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Jesse Sykes & Phil Wandscher @ Ballard Homestead

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Ballard Homestead

6541 Jones Avenue Northwest

Seattle, WA 98117

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KEXP & Abbey Arts Present:

Jesse Sykes & Phil Wandscher

@ Ballard Homestead
7:30p show, 7p doors

All ages, seated

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"alternative country, no...more like alternative universe.. a sprawling psych rock vision..." - Spin

Get a taste of Jesse Sykes & Phil Wandscher live @ Ballard Homestead. Releasing their first taste of new music in over 7 years, Jesse Sykes and Phil Wandscher team up on the emotionally moving track "Dewayne".

The duo lead listeners through a somber story in the lyrics, the story of young boy in Seattle during the 1980s named Dewayne Pomeroy.

"Friends....We are soon going to have a new website and a new record..... In the meantime I'm very excited to share a brand new song from the recording session of the album..... the song will be available next week for purchase and for streaming on ALL platforms worldwide...its called Dewayne.....here is a little something I wrote about it:

"I wrote a love song to Seattle through a gritty and dusty old lens…and sung through the heart of a boy named Dewayne Pomeroy. Dewayne was one of the street kids in the famous documentary Streetwise (directed by Mary Ellen Mark and Martin Bell in1984), back when Pike and Pine street were the stomping grounds for some hard core darkness—including a lot of teenage prostitution, when the kids referred to the men that preyed on young boys as “chicken hawks”… Dewayne committed suicide the day before he turned 17, which was also the day before he was to be released from juvenile retention…. He didn’t want to return to the struggle of life on the streets. Dewayne’s parole officer spread his ashes in the Puget Sound…the only people attending the funeral were three social workers.

When I came to Seattle in 1990 my first job was working the coffee counter at the Athenian Inn at Pike Place market. We served 15 cent coffee and 40 cent beer, starting at 6:30 a.m… and it was mostly the homeless that came that early in the morning-the long line already formed at the door, an hour before opening time …It was in the days when everyone knew all the homeless folk by name and you also knew their stories…. The Athenian was like a home to many of these people…They’d come in several times a day… On occasion I’d serve coffee for some of the “Streetwise kids”.

It was a hardcore place back then…People literally dropped dead on their bar stools and most of the people waiting tables, myself included, were intoxicated by noon. To this day when I go downtown, I still feel that same underlying energy of the place. They can shine all the granite and bulldoze the charming old buildings, but the heart and soul of downtown Seattle, the underbelly of grit and sorrow, remains a part of the city.

So when you look out onto that great body of water that seemingly stays the same while everything surrounding it is changing at break neck speed, and the numbers of homeless proliferate just as quickly, think of Dewayne and all of the other lost souls that still wander the streets of Seattle, even more incongruous and discarded than ever, and think of the words of Dewayne’s parole officer…”Dewayne is finally free and he’d never been free before”….… Thank you for listening….Jesse

Here's the new track Dewayne: SPOTIFY

"Psychedelia as communal creation, psychedelia as mystical quest, psychedelia as a roiling tangle and psychedelia as a euphoric, entranced sprawl are all encompassed in the music of Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter...There’s nothing neo- about this band’s psychedelia.
-The New York Times

"alternative country, no...more like alternative universe.. a sprawling psych rock vision..."

"This is a complex, fascinating record that punches the shoulder for attention. As subtle as it is hypnotic, mixing delicacy with confidence and hope with fear.... unlock your senses, and wrap yourself in this intricate web of aural imagery"
- Consequence Of Sound ****

"flush with cavernous sonics and complex soundscapes, it's 58 minutes of aural cinema for the ears and mind"
-TONE Audio

"Whether the sonic setting is one of doomy distortion or fragile fingerpicking, Sykes remains a truly unique vocalist whose dusky voice is capable of imparting a transcendent, almost spiritual quality to almost any tune it touches."

-All Music Guide


Jesse Sykes and The Sweet Hereafter, at its core, is the result of the enduring musical partnership between singer-songwriter Jesse Sykes and guitarist Phil Wandscher, which began in Seattle, Washington in 2001.

