The Bushwick Book Club started in Brooklyn, so it is not surprising our own Seattle chapter flourishes at The Fremont Abbey , whose mission is "to curate vibrant & welcoming spaces where people of all ages and incomes can grow in their artistic & social development through arts & cultural experiences."
The concept is this: pick a book and several songwriter/musicians, get them to write songs about the book, and then perform them all in one awesome night! Past books include Nick Hornby's "High Fidelity", Shel Silverstein's "Where The Sidewalk Ends", and Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas". They have been performing in this format on a regular basis since at least October 2010.
I have been meaning to attend a performance for a long while, and the next opportunity is coming soon on Friday, January 18, 2013; the subject book is a repeat, Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States". Not only do they promise a chapter-by-chapter performance by 12 different local artists, but there will be "delicious down-home American foods available." Save me some fried chicken!
"Zombie Reagan", by Mike Votava, was recorded from the last performance of this book, and is included on The Bushwick Book Club Volume 1, a collection of songs written for the format.
You can purchase a digital copy of Volume 1, name your price, here
I hope to post more about the cool unique musical activities and venues in Seattle and the greater region. Although I was born and raised in this area, there is always something new!