Burien School of Music and Art Opens With Sold Out Event

Burien School of Music and Art marked the opening of it's doors on April 24, 2010 with a Sold Out Concert Event held at Bison Creek Pizza, which is a stone's throw from the new school. Business Owner/Musician/Teacher Ryan Burns along with partner Artist/Teacher Tina Routt organized the event, which featured 4 bands, members of which included Peter DiStefano (Porno For Pyros) and Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden). Cameron's jazz trio project HarryBu McCage opened the event, performing Thelonious Monk tunes, originals, and other jazz/rock material. The group closed it's set with the Deep Purple cover "Highway Star," with Geoff Harper cranking the upright bass and Ryan Burns on distorted Moog Synthesiser.

Next up was Three Tree Point Blues Band, a classic rock cover group with deep Burien roots. The group heavily featured the vocals of Jamie Phalen and guitar work of Jack Johnston, performing numbers by Santana, Allman Brothers, and others, with guest vocalist/guitarist Glenn Cannon (Windowpane) sitting in on Hendrix’s Voodoo Child with Burns on hammond organ, and bassist Joe DelGreco and drummer Todd Anderson.

Zack Static Sect played 3rd at about 11pm. An original punk/grunge band, their set turned the dance floor into a mosh pit. The group consists of Zack Static (who also hails from Burien) on guitar and vocals, bassist Joe Focault, and drummer Alex Vincent (Green River). The group also brought Burns to the stage to play guitar on their hit single “Pass Me By.”

Headlining the event was Los Angeles-based guitarist/vocalist Peter DiStefano, who performed with The Black Vinyl All-Stars for the first part of their set. DiStefano played Porno For Pyros hit “Pets,” his original “Diminished,” and covers of Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones. DiStefano then gave way to lead singer Mesa (Big High) and Igor Abuladze (Urban Achievers) on lead guitar. Burns played keyboards and guitar throughout, along with bassist Zak Melang (Supersonic Soul Pimps), and drummer Mike Stone (Crack Sabbath). BVA performed more covers by Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and closing with The Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again.”