Monkee-ing around: West Seattle teen to play the Admiral Theater

That’s Madison Middle School student Bazel Rivera, who’ll be in the Admiral Theater spotlight this Saturday night as a student of a different school – the Paul Green School of Rock Music. They’re presenting a salute to The Monkees – the TV rockers whose heyday was so long ago, some of the 8-to-18-year-olds heard about it from their grandparents. Or via a recent resurgence, as Bazel explains in a quick interview clip you’ll see ahead:

Bazel is 14 years old and has only been playing guitar for about a year; as part of the School of Rock Music program (which has its Seattle HQ in Lake City), he and his fellow young musicians have been touring, performing at other venues around the city as well as elsewhere (when we dropped by The Admiral to interview him last weekend, he and his family were about to head to Portland for a performance). He’s pumped about playing his hometown venue, and Admiral entertainment director Dinah Brein McClellan is excited too – she was a big Monkees fan as a little girl. (Me too. Although Dinah says Peter Tork was her fave; I preferred Mickey Dolenz; the teen fan magazines of the day spent most of their time gushing over Davy Jones; the Monkee with arguably the most musical talent, Michael Nesmith, seemed to draw the fewest teen screams.)

The School of Rock Music’s Monkees salute happens at 6:30 pm Saturday at The Admiral; tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, available online through Brown Paper Tickets.

–Tracy Record, WSB editor

2 Replies to "Monkee-ing around: West Seattle teen to play the Admiral Theater"

  • JEM January 28, 2009 (12:51 pm)

    I recently saw the school of rock performance at Vera Project – they performed Black Sabbath. These kids work so hard and are amazing to watch. The 8 year old drummer just blew us away! I highly recommend going to one of their shows.

  • DonaLuisa January 28, 2009 (4:08 pm)

    I agree that the students at the School of Rock Music are terrific and truly entertaining. Going to a SOR show is not like sitting through a painful-sounding music recital with frightened kids. Instead it is like attending a fun concert. I love their energy and intensity! They put new life in these great rock and roll songs. Last weekend’s Portland “Best of” show, which featured kids from both the Portland and Seattle schools, had songs from a range of popular to metal bands — from Eurythymics to Zappa. I’m so glad they’re coming to West Seattle this weekend.

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