The Way It Is Returns to Seattle!

Michael Sanchez is The Way It Is

You don't want to know what that trophy is for.

Anyone with a glancing familiarity with Ball of Wax and/or this blog is probably aware that I am inordinately fond of the music of Michael Sanchez, most of which has been made under the name of The Way It Is (heard on Ball of Wax volumes 2, 4, 6, 16, 18, and 19, and reviewed enthusiastically here).

When I heard Michael was coming back to us for a short visit this summer, I was excited both to see my friend Michael again and to hear one of my favorite singers and songwriters perform live, so I helped put together a show. This Saturday at Hollow Earth Radio (2018 A E. Union St.), Michael will be playing a set sandwiched between some excellent local musicians and Ball of Wax friends: Slow Skate and John Totten (also of The Quiet Ones).

I don’t really know what to expect from Michael’s set – apparently it will involve drums, as he’s practicing on the kit in my basement – but I’m sure it will be great; he always is. John and Slow Skate always provide satisfying musical experiences as well, so on the whole this is bound to be a superb night of music.

By sheer coincidence, all three of these artists were featured on Ball of Wax Volume 18: One Minute Singles. Which means that you can listen to a song by each of them in about 5 minutes. Let’s go!

John Totten – 44 Women

The Way It Is – Sing Seven Up

Slow Skate – Orange Curtain

The show starts at 8 p.m. and is all ages. There’s a requested donation of $5 which goes to Hollow Earth and the bands, all good causes. I hope you’ll join us!

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