Folk Rocking Out at the Sunset Tavern

So, Friday night, following a stop at Milagros at Pike Place Market to pick up a few items for our Amnesty group’s Dia de los Muertos display, I headed over to Ballard to hear some music.

I wanted to catch Camille Bloom & the Recovery again.  I first saw them at the Rock School benefit that Mike McCready played last year. Then I saw that Christine Havrilla was also playing. Another musician whose music I’ve been listening to on the internet for years (probably dating back to the old once again), and is from Philadelphia, so I wasn’t expecting a chance to catch anytime soon.


Christine Havrilla writes and sings insightful folk rock. Here she is with Every Now and Then at the Alberta Street Pub in Portland the following night:


Camille Bloom came out to sing with her later in the set.


Christine also borrowed Michael Cotta, Camille’s drummer at one point. Can’t say that I blame her!

I was especially impressed by Christine’s guitar playing.  Fresh Sanity from her Portland gig below:

Then it was time for Camille Bloom and the Recovery.


Camille had the whole band, so they were really rocking! Here’s Before You Told Them by Camille Bloom & the Recovery at the Columbia Theatre in Seattle:

They didn’t have the little guy on the bongo, though.  He also played a full drum kit at the Rock School concert.


In addition to Camille and Michael, the full band includes bass player Jim Watkins, cellist Katie Kreter, guitarist Paul Fischer and back up vocalist Gaelen Billingsley.


Camille evidentally didn’t play with the full band in Portland.  Here she is with Gaelen with Smells Like Rain:

Such a Northwest song, and perfect as it was a cold, rainy, fall night in Ballard.


Perfect night to be in listening to some great music. Alas, it was the early show, and over too soon!


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