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The Senate

Tue, Dec 19 - Wed, Dec 20, 2017

Friday-Sunday doors open at 5:30PM.
Monday-Thursday doors at 6:00PM.
First sets begin at 7:30 PM, and second sets (when applicable) begin at 9:30 PM (doors: 9:15 PM).

All purchases are nonrefundable/nonexchangeable.

$32.50 Includes a $6.00 Service fee

In the event the show is canceled or rescheduled, the $6.00 service fee is nonrefundable.

Tickets may be purchased on-line or by phone.
Night of show seating typically available.

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcomes The Senate for two nights only! Band members are Nick Drummond (guitar and vocals), Oliver Franklin (guitar and vocals), Andrew Pulkrabek (upright bass and vocals). Show times Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:00pm each night.

artist info

The Senate, Seattle’s foremost purveyors of “face-melting acoustic riffage,” formed in 2002 when Oliver Franklin, a rock-and roll guitarist with a classical background, went to a local coffeehouse to hear a solo set by African drummer-turned guitarist Nick Drummond.

Though Nick and Oliver had been high school classmates, Oliver was unprepared for what he heard that night. “Nick’s music was memorable and technically accomplished, and he had a rhythmic approach to the guitar that I had never heard before,” says Oliver. The two nineteen year-old musicians swapped songs after the show, and soon began writing and playing shows together. Jazz bassist Andrew Pulkrabek, Oliver’s grade-school friend and frequent musical collaborator, went to one of their early shows and heard something new as well.

In 2005 Nick and Oliver invited Andrew to join them for a show, and the band’s lineup was completed. The members’ diverse backgrounds in music, which ranged from Afro-pop to heavy metal to musical theater, proved to be an asset as they began to develop their sound. Using acoustic guitars, an upright bass and three voices, the Senate began writing nuanced and aggressive music grounded in polyrhythmic grooves, three-part vocal harmonies and a heavily percussive playing style.

The Senate’s songs range from simple and introspective to driving and chaotic, a stylistic breadth mirrored in lyrics about sex, death, power, love, war, and drinking in space. The band released their first full-length recording, Live at Solstice, with a sold out party at the Triple Door in downtown Seattle in March 2008. The ten-song record, produced by former Nirvana sound engineer Tom Pfaeffle, also includes a DVD of the band’s live show, recorded in September 2007 at Café Solstice in Seattle’s University District.

“Our fans have been amazingly supportive of our live shows,” explains Drummond, “so when they asked for a live experience they could take home, we listened.” That’s not to say that their live shows have any shortage of attendees. Although each member of the band has formally moved on to pursue their individual goals, they still reconvene a few times a year to play wall-to-wall sold-out concerts.