If you’re a fan of Girlyman, then you’re sure to be a fan of Coyote Grace. Both bands shared the Triple Door stage last night to a sold out audience. Walking into The Triple Door I was met with a sincere flow of top customer service by the waitstaff and a wine steward with knowledge to boot. On the stage was a line of 10 guitars that was mapped with a star lit backdrop that was slightly covered by a mist of fog to give that illusion of a high end rock concert. But this was no rock concert, this was a folk concert with talented musicians who know how to use every inch of their instruments.
The harmonizing trio of Coyote Grace begins the evening with songs that ask questions and make statements like, “Whom am I?”, “Never turning back”, and “I am Joe, just like that!”. Joe, of Coyote Grace, sings a touching song he wrote when he was transitioning from female to male. This group has been together for five years and started their careers here in Seattle playing music for quarters at Pike Place Market (everyone who has a dream can make it happen and reach the top).
Towards the end of their set, Coyote Grace sang a song that many Seattlites can relate to. “Didn’t come here for the Coffee”, which felt like a song that anybody feels when they have that secret crush on our yummy, delicious and sexy barista man or woman. Who doesn’t have a secret barista crush in Seattle? (I know I do!).
Delivering a masterful gospel with the whole band of Girlyman, sending the audience into a serene sensation going into intermission, where there is suppose to be a conga line going through the house (which never happened. Promises, promises).
Girlyman steps back onto stage to finish out the evening with their latest songs and unique humor. Band member, Doris, speaks to the audience about her battle with Lukemia. Her strength and support from her band mates, friends, family and partner got her through the last year.
I have the disease under control and all I need to do is take one pill a day, perhaps for the rest of my life. But my doctor is hopeful for remission in six to twelve months.
An unexpected surprise in the audience is brought to the attention of the band. There is a birthday in the house and Nate (band member) conducts the audience in singing “Happy Birthday” to Sara. Which led into one of the final songs of the night “Saint Peter’s Decay”. This song spoke about how humans are only the beginning and we should not be afraid of the future. Throughout the night, Girlyman shared with the crowd about their UK tour and the things they learned overseas. Such as fly tipping, which merely means no loitering in the UK and it took these group of musicians almost two weeks to drive on the correct side of the road.
Regardless if folk music is your taste or fancy, both Girlyman and Coyote Grace are mature, talented musicians with a lot of heart, soul and spirit and their music is lively, soulful, and burning with passion. If you get a chance, I highly recommend both these bands and it will be an experience you will cherish and hold dear to you.
As I am taking a 30-day no booze challenge, I of course did not drink anything but water at this concert. I walked away with a feeling of high euphoria from this music experience.