Listen to the music.

Upcoming Performances:

Brian Butler with Robert Shangrow
Return engagement!
Easy Monkey Taphouse website
Friday, April 17
8 - 10pm
17537 15th Ave NE, Shoreline, Washington 98155 (206) 420-1326
The Easy Monkey is a new, cozy little tavern in Shoreline. Brian and Robert will be doing the blues and many of Brian's originals: "Snow River", "Taking That Train", "The News About Billy". Robert Shangrow is a inventive bass player and together they have played big festivals and intimate club shows. The first show in March was a great success, the room sounds good. Easy monkey!

Thursday, May 7 @ Salmon Bay Eagles
5216 20th Ave NW, Seattle, WA
Showtime: 8:00pm Brian solo

Brian and Paul Green
Snoqualmie Brewery (Website)
Friday May 8    7:00 - 9:00pm
8032 Falls Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie, WA 98065 (425)831-2357

Thursday, May 14 @ Salmon Bay Eagles
5216 20th Ave NW, Seattle, WA
Showtime: 8:00pm - 10pm - With fabulous pianist Annieville!

Monday, May 25 @ NW Folklife Festival
Brian solo
Back Porch Stage @ Seattle Center.
Showtime: 3:40pm - 4:10pm

Brian and Paul Green
Snoqualmie Brewery (Website)
Friday July 17    7:00 - 9:00pm
8032 Falls Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie, WA 98065 (425)831-2357

Brian solo
Coupeville Arts Festival 2015
Saturday, August 1st    1:00 - 2:30pm
Coupeville, WA (Whidbey Island)
News & Musings:
April 14, 2015
Robert and I are getting ready for the return trip to the Easy Monkey. Got mostly my songs in the set list although there's a great one by Butch Hancock called "Boxcars", and we do one by Otis Blackwell who wrote "Don't Be Cruel" that is called "Daddy Rolling Stone". The little girls will be squirming, can tell you that! In the last month I've seen Martin Sexton, Joe Ely, Ruthie Foster and John Hammond in concert! Hammond was a great show to catch as he is doing something like I am with the acoustic guitar and harp on a rack. He really attacks the strings. We'll see ya up at the Easy Monkey, 8pm - 10pm. Easy hours!
April 3, 2015
I happened upon Everett, a great site with a real good listing of both music in the north beyond Everett, but a pretty thorough listing in our dear city, say it with pride, Seattle. I emailed him my Easy Monkey Taphouse gig and he had it up right away. He being a guy named Marc Tachell. Well, thanks Marc for helping us musicians out! Lay your peepers on it.
March 15, 2015
An email from a gig in 2011 that went out to the email list for a gig at the defunct Rimrock on Lake City Way. Several people came in and told me that they were there because of it:

Like something out of the old blues song ‘Driving Wheel', the Rimrock is all steak, potatoes and peas.
"When my baby walks, she shakes like a leaf tremblin' on a tree Yeah, when my baby walks, she shakes like a leaf tremblin' on a willow tree Come over here baby, get your steak potatoes and peas…"
Lying low on the east side of the old highway to Bothell, the Rimrock offers up ribeyes and tuna melts, blues and country music belted out by rough and tumble bands that descend out of the nearby hills to play their kind of music. Picture yourself there, it's Friday and long after midnight, the neon lights over the bar flicker, the band rocks harder than you could ever believe a band could… Fender guitars and amps bristle on the bandstand…the postage stamp size dance floor fills to overload, all hips and arms, writhing in the glow of the jukebox… you order another round and think about asking someone at the next table to dance… cold beers and shots of whiskey dance a two-step on the nicked and gouged wooden bar… the guy at the door looks like a young Jerry Lee Lewis…you can't believe you're in Seattle in the early days of 2011, you didn't know this kind of scene existed. Oh yeah, you'd read Kerouac and those wild times he had exhorting jazz saxaphones down on Central Avenue, but you never thought they'd happen to you…now you're crouched in front of the bandstand, the guitarist is playing a wild, out of control solo, the organist has stuck a matchbook in his keyboard to hold one note for eternity and has jumped out on the dance floor and is doing the limbo with the steampunk girl who looks like she just got off the Titanic…the band thunders, blood pumps in your ears, you've never felt more alive. You're yelling "Go!.....Go!......Go!"

March 3, 2015
Came across this quote from a few years back:
"Brian Butler and the Brian Butler Band have been Northwest institutions for decades. The sure energy of his blistering, electric blues guitar, the deep roots of his acoustic blues, and his life long work in the Seattle blues scene have been and still are significant contributions to our rich music culture" - The Boogiemeister, WA Blues Society newsletter.
Feb 24, 2015
Really looking forward to playing at the Easy Monkey Taphouse. Steve the owner is a real music follower and supporter and the room is clean, cozy and perfect for music. It's hard making it in the music business, for both clubs and players so all support is really appreciated. In the summer they open the big back door. Don't expect that when we play on March 6, but keep it in mind! Robert Shangrow will be there with his great bass playing and we've worked up an exciting set that features a lot of my originals. See ya there!
Feb 5, 2015
The Three Guitars - Jack Cook, Chris Stevens, Mark Dalton, Russ Cammerer and I - had a great time playing at the Crossroads a week ago. A diverse audience of varied ethnicity and ages makes the place special. A bunch of friends showed to cheer us on, the espresso flowed like wine, and the kids danced with those tennis shoes that light up. We'll be back in the fall.
Feb 1, 2015
Looking forward to hearing Martin Sexton at the Neptune later this month. He has a fantastic voice plus he makes his Godin A6 Ultra guitar sound so good I had to pick one up. Its a useful guitar that I'm using in my solo shows. He's playing Feb 27 if ya wanna know.
Oct, 2014
Bob Dylan rolled through town, three shows at the Paramount. He played a lot of piano; occasionally wandering up to the center of the three mics and stage center to sing. The band has kind of a riverboat ensemble sound that is totally unique. Bob was inscrutable as usual but fascinating. If Mark Twain came to town, would you go see him?