Rock the Folk Out: Seattle and Portland
Photos by Jake Walden
We are excited to welcome Jake Walden, a multi-talented singer/songwriter (who happens to be gay) from Northern California as a guest blogger. Jake is sending us dispatches from the 20-city Rock the Folk OUT tour, that he is part of along with artists Stewart Lewis and Tom Goss. This is his fourth post. Click here to read about his adventures in Montana. Click here for Las Vegas. And here for Boulder.
Ok, so ever notice no matter how cool you think you are, there are certain places you visit where you look around and know that in fact the people around you are the definition of "cool"? Hopefully, if you let yourself become immersed in and infiltrated by the local culture, you can learn by osmosis.
When we drove into both Seattle and Portland, after being in the snowy mountains for a week, we had the rare experience of arriving to crystal clear afternoons where the Emerald city and it's slightly more "emo" neighbor to the south took your breath away with their bridges, water and green everywhere.
The tour actually made money on these stops so Tom and I ate at an amazing Japanese street food restaurant called Kushibar @2319 2nd Ave. in Seattle, right across from the 1920's built JewelBox theater where we performed. Let the "cool" guy who works there in the video lure you in.
As you will see, at Mississippi pizza, located @ 3552 N. Mississippi Ave in Portland, where we sang to the Oregonians, they had gluten-free pizza, so I got to eat pizza for the first time in 2 years. And the people - so charming and artsy. I felt like I was in high school again, doing community theater. There were babies and hippies, and teenagers alike, dancing and singing, creating. As for where to stay, well, I wish I could hand you a key to the friend's and families' houses where we staed, but that would be a little weird, so, just go to where the art is.
And by the way, baseball fan or not, nothing like Safeco field where the Mariner's play in Seattle to show you why after a hundred years, there is nothing like going to a baseball game on the waterfront surrounded by green surrounded by whatever you make it.
Jake Walden is on tour with Rock the Folk Out, sponsored by the parent company of this website. He'll be submitting updates from his trip. Keep checking back here.