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Snatchee Records: Music new to the ears

By on August 28, 2018 in Arts with 2 Comments

Andy Peart and Jasmine Hall (and event posters): “We’ve booked country western, indy, metal, hip-hop, acoustic — we support all kinds of bands.”

By Susan Lagsdin

Maybe it’s been a while since you’ve shouted your throat raw rocking out in a cacophonous press of Saturday night beer drinkers, and maybe your favorite groups weren’t necessarily “Acid Teeth,” “Potbelly,” “Phasers on Kill,” or “The Rich and Rare Rebels.”

Maybe the symphony, cool jazz or blues strike more comfortable chords with you.

And that’s OK.

But Andy Peart and Jasmine Hall, 39 and 41 respectively, long-time Wenatchee residents and co-owners of Snatchee Records, would like to introduce you to another aspect of their home town’s very alive music scene.

You can access albums of some of their favorite bands on the Snatchee website, even buy the tee shirts, crafted right here in Wenatchee at the Warehouse 3 arts co-op. And some weekend, for full effect, you might want to drop into Wally’s House of Booze, aka Wally’s Tavern, formerly known for years as — let’s face it — “that dive bar” on the Ave south of Kittitas.

Over the last decade it’s mostly dropped the rep and become a well-known underground music venue that’s created not only a following but layers of loyalty.

When the bar’s ownership changed to the enterprising Rains family — also owners of the two Joe’s establishments — Jasmine and Andy (Ando to his own fans) became overnight entrepreneurs, revving up the Friday and Saturday night offerings from one decidedly punk concert to as many as 80 multi-genre concerts annually.

Andy said, “We’ve booked country western, indy, metal, hip-hop, acoustic — we support all kinds of bands; most of them just haven’t been heard much yet.”

Their online record company soon formed, and they worked in tandem with the tavern.

The better to manage the mix, Andy started tending bar on weekdays and setting up shows on the weekends, and Jasmine kept her day job at Catholic Child Services but learned the board and became the sound engineer.

Snatchee, and Wally’s, specialize in underground music. It’s a relative term. (Andy’s definition? “You’re never gonna hear these songs on the radio.”) Some of the bands are new and regional; they may be on their way out, or up. But a few have thousands of international fans, a 20-year touring history and a rock-solid reputation.

No matter how unknown the band, they all get paid fairly, they all get respect, and, as Andy said, “Everybody who plays here feels like they’re in a safe, familiar venue — for a lot of the bigger groups, it’s like coming home to the days when they just started out.”

Even with a capacity of under 100, Wally’s picks up bands coming through on national tours. “Whether they’re on their way to Seattle from Boise, or from Spokane to Portland, we make an easy stop,” said Snatchee business partner Matt Smith.

Jasmine has another take on the Wenatchee Avenue concert venue. “Once I took a break outside on the sidewalk and a girlfriend asked, ‘Are you really going to stand out there? Aren’t you scared?’ Ha! This is like home. It’s our own local version of Cheers. And I know if anyone looked sideways at me I’d have three guys there to help.”

Andy, whose role as bouncer is pretty dull, agreed. “Our regulars tend to take care of problems before they start,“ he said. “Once in a while, rarely, I’ll call a cop, and they’re like ‘No — at Wally’s?’ It’s easy: If someone gets a little hyper or drunk I just say ‘would you rather leave now and come back tomorrow night? Or I can call the cops and you’ll never get back in.’ I like to maintain a respectful attitude.”

Producing records and booking shows wasn’t an early life goal for either of them, but it suits the couple just fine. She’d anticipated a career in business; he’s been an intense music-scene guy since junior high.

Andy and Jasmine partnered 10 years ago to raise her two young children, and presently focus their concerns on Wally’s and Snatchee records, where they’re busy bringing in the best up-and-coming music they can find to this funky little storefront bar.

It isn’t too hard to fill the house.

On Friday and Saturday nights, with most seating stacked elsewhere, Wally’s long narrow space becomes, literally, standing-room only. Andy shoves the pool table to the back wall, re-hangs and directs some lights, hauls speakers, monitors, the sound board and other paraphernalia downstairs from storage.

Jasmine readies the sound board. The Snatchee banner goes on display. The band members haul in their own gear from the front sidewalk. At the door, it’s I.D. check, $5 please, handstamp.

By 9:45 some good little band from somewhere (maybe “Truck Bed Boys,” “Riffbrokers,” or “Rebellion”), amped up, on full throttle and glad to be seen and heard in Wenatchee, has just exploded the decibel level on the block and the crowd is pouring in.

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  1. Rebecca L. Redwine says:

    My dear friends daughter….congratulations!

  2. Nick Millward says:

    The Riffbrokers very much love Wally’s!

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