The Bushwick Book Club Seattle presents: Original Music Inspired by the works of Margaret Wise Brown
Hugo House is thrilled to be partnering with The Bushwick Book Club Seattle as they present: Original Music Inspired by the works of Margaret Wise Brown.
Throughout the 1940s, Margaret Wise Brown single-handedly rewrote the book on children’s literature. Groundbreaking works like The Runaway Bunny and Goodnight Moon (which the New York Public Library initially refused to buy) fused poetry and philosophy, captivating generations of readers.
“The first great wonder at the world is big in me. That is why I write.”—Margaret Wise Brown
Warren Dunes plays PNW Tropicalia and is led by keyboardist/vocalist Julia Massey. Their unique style of Beach Rock is born from the cold waters and grey sky beaches of the Salish sea, and is highlighted by Massey's double keyboards and crystalline voice soaring over chiming guitars and thundering drums from husband Jared Cortese and his brother Dominic Cortese. A long-time favorite in Seattle, Massey's newest project has gained broader attention with performances at festivals around the PNW including Treefort Music Fest, and notable performances at Seattle Zoo Tunes and the historic Neptune Theater. Most recently their debut LP "Get Well Soon" was voted KEXP's #20 album of 2021.
Vince Martinez is a Seattle-based americana singer/songwriter originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Vince and his band, The Great Blue Yonder, perform in and around Seattle and have increasingly been receiving recognition for their engaging live performances and honest, straightforward music. Vince and the band's latest album, Northwest by Southwest, features original music inspired by Martinez's New Mexican roots, as well as his recent Pacific Northwest experiences.
Peter Donovan is an musical storyteller. His songs span genres and feature narratives based on both real-life and fictitious characters, written with a contemplative heart. After finding success and a dedicated fanbase with Seattle’s All The Real Girls and his side project The Rose Petals (alongside Elijah Ocean), Donovan returned in 2022 with his first proper solo album, This Better Be Good. His previous releases spun expertly-crafted character sketches that earned plaudits from Paste Magazine, Consequence of Sound, American Songwriter, and more. With This Better Be Good, Donovan spreads his wings, combining the plaintive soul of indie rock, the heartfelt sincerity of Americana, and the stirring studio pageantry of ‘70s singer-songwriters, drawing them together to explore more intimate depths.
Mitchell Beck is an active performer and enjoys performing in a wide variety of musical contexts. As an orchestral performer, he has performed professionally with orchestras throughout Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Washington, and Idaho. As a chamber musician, he has performed at multiple Percussive Arts Society events, universities, and high schools around the country. Mitchell also keeps an active schedule performing and recording with a variety of bands in the Pacific Northwest and Midwest. Currently, he is working on commissions for people around the country that range from solo contemporary classical music to soundtracks for visual and interactive media. Mitchell has a specific interest in creating electro-acoustic music through the use of loop pedal technology as well as composing contemporary works involving electronic accompaniment and live sound manipulation.
With songs that sound like Top 40 hits but read like tarot cards, Brittany Danielle, who has been playing piano since 8-years-old and boasts a graduate degree in music, creates compositions that touch opposite sides of the spectrum. On Danielle’s debut LP, which she will unveil in 2022, many of the tracks were born from the pandemic and the song exercises that kept her sane throughout. Woven together with truths about her mental health (and its own unraveling), the songs represent growth, new connections.
Danielle, who has played in popular bands in Seattle like Purr Gato, graced stages like The Tractor Tavern and those abroad in cities as far away as Germany, has worked in children’s theater and performed in musicals, too. She’s a quilt of experience held with uneasy stitching. At times her songs sound like a stroll down a city street, others like the corners of your consciousness. Standouts include the unburdening, “Hindsight,” and sauntering, “Nothing.” But don’t fret. In the end, of course, she’s got the world dancing on a line.