FM Collective, featuring Ken Stringfellow of the Posies and members of Hey Marseilles, Cataldo, and Crème Tangerine, featured in CD to be released at Kirkland Performance Center and Columbia City Theater in the fall of 2014 benefiting the GRAMMY organization MusiCares, which provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need
After leading ground breaking initiatives at Microsoft including the launch of Xbox Live and playing a key role in the program that brought content such as Hulu, MTV, ESPN, Twitch TV, Crackle and Red Bull TV to the Xbox, long time Kirkland resident Mike Lucero is launching into a new phase of creative influence with the development of the “Friends of Mike Collective”. The FM Collective is currently developing an album project led by Lucero that will be released in the fall of 2014. The record will be released officially at two shows, Friday, September 5th 2014 at Columbia City Theater (4916 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118) and Saturday September 6th 2014 at Kirkland Performance Center (350 Kirkland Ave, Kirkland, WA, 98033).
Lucero recently stated, ”I am excited to record some of the music I’ve been working on for the past few years and to reconnect with the artists who I’ve become friends with over the years on various projects including the Posies, Hey Marseilles, Heart, Fences, Cataldo, Crème Tangerine, Gabriel Mintz, Zach Lombardo, Michael Kroll, Peter Benjamin and others. We’ve recorded over a dozen songs to date and are excited to release the album in September. A portion of the proceeds for the CD and tickets for the release shows will go to support MusiCares, an organization that has provided emergency support for music people in our community.”
One of Lucero’s key collaborators has been Ken Stringfellow, the front man for the legendary band, the Posies. Lucero and Stringfellow met through a mutual friend and co-wrote a song together. Since Stringfellow resides in Paris, the entire collaboration was done through Skype and exchanging files via email and Dropbox, beginning with Lucero recording some demos on his cell phone and the two bouncing ideas back and forth across the Atlantic. Stringfellow and Lucero will be featuring the song at the two shows, along with tracks from Stringfellow’s most recent album, “Danzig on the Moonlight.” Says Stringfellow, “It’s been a terrific experience connecting with some of Seattle’s finest indie musicians and creating and performing some great music, all for a cause that gives back in a way that has a true impact on the local music scene. “
Lucero’s decision to channel the proceeds from the shows and the album sales to MusiCares was an easy one. “The one thing I’ve learned is that it’s really tough to be a working musician in this town or any town. MusiCares is a safety net for artists and music people that are both highly successful or barely scraping by. Given the communal nature of the FM Collective project, this felt like the right way to give back to the local music community and perhaps even turn it into a franchise that continues to raise and channel funds to MusiCares year in and year out.”
The Recording Academy Pacific Northwest Chapter will be on hand at the release shows presenting a silent auction and raffle featuring one-of-a-kind items and experiences to raise additional fund for MusiCares.