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The reggae-rooted group Dirty Heads are coming to Marymoor on June 23. The Photo courtesy of Dove Shore

DIRTY HEADS BRINGING NEW MUSIC TO MARYMOOR The band will playing near Redmond as part of Marymoor Park Concerts series. Alan Sculley For the Reporter

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n a music industry where bands typically go two or three years between albums, the Dirty Heads are treating

fans to new music at a prolific pace these days. Over the past six years, the reggae-rooted group has released five studio albums – and may make it six albums in seven years if the group finishes a next album that is in the works. The band will be playing

near Redmond on June 23 as part of the Marymoor Park Concerts series. The latest burst of creativity that has already produced a 2016 self-titled album and “Swim Team” (released last fall) doesn’t seem to have run its course, according to Jared “Dirty J” Watson, who along with Dustin “Duddy B” Bushnell, fronts the group. “Sometimes when you’re done with an album, you’re

really just like ‘Man, I’m done. I’m done writing. I really want to go out and I want to play this,’ and you don’t even really think about a new album,” Watson said. “And as soon as we were done with that (self-titled album) it was almost like we had so much creative energy left. We just felt like we really wanted to do another one. “We just had the bug and just wanted to keep writing

and putting music out,” he said. “And we’re already talking about doing another album and we already have an idea for that. Now we’re super excited. We’re already setting up where we’re going to do it, what the vibe’s going to be like. We’re just in a spot right now where we’re all really inspired and having fun.” The fun spirit certainly See MUSIC, Page 10


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MORE AT MARYMOOR “I Love the 90s Tour” coming on June 30.

The ‘90s will be making a comeback in a big way at Marymoor Park this summer. Reggae rock band Slightly Stoopid will lead the throwback at their show on June 8 with special guests Stick Figure, and Pepper. The Barenaked Ladies with Better Than Ezra and KT Tunstall will make their appearance on June 9.

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filtered into “Swim Team,” which Watson considers to be a bit of a left-of-center effort from the group. “This album, it’s odd almost. It’s quirky and it’s weird in the best way. Kind of like, we kept referring to it as our ‘Paul’s Boutique’ from the Beastie Boys. That’s a very good description of where we were,” Watson said of “Swim Team.” “I remember when I listened to ‘Paul’s Boutique,’ it was like you were allowed to peak in or you were allowed to go into this wacky world of these guys, it was like this secret society of the Beastie Boys, and

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Alternative rock band, Primus with Mastodon, JJUUJJUU will be playing on June 22. To conclude the nostalgia trip, there will be an “I Love the 90s Tour” on June 30. Audiences will reminisce about the trend-setting decade with some of the most iconic artists in rap, hip hop and R&B, including Salt-n-Pepa, Vanilla Ice, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Rob Base, Young MC and DJ Cool. Tickets and more information can be found at www.marymoorconcerts. com/events.

Salt-n-Pepa perform in 2017 at Marymoor. File photo

what they were doing in there. Like I don’t think they really gave a s*** about the outside world when they were making ‘Paul’s Boutique.’ They were just having fun and arguably it’s their best album, in my opinion. And (co-producer) Jason (Bell) kept just saying ‘Man, I f***ing feel like we’re making your guys’ ‘Paul’s Boutique.’ I was like ‘I agree. I totally feel it.’ “We were just having fun and doing weird s***, and not even necessarily weird, but just being creative, not doing what people would think we’re doing. And it’s not that the album doesn’t sound like the Dirty Heads,” Watson added. “It’s leaning more on the hip-hop side than it is on the reggae or the world beat side of what we have.

It’s just very fun and obscure.” The quirkier elements of “Swim Team” make for an album that contrasts notably with the 2016 self-titled effort. That album, Watson said, found the Dirty Heads really honing their sound and making an album he felt at the time captured the essence of the group. Now he wonders if he spoke to soon. “I know I said it’s self titled and it feels so Dirty Heads, it feels so Dirty Heads,” he explained. “It’s so funny (now) because I’m like man, maybe we’ll never find exactly who the f*** we are. Maybe I shouldn’t have said that on the last album because I think what the Dirty Heads are no matter what our albums sound like, the definitive Dirty Heads

