Sol Connection: Optimism’s Summer Shindig

Calling all optimists to Sol Connection: Optimism Brewing’s Summer Party! We’re releasing a new beer in celebration of summer and all the good Planned Parenthood has done! (All profits from the Charity Raffle and a portion of Optimism’s special beer sales will benefit Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii.)

FOR OUR FIRST 250 ATTENDEES
■ Free glass cans (show us you are following two of our social media pages!)

GET HYPED FOR
■ A new beer release (shh it’s a secret!)
■ Live music
■ Local family-owned food trucks
■ Soft serve station
■ The greatest of vibes
■ Raising funds for Planned Parenthood!

RAFFLE DETAILS
■ 12:00 – 6:00 PM – Golden Ticket Raffle
If your glass is marked, claim your raffle ticket and redeem it for some sweet merch at our merch cabinet.
■ 6:00 – 9:00 PM – Charity Raffle
$5 to enter, more details can be views in our event page (here)!

HEAR & NOW: AN EVENING WITH TRIMPIN & PATH WITH ART

Community Perceptions of Homelessness

Join internationally renowned artist and sculptor Trimpin and PATH WITH ART artists for an evening of poetry, visual art, and music. Together, they explore their collaborative work Hear & Now, currently on display at the Goethe Pop Up Space in Capitol Hill. This sound sculpture — mobile, tumultuous, kinetic – speaks to the immediacy of the homelessness crisis in Seattle. Those experiencing homelessness often report feeling unseen, unheard. The sculpture screams to be seen and heard, pulls focus, demands your attention. The artists creatively convey the experience of living without a place to call home, with the intention of building empathy across social and cultural boundaries. Hear & Now is thus a metaphor for being in constant transition and attempts to translate the chaos of living in homelessness.

Attendance is free, but space is limited so we kindly ask everyone to register in advance via Eventbrite.

The event is co-presented with PATH WITH ART.

Pianos in the Park returns for another season in Volunteer Park — this time with neighborhood help

(Image: Pianos in the Park)

In August, parks across the Seattle area will feature new play equipment of a musical variety. The Pianos in the Parks installations are set to return — including a piano in Volunteer Park next to the Black Sun sculpture.

Now in its sixth year, the program managed by Capitol Hill-based One Reel is also making an important change to help keep the pianos a fun piece of the summer fun in Seattle parks. Continue reading

CHS Pics | Outside the fences of Capitol Hill Block Party 2019

CHS wandered the edges of Capitol Hill Block Party this weekend and found so many events, DJs, funky drummers, and halfpipes that you couldn’t help but wonder what the festival would be like without the fences and $85 a day tickets.

CHS reported here on the Block Party producers’ efforts to create new events outside of the ticketed footprint including the second year of Battle of the Block skateboarding competition in Cal Anderson and DJs in the Chophouse Row courtyard. Those efforts were joined by more organic outgrowths of the swell of humanity attracted to the three-day festival like sidewalk drummers and an ultimate frisbee battle pitting Portland vs. Seattle. Continue reading

After this weekend’s Capitol Hill Block Party, changes may be afoot for big events on the Hill

(Image: Capitol Hill Block Party)

2019 will be a pivotal year for the Capitol Hill Block Party, which kicks off today. And not because the great flautist-twerker-chanteuse Lizzo is gracing its main stage Saturday. This August, the city will start looking into what effect the Block Party, grown from a street festival into a ticketed, three-day musical extravaganza now in its 23rd year, has on the neighborhood — and how it can move forward on the Hill in the coming years.

The city has hired local consulting firm Fife Consulting to lead an outreach process with people and businesses in the neighborhood. The company is also completing a study of large outdoors events across the city.

The process, separate from the regular post-CHBP “debrief” with city officials or public comment during Special Events committee meetings, will start in late August and will include focus groups, an online survey as well as interviews with residents, businesses and local business and neighborhood agencies, said Seattle Special Events Committee chair Chris Swenson.

By December, Swenson said, the process should be wrapped up. At which point the Special Event Committee will decide on whether the event can go forward as is, or in a modified form. These modifications could be light (as in: keeping the event but changing days, hours or footprint) or more significant, such as the consideration of other neighborhoods, formats and weekends, Swenson said.

“We want to make sure that this is still the right place, time and manner for this event to happen,” he said. “This is a Capitol Hill-centric event, and Capitol Hill is evolving, and we want to make sure this dedicated art center is the best place for the Capitol Hill Block Party.”  Continue reading

Music at St. James Cathedral Summer Organ Concerts – Paul Stubbings

St. James Cathedral is fortunate to house two magnificent pipe organs that together form the grand organ, the largest musical instrument in Seattle. The oldest instrument, in the West Gallery, was built by Hutchings-Votey for the Cathedral when it was new in 1907. The Rosales organ, in the East Apse, was added in 2000. A single organist can play both organs from the Rosales console, resulting in a unique and exciting “surround-sound” experience for the listener.

First of the 2019 Summer Organ Concerts at St. James Cathedral, Paul Stubbings, Director of Music at St. Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh, UK, presents ‘Carte Postale’ – the British organist abroad (works by Bairstow, Noble, Bull, Purcell, Wood, Hollins, MacCunn). Enjoy a free post-concert gelato reception and greet the artist.

– Summer Organ Concerts begin at 7:30pm and run approximately 70 minutes with no intermission. Doors open at 7:00.
– $18 suggested donation. Purchase advance passes online (http://www.stjames-cathedral.org/music/concerts/Stubbings.aspx) or donate at the door.
– Limited free parking for Cathedral events is available in the O’Dea High School parking lot (enter on Columbia or Marion between Terry and Boren).

More information: musicoffice@stjames-cathedral.org or 206-382-4874.

Music at St. James Cathedral Summer Organ Concerts – Gregory Peterson

St. James Cathedral is fortunate to house two magnificent pipe organs that together form the grand organ, the largest musical instrument in Seattle. The oldest instrument, in the West Gallery, was built by Hutchings-Votey for the Cathedral when it was new in 1907. The Rosales organ, in the East Apse, was added in 2000. A single organist can play both organs from the Rosales console, resulting in a unique and exciting “surround-sound” experience for the listener.

Gregory Peterson, Professor of Music and College Organist at Luther College (Decorah, IA), offers a recital from the classic organ repertoire (works by Bach, Franck, Howells, Walther, Debussy, Near, Phillips). Enjoy a free post-concert gelato reception and greet the artist.

– Summer Organ Concerts begin at 7:30pm and run approximately 70 minutes with no intermission. Doors open at 7:00.
– $18 suggested donation. Purchase advance passes online (http://www.stjames-cathedral.org/music/concerts/Stubbings.aspx) or donate at the door.
– Limited free parking for Cathedral events is available in the O’Dea High School parking lot (enter on Columbia or Marion between Terry and Boren).

More information: musicoffice@stjames-cathedral.org or 206-382-4874.

First look: Life on Mars lands on Capitol Hill

Severin, Sims, Richards, and Richards

Life on Mars, the new bar with a plant-based menu of burgers and waffle sandwiches, booze, and walls shelving thousands of records at the corner of Pike and Harvard is an answer, not a question for its music-loving founders.

“Everyone is so depressed, everyone is so down, the