Marco Collins gets into the holiday spirit with two-day acoustic showcase

Marco Collins gets into the holiday spirit with two-day acoustic showcase

Seattle music tastemaker Marco Collins is bringing a little holiday cheer to Ballard this weekend with a showcase of local, acoustic music featuring artists like Noah Gundersen, Hollis Wong-Wear and Katie Kate. 

The ultra-intimate, two-day mini-festival will be held this weekend at the Volterra Drawing Room, and will pull together a diverse mix of local musicians, all of whom will play acoustic sets. Performers include beloved folk singer/songwriter Kris Orlowski, Wanz, who's best known as the featured vocalist on Macklemore's huge award-winning single, "Thrift Shop," and Ben Carson, of alternative rock group Hot Bodies in Motion.

Collins, who is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and is largely credited with launching the careers of area music icons like Nirvana and Death Cab for Cutie, said that's the point.

"I wanted to put an eclectic line up of artists you wouldn't normally see on the same bill," says Collins, adding that, while it's not exactly traditional, the shows would be mildly holiday-themed.

"I also asked each artist to play at least one Christmas song...Which, for some artists, is a challenge!"

Promiting shows isn't usually Collins' beat, but he's been taking on a lot of new projects in the last year; this spring, he hosted a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund a documentary about Seattle's grunge scene, marriage equality, and his own life, called "The Glamour and the Squalor." The documentary, which he is a creative force behind, is set to debut next year.

Only 125 guests will be permitted, and the first night has already sold out. For tickets to Saturday's show, visit Brown Paper Tickets.