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is us having fun in the studio.” In making the “Swim Team” album, the Dirty Heads continued an approach that began with the self-titled album, collaborating with outside songwriters/producers rather than keeping the songwriting within the band and working primarily with one producer on an album. Going into the self-titled album, Watson and his fellow founding band member and songwriter in the Dirty Heads, singer/guitarist Dustin “Duddy B” Bushnell, wondered if they were limiting themselves by not reaching out to outside songwriters/ producers. “After three or four albums, you can go out (thinking) what if there’s a guy out there or a girl out there who totally gets the Dirty Heads, is an awesome producer and totally understands, and we can come up with some totally new rad execution of the Dirty Heads, or just the essence of who we are?” Watson explained. “We wanted to go out and experiment and meet new people and write with new people and get new takes on music,” he said. “We always want to learn, too. That’s what’s cool with writing with other people. You get to learn and grow.”

That approach resulted in collaborations on the self-titled album with a host of big-name songwriters/producers for the self-titled album, including Da Internz (credits include Rihanna and Nicki Minaj), Drew Pearson (Katy Perry, Zac Brown Band) David Kahne (The Strokes) and Jonas Jeberg [Demi Lovato, Jason Derulo], to name a few. For “Swim Team,” the Dirty Heads once again brought in a diverse cast of collaborators, with Jason Bell and Jordan Miller (who go by the name Heavy) in a leading role, and further contributions from Jesberg, Rome Ramirez (from Sublime With Rome), Blueprint (JayZ, Kanye West, Timbaland, Eminem) and Oren Yoel (Miley Cyrus, Kanye West). “Swim Team” has so far given the group a pair of top 15 alternative rock singles in “Vacation” and “Celebrate,” which add to a resume that has already seen the Dirty Heads become one of the leading acts on the thriving reggae-rock scene. The Dirty Heads made a big splash out of the gate when “Lay Me Down,” a song from the band’s 2008 debut album, “Any Port in a Storm,” topped the alternative rock charts for 10 weeks. The group hasn’t equaled that feat

since, but the five subsequent albums, coupled with extensive touring, have allowed the band to solidify and grow its audience and consistently see each new album debut in the top 5 of the “Billboard” magazine alternative and rock albums charts. While “Swim Team” is still a fairly new release and Waston is looking forward to the next Dirty Heads album, he’s also excited to go on tour this summer. The shows figure to give the band, which also includes Jon Olazabal (percussion), Matt Ochoa (drums), Shawn Hagood (keyboards) and David Foral (bass), a chance to make good use of the bigger stages the band now plays. “All of the venues we are playing are the biggest venues we’ve ever headlined. They’re all beautiful venues outside and now we’re at a point in our career where we can build the stage how we want it and bring production,” Watson said. “We sat down with a team and got creative and made a really cool stage setup and a really cool lighting package and just all together, made the show that we’ve always wanted to do.” For more information, including ticket prices and concert time, visit www.marymoorconcerts. com.-


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ARTIST LEAD NEEDED FOR ART PROJECT Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission (KCAC) is seeking an artist or artist team to facilitate and lead a community art project for all ages during Kirkland Summerfest August 11-12. The art project can include any media, and recycled materials are encouraged, as long as participants take their art with them when they leave the festival. Up to 800 people are expected to engage with the community art project during the festival. The community art project will be inspired by one of two themes: Pareidolia or Robots. Both these themes were selected to compliment the following art programs featured at Summerfest: “Pareiodolia People” is an exhibition of six sculptures scheduled to open on Park Lane Aug. 10 by artist Ed McCarthy. The six sculptures are based on urban objects in the city and are related by scale, color, material and a common vocabulary of shapes. “Robots” is a group exhibition of artwork by young artists ages 3–18, scheduled for display in Heritage Hall Aug. 11 and 12. Kirkland Summerfest is a threeday outdoor community festival Aug. 10–12. The full call with how to apply can be found at www. kirklandwa.gov/arts.

