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8 Jul Peavine Alley Big Boom Bash

Our annual big Independence related show! At least five or six amazing acts! And some adorable dancing bears (approximately)! As usual it’s your basic picnic bbq potluck grassy gnoll sort of rock and roll show.

I will be making my usual (unusual) pork loin. Please do make comments here about what you are bringing so not everyone brings sausages. You don’t want another sausage fest, do you?

It’s all about the money, except it’s not. These shows are free and we intend to keep it that way. That being said, we also want to ensure the musicians are rewarded for their hard work. Let’s make sure we can help them fuel their questionable-looking vans so they can make it their next gigs by dropping $15 or $20 into their little buckets!

What to bring? You may want a blanket or a chair to sit upon. Will it be warm? Maybe you will want something to snuggle? Your coolest friends are welcome, but please let me know so I can predict numbers.

Questions? Ask them below or message one of the moderators!

13:30 – Gates open! Get yer grass here!
14:30 – Anna St. Lee —
15:15 – Patrick Galactic — https://patrickgalactic.bandcamp.com/
16:30 – Teresa and The Wolves — Cancelled due to finger injury!
17:30 – THE HINGES — https://thehinges1.bandcamp.com/
18:15 – Sheryl Wiser — https://www.reverbnation.com/sherylwiser
19:00 – Sarah St. Albin — https://www.sarahstalbin.com/

!!!!!!!

Very exciting.

To join Peavine Alley: https://www.facebook.com/groups/peavinealley/

Note:  Seafood Fest is today.  Avoid downtown Ballard.

If you would like to grill, my gas grill will be available for the entire show. My chimenea will also be available for grilling but not until after the pork loin is done.

Tea is in the sun; pork is in the smoke.

Musicians:  I have mics and cables and amps and a PA.  I also have a cajon and a snare and some other random percussion.  If there is anything you need, let me know.  I’ll do what I am able.

The pork loin is enbrined:  chicken stock, sour cherry juice, balsamic, pomegranate molasses, lemon juice, bay leaves, salt.

I have half a dozen lemons available if anyone needs lemons.

I have put some pork ribs into the sous vide cooker at 137f (probably for 24 hours).

Another reason to come?  Witness my reading of the Declaration of Independence!

Just to be clear, I have been doing these readings for more than a decade and this is not aimed at any particular idiots which may or may not exist.

Remember the potluck is an important element to these events.  Are you thinking of what you may bring?  Let us know!  Not only is it fun to see what others are bringing, you may inspire another.  Be inspirational!

I’m smoking a pork loin in my peculiar way.

8 Jul Peavine Alley Big Boom Bash
8 Jul Peavine Alley Big Boom Bash (PA)

It’s been a busy summer.  So much to do for the Alley.  You have all been great!  Thanks for making this show a fantastic success.  Thanks, especially, to the musicians who come and play music and meet fans and eat food just like the rest of us.  And of course thanks to Harry Oesterreicher and Tobias TheOwl for helping me bring these shows together.  Maybe the world is a little better for our efforts.  Thank you all.

JamesIsIn

Sat 17 June Scott Mickelson! Returns & the Yard Is Very Changed

Remember when Scott and Jeff played until well after dark and we basically had to shine flashlights on them so they could see what they were doing?  Well, Mickelson is returning and Tobias the Owl is going to open.  We’ll start in the afternoon this time and I bought some portable lights just in case.

Line-up (times are estimates):

15:00 Gates open — get your patch of green!
16:00 Tobias the Owl:  https://www.tobiastheowl.com/
17:00 Scott Mickelson:  http://www.mickelsonmusic.com/

As usual it’s your basic picnic bbq potluck grassy gnoll sort of rock and roll show.  All donations go to the musicians.  Probably they will have stuff you can buy as well.  I’ll post some links here and there below.

I will be making my usual (unusual) pork loin.  Please do make comments here about what you are bringing so not everyone brings pies.  I mean, many of you COULD bring pies.  But someone should probably bring something to go with them.  What’s your preferred potluck portable comestible?

