Colin Weaver admitted that he and his band, Russian Blue, are preparing to do something he didn’t think was possible.
The Bremerton-bred four-piece band will play an opening set Nov. 18 when the band Nite Wave recites the soundtrack songs from the movie “The Wedding Singer” and more for a 1980’s dance party at the Admiral Theatre.
“A lot of younger musicians around here have viewed (the Admiral) as not a local venue, or not a venue for local bands,” said Weaver, who writes Russian Blue’s songs, sings and plays guitar and keyboards. “It was not someplace we thought we could possibly play. They just seemed to cater to a different clientele.”
So, imagine Weaver’s surprise at the Admiral’s invitation to perform material from a recently released album, “The Downpour, Perpetual,” on the historic showhouse’s vast stage.
Weaver, drummer Justino Arthaud-Baza, bassist Zara Brann and guitarist Jordan Eller certainly seem ready. They’ve jumped back into venues around Puget Sound following the pandemic layoff and pulled off a West Coast tour.
“Since COVID, we’ve been ready with an album and a few videos, and now we want to make every show feel like a big deal,” Weaver said. “We’ve worked to make things more emotional, more powerful, both for the audience and for us, too.”
Weaver and Arthaud-Baza formed Russian Blue at Bremerton High School in 2015. Brann joined in 2019, and Eller came aboard last year.
So, what does Russian Blue sound like? Brann said: “Think if New York garage rock and 1980’s post-punk had a love child, and then imagine a very sad man singing very clever indie lyrics over that.”
Doors open at 6 p.m. Nov. 18 with Russian Blue playing at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $14-$29.
Tickets and information: 360-373-6743, admiraltheatre.org.
Michael C. Moore is Arts and Entertainment reporter for the Admiral Theatre Foundation.