Dave Deleon, The Church Of What It Is, The Crashers, Petey Normal

Fri Jul 21 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm


$6.00 - $8.00

This event is 21 and over

“Dorado combines musical sophistication with funky badass grooves and raw talent. I hear everything from Steely Dan to Beck. It is really groovy stuff"
- Portland engineer/musician and owner of 8 Ball studios Rob Stroup.

The head of Backline Studios Patrick Brewer, says of the group; “those guys are out there working all the time…and we thought the material was strikingly original”.

Dorado is a funk rock band from Portland, Oregon comprised of Sky Cooper (guitar, vocals), Johnny G (bass), James Ford (drums). Their new EP (Aug 2016) is called Didn’t Get Paid.

The title track combines stories from the past 10 years of gigging. This is followed by a Nirvana cover (Heart Shaped Box), a poppy ballad, Kiss Me Goodbye, and closes with an uptempo dance number called Roll Me Over.
1) Intro (0.54)
2) Didn’t Get Paid (3.41)
3) Heart Shaped Box (5.16)
4) Roll Me Over (3.55)

According to founder Sky Cooper, the creation of the band was a slow evolution."It's a kind of an Hip-Hop flavored rhythm section with a rock frosting. We've still got some growing to do, but that's the direction we’re heading”.

Cooper is an Australian ex-patriot who studied with music legend Yusef Lateef at Elliott Smith’s alma mater, Hampshire College. He then spent three years traveling between continents, couch surfing at friend’s places. This long stint of homelessness sated some of Sky’s wanderlust, but starting a working band remained elusive.

Just before 9/11 he was in northern Queensland [Australia] playing bluegrass covers at an outback pub with an 80-year-old bass player and getting heckled by the crowd for his American accent. “Things weren’t going exactly to plan, Actually the truth was I hadn’t conceived a particularly good plan anyway. I had just fallen off the map all together,” he said.

So Cooper returned to San Francisco and later Portland recording 5 albums under different names over the next 10 years. Eventually his live band turned into Dorado.

Johnny G joined the group adding his distinctive 6 string bass funk style and signature floor synth lines. He was perfect,” said Cooper. “it’s just amazing watching Johnny dance and play bass, and the Moog Taurus synth with his foot and rap and sing harmonies at the same time. It blows me away every show..”

According to Johnny, “What I love about this band is the chemistry live. We can read off each other and anticipate dynamic changes.”

Soon after James Ford joined the group on drums. James is originally from the Portland area and says what attracted him to the band was “johnny being a sex symbol!…Ha! Actually the combination of great grooves and catchy songs. Plus it gave me a place to combine acoustic and electronic drumming with my kit and the sample pads in a songwriting format”.

“James is another one of those amazing multi-taskers! He’s playing syncopated rhythms, triggering sample pads and singing harmonies..he’s like some future rhythm wizard. It really makes Dorado sound like a futuristic power trio with him in the line-up” -Sky

Dorado’s EP Didn’t Get Paid was released August 2016.

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Dave Deleon
Dave DeLeon is a singer/songwriter originally from Mt. Clemens, MI, currently based in Seattle, WA, U.S.A. He has been performing music for nearly 25 years.

Dave cut his teeth in the world of music at age 20 as the keyboard player for an East Lansing, MI jam band called Jo Mama's Bakery (1992-1994). After moving to Seattle in 1996, Dave played guitar in a circus-rock and fusion band called The Grumpus Ensemble, formed by East Lansing transplants (1996-2000).

After a brief stint as a solo artist in the early 2000s, Dave founded and fronted the three-piece indie rock band Snakes and Horses (2004-2006), and later played lead guitar for Seattle mega-group Super Geek League (2008-2010).

All the while, Dave never stopped writing songs, or longing for the venue to deliver them. 2012 found Dave returning to his more simplified singer-songwriter format, which is where we find him now.

For amplified shows, Dave employs the use of self-made backing tracks to add punch and drive the material home. He plays a Gibson SG through a Marshall combo, not hesitating to take solos during many of the songs. His music is uplifting and life-affirming, dealing with themes of loss and personal transformation through self-discovery.

Dave recently broke onto the Seattle club scene as a solo artist and is currently preparing for a West Coast tour in Feb. 2016. He can often be found playing at the Pike Place Market in Seattle, especially during the summer months. He is currently working on completing a full-length album.
The Church Of What It Is
The Crashers
Petey Normal
The mighty bipolar rock n roller wields his guitar and slays every Negative Nancy in his path with fury of the rock gods.
Venue Information:
109 Eastlake Ave E
Seattle, WA, 98109