100 Bands in 100 Days Presented by Verity Credit Union — Day 74: Down North

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Artwork by Seattle-area painter E.R. Saba

Music fans of the Pacific Northwest, get ready for our fifth annual year-end daily local music showcase, 100 Bands in 100 Days, where every day until December 31st, we’re showcasing a new band or artist you have to know about, once again presented by Verity Credit Union.

Make sure you are checking the #100Bands100Days hashtag on Twitter on a daily basis to stay on top of all the bands featured and be sure to follow Verity and NW_Music_Scene there. Some days the featured act could be an established and locally-adored northwest-based musician and other times they could be a band with a small following that just hasn’t had their deserved time in the spotlight yet. Either way, we’re fairly confident you can come away from this daily segment with plenty of new favorites. Today’s featured artist is Down North.


Down North consists of lead vocalist/dancer Anthony “RenaGade” Briscoe, whose North Carolina breeding makes fans swoon and has no equal in the Pacific NW. Raised on Michael Jackson and Sam Cooke, Anthony combines a style and emotional impact reminiscent of Prince in his vocal expressions, proudly stealing the spotlight with his ballet-trained dancing. Bassist Brandon Storms displays versatility, blending slap/pop bass lines with deep synth, and pitch bent solos that parallel guitar leads. Drummer Conrad Real glues together a foundation through impeccable groove and powerful chops, his finesse, intensity, and strength evocative of Chris Coleman or John Blackwell. Psychedelic-jazz guitarist Nick Quiller dominates the fretboard with limitless imagination, shredding into another dimension, exploring the soundscape from high to low.

As their bio states, there really isn’t anyone in the northwest doing what Down North is doing, at least quite not on their level. Easily one of the most well put together bands around, they consistently drop massive amounts of funk on the listening audience, with each member contributing equal amounts of filthiness to the mix. If you need more high energy funk in your soul (and who doesn’t?), Down North is the obvious choice!  Check out their latest release, No Retreat, Vol. 1, HERE and have a look below for all of their upcoming northwest dates, including what is sure to be a rager on New Year’s Eve at The Swiss in The City of Destiny.


If you’d like to check them out live, they have a handful of dates scheduled all around the northwest in December including New Year’s Eve in Tacoma at The Swiss. Check out the list of shows HERE.


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To view all of the wonderful northwest artists we have featured this year, click HERE.

A huge shoutout to Verity Credit Union for doing so much for the music community and for being such a great partner.