Drunk At A Show: Northern Natives

Buzzed on a couple bottles of cheap wine, two girlfriends and I head out from U District for Ballard. The trek is well worth it; we’ve been stoked for tonight’s show at the Sunset Tavern for weeks.

The Northern Natives Experiment, a collective of (mostly) Seattle-based producers, is the bill tonight. Its members are as talented as they are diverse in their musical genius. As individual artists, their tracks have reached global audiences on KEXP’s and Soulection’s online radio waves. And they’re certainly making waves locally as well, bringing their live sets to the likes of Q Nightclub, Crocodile main stage, and Barboza.

In contrast to the hipper Cap Hill and Belltown neighborhoods, Ballard’s crowd is always funny mix of people. The Sunset’s bar is full of raucous older Ballardites clinging on to their pints of beer nearly as tightly as to whatever remnants of their youth they have left. My friends and I quickly dip into the dark back room, where the stage sits before a younger, more subdued crowd. We grab a drink at the back bar- Portland Cider on tap.

Admittedly, we had arrived mid-set; where I missed out on live performances I turned to Soundcloud to fill in the gaps. Now, for the music-