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West Seattle music: Tuesdays to become blues-days at Feedback Lounge with ‘Blues to Do’

In the New Year, you’ll be able to get the blues weekly at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) in Morgan Junction. Co-proprietor Jeff Gilbert says it’s a plan that’s been in the works for months, and you can enjoy the shows even when you can’t make it to the Feedback to see them live: “The cool part is the shows are going to be recorded live for TV and the music streamed as it happens on the Internet.” Here’s the official announcement:

BLUES TO DO LIVE is coming to the Feedback Lounge, recording for TV and streaming live on the internet, every Tuesday night, 8 pm, beginning January 7.

BLUES TO DO LIVE is being booked and hosted by Marlee Walker, Queen of Seattle Blues for the last three decades, and a West Seattle/Morgan Junction resident.

BLUES TO DO, a hugely popular brand, is a quarterly magazine, TV show on cable, and is broadcast live on the internet. Blues To Do has a 30-year legacy, starting back in 1984 at KPLU for a multiple award winning nine years and quickly growing from a two hour Sunday night show to a three night weekend blues block.

Marlee hosted a radio show on The Mountain called “The Blues Kitchen,” which lasted just under two years, and was recognized with a “Keeping The Blues Alive Award” in 2000 from The Blues Foundation in Memphis. Soon after she was invited to host “Preachin’ The Blues” at KCMU, which became KEXP, with the Blues To Do calendar being a weekly feature there for another eight years and more awards.

Here is the January 2014 BLUES TO DO LIVE lineup…

January 7th
An amazing power trio featuring one of the hottest rhythm sections in Polly O’Keary and Tommy Cook, both of whom were backing up Too Slim as The Taildraggers.

January 14th
Elnah gathers amazing musicians around her and always puts on a dazzling show that includes blues, gospels, jazz and more. This night will see dynamic voices from the Seattle music scene and will be a very special celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 21st
This dynamic West Seattle trio features Delvon Lamarr, who plays the classic Hammond organ done with a contemporary Seattle twist. The band also features guitar legend Ben Bloom and drum master Olli Klomp.

January 28th
Guitarist Rod Cook, one of Seattle’s best kept secrets, plays with both precision and soul, either alone or with Toast, his top notch trio of 20 years. Toast features musician excellence in rhythm from Marty Vadalabene or Chris Leighton on drums and the gifted John Bayless on bass – all award-winning players.

Look for these shows, which are being recorded live for TV, to include interviews and a Blues CD of the Week offered every week.

Blues To Do-TV airs Fridays at 7 pm on ch. 23/77 on Comcast in King Co./Seattle, or ch. 23 on Broadstripe, and repeats Saturdays at midnight / Tuesdays at 2 pm. This will also stream at those times at See past shows at

The Feedback is at 6451 California SW.

West Seattle development: Next review for 18-house proposal

While we report most often on apartment, townhouse, and rowhouse projects, single-family-home development is on the rise in West Seattle too. Checking the permit files for what’s new in the system, we noticed that a proposal to build 18 single-family homes on an acre and a half of eastern West Seattle land is resuming its journey through the city permit system, after being dormant for a year or so.

New city signage is now up on both sides of the site, which carries the official address 2646 SW Holden (map) but stretches between Holden and Webster, just west of the Navos campus. The sign above is on the Holden side, where the site’s only structure – a boarded-up 90-year-old house – would be demolished. Here’s the Webster side:

As the signs and the online information point out, the proposal for a subdivision called Madrona Glen would involve the removal of 10 “exceptional trees.” It went through the Streamlined Design Review process exactly one year ago (here’s the city planner’s report on how that went) and a land-use-permit application has now been filed. The 18 three-story homes (each with a 2-car garage) would be accessed via a central drive opening onto Holden – here’s the general outline shown on the city signage:

Documentation says that 20,000 square feet of the site would be kept as a “non-disturbance area” – basically, a greenbelt – along the east property line and its northern “panhandle” on a dead-end section of Webster.

TO COMMENT: A formal notice for comment on the environmental review should be forthcoming on the Land Use Information Bulletin, including a deadline, but in the meantime, you can comment to and reference project #3013915.

