This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the album release show for Scarlet Parke. Her new album “Flight Risk” was released the same day as the event and the eight song album was receiving positive reviews going into the show. Scarlet is a regular fixture in the Seattle music scene. If she isn’t performing, you’ll normally run into her at popular venues and shows in the area. Her approachable, warm personality translates to her show and was really evident in the crowd that came to support her that evening.
The show opened with DJ producer Jake Crocker. Jake collaborated with Scarlet on this recent album and would back Scarlet later in the night. Jake’s DJ set was what I would describe as fun. There wasn’t too much of a crowd early into the show, and the crowd that did populate the dance floor were mostly Jake’s close friends. At several points Jake invited his friends on stage to either give an impromptu DJ lesson or just to dance. It wasn’t a great set, but wasn’t a bad set. Really, it looked like Jake was having fun and his friends were having fun. If an artist is having fun, then it translates in the show, which is why I would describe this set as “fun”.
The next set was local performer Andrew Vait’s solo act, Little Wins. Many folks will probably recognize Andrew as a co contributor to the local band, Sisters. I’ve always enjoyed Andrew. He’s a solid performer and he knows how to weave through a song. At first the crowd which had now begun to fill the room were talkative during his set, but mid way he performed a cover of the Cranberries song “Linger” and the room was mesmerized. From that point on, the crowd was respectful of his talent and you could tell, really enjoyed his set.
Finally, Scarlet Parke closed out the night. I’ve seen Scarlet perform before. Myself and several others in the audience would describe her performance as having an Amy Winehouse vibe but with a more Latin almost crooner kind of feel to it. In this set, she performed the full album and also debuted a new song she created in collaboration with Little Wins. Having never heard the album until this performance, I enjoyed it. The songs felt like they had a different pop/r&b vibe to them. Some songs that stood out to me were Moonlight, Distractions, Man Like You, and Never Going Home. Overall, I enjoyed this performance. Prior Scarlet Parke shows I’ve attended felt more like a jazz r&b show with a multi instrument live band, this felt almost opposite of that. Her backing accompaniment was minimal (I think it was just Jake Crocker) and the songs were tailored to folks looking to dance. If you’re looking for an opportunity to dance to some great pop r&b songs with a Latin vibe, definitely check out Scarlet Parke, and pick up her latest album “Flight Risk”.