Central District residents have reason to be proud today. Back in 2004, King County Council member Larry Gossett decreed March 13th as Official Sammy Drain Day throughout the county. Today is Drain's 65th birthday, giving this year's celebration a bit of extra meaning.
Drain, a staple in the Central District, is one of Seattle's most legit and accomplished electric blues players. Over more than four decades, he played with legends like Albert Collins, Buddy Miles, Bobby Womack, and, of course, his childhood running buddyJimi Hendrix. He abandoned his former post as the main bluesman at Thompson's Point of View at 23rd and Union a few years back after he was nearly shot during a scuffle inside the club. Now he plays at China Harbor every Tuesday night.
If you don't know Drain from his music, you might know him from his sharp attire, ladies' man voice, or the old, slightly beat-up limo that he drives around town. Now that the long-time CD resident has reached the ripe old age of 65, he's got plans to celebrate over at the Two Weeks Barber Shop (1808 8th Avenue) this evening at 7 p.m.
A quick call to the barber shop revealed that the party is ostensibly "private," although there are fliers floating around various Central District locations inviting people to come out. The party starts at 7 pm and admission is free—though I imagine bringing a gift or a card might put a smile on his face. Happy Sammy Drain Day, Seattle.