Gentle Groove: The Hidden History of Grunge in the Modern City

Central Saloon

We wound down the hills of Queen Anne, one of the many ritzy districts in the thriving Seattle metropolis. With the water in the distance and the incredibly steep streets, it felt like we were in San Francisco. Past the buzz of a busy city on a Tuesday, we ended up in Belltown, the most densely populated area of the city. We pulled into a graffiti covered alley and hopped out of the car.

However this wasn’t graffiti like you’d see on the wrong side of the tracks, rather this looked like some sort of artsy hipster scene. We walked up to the elaborate and ornate alley entrance to Black Dog Forge, a blacksmith shop that’s been in operation for a quarter century. Fittingly, two black dogs walked out and greeted us, along with the sounds of machinery and metalwork emanating from inside.

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The Rolling Stones Show Review

Someone else took this picture who had way better seats than me

Venue: Arrowhead Stadium

Location: Kansas City, Kansas

Date: 06/27/15

Inebriation Level: Too Full On Soul Food To Get Drunk

Number one on my list of shows was The Rolling Stones. I mean, we know Keith Richards will somehow live to be 100 with a careful mix of hard drugs and booze, but the rest of the guys are, well, old. I had to catch them while they’re still touring. Maybe I’ll look back at this 10 years from now, when they’re still rocking stadiums, and laugh at the immediacy of having to see them. But this time around, The Stones was a must.

The last time they toured in 2013, they skipped my fair city of Denver, CO for bigger markets. I wrote them an open letter imploring them to come out to the Mile High City, but alas, it was ignored. This time around, they skipped my fair city for smaller markets. So through the plains of Kansas it would be to finally see The Rolling Stones.

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An Open Letter To The Rolling Stones

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Dear Band Members of the Rolling Stones,

Mick, how are you? Keith, how is your health? Charlie, I hope you’re well. Or do you go by Charles as I know many of you British folk do? Ronnie, how’s the hip? Again, is it Ronald, or maybe Mr. Wood? Bill, why aren’t you in the band, slacker?

It has come to my attention that you all will be touring the vast Planet Earth. Being that I broadcast a radio show to the same planet, I figured we at least have that in common. I also found five bucks in my coat pocket the other day, so I suppose we’re all pretty rich too.

Since I live in Denver, Colorado, I couldn’t help but notice that your scheduled tour of the vast Earth isn’t planning a stop in my fair city. I believe that should change, and here’s why:

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Jam of the Week: The Rolling Stones

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Jam of the Week

Artist: The Rolling Stones

Album: Let It Bleed

Genre: British Invasion

Date: 1969

Sound: Um, Legendary

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