Hollow Earth Radio is excited to announce the 9th annual Magma Festival! Magma is a month-long series of shows and events we’ve been hosting every March for almost a decade to present the diverse, experimental, and underground music, art, and performance that we thrive on. No artist is allowed to appear at Magma twice, so every year showcases a whole new array of up-and-coming and established performers from the Pacific Northwest and beyond! Every event is all-ages and donation-supported, and proceeds go towards continuing to ensure Hollow Earth’s existence as a community resource and, soon, a low-power FM radio station!
Events this year include:
On March 12th – For the third year running, the Eiderdown Sound Salon (curated by Seattle tape label Eiderdown Records) presents an out-there sonic excursion into pastures unknown.
On March 23rd – A showcase featuring two Baltimore locals, Andrew Bernstein and Booker Stardrum. Bernstein explores extended improv saxophone compositions, with traces of music concrète, free jazz, and electronic pulses. Booker Stardrum focuses on rhythm, building virtuoso percussion atop layers of sound collage and minimal synthesizers. Accompanied by Seattle’s own PRETA TRIO, featuring Randall Dunn (Master Musicians of Bukkake), Crystal Perez, (Pink Void), and David Abramson.
On March 26, a performance from a PNW legend, Lavender Country. Headed by Washington-raised songwriter, singer, and guitarist Patrick Haggerty, a fearless gay liberation activist and artist, Lavender Country recorded the first openly gay country music album in 1973.
The March 31st show of Magma showcases 4 bands from different parts of North America that all share a similar dark, melancholy aesthetic: Underpass (Olympia, WA), Annex (McAllen, TX) Arcane (Seattle, WA); and electronic solo artist Mourning Coup (Vancouver, BC). Come feel the darkness!
And MUCH MORE, including:
Performances from Portable Morla, The Black Chevys, Dale Patchouli, and a slew of others!
A presentation by multi-media artist Sara Century exploring the long and revealing history of LGBTQ people in comics, from the underground comics of the 60s and 70s, to DC and beyond!
Spoken word and performance from Kreg Hasegawa, Lauren Ireland, Sue Landers, and more, at an event curated by local small press Babel/Salvage!
This is but a small slice of the amazing lineup for this year’s Magma Festival, which takes place throughout March at Hollow Earth Radio’s studio in the Central District and selected venues throughout Seattle.
We encourage you to check out the entire schedule at the following link: