Sunset Tavern Ballard
Sun March 3, 8 pm 21+
Recommended by Ben Salmon
Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside had a pretty good run. In the span of just a few years—from the late 2000s to the early 2010s—the band generated a bunch of buzz in Portland and beyond, toured big venues with the Avett Brothers (who were also big fans), signed a record deal with a respected indie label, and played Late Show with David Letterman. It was fun. It was also exhausting.
For Ford and the band—drummer Ford Tennis, guitarist Jeffrey Munger, and bassist Tyler Tornfelt—the hard parts eventually outweighed the fun parts, and the Sound Outside ceased operations in late 2013, putting their boisterous blend of soul, jazz, rockabilly, and early rock ’n’ roll to bed with a handful of farewell shows at the Doug Fir Lounge in Portland. (Ford has since recorded a pair of solo albums.)
Just over five years later, they’ve gotten the band back together—for just three shows. The Sound Outside will ring in March by playing a bunch of their old favorites and some surprise covers during two nights in Portland and one in Seattle, with no further commitment (for now). Their guiding philosophy on this new journey is simple: “Fun first!”