VIDEO: Brent Amaker and The Rodeo, hometown headliners for West Seattle Summer Fest night 2

It was a Summer Fest spectacle last night on the main stage – lasers and smoke as West Seattle’s own Brent Amaker and The Rodeo wrapped up Saturday night.


(At left, dancer Ruby Mimosa, who’s often performed with the band)

They’ve toured nationally and internationally but hadn’t previously headlined here in Amaker’s hometown, which he hailed from the stage as “best Seattle,” drawing whoops and cheers. Their music’s been described as “psychedelic New Wave country” or some combination thereof. Listen for yourself:

(And here too – maybe the only band that can get a Saturday night crowd moving and grooving to a song with the hook “Death Is Always Near.”) If you want more Rodeo in your life, they’re at Jazzbones in Tacoma next Saturday night. As for Summer Fest, today’s the last of three days; music starts at noon with South Sound Tug and Barge and concludes with The Dusty 45s at 4.

7 Replies to "VIDEO: Brent Amaker and The Rodeo, hometown headliners for West Seattle Summer Fest night 2"

  • Eddie July 16, 2017 (10:18 am)

    “Psychedelic New Wave Country”. From a few blocks away, it sure didn’t sound like anything I’d heard before. And not in a good way either….

    • WSB July 16, 2017 (10:35 am)

      The warmup sounds were rather ethereal. But otherwise, one of a kind. And of course music is in the ears of the beholder.

  • MrsT July 16, 2017 (10:45 am)

    They were Great! I’d not heard of them before, but a couple of their songs were familiar. I am a new fan after last nightQ

  • JanS July 16, 2017 (12:15 pm)

    he grows on you….:)

  • Andros July 16, 2017 (2:38 pm)

    Brent is a new West Seattle favorite of mine. He frequents all the best local spots in town and without his presence in our community I probably would never listened to him. Now, I’m completely sold. 

  • Alki Resident July 16, 2017 (6:20 pm)

    The band was not bad, didn’t expect the strip show. Was hoping for dance music and seemed like a lot of others were too. Wasn’t too fond of the rappers before Brett, throwing out the “F” bombs.

  • RS July 17, 2017 (11:47 am)

    I was so happy to finally have a chance to see these guys! It made me proud to call West Seattle home, and I can’t help but wonder why they aren’t internationally famous!

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