Tomo Nakayama @ Clock-Out Lounge
w/ Tito Ramsey and Wall Drugs 🎤
Published August 25, 2023
📆 Friday, September 8th
⏰ Doors 8:30 pm | Show 9 pm
📍 Clock-Out Lounge: 4864 Beacon Ave S, Seattle
Tomo Nakayama is a real Seattle icon.
If you haven’t seen him perform at local fests like Day In Day Out or intimate shows at the Sunset Tavern, maybe you’ve heard him over the KEXP airwaves. Or you’ve read about him in Seattle Weekly, who, in 2017, wrote that he “has a complexity and nuance” as a musician. Or you’ve spotted Nakayama in Lynn Shelton’s movie Touchy Feely. Nakayama’s been fueling our scene for decades.
Born in Japan and raised in Seattle, Nakayama blasted onto the scene with chamber pop group Grand Hallway but, in recent years, has spent time developing his solo work. He has a knack for pulling heartfelt emotion from the ether and transmuting it into thoughtful lyrics and melodic tunes. As a performer, Nakayama is an exuberant stage presence, throwing his whole body into his songs and commanding attention. His latest release, “Contigo,” is a swelling track with lush, sparkly melodies and blissful lyrics like, “I’m lost but I’m grateful/For the things that I found there/Falling in love with the moon.” Makes you want to dance AND cry.
You can see him IRL at his show at the Clock-Out Lounge on Beacon Hill this September. There, with a full band behind him, Nakayama will be joined by pop force Tito Ramsey and the fuzzy Seattle outfit Wall Drugs.
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Jas Keimig is an arts and culture writer in Seattle. Their work has previously appeared in The Stranger, i-D, Netflix, and Feast Portland. They won a game show once and have a thing for stickers.