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Tom Waits Tribute: The Bleeding Romeos

March 17 @ 8:00 pm
Free! Donations Appreciated
St. Patty’s Day is as good as any for a tribute to Irish descendant and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Tom Waits, and nobody does it better than The Bleeding Romeos!
You know when you cover Tom Waits you’d better bring everything but the kitchen sink. Check that: bring the sink too. And a plunger.  The Bleeding Romeos bring the whole kitchen.


John Wies’ percussive guitar playing style and guttural vocals establish the foundation. Performing locally as a soloist and in various bands including his own Weiswald, he brings a serious yet playful Waits persona that works perfectly to set this apart from just another tribute project. John has also taken the stage in far flung places such as Japan and Korea, had his work showcased in Alaskan theatrical performances, and gotten air-play on Mongolian radio.


 Jerry Anderson brings the bass to the party, swinging the low-end through the full Waits oeuvre from cabaret jazz to heartfelt blues to stadium rock n’ roll.  Jerry studied jazz and classical bass at Cornish before becoming a founding member of Seattle’s neo-R&B band, Red Dress, in the 70’s. He went on to play in bands around Seattle ranging from free-jazz to big band swing, blues and rock. 

  Steve Smith rattles the drums in the group.  A deft hand with sticks, brushes, or palms, he brings a deep understanding of multiple genres having performed in every dive bar from Port Angeles to Portland… twice.  From Big Band to Blues Combo and back again, Steve swings with the best and keeps this unruly group from going completely off the rails.

  Lynn Cook is on horns and assorted madness.  An in-demand session, combo, and studio cat, he lays down the fat and slinky horns necessary to any proper Waits tune.  Lynn has pieced together horn sections for some of the most in-demand acts, variety shows, and events since the mid 80’s – regional and national notables the likes of Sheldon Reynolds (EW&F), Elliot Easton (Cars), Nona Hendryx (Talking Heads), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Spike Edney (Queen), Roger Daltrey (The Who) and many others.

  Jon Lanthier’s piano has been drinking, not him.  With his sinister menagerie of keyboard parts, Jon transports listeners to the gin joints, street corners, and drunk-tanks of Tom Waits’ milieu.  A multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Jon has performed synth-pop, jazz standards, dive bar blues and more up and down the west coast. He was listening to Tom Waits before he knew what pasties were.

It’s a formidable lineup equal to this formidable task, bring the soul and spirit of music’s most enigmatic troubadour to life right here on Bainbridge Island!   So Come On Up To The House, The Treehouse that is, and discover the Heart of Saturday Night, April Fool’s Day!


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