Local Bands Take the Spotlight on 'Band In Seattle'

A new television show brings Seattle bands to the tube
Brangien Davis  |   December 2013   |  FROM THE PRINT EDITION
Local band Letters from Traffic rocks the Victory stage.

Given its long history as a city of music, it’s a little surprising that Seattle hasn’t had a regular television show dedicated to emerging local bands. But that ends this month with the premiere of BAND IN SEATTLE (Saturday nights at 11 p.m., beginning 12/7, on local channel KSTW, aka CW11; bandinseattle.com). The brainchild of Conrad Denke, CEO of Victory Studios (an independent film and video production company in Interbay), Band in Seattle is 30-minute show profiling two bands in each episode. The documentary format introduces us to the bands via excerpts from live performances at Victory Studios (limited free tickets for future tapings available via tickets@victorystudios.com). Also included are interviews with band members, made more personal and endearing by having been recorded in their offstage, workaday locations, such the Yakima Fruit Market, on the roof of a house, in a preschool classroom, at a vintage clothing store and in a cell biology lab. Season one has 13 episodes (producer hopes are high for a season two), and includes the bands Mts. & Tunnels, The Dolly Rottens, Big Sur, Furniture Girls and Crooked Veils. “A new band from here will eventually rise up on the national and international scene,” says concert director Nolan Lehman, “and we think Band in Seattle is where you’ll see them first.”