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Uncle Bonsai ***ONLINE Ticket Sales close at 2pm**But we still have seats available* Please call 206-365-4447 for reservations

May 13 @ 8:00 pm


“A folk-pop trio from Seattle, performs funny original songs whose exquisite musical detail and subtle needling wit attain a level of craft not often seen in pop” – NY Times

Uncle Bonsai returns to this wonderful, intimate, venue for a pair of shows featuring songs from over 41 years of performing/recording, including selections from the “Seven Sins, Seven Wonders, Seven Dwarfs” song cycle. But that’s not all! The group guarantees at least 50% different songs each night. That means almost 40 Uncle Bonsai songs . . . that’s a lot of music . . . that’s a lot of words. In addition, the group hopes to offer a world premiere or two . . . don’t miss it!

And what exactly is an Uncle Bonsai? Imagine what might happen if Tim Burton and Edward Gorey hijacked the Andrews Sisters en route to a Stephen Sondheim festival with The Beatles and Tom Lehrer in the sidecar; you’d get Seattle super-harmonizers Uncle Bonsai. With just three voices and an acoustic guitar, Uncle Bonsai presents an often dizzying vocal array of intricate harmony. Their songs, dark and hilarious at times, just as often delight with moments of great insight and beauty. The trio aligns itself with the under-achiever, the dejected, the outsider, the black sheep. Densely-packed lyrics fly by in a whir at times, and take a skewed stance on topics such as first-world problems, the creation of the universe, the afterlife, and, of course, holidays with the family. Uncle Bonsai’s acoustic folk-pop songs are almost one-act plays or short stories, resisting strict pop, folk, or singer-songwriter categories. Their songs focus on the passing of time, the passing of genes, and the passing of pets – the truth of everything seemingly buried somewhere under the family tree. The group has eight recordings, a reversible/hard cover book for parents (and their kids), and recently premiered an all new show, “Seven Sins, Seven Wonders, Seven Dwarfs,” a 25-song song cycle, right here in Seattle.

These shows are a rare opportunity to so see this trio up close and personal. There’s extremely limited seating so get your tickets now!

“Singers Ratshin, O’Neill and Adler are pitch-perfect in their delivery of often complex harmonic arrangements. And if there were an Ella Fitzgerald Award for Exquisite Elocution in Song, they would surely get it. The trio officially bills itself as a “folk” outfit, but has none of the naiveté that label might suggest. These are nicely edgy, sour-sweet songs, written for grown-ups.” – The Seattle Times


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May 13
8:00 pm
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North City Bistro
1520 NE 177th St
Shoreline, WA 98155 United States
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(206) 365-4447
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