Seattle’s flower-powered neo-psych group General Mojo’s to perform at Open Space for Arts & Community’s Outdoor Summer Stage
In the early days of summer 2021, Open Space for Arts & Community announced the Summer Stage. Over the next several months, the grand vision for a large outdoor performance venue sprung to life with everything from music and dance to clowning and lasers. On September 19th, the inaugural Summer Stage season will come to a close with a finale show featuring Seattle’s flower-powered neo-psychedelic band General Mojo’s. General Mojo’s will perform on September 19th at 4:00pm at Open Space for Arts & Community. Tickets are available online and are $15 in advance or $20 on the day of the show.
“I can’t imagine a group more capable of sending us out with a fabulous show than General Mojo’s,” says producer David Godsey. “I’ve been watching them grow as a band for years, so the fact that they can close out our summer stage is the perfect ending to an amazing first season of our outdoor music venue.” The Summer Stage lineup since June has included Liquid Light, Shook Twins presented with Debra Heesch, Up Up Up Inc. Circus, The Vashon Repertory Theatre Festival and a Welcome Home concert co-production with Vashon Events highlighting local musicians.
General Mojo’s shimmering psych-pop found life in the damp basements of Seattle’s house show scene in 2014. In the years since, band members have come and gone—but bandleader Dune Butler has remained the glue, continuing to craft and perform hypnotic, flower-powered soundscapes with original members Eric Vanderbilt-Matthews, Sam Veatch, and David Salonen, as well as a broadening community of visionary artists.
This flexible line-up and widening scope of influences has ushered in a new era for General Mojo’s, captured on their forthcoming self-produced album, “Cycles”. The album is centered around cycles and patterns, both positive or destructive, that everyone experiences. Cascading synth lines, atmospheric vocals, and fuzzed-out guitars highlight the buzzed blur of performing, the energy of a dance floor, the short-lived thrill of escapism, sourness of lost opportunities and relationships, and the awareness of cycles in life and choosing to reconcile with them or not. Contributions from recent members Skyler Mehal (guitar) and William Mapp (drums) help to add new spices into the cosmic stew of the Mojo soundscape.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the show. Online ticket sales end at 5PM the day of the show, but tickets will still be available at the door. Audience members are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs, dancing shoes – whatever they need to have a great time. The seating areas will include a space designated for dancing, and audience members seated in chairs will be asked to save room closer to the front for blanket sitting patrons. The safety and health of our guests, staff, and performers is Open Space’s number one priority. Open Space requires guests to wear a mask at events indoors or out and regardless of vaccination status. Visit OpenSpaceVashon.com for tickets.