What to bring?  You may want a blanket or a chair to sit upon.  Will it be warm?  Maybe you will want something to snuggle?  Your coolest friends are welcome, but please let me know so I can predict numbers.

Questions?  Ask them below or message one of the moderators!

Grill available for those bringing raw meat!

Big roof ready for the big show.  Bring on the rock!

Pergola Roof
Pergola Roof

The pork loin is enbrined:  apple and grapefruit, cinnamon, bay leaves, pepper, vanilla bean.

Pork is on the smoke and tea is in the sun.  What are you bringing?  (Pretty sure Scott is bringing his delicious banjo.)

If you want to grill mine will be available. If you have any questions please post them here! It’s going to be another epic day in the Alley!

Sunnish Tea
Sunnish Tea
Smoking Porky
Smoking Porky

If you want to grill mine will be available.  If you have any questions please post them here!  It’s going to be another epic day in the Alley!

A link to make things easy for those wishing to join Peavine Alley!

Sat 17 June Scott Mickelson!  Returns & the Yard Is Very Changed
Sat 17 June Scott Mickelson!  Returns & the Yard Is Very Changed PA

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I want to thank everyone who came out to make this show a success.  I’d especially like to thank Scott Mickelson and Tobias TheOwl for giving us their music for over three hours!  Finally I’d like to say thanks for donating to the musicians as it helps them pay for their expenses as they tour.  It’s all part of a much larger thing and it’s great to participate.

We had great food all around, but I should point out that Z makes the best pies!

We were even able to see the roof of the pergola in action thanks to about seventeen seconds of actual rain.

I hope everyone got enough to eat; I hope everyone got an earful of excellent music; and I hope to see all of you 8 July for the next music show.

JamesIsIn

Johnny Sangster & Friends Sunday 11 Sept

https://www.facebook.com/events/1546701095633278/

Doors at two; music by three.

Johnny Sangster & Friends
with Rusty Willoughby & Friends (featuring Barb Hunter, Jennifer Sutherland & possibly Johnny Sangster)
PLUS –> The Demon Rind (Kwab Copeland, Bill Herzog, Carrie Robinson & Johnny Sangster)

Johnny will be playing an opening set followed by Rusty and then we’ll rock out with the Demon Rind.

What’s not to love about that?!

You know the drill: music, friends, potluck, sun. I’ll be maknig my famous pork loin. Let us know what you’ll be bringing in the comments. Questions in the comments or write to James directly.

This is going to be a good show. It’s going to be more rock and more roll and more louder than any previous show. Come see the changes in landscape; come see friends old and new; come see some terrific rock and roll in the shade of the cedar trees.

Looking forward to seeing you all for this summer-closing epic show!

What a season finale, eh? I’m exhausted! Thanks to everyone for coming. We had at least 65 humans present yesterday which is a new Peavine Alley record. The food was great, and the music was truly epic. Thanks again, especially to the musicians (and the bartender!). See you all again soon.

The pork is on the smoke…

Also, if you would like strawberry plants, I have probably 50-100 that can be removed (or they will end up buried next week). If you want some to plant at home, bring a plastic tub or bag and you can have as many as you’d like.

If you would like to grill, my gas grill will be available for the entire show. My chimenea will also be available for grilling but not until after the pork loin is done.

The pork loin is in its brine: buttermilk, chicken stock, salt, maple syrup, juice and zest from 16 limes, and tarragon.

I will have plenty of extra limes. No one needs to bring limes.

I’ve been quiet and quite busy. You old-timers will hardly recognize the yard. Even the pork is getting a new treatment. It’s going to be great!

Remember, everyone, it’s a potluck. You are not required to participate but it’s fun so you ought to. Tell us what you are bringing so we can all get excited!

Is it your famous but highly secret garlic and artichoke dip? Is it your great great grandmother’s potato salad? Inquiring minds want to know!

Regardless, this September weather is giving us a pleasant gap in which to have a dry show and even some decent sunshine. Go figure. Looking forward to seeing everyone on Sunday.

