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The Bartlett celebrates five years with trio of anniversary shows

Pop-folk band Joseph’s latest release, the “Stay Awake” EP, finds the trio of sisters mixing originals, both old and reimagined, with covers. (Ebru Yildiz)
Pop-folk band Joseph’s latest release, the “Stay Awake” EP, finds the trio of sisters mixing originals, both old and reimagined, with covers. (Ebru Yildiz)

Five years ago, Caleb and Karli Ingersoll had a goal to create an all-ages space where performers and audiences alike could congregate.

Moving into a space in the Richmond Building, the Ingersolls made two rooms out of one, freshened up the paint and replaced the floor, opening their venue, the Bartlett, in December 2013.

Five years later, after hundreds of concerts, showcases like Northwest of Nashville and Northwest of New Orleans, and events like Bartfest, the Bartlett is still one of the most popular places in town to catch both local and national acts.

To celebrate, the Bartlett is hosting a three-night fifth anniversary party featuring several Bartlett staples.

Portland-based pop-folk band Joseph will perform a sold-out show on Jan. 16.

The trio – sisters Allison, Meegan and Natalie Closner, the latter of whom lived and performed in Spokane before Joseph formed – released the “Stay Awake” EP in September 2017 and played Gleason Fest in August.

Seattle’s Noah Gundersen will perform on Jan. 17.

Gundersen released “White Noise” in September 2017, calling the album “a labor of love, a collaboration, and a step in a new direction, a new chapter,” on Facebook.

Now, Gundersen is ready to move into yet another new chapter, telling Billboard in August that he was working on a new album he hoped to release in early 2019.

“I’m always just interested in making something new and different,” he said. “I don’t have much interest in repeating myself, creatively. (“White Noise”) was great, but now I’m on to something new. We’ve got a lot of track lists established and are working on just what it’s going to sound like.”

Finally, two Spokane artists, Water Monster, the solo project of Max Harnishfeger (Super Sparkle) and rapper T.S. the Solution, will end the celebration on Jan. 18.

The pair collaborated on “Windows,” a single that was released in July, so chances are high it will be on the set list.

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