BECU MOVIES@MARYMOOR SUMMER LINEUP OFFERS BIG-SCREEN FLICKS Have a picnic, enjoy variety entertainment, play movie trivia and soak up the beauty of King County’s Marymoor Park this summer at the BECU Movies@ Marymoor, presented by Overlake Medical Center & Clinics. Now in its 14th season, the Movies@Marmoor series runs weekly on Wednesdays or Thursdays from June 28 through Aug. 29. Opening night is June 28 featuring live music by Aaron J. Shay and the classic family adventure film, “The Goonies.” The series continues on July 5 with variety entertainment, movie trivia and 2017 superhero hit “Wonder Woman” on the big screen. Next up is live music by The Sweet Goodbyes and the adventure comedy “Jumanji” on July 11, the animated sensation “Coco” on July 18, and cirque

The Movies@Marmoor series runs weekly on Wednesdays or Thursdays from June 28 through Aug. 29. Courtesy photo style entertainment by Strangely and the musical hit “The Greatest Showman” on July 25. In August, the locally filmed romantic-comedy “10 Things I Hate About You” shows on Aug. 2, followed on Aug. 8 by touring

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NORTHWEST WINE: OREGON MAKES PINOT NOIR A DOMINANT NORTHWEST GRAPE By Andy Perdue and Eric Degerman Great Northwest Wine

At more than 50,000 tons harvested annually in Oregon, Pinot Noir is one of the dominant red grape varieties in the Pacific Northwest, trailing only Washington Cabernet Sauvignon, which weighed in the past two vintages fall at more than 60,000 tons. While we tend to think of the Willamette Valley as Oregon’s primary Pinot Noir country, the noble red grape of France’s Burgundy region shows well in Southern Oregon’s Umpqua Valley, as well as the cooler Columbia Gorge region around the town of Hood River. When one considers the Willamette Valley’s six federally approved smaller American Viticultural Areas (with at least two more going through the approval process), this means there are a growing number of fascinating microclimates for Pinot Noir lovers to explore in Oregon. If this seems obsessive to you, keep in mind that Burgundy has more than 100 recognized growing

regions, appellations that can further divided by vineyards and vineyard blocks. By any measure, Oregon Pinot Noir is easier (and much less expensive) to navigate than its French equivalent. The 32nd annual International Pinot Noir Conference would be an ideal way to explore this variety, and a few tickets remain available for the July 27-29 weekend on the campus of Linfield College in McMinnville. It is arguably the West Coast’s most educational, entertaining and delicious wine festival. And this year, the number of Pacific Northwest celebrity chefs (60) nearly matches that of the wineries (70) from around the world. Below are several examples of Oregon Pinot Noir that won gold medals at this spring’s Cascadia International Wine Competition, and four of them are produced by wineries selected to pour at IPNC this summer. Ask for them at your favorite grocer or wine shop or better yet, contact the wineries directly. Find complete results of the 2018 Cascadia International Wine Competition at www.

greatnorthwestwine.com. Coeur de Terre Vineyard 2015 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $22: This spring, Scott and Lisa Neal celebrate the 20th anniversary of their move to Oregon, and this young Pinot Noir is an exceptional example. Its nose displays cherries, spice and a bit of cedar, then on the palate, lush cherries, spice and spot-on acidity create a satisfying mouth feel. The elegant structure and juicy tannins reach under the tongue and blossom into a finale of cherries and violets. Duck Pond Cellars 2016 Reserve Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $28: The Fries family farms more than 1,000 acres in Oregon and Washington, and this bottling focuses on grapes from their five vineyards in the Willamette Valley. Juicy and jammy, ripe boysenberry and plum, mingle with white pepper, oregano and a touch of mint. Light tannins allow the fruit to shine. Youngberg Hill 2015 Cuvée Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $35: Wayne Bailey continues to release wines as beautiful as his iconic wine-country inn atop Youngberg

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2016 Broken Boulder Vineyard Dukes Valley Block Pinot Noir, Columbia Gorge, $42: Thanks to winemakers such as Hood River native Rich Cushman, the Columbia Gorge is making a name for itself in the world of Oregon Pinot Noir. The Dukes Valley Block of Broken Boulder Vineyard, practically in the shadow of Mount Hood, results in a wine that sports cherry and cedar aromas, followed pure red cherry flavors that finish with crisp acidity and abundant minerality. Willamette Valley Vineyards 2015 Tualatin Estate Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $55: This publicly owned winery pulled from one the Oregon’s oldest plantings in the foothills of the Oregon Coast range for this Pinot Noir. Joe Ibrahim crafted a smooth wine with rich cherry and spice aromas, cherry, raspberry and spice flavors and smooth tannins and crisp acids that hang on in the elegant finish. Andy Perdue and Eric Degerman run Great Northwest Wine, an award-winning media company. Learn more about wine at www.greatnorthwestwine.com

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