 

JamesIsIn

Jim Page & Grant Dermody 20 August (Saturday)

https://www.facebook.com/events/955889537865549/

Who doesn’t love a legend? I mean… Robin Hood, Luke Skywalker, Jim Page; the folks who re-write the pages of history. Come see our favorite Seattle folk legend and have a potluck. Music, food, and friends (old and new).

You know the drill: music, friends, potluck, sun. I’ll be maknig my famous pork loin. Let us know what you’ll be bringing in the comments. Questions in the comments or write to James directly.

On the bill:

Tobias the Owl http://www.tobiastheowl.com/
Grant Dermody http://grantdermody.com/
Jim Page http://jimpage.net/

If you bring a kiddie pool or a bucket, I’ll fill it with water for your footsies.

See comments below for more infromation.

Thank you to everyone who came out to see these excellent musicians for an intimate afternoon. Special thanks to Harry Oesterreicher for bringing a kiddie pool. And of course thanks to Jim Page, Grant Dermody, and Tobias TheOwl for putting on such a fine show.

Kiddie pool is still wet if you have dry feet…

The Kiddie Pool has landed! And there is some music too…

My gas grill is… available. It’s a bit tricky due to construction. Let me know if you were hoping to use it. Should be no trouble.

Tea is in the sun; pork is in the smoke. Better get to cleaning…

Making garlic confit in my sous vide: 4 bulbs garlic, olive oil, a shallot sautéd in butter, smoked paprika, and salt. We’ll give it four hours at 190f.

Pork loin brine: 16 limes (juice and zest), 2 bulbs garlic, chicken stock, frozen apple juice concentrate, bay leaves, salt. Gonna chill that over night.

What are you bringing? My usual pie source is out of time this show…

If anyone is coming from or through Wallingford, our friend Alan Wolfson (and His Famous Broken Foot) could use a lift?

 

JamesIsIn

Fourth Again (BUT on sunny Sunday 3 July)

https://www.facebook.com/events/241587386221754/

Peavine Alley is proud to present the second Fourth on the third. Well, it’s not the second on the third; it’s the second Fourth and it happens to happen on the third. The third is a Sunday which is the seventh day but let’s not go there. So it’s the first Fourth on the third and the first on a Sunday, but it’s our second Fourth in a row.

So, come to Peavine Alley on Sunday the third of July and celebrate the Fourth with friends and music.

Patch up your picnic baskets, folks, because it is as per usual a potluck. Will James smoke a pork loin? It’s anybody’s guess. Will James sous vide some chicken thighs? Who can know such things?! Are you potlucking? We’d love to hear what you will be bringing.

Who is playing? This we can answer (mostly).

Emily Donohue
Animals of grace
Cooper stoulil
Parzival myr popof
Kristina Valencia
Bergman Broom
Tobias the Owl

There has also been a discussion about including a ten second scream for the dead.

What is scheduled? Probably something like this:

Kristina Valencia 3-3:45 PM
Parzival Myr Popof 3:45-4:30
Cooper Stoulil 4:30-5:15
Emily Donohue 5:15-6
Animals of Grace 6 PM
[mic opens after]

Old Bergman and Mr The Owl we will cleverly weave in as appropriate.

I have made it even easier to locate my house from the street by creating a system of hillocks to emulate mountains and valleys. The orange porch light is still burning.

Fortunately the music will be around back. There is plenty of room in my backyard (aka Peavine Alley) for your blankets and chairs and butts.

All donations go to the musicians (the house takes none).

Questions? Ask the thread or ask me.

Did everyone have a great time? I did! Met some terrific people. Ate some wonderful food. And of course enjoyed some fantastic music. Thanks to everyone who came and especially to the musicians who made this all possible. Remember to have your friends join Peavine Alley (or friend me) so they can find out about upcoming events.

Get yer potluck on! I have had the pork loin on smoke since maybe 8:30. The tea is in the sun. The chicken thighs are very thigh. Only about an hour and a half and humans will start arrive at Peavine Alley. See you all soon.

