Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub rolls through The Whistler tonight with an all-star lineup featuring:

Matthew Davis - trombone
Roy McGrath - tenor sax
Tom Vaitsas - keys
Brian Citro - guitar
Christopher Merrill - bass
Chris Paquette - percussion
Ted Sirota - drums
Anthony Abbinanti - dub mix, bari sax
Cosmos Ray - vocals
Yanira Marin - vocals

Showtime is at 9:30pm but come early, have a drink, and enjoy the vibe.

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Thanks to everyone who participated in — and came out to — The Whistler Friends and Family Cocktail Challenge last night. Now you too can make these drinks at home. Here are the winning recipes:

Bremerton by Andrew Diefendorf

  • 2 oz Old Heaven Hill Bonded Bourbon
  • 1 oz Pedro Ximenez Sherry
  • .5 oz Fernet Branca
  • Stir. Coupe. Orange twist.

Novecento by Tyler Wong

  • 1.5 oz Overholt Rye
  • .75 oz Gran Classico Bitter
  • .75 oz Pineapple
  • .5 oz Lime
  • .25 oz Simple
  • 2 drops Angostura Bitters
  • Shake. Coupe.

What A Set Off by Demetrius Green

  • 1.5 oz Appleton Estate Jamaican Rum
  • .5 oz Macgavin’s Single Malt Scotch
  • .75 oz Carpano Antica
  • .25 oz Benedictine 
  • 2 dashes of Orange Bitters
  • Stir. On the rocks. Orange twist

(っ◕‿◕)っ ♥ from URL to IRL by Van Nguyen

  • 1 oz City of London Dry Gin
  • 1 oz Suze
  • 1 oz Punt e Mes
  • .25 oz Lemon
  • Stir. On a big rock. Lemon twist.

Blood in the Water by Drew Rodriguez

  • 1 oz City of London Dry Gin
  • .75 oz Campari
  • 2 oz Pineapple
  • .75 oz Lime
  • .5 oz Cinnamon Syrup
  • 1 dash Angostura
  • Swizzle. Tiki glass. Pineapple wedge.

Oh My Word by Erik Westra

  • .75 oz Gamle Ode Dill Aquavit
  • .5 oz Letherbee Gin
  • .25 oz Letherbee Malort
  • .25 oz Green Chartreuse 
  • .5 oz Maraschino
  • .5 oz Lime
  • .25 oz Simple
  • Shake. Small rocks glass. Lime wheel.
  • Side note: Erik posted a great writeup about his Cocktail Challenge experience over at his blog, Westra & Whatnot. Check it out.

Ventimiglia by Travis Raebel

  • 2 oz Amaro Nonino
  • 1 oz Pierre Ferrand Ambre Cognac
  • 1 oz Cocchi Vermouth Di Torino
  • 2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
  • Stir. Small rocks glass. Cherry.

The Macedonian by Nicholas Hruza

  • 1 oz Skinos Mastiha Liqueur
  • 1 oz Grapefruit
  • .25 oz Lime
  • .5 oz Maraschino
  • .25 oz Fernet Branca
  • Swizzle. Hurricane glass. Grapefruit twist.

Oaxacan Phoenix by Brett Schuenemann

  • 1.5 oz Del Maguey Mezcal Vida
  • 1 oz Orgeat
  • 0.5 oz Angostura Bitters
  • 0.5 oz East India Solera Sherry
  • 0.75 oz Lime
  • Shake. Collins. Lime wheel.

The Goodwin by Sam Marino

  • 1 oz Agave de Oro Silver Tequila
  • 1 oz Amaro Montenegro
  • .5 oz Lime
  • .5 oz Agave Syrup
  • 2 dashes Orange Bitters
  • Shake. On the rocks. Grapefruit twist.
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Drumroll please… and the winners of The Whistler Friends and Family Cocktail Challenge are:

  • Bremerton by Andrew Diefendorf
  • Novecento by Tyler Wong
  • What A Set Off by Demetrius Green
  • () from URL to IRL by Van Nguyen
  • Blood in the Water by Drew Rodriguez
  • Oh My Word by Erik Westra
  • Ventimiglia by Travis Raebel
  • The Macedonian by Nicholas Hruza
  • Oaxacan Phoenix by Brett Schuenemann
  • The Goodwin by Sam Marino

There are some seriously talented home bartenders out there! We received over sixty submissions for tonight’s event and narrowing them down to the ten that will appear on our menu was much harder then we ever imagined — but we sure had fun sampling them all.

Stop by The Whistler tonight and give our favorites a try. And visit our blog again tomorrow for all of the winning recipes.

Thursday, January 23rd at The Whistler: Crimson Glow featuring Julie Potratz as German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Claire Arctander and Latham Zearfoss present CRIMSON GLOW, a monthly party featuring women-made music. CRIMSON GLOW creates a space for femminess and feminists who want to dance to — and sing along with — amazing woman-made music from all genres. CRIMSON GLOW is committed in equal measures to allowing engagement with the work of innovative musical pioneers and fostering dance party enjoyment.

January’s CRIMSON GLOW will feature Chicago-based artist Julie Potratz appearing as German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Chancellor Merkel will present Chicks on Speed Will Save Us All, the seminal feminist electropunk outfit’s album from the year 2000. Sensitive and provocative at once, Julie Potratz’s performance-focused practice delves into female identities and interiorities via video, photography, sculpture, and fashion/costuming. This segment of the evening will take place at 10pm, before and afterwards Claire and Latham will play an array of music from different genres and timespans, culminating in a dance-friendly environment.

Sunday, January 19th @ The Whistler: Brianna Lea Pruett

9:30pm, no cover, 21+

Songwriter, singer, painter and poet from Gold Country, California, Brianna Lea Pruett’s musical expressions travel widely, much like herself. Born in the mountains of Northern California and a singer from her earliest days, she plays California folk, country, and the musical style of her Appalachian and Southeastern Woodlands heritage with equal passion as compositions that show a love for jazz, blues, and soul music.

With a musical education that came mostly from other people’s vinyl collections – a mix of classical and choir, Jimi Hendrix, Roberta Flack, Janis Joplin, Leo Kottke, Leonard Cohen, John Denver, Carole King, and Doc Watson — she started writing seriously as a teenager, performing jazz standards with a band and folk music in a style modern yet threaded with Americana’s history.

She has worked with diverse artists in many genres, and carries that personal tradition forward. Pruett has shared stages with Jonah Matranga of Far and Gratitude, Jacob Golden, Mark Kozelek of Sun Kil Moon and Red House Painters, Two Sheds, Nick Jaina, Coal Beautiere, Karl Blau, Lady Lazarus, Good Shield Aguilar, and others. One continued influence she cites is her philosophy of art making. “Being a performer, an artist, a writer, a commentator or contributor has responsibilities of being authentic to one’s important things in life.”  Love, family, home, and heritage consistently show up in the music.

Pruett has a new LP recording available on cd, vinyl and through all major online retailers, Gypsy Bells, out on Canyon Records October 1st, 2013. The record has received outstanding reviews and was featured in PASTE Magazine’s Best of What’s Next.