COVID-19 has impacted every industry on the planet. But live music and theater, in particular, have taken a hit. Shuttered music venues and stages have left many local musicians and actors out of work since March 2020. The Renton Road Show initiative, hosted by the Renton Municipal Arts Commission, is designed to bring art and culture back to the city after the coronavirus pandemic has brought much of the industry to a standstill. The effort will bring a series of pop-up performances and arts events across Renton starting February 22. The goal is to bring live music to anyone that stops to listen.
On January 8, 2021, Governor Inslee issued the “Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery” State recovery plan, which implements a phased approach for reopening by region. As of February 1, the Puget Sound Region has been approved to move into Phase 2 of the plan, with some limited outdoor entertainment allowed. The Renton Roadshows program will follow the Phase 2 guidelines for Theatre & Performing Arts as outlined by the Governor’s office.
Pop-up performances will be held outdoors at spaces that can be flexible and adapt to social distancing protocols. Led by Arts Commissioners, Dave Samek, Marsha Rollinger, Bill Huls and Neil Sheesley, Renton Road Shows will support local artists who will perform 1 to 2 hour sets at locations across the city.
Paul Kroeger - guitarist and vocalist, Paul has been performing across the northwest at festivals, events, weddings, and has fronted numerous bands over the years. His current band, "Poodlebomb," was formed in 1996 as an impromptu band hired for a friends' birthday party. Paul carries the title of "alpha poodle," and fills the roles of guitarist, lead crooner and Whistler.
Artists Daniel Clark and Erik Olson together are the duo band D'Generic. Their acoustic covers include a wide range of styles from 3 Doors Down and Beck to Stone Temple Pilots and Jane's Addiction. These two are all about gorgeous harmonies and quality guitar. Their popularity around the region is growing and they are excited to be returning to perform in Renton.
Back by popular demand, Daniel Pellegrini will be performing at our first Roadshow at the Renton Chamber of Commerce. If you haven't heard Daniel's version of Girl's Just Want to have fun you are truly missing out.
Drive by, stroll by, and come grab a burger and fries! Dick's Drive-in is parking their food truck next to the Chamber from 11am to 2pm on the 18th.
Henry LaVallee is an artist of many talents! He lends his skills as a drummer to the popular Seattle-based touring band, the Naked Giants. On his own, Henry is an extremely talented solo artist on acoustic guitar and vocals. He performs songs from artists such as Johnny Cash, the Beatles and Bob Dylan.
Daniel Pellegrini is a guitarist/vocalist from Issaquah. A childhood love of all music grew into something more when Daniel discovered artists like Jimi Hendrix, AC/DC, and Michael Jackson, which prompted him to explore all kinds of rock ‘n’ roll. It was at the age of 9 that he first picked up a guitar. Daniel is inspired far more by 70’s and 80’s rock than present-day styles, an influence that is unmistakably present in his original songs. His music has been described as having a distinctively vintage flavor that pulls in older fans, while its modern edge to appeals to younger fans as well.
Partnering with Sustainable Renton and St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, the first Renton Roadshow will feature solo artist, Steve Biscarret performing at the Renton Free Grocery in the Highlands this coming Monday. Steve is a veteran of the greater Seattle music scene. He's handled guitar, mandolin and vocals for too many bands to recall from a variety of genres. Steve's current band is "North of 50."
Drive, stroll or pop over to St. Matthew's this Monday to hear the classic rock and country stylings of Steve Biscarret.