(My phone is on my About page if you need a quick response.)

I have just put the pork loin in its brine (chicken stock, 16 limes, 3 lbs ginger, pepper corns and cloves, apple juice concentrate, and salt), and I have sous vide cooked a whole mess of chicken thighs so they can be quickly grilled on demand.

I have a propane grill and a wood fired grill that will be available for your grilling pleasure (the wood fire will be available after the pork loin is finished).

Any questions?

Musicians: I have mics and cables and amps and a PA. I also have a cajon and a snare and some other random percussion. If there is anything you need, let me know. I’ll do what I am able.

Not going to be as hot as it was last year, so I probably won’t burn the bottoms of my feet from walking around in the sun all day. Only a few days to go.

 

JamesIsIn

Jeff Campbell with Mickelson — 10 June (Friday evening show)

https://www.facebook.com/events/577444395762759/

Jeff Campbell and (Scott) Mickelson are coming to play some fine music at our own Peavine Alley. It’s a Friday evening show so head on over after your work-week has weakened you, get revitalized with the musics!

I have made it even easier to locate my house from the street by creating a system of hillocks to emulate mountains and valleys. The orange porch light is still burning.

Fortunately the music will be around back. There is plenty of room in my backyard (aka Peavine Alley) for your blankets and chairs and butts.

Are you potlucking? We’d love to hear what you will be bringing. Unless there is any objection I will be making my usual pork loin.

All donations go to the musicians (the house takes none).

Questions? Ask the thread or ask me.

Check these cats out (and look for music in the thread):

Jeff https://www.facebook.com/JeffCampbellMusic/
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jeffcampbell16

Mickelson https://www.facebook.com/mickelsonmusic/

What an incredible night. Thank you all for coming (and there were about 30 of us in total!). Of course, special thanks to Jeffry Campbell and Scott Mickelson Good food, good music, and good times. And no inclement weather! Best show yet? Maybe. Sunday 3 July is our next adventure. Stay tuned to Peavine Alley for more details. Stay safe, have fun, and see you all soon.

Guess which pork loin is over the coals?

Mariners game tonight. If you are coming from the South, plan accordingly.

Pork loin brine: 16 limes (blender), 3 lbs fresh gingerroot (blender), bulb of garlic (blender) pepper corns and cloves (spice grinder), 1 pint apple juice concentrate, bunch o’ kosher salt, and tarragon.

Have I mentioned how much I live BlendTec?

So you may be saying to yourself (or anyone within earshot) “what the fuck is with this weather?”. Welcome to Seattle.

I have a couple of those portable gazebo things (labeled “canopy” like we stole them from a pickup) and I have arranged the basement so there is a place for food and stuff. Wear a jacket or brrr.

Feel sorry for me because I will be standing over my chimenea with an umbrella smoking the pork loin while y’all are at work (you know, during the lightning storm around noon?). But we are prepared (haha! thanks, Boy Scouts!) and we are determined to have a great time.

See you soon. Kisses!

(On the plus side the predicted accumulated rainfall for tomorrow is <1/10th inch. I’m hoping it gets it out of its system early.)

Only a day to go. So much cleaning remains… gotta get the pork loin… stuffs happening. Getting ready!

The path to the backyard is complete. Tired and sore and hands that look a bit like a butcher board… bring on the fun! Only a trio of days to go.

Full steam ahead toward Friday. I just have to finish this path so going from the sidewalk to the backyard isn’t a hazardous journey. And smoke a pork loin. And clean EVERYTHING. Should be good. Just a few days!

Hasn’t been a lot of food talk yet. Don’t let me hold you back! Any embarrassing tales of the musicians? We won’t repeat them…

 

JamesIsIn

The Return of the Return of Hamell on Trial—Sunday Matinée

NOTE: The location has changed! This show will be a very special “garden party” with Hamell on Trial at Peavine Alley (the backyward at James Cook‘s house in Ballard).

