Music Madness: Rubblebucket At The Croc

Go for the Ballard mainstay’s new renovations. Stay for the booty-shakin’ grooves.

Where: The Crocodile Cafe

When: Thursday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. (21 & older) 

How Much: $10 per person (Tickets

Check ‘Em Out: This wild, eight-member dance group probably doesn’t quite fit into the mold of anything you’ve heard before. So it’s no surprise when you learn that they draw their influences from artists like Talking Heads, James Brown and Björk. With a mixture of blaring horns, perky percussion and quirky vocals, Rubblebucket re-engergizes the indie music scene with just the right amount of pizzazz, with some spunk to boot.

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Their recently launched sophomore album, “Omega La La,” flaunts fizzy beats, colorful instrumental breaks and poppy hooks over Afrobeat rhythms. The group has been categorized in the vague “yes-wave” genre for the positive vibes that they project, but to place them in only one category would be selling them short. The groovy — at times, psychedelic — sounds produced by Rubblebucket have been acclaimed by critics from “The Wall Street Journal,” “Spin” and “Paste.”

Still not sold? Rubblebucket’s lead singer, Kalmia Traver, admits the band likes to improvise their on-stage performances — so it’s safe to say you’ll experience an act that’s truly one-of-a-kind. Rubblebucket will be performing with a special guest on Thursday night.

Where They’ll Be: After undergoing a serious reconstruction, “the Croc” reopened with a vengeance, boasting the city’s best cheesy bread and reasonably priced beverages. Arguably an early mecca for Seattle’s historical grunge scene, this gem hosted bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains before the rest of the world had heard of them, let alone knew their songs by heart. 

Rubblebucket at The Crocodile Cafe |  2200 2nd Ave., 
Seattle |  (206) 441-4618