P.S. You’ll note the city signage accompanies “for sale” signs on both sides. We haven’t found a formal publicly accessible listing, so we don’t yet know the status on that; county records show the site changed hands just last year. Its zoning is mixed, part single-family 5000 (square feet), part Lowrise-1; the latter section of the site was proposed for townhouse development back in 2006.

West Seattle scene: Looks like Santa didn’t go back to the North Pole immediately

You didn’t think Santa Claus went right back to the North Pole as soon as Christmas deliveries were done, did you? Al shares these scenes from the West Seattle Golf Course on Thursday – the day after Christmas.

Keep an eye out for the Easter Bunny next.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen car found stripped; stolen bag’s contents sought

Two West Seattle Crime Watch notes this morning, one of which came with this photo:

That car was stolen from Moe, who writes:

I am one of the 14 West Seattle citizens on the auto theft list for Christmas week. My locked 2000 Honda CRV was stolen from the street sometime Christmas Eve, then found by the police in the Sodo district the afternoon of Christmas Day. It had been ‘chop-shopped,’ stripped and destroyed. I offer this picture of its condition as an ‘owner beware and alert.’

If you haven’t seen it, the “auto-theft list” to which Moe refers was in our previous Crime Watch roundup, here. P.S. Only one auto theft has been reported since we captured that list about a day and a half ago, Friday morning at 26th/Andover (map).

One other report today – if you find a tossed-aside bag with papers inside, or maybe just the papers, they might belong to Leah, who writes, “Stolen work bag from van in Admiral area on Friday. Luckily computer wasn’t in but important work papers were.” (On followup, she describes it as a “black laptop bag.”)

Remembering West Seattle native Joy J. McLean Newman

The family of the late Joy J. McLean Newman shares this remembrance:

Joy J. McLean Newman – wonderful Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Friend, West Seattle native – left us on December 18, 2013.

Joy started her working career as a mail messenger at Boeing, where she met the love of her life, Harry. Not long after their marriage, they moved to Diablo, where Harry worked as an operator for City Light. Upon their return to the greater Seattle area, Joy worked as a “taco bender” for Taco Time, a real estate agent, for the Postal Service, and as a COLA surveyor. She was a longtime Teamster, retiring from Laidlaw bus company as a driver for special-needs children. Joy loved the outdoors and bird watching.

Joy is survived by her husband of 58 years, Harry; children Carolyn (Kate), Alec (Margot), and Annette (Bill); sister Sylvia, brother Stuart, grandsons Maclean and Dan, granddaughters Julia and Lilli, step-granddaughters Sarah, Rachel, and Emily; nephews Nathan, Martin, and Charles. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of her favorite charities – CARE, Mercy Corps, or a charity of your choice.

Joy’s last message was one we could all use in our lives: Forgiveness.

(WSB publishes obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to

West Seattle Saturday: What’s happening today/tonight

December 28, 2013 6:30 am
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(Yellow-rumped warbler, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
It’s that quiet time between major winter holidays, but we’ve still found a few calendar highlights for today/tonight:

BLOOD DRIVE: Supplies run low during the holidays, so if you can donate blood, Puget Sound Blood Center hopes you will stop by the Bloodmobile at 42nd/Alaska 9 am-3 pm today (but not during the 11:30 am-12:30 pm break).

BONUS FAMILY SWIM: City-operated Southwest Pool has added extra public swims for the holidays, and one of them is today – 10:30 am-noon, an added “family swim” session. (2801 SW Thistle)

NOT TOO LATE FOR POST-CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS-LIGHTS VIEWING: Can’t guarantee everyone is still turning theirs on, but the big displays do go on until 2014 arrives – including the Menashe family lights (5605 Beach Drive SW) and the music-synched West Seattle Lights – bring food donations! and check the schedule here (39th/Charlestown). P.S. Here’s our West Seattle-wide map.

AUSSIE ROOTS MUSIC … with Blake Noble, solo performance at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), 8:30 tonight. (6451 California SW)

LATE-NIGHT MUSIC: Lavender Lucy (with special guests) and Cynthia Alexander, 11 pm at Skylark Café and Club. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

MORE NIGHTLIFE LISTINGS … on our calendar!