Who was benefiting from this shin dig? That would be Tim Medvetz’s The Heroes Project. An organization supporting active & retired military and their families. Duff will be joining Tim and Marine veteran Kionte Storey on a climb up Mt. Rainier. The door price of $15 and show posters at $10 directly went to help pay for this climb as well as getting Kionte down to Antarctica to climb Mt. Vinson. Did I also mention that Kionte is a single leg amputee? Talk about inspiration!
Walking Papers took the stage just after 6pm to a packed house opening with the first song off of their new CD ‘Already Dead’. Jeff and Barrett were joined by Benjamin Anderson and Duff for the first three or four songs. Then Mike McCready joined them for another 4 songs. Jeff Angell left the stage for the final song and Jeff Rouse made his way on stage to take his place on vocals for Mad Season’s ‘River of Deceit’. A proper ending to an incredible performance.
I hadn’t seen Walking Papers before and I’m glad that I’m the one who got to be there. Sorry Mike ;) I did feel for the guys all dressed in full musician attire and in direct sunlight. I know how hot I was, so I can only imagine how hot they were! It’s great to be at a show where the musicians are completely relaxed and totally enjoying what they are doing. I grabbed myself one of their CD’s (only available at these weekend shows until the release date 10/2/12) so I can keep enjoying this new band.
Slim’s provided everyone with a great venue for this sort of outdoor BBQ with your friends kinda feeling. Add in their freakin’ killer chili and BBQ from sister restaurant Pig Iron next door and you have a one stop food, spirits and entertainment locale. For more photos from the show visit KISW on Facebook!
NOTE: Thanks to my other half (Stephanie) in covering this event/blog for me and the KISW ROCKaholics while I was covering the young future of Seattle ROCK in 15yo Jason Kertson and his band The Immortals at their debut CD release show in the south end at Louie G's. What a killer, packed-out, all-ages show!! More on this kid, his band and the upcoming Dreamfest 2012 show he is playing with KISW's own band The New Originals and many others on 9/15 at Louie G's in Fife! That's a whole separate blog though! Iron Mike