Blending folk, blues, orchestral pop and various psychedelic stylings, their sound culminates in what Sykes describes as “spectral folk rock”. Often compared to Marianne Faithful, due to her dusky, otherworldly vocals—she has also been described by Magnet Magazine as being "less like a performer and more like a sage". The New York Times has described their sound as “spellbound music, rapt in fatalism and sorrow” and Rolling Stone called them “utterly transfixing.”

The band has released four critically acclaimed albums--three on Barsuk Records (USA) Reckless Burning (2002), Oh, My Girl (2005) and Like, Love, Lust and the Open Halls of the Soul (2007), while their fourth album Marble Son (2011) was released on their own US imprint (Station Grey). All records were released in Europe on the highly regarded Parisian label, Fargo (now defunct) and Marble Son was also released in Japan on Daymare Recordings.

They have traveled extensively in the US and Europe and have had the pleasure of touring with: Black Mountian, Earth, Sparklehorse (rip), Bright Eyes, Iron And Wine, Marissa Nadler, Laura Veirs, J. Tillman, Great Lake Swimmers, and many more. They have shared the stage with acts on opposite ends of a vast spectrum of genres, ranging from Sunno))), Boris, Nicolai Dunger, Coco Rosie all the way to Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams and Gillian Welch.

Sykes is also known for her diverse collaborations--most notably for co-writing and singing "The Sinking Belle" on the monolithic album "Altar"(Southern Lord), a joint project with art metal bands Sunn O))) and Boris (Japan). Pitchfork called The Sinking Belle the albums "centerpiece and masterpiece." Wandscher and (bassist) Bill Herzog also appear on this recording and the three have performed with the ensemble on a number of occasions, including the headlining performance at the prestigious “All Tomorrows Parties” music festival in Monticello, NY in 2010 (curated by film maker Jim Jarmusch). Sykes also collaborated on the musical score (composed by Steven O’Malley of Sunn O))) for “Eternal Idol” (Shelter Press, Paris, 2015), a performance art piece written, choreographed, and directed by the acclaimed French artist, Giselle Vienne. In 2008, Sykes and Wandscher composed the music for the Seattle Shakespeare Company’s production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest (soundtrack self-released 2008). Syke's (also a visual artist) photographic work has been featured in Vice magazine.

The two took on full production duties for “Marble Son” (2011) which moved the band progressively into its own unique genre, exploring heavier tones and more complex song structures, further blurring the lines between the avant-garde and the timeless. Spin magazine called Marble Son “a sprawling psyche rock vision” and the UK's Line Of Best Fit called it; "a triumph... in a word". Sykes claims the album was directly influenced by her collaborations with Sunn O))) and Boris and the “Altar” album’s producer, Randall Dunn.

Prior to his work with Jesse Sykes, Phil Wandscher co-founded the influential alt- country band Whiskeytown, with Ryan Adams. He also appears on Marissa Nadler’s acclaimed album “July” and has recently recorded and toured with Jon Langford, the leader of the legendary Mekons.

Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter were fortunate to have worked under the guidance of notable producers; Tucker Martine, Martin Feveyear, Mell Dettmer and Randall Dunn.

Past and sometimes present members have included Bill Herzog (bass), also of (Earth and Joel R.L. Phelps), Eric Eagle (drums), Anne Marie Ruljancich (viola), Kevin Warner (drums), Jason Merculief (drums) and Rebecca Young (bass).

For in depth accolades for all albums, please go to LISTEN page and scroll down!!


- Seating is not reserved.
- We have a mix of padded chairs and benches available.
- We are an all ages venue.
- Please refrain from talking or texting during the show.
- Please enter quietly if the show has already begun.
- Please leave quietly, it's a very quiet neighborhood.
- Kids 10 & under are free at Abbey Arts concerts & arts events unless noted.
- For ADA information at Ballard Homestead, please see www.ballardhomestead.org/rent or email arts(at)fremontabbey.org There is a ramp around back on the south side of the Homestead for wheelchair access. Fremont Abbey is ADA accessible on both levels.
- Ballard Homestead does not have a bar, we do often offer snacks and non-alcoholic drinks in the lobby.

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Home Venue: Fremont Abbey, 4272 Fremont Ave North, Seattle, WA 98103 / 206-414-8325
Ballard Homestead: 6541 Jones Ave NW, Seattle

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