Saturday, October 26, 2013

Evergreen Soccer

Go Geoducks, Go!  We cheered on Evergreen men's soccer.

What a rag-tag bunch

Speedy, the geoduck mascot, with her daughter

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Maltoberfest 8: Menace II Sobriety

What happens when you combine Octoberfest and Tacoma?  Maltoberfest!  Malt liquor served in a building shaped like a teapot.  What a party!

The press called us "Olympia's favorite local street band" and "utterly delightful" and said that "you'd have to see 'em to understand."  True dat!
Charles (Charlene?) belts it out - photo by Mandy Benson
Jeff incognito on the porch - photo by Mandy Benson
The (German) gang's all here!

...Even Elvis-Lee

Friday, October 4, 2013

Fall Arts Walk

Another opportunity to celebrate in Olympia.
Whose streets?  Our streets!

We're in the right spot

Nancy wails away in the Brotherhood bar (photo from The Volcano)

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Combined Fund Drive - Dept of Ecology

Three floors of music as Artesian Rumble marches through the Department of Ecology raising money for the Combined Fund Drive.
So professional!

The money's just pouring in!

Here comes the band

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Balkan Dance Party w/ Bucharest Drinking Team and Vana Mazi

ARA opened for a show with the fabulous Bucharest Drinking Team and Vana Mazi. On one song we all played together, somehow squeezing onto the stage of the Olympia Ballroom.
O bella ciao, bella ciao, bella CIAO CIAO CIAO! (photo by Sofia Lee)

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Thurston County Fair

The 2013 Thurston County Fair was officially opened by the Artesian Rumble Arkestra.
Fruit & veggie costumes compliments of WA State Child Nutrition

Such seedy women!
David is the apple of our eye 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Kaboom! 4th of July Block Party

The Artesians brought our very best red, white, and blue to Pat's 4th of July block party.
Andy wins best costume for wearing a windsock

Sunday, June 23, 2013

HONK Fest West - Day 3

On the last day, each band played 10 minutes outside the Seattle Art Museum.  Beforehand, we posed for a group photo.
What a work of art!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Honk Fest West - Day 2

For the first time ever, HONK Fest combined forces with the Fremont Solstice Parade.  ARA marched along with the Hooty Hoops 2 miles in the hot sun and then played a short show in Gasworks Park.
Parading as a macaw - Photo by Lansing Scott

Drumline at Gasworks - photo by Tim Sweeney

Friday, June 21, 2013

Honk Fest West - Day 1

We rocked out in Georgetown on the longest day of the year. 
Photo by Lansing Scott
Photo by Charles Bohanan

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Mel Swartz Memorial

Mel Swartz was one of the stalwarts of the Friday peace vigil in Olympia that Artesian Rumble has played weekly for years.  When he passed away at the age of 82, the Arkestra was invited to play his memorial service reception.  Since this was a celebration of his life, and there was a request for New Orleans tunes, our costume call was for "Dixieland Festive".
Westsiders take costume calls seriously

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Roller Derby Halftime

The Oly Rollers skated against the London Rollergirls, and Artesian Rumble was there to play the British national anthem (funny, it sounds just like "My Country Tis of Thee") and the halftime entertainment.
Halftime rock out

God Save the Queen

Pay no attention to that shirt, we cheered for the home team, honest!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Procession of the Species - 2013

This year, collectively we were a beautiful macaw, with a head created by Betsy.

On the move

Getting ready

Friday, April 26, 2013


While rumbling around town playing for the crowd, we stopped in at the Brotherhood Tavern.
Photo by Palu Kingston

Photo by Brooks Martin
Out on the street - photo by Lee Peterson

Sunday, March 24, 2013

HONK!TX - Day 4

Sunday was the parade and HONK Revue.
Perfect day to wear a cape, Seamus!

Betsy and her percussive lips
Video of our Revue performance

Saturday, March 23, 2013

HONK!TX - Day 3

On day 3, we played two sets in the hot sunshine of a park.
Group photo

Friday, March 22, 2013

HONK!TX - Day 2

Our first official day of HONK!TX we toured the capitol building.
Mike, Julie, and Jeff

Then we played a set for the folks at ARCH (Austin Resource Center for the Homeless).  We felt right in our element and partied it up.

Then we played an evening set for the HONK public.
Andy figures out the right direction to hold the megaphone for Lee

Thursday, March 21, 2013

HONK!TX - Day 1

For years we've stockpiled money from our occasional paying gigs.  Finally ARA agreed to travel - to HONK!TX in Austin.  Our first night, after our flight in, we played a bar show fundraiser.
Stretching before the flight

Friday, March 15, 2013

KAOS Radio

Seamus and David represented the band on KAOS' radio show, Spin the Globe.  They played some tracks we'd recorded in the studio earlier that week.  Listen here (end of first hour, beginning of second)
Amazingly, we fit in the studio!
Group photo

Saturday, March 9, 2013

A gift of a poem

We received this poem, hand typed by a poet at the Farmer's Market during our trip to HONK TX, was a gift from our fabulous host.
down by the riverside
spit flow through polished brass
diggin' through the muddy bank
I found justice
didn't need no sound
couldn't nobody be found down here
before the sweet trill of notes
there was me
I imagined the way to peace
I need to hitch a ride
wanna go home
missin' the music of my people
'cause your love is ample compensation
fillin' bellies like hungry minds
fully intendin' world reconciliation
by the mouth of the river
a road it grew
waves of melodies
carryin' me to you for Rumble Arkestra
love April
Barton Creek Farmers Market
March 9, 2013

Jena Kirkpatrick

Friday, February 8, 2013

Evergreen Basketball

ARA traded music for admission to an Evergreen basketball game - win win!
Go, Geoduck, Go!

This photo made the cover of Works in Progress