Rocking blues in Juneau with Fat James
Seattle bluesman Fat James comes to Juneau this weekend for three nights of music at Marlintini's Lounge.
Fat James played in Juneau two years ago with his Seattle band. This time he's working with Juneau drummer Vern Fowler and Juneau bassist Adrian Minne. He arrived early for a week of rehearsals, and they perform at 9 p.m. tonight, Friday and Saturday.
Minne said the rehearsals have gone well.
"He's quite a character," said Minne. "He's pretty raucous. It's hard boogie music. He's got his own style going, a real cutting style, an interesting blend of your traditional blues stuff mixed in with modern influences."
Since 1994, James has won Best New Band, Best Band of the Year and Best Songwriter awards from the Seattle Blues Society. He has been playing guitar and fronting rock and blues bands since he was a teenager.
James said he grew up "all over the place," including Ohio and New Zealand. He cited Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, Muddy Waters and Albert King as major influences.
"I'm a pretty electric player. My style is rocky blues, rocking Chicago blues," he said.
He's released one recording and has a new one in the works, featuring mostly original songs.
There's no cover for tonight's performance, and a $5 cover Friday and Saturday.
Painted silk, pastel portraits in new show
Artists Bridget Milligan and Sherri Brown open a new exhibit of artwork Friday at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council Gallery. An opening reception from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. will be held at the gallery at 206 N. Franklin St.
Milligan said they will have a variety of media.
"It's mostly hand-painted silk dresses and embossed prints, and some Chinese calligraphy. Sherri Brown has pastel paintings," she said.
Milligan, who runs the Kodiak Coat Company in Juneau, designs and sews the dresses herself. "I buy the white silk from China and paint it and steam set it," she said. Her embossed color prints are done on heavy cotton paper.
The show runs through Nov. 27.