Hamell is:  Fast.  Furious.  Funny.  Unforgettable.
2:00PM Open House
3:00PM Earl Brooks
4:00PM Hamell on Trial
Admission by donation
http://hamellontrial.com/
https://www.facebook.com/hamellontrial

There is plenty of room in my backyard (aka Peavine Alley) for your blankets and chairs and butts.  Usually we potluck.  I’m frantically trying to finish a pergola so we’ll see if I am able to do that AND smoke a pork loin.  Wish me luck.  See you all Sunday.

There will be hose to hose down the hotness or to wash away any and all pants peeing.  No charge.

Pork loin brine:  16 limes (blender), 3 lbs fresh gingerroot (blender), pepper corns and cloves (mortar and pestle), 1 pint apple juice concentrate, bunch o’ kosher salt.

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The Return of the Return of Hamell on Trial—Sunday Matinée

Just a quick note to say thank you to everyone who came out Sunday and made this a terrific event.  Thank you for bringing food.  Thank you for bringing beverages.  And thanks especially to Señor Hamell and Earl Brooks for bringing the music.  Hope to see each of you again soon.

JamesIsIn

Jaspar Lepak Storms Peavine Alley

Jaspar Lepak is coming to play some fine music at our own Peavine Alley.  It’s a Friday evening show so head on over after your work-week has weakened you, get revitalized with music.

Jasper Lepak
Jasper Lepak

I have made it even easier to locate my house from the street by covering vast compost piles with blue tarps.  The orange porch light is still burning.

Fortunately the music will be around back.

Are you potlucking?  We’d love to hear what you will be bringing.

House Concert
House Concert

A backyard house concert in the Ballard neighborhood!  Peavine Alley and you make this a great venue.  It’s a potluck and music extravaganza with folk songstress, Jaspar Lepak!  Jaspar will be joined by her husband, Kale Lepak, on accordion and harmonies.  $10 Suggested Donation.  Kids are welcome.

Keep reading for important details from your host, James Cook.  And if you have any questions about the venue, just ask James!  RSVP here or just show up!

Listen to Jaspar’s music here:  www.jasparlepak.com

How does this whole thing work?

Potluck: I have a propane grill and my chimenea (with charcoals and later wood) more or less at your disposal.  The grill is ready any time.

Seating:  I have some chairs and blankets.  Bring some if you have them too.  The yard is shaped like a small amphitheater so it’s pretty forgiving.

Smoking:  Don’t blow smoke on your neighbor.  The alley is a great place for cigs, with full visibility of the show.

Drinks:  I’m hoping to make sangria and iced tea.  My beverage fridge died so it’s back to ice chest and bags of ice for all the other stuff anyone brings.

Questions:  Just ask!

What shall I make this time?  More pork loin?  Tacos?  Thoughts?

Or maybe something like this but the grass is mostly tan.

Jasper on the Grass
Jasper on the Grass

And I did hear a rumor there was going to be a posse…

Jasper Posse
Jasper Posse

Imagine something like this only with more peavines.

Jasper sans Peavines
Jasper sans Peavines

The blue moon will rise at 20:45 (that’s 8:45 PM for the small portion of the world’s population that doesn’t use a 24 hour clock).

http://www.timeanddate.com/moon/usa/seattle

Foodwise, I have had four suggestions thus far:  1) more pork loin 2) grilled pizza 3) tacos 4) brats.  Discuss.

Folks have asked me about bicycle parking.  We have plenty.  Safe enough for lacking locks.  Come get folked up!

Hey, so it’s one day away!  I have a big bag of limes (no need to bring limes!) and a bunch of ginger.  I’ll brine the pork loin tonight.  We are going to have a great time.  See you all mañana!

This is certainly the best SMELLING brine I’ve ever used.  Oh, and if you are wondering how will your Blendtec blender manage whole limes and ginger, my answer is “holy shit, I love this blender”.

Found this clip of Jaspar Lepak playing somewhere else in Ballard.  Haha!  Ballard…

The high is predicted to be 89f today.  Bring your… kiddie pools?  We’ll have good shade in the evening but remember to hydrate.  See you all this evening.

