in Seattle.  They have played Bumbershoot, Capitol Hill Block Party, Doe Bay Fest, and City Arts Fest within 9 months of releasing their debut album. Listen to their music here: www.campfireok.com

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CAPTAIN SMARTYPANTS is a homosexual vocal comedy group. They have performed all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond, thrilling, delighting and alarming audiences from Washington DC to San Francisco.  Since their inception in 2000 Captain Smartypants has performed with Ann Wilson, Jennifer Holliday, Kelli O’Hara, Kristin Chenoweth, Melissa Manchester, American Idol finalist Blake Lewis and was Seattle’s warm-up act for Margaret Cho when she filmed “The Notorious C.H.O.” in 2002. In 2004, the Pants toured with their astonishing CD ‘UnderCover’ which was touted as ‘… the best CD ever made in the history of music’ by Hyperbole Magazine. ‘UnderCover’ and ‘Fruit of the Month Club’ is available here and also on iTunes. Their performance of ‘Kislev Cowboys’ (aka ‘Brokeback Dreidel’) has received over 500,000 hits on YouTube and was featured on NPR’s ‘Hearing Voices’ in November of 2008. Captain Smartypants has toured the Northwest and beyond with their shows Sticks and Stones,Undercover, Trousers of Terror, PowerPants, Cirque du Slaque and Air Smarty. Their 10-year anniversary show Captain Smartypants: the First 100 Years broke all previous Smartypants box office records in its run at Seattle’s Town Hall in May of 2010. Captain Smartypants all live together in a treehouse in Yelm, where they weave their own clothing out of wild vines. Their favorite color is ‘plaid’ and they eat nothing but circus peanuts and fiddlehead ferns. Eric Lane Barnes, Flying House Productions’ Assistant Artistic Director, is their trepid leader.

ERIC LANE BARNES is the author of the critically acclaimed Fairy Tales, which received numerous awards in Chicago, New York, and London. His scores and scripts for Chicago’s Lifeline Theatre include Tuck Everlasting, The Amazing Bone, Simple Jim and His Four Fabulous Friends, and Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel, the latter of which has toured the USA and has enjoyed many successful regional productions. His musical The Stops, a show about the lives of three lady organists, was awarded Best Musical at the 2006 National Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival and opens at San Francisco’s New Conservatory Theatre in June of 2011. Eric’s most recent show Rapture of the Deep was written with the help of a grant from the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, and was co-presented by Seattle’s Balagan Theatre. Barnes’ list of choral commissioners includes The Esoterics; The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington DC; The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus; One Voice Charlotte; The Quire; The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus; Sound Circle; The Turtle Creek Chorale; and The Windy City Gay Chorus. Several of his pieces are published through Shawnee Press, including “Lambscapes,” “It’s Our Christmas Cheer” and “Glee.” Recently Eric wrote songs and underscoring for the independent films In-laws and Outlaws, Waxie Moon, Seattle to Ghana and the upcoming Fallen Jewel. He is currently working on a young adult novel and a fractured adaptation of a classic fairy tale.

JOHN OSEBOLD is a musician and performer, also generating work under his pseudonym JOSE BOLD. His body of work is most often rooted in music and theater, yielding surreal performances -- such as MOUNTAIN (film+live score), Spidermann (deconstruction of the Spider-Man musical), Seateeth (literary reading turned stage show), and <symphony> (16-piece symphony) -- and recordings posted at josebold.com, home of his annual December album project. He is also a member of art band "Awesome" and sketch comedy troupe The Habit. He also writes essays, fiction, and unstageable plays, makes video and sound design, and occasionally acts. He recently received The Stranger's 2011 Genius Award for theater. (josebold.com awesomeinquotes.com thehabitcomedy.com)

GRETTA HARLEY is a composer and performer whose music has been heard in theatres, rock clubs, festivals, films and several recordings. She is a faculty member at Cornish College of the Arts.  She was also featured in 2005 documentary "The Gits".  She is also a co-creator, co-composer, and performer of a band called, We Are Golden with Sarah Rudinoff.  www.grettaharley.com

WE ARE GOLDEN, headed by Gretta Harley and Sarah Rudinoff, write, perform and record original music, as well as produce shows and theatrical happenings. www.wearegoldenmusic.com

THE LITTLE PENGUINS Formed in 2007 by Will Hallauer, member of Seattle veterans the Turn-Ons, The Little Penguins debuted with Welcome to the Celebration, a full length album that arrested the attention of local music press and climbed the charts of indie behemoth KEXP. Over the next year the band became fixtures of Seattle's live music scene and toured the West Coast, in the meantime writing and recording the follow-up record Offer You This Cape. In Fall of 2010 the Little Penguins completed a third, Shapes and Shadows (which also ascended the KEXP variety charts), Though at times The Little Penguins songs could be described as “pretty”, in their current three-piece incarnation there’s an ominous, aggressive underbelly that piques the interest and draws you in. It’s deceptively deeper than the calm surface implies. This is their second time their music has been featured in a Wes Hurley film.

BRENDAN PATRICK HOGAN is a sound designer, composer and musician based in Seattle. Favorite designs for theater include The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Below the Belt, Rock & Roll, Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World (world premiere), Double Indemnity (world premiere) and Yankee Tavern at ACT Theatre, where he is the Resident Sound Designer; Mr. Marmalade, God's Ear, Titus and RoboPop! at Washington Ensemble Theatre; The River Why at Book-It Repertory Theatre; Cymbeline at Seattle Shakespeare Company and Demonology at NextStage.  Hogan performs regularly in bars and clubs across the Northwest with Miss Mamie Lavona the Exotic Mulatta and her White Boy Band and The Bad Things.  www.reverbnation.com/brendanhogan

BRYAN JOHN APPLEBY, Seattle based songwriter, spent winter and spring of this year holed up with close friends in a Ballard warehouse banging pots, plucking strings, tapping mason jars, and plunking pianos. What emerged from these musical ramblings was the long awaited debut full-length, Fire on the Vine. The album elaborates on his affinity for organic soundscapes and acoustic found sounds. And yet, the record remains accessible with lush, satisfying melodies. True to the approach taken with his first EP, Shoes for Men and Beasts, the songs are crafted carefully, with an emphasis on compelling lyrics. The thoughtful narratives supply the cast of characters with a range of experiences and emotions that reflect the songwriter’s personal doubts and realizations.


Some who have only seen Appleby perform solo may find the album a bit surprising. Though many of the songs are crafted around Appleby’s somewhat sparse finger picking style, they take on new identities as far-reaching instrumentation wraps around luring melodies and harmonies. With live performances on KEXP and shows with Damien Jurado and The Head and the Heart in his rear view mirror, Appleby and his band anticipate a fruitful remainder of the year with various tours and local opportunities.

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