Fri 2/17 – MuseBird Cafe w/Alex Ashley, Ben Starner and Tim Patterson – 7:30pm – $10 (Parlor)

Alex Ashley1Alex Ashley’s … songwriting takes you inside yourself and then out, impressing the beauty and danger of the complex world we live in, the heart is best kept safe through lyrical wanderings…A singer-songwriter to watch for, and listen to in these days of ours…”
—Zan Agzigian, Host/Producer, Soundspace Spokane Public Radio
A rare, triple-threat singer, songwriter and instrumentalist, Alex Ashley creates an electrifying amalgam of insightful lyrics, profound storytelling, sultry, smoky vocals and razor-sharp guitar playing that brings his songs to life with nostalgic effervescence.

At just 27 years old, Ashley has been described as “that of a well-seasoned musician with years of traveling [and playing] every juke joint on the road…,” crossing the boundaries of folk, blues and americana music with new and original songwriting.

Ashley’s all-acoustic EP, Love Sound Sessions, is available for download online.

For more information, visit

ben starner - slider - 136x118Ben Starner is a Skagit County native born and raised. Ben has always loved music and has been playing the piano since the age of 12, getting a jump-start from his sister when she taught him Scott Joplin’s classic rag “The Entertainer.” This led to his piano lessons with the first five years of playing saturated in the genres of ragtime and stride solidifying his musical foundation and continuing to be his favored styles. Today, Ben’s love of music and excellent ear affords him the ability to enjoy and perform multiple genres, not forsaking his first loves (jazz and ragtime) but in the true spirit of these styles, adds to the richness of his musical artistry. Come on in, enjoy dinner and drinks and experience this local musical phenom for yourself

Tim PattersonTim Patterson – Tim Patterson has been writing and singing songs since he was 14. His music covers a wide range of subjects and styles.  They will make you cry, they will make you laugh and though they are often inspired by events in his life they easily strike a chord in the hearts of his listeners.  His recent visits to Ireland have resulted in several new songs you will enjoy.

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