”Dyes Got the Answers 2 Ur ?s: The Beautiful Nights Blog" is inviting local music lovers to spend "One Night with Gayle."
The blog, dedicated to Prince and associated artists, will host a concert featuring Gayle Chapman at 6 p.m. Aug. 9, at The Mix, 6006 12th Ave. S., Seattle (themixseattle.com). Local Musicians Clayton Ballard and Old Blue will be the opening acts. Tickets are $8. This is a 21-and-over event.
Chapman (www.reverbnation.com/gaylechapman) played keyboards with Prince from 1978-1980 and will perform original material. She will also sing "If I Love You Tonight," "You" and "Lovin' You" songs that were recorded for "The Rebels," an unreleased album from 1979, with music written and performed by Prince and then band members. "If I Love You Tonight" was later covered by Mayte Garcia, of "Hollywood Exes" fame for her 1995 album “Child of the Sun.” Chapman's other cut on the album, "You," was covered by Paula Abdul (as "U") on her 1991 album “Spellbound.” The supporting acts will also play an acoustic version of one of their favorite Prince songs.
Chapman teamed up with "Dyes Got the Answers 2 Ur ?s," Editors K Nicola Dyes and Elke Hautala, of Seattle, (beautifulnightschitown.blogspot.com), to organize the event. She has been very active in the music community in Boise, Idaho, her residence for the last 25 years, but, is looking to expand her fan base by bringing her eclectic sound to Seattle.
"Living is better than dying, as doing is better than wishing," she said about the show. "We are looking forward to this and know we are going to have a great time...can't wait!"
Chapman has a vocal tone that has been compared to Bonnie Raitt and has mastered several musical genres including blues, folk and rock. She will play guitar for the night's performance.
Ballard (www.claytonballard.com) describes his unique sound as "Tom Waits meets Tom Jones," and has a loyal local following. He independently released his newest album "Tragedies to Threnodies" last month.
Old Blue (www.facebook.com/oldbluemusic), a band that specializes in electric rock and blues will perform a special acoustic set. It will be one of their last performances with the current line up.
Chapman, was one of the keyboard players (along with "Dr." Matt Fink) in Prince's very first professional band after he released his debut album "For You" on Warner Bros. Records in 1978. She played with him at his first concert as a solo artist at the Capri Theater, Minneapolis, in 1979, his TV appearances on "American Bandstand" and "Midnight Special" and on the "Fire it Up" Tour, where Prince and his band opened for Rick James. She left the band in 1980, right before the release of Prince's Dirty Mind album.
She met Dyes and Hautala when the two traveled to her home in February to produce a video interview chronicling her life and career ("In Search of Gayle Chapman"), which was published on the blog and YouTube later that month. So far, it has had a combined total of 1,500 page views. They all kept in touch after the interview and when Chapman proposed a trip to Seattle, she said she would be interested in performing. Dyes and Hautala have worked since March to find the right venue and supporting acts to make this happen.
Chapman was one of the first artists that worked with Prince who agreed to an interview with Dyes since she started the blog six months ago. Others include: Fink; Jill Jones; The Twinz (Maya and Nandy McClean); Lalah Hathaway; Susannah Melvoin; Cat Glover; T.C. Ellis and Pepe Willie.The blog now has more than 22,000 total page views. Other stories include a review of Prince's concert at the Showbox at the Market in Seattle, a review of the Billboard Music Awards where Prince was honored with the 2013 Icon Award, and interviews with fans.
Stay beautiful, Kristi
Lead Photo courtesy of Gayle Chapman. All other photos courtesy of bands listed.