Ok, it seems pretty clear most folks want more pork loin.  I guess it’s getting near a tradition.  I’ll do it.  Probably try a apple-lime-ginger flavor profile this time around.

What are you bringing?  We’d love to know!

It’s not even noon and it’s already 81f—and I’ve started a fire.  I am suffering for my art, the art of PORK!

For those interested (and I suppose for my own record of the matter) I present…

BRINE:  bay leaves, apple juice concentrate (frozen), a dozen limes and two large roots of ginger (ground in my blender), salt, pepper corns (smashed), and topped with water and ice.

PORK LOIN:  dusted with salt (orange-rosemary salt, ground in my mortar), paprika, white pepper, and ground ginger.

Internal temperature’s been hovering around 110f for a couple of hours.  That’s fine because I can, at will, raise my cooking temperature and bring it to the finishing temperature.  This is just smoke time.

First set wrapping up.  Little break, then off to the second set.  You still have some time to join the festivities…

Jaspar Lepak Storms Peavine Alley
Backyard Show at Peavine Alley!

Thanks for an amazing night, everybody. Good music, good food, and good friends. Watch for a movie night in August and possibly in September.

JamesIsIn

Jaspar Lepak Storms Peavine Alley

Jaspar Lepak is coming to play some fine music at our own Peavine Alley. It’s a Friday evening show so head on over after your work-week has weakened you, get revitalized with music.

I have made it even easier to locate my house from the street by covering vast compost piles with blue tarps. The orange porch light is still burning.

Fortunately the music will be around back.

Are you potlucking? We’d love to hear what you will be bringing.

https://www.facebook.com/events/127205380948941/

The high is predicted to be 89f today. Bring your… kiddie pools? We’ll have good shade in the evening but remember to hydrate. See you all this evening.

The blue moon will rise at 20:45 (that’s 8:45 PM for the small portion of the world’s population that doesn’t use a 24 hour clock).

http://www.timeanddate.com/moon/usa/seattle

For those interested (and I suppose for my own record of the matter) I present…

BRINE: bay leaves, apple juice concentrate (frozen), a dozen limes and two large roots of ginger (ground in my blender), salt, pepper corns (smashed), and topped with water and ice.

This is certainly the best SMELLING brine I’ve ever used. Oh, and if you are wondering how will your Blendtec blender manage whole limes and ginger, my answer is “holy shit, I love this blender”.

PORK LOIN: dusted with salt (orange-rosemary salt, ground in my mortar), paprika, white pepper, and ground ginger.

It’s not even noon and it’s already 81f–and I’ve started a fire. I am suffering for my art, the art of PORK!

Internal temperature’s been hovering around 110f for a couple of hours. That’s fine because I can, at will, raise my cooking temperature and bring it to the finishing temperature. This is just smoke time.

JamesIsIn

Independent Folk Explosion

https://www.facebook.com/events/675220185917127/

Big show lined up for the Fourth of July here at Peavine Alley. It’s a daytime event, so you have the option of blowing shit up after you’re done watching the music.

Patio work is done. Should be ready for foot traffic tomorrow and vehicle traffic by Tuesday. That’s just a fact about concrete. There are no vehicles in my backyard.

You may be aware that we are having an exciting show coming to Peavine Alley Saturday to celebrate the Fourth of July, but you may not be aware that my friend and the person organizing that show will be, that very morning, taking his oath of citizenship and becoming one among the 300 million lost souls surfing the American Dream. (Yeah, I know that was a lot of mixed metaphors; sue me.) He will then come to Peavine Alley and perform his first show as an American (presumably waving a flag and eating a hot dog). Love this guy and really looking forward to see all of you.

Pork is in the chimney, the chimney of the chimenea. The gas grill still works (will miracles never cease?). Probably remove the ribs from the sous vide cooker within the next two hours. Sangria is made; iced tea is made. It’s looking great all around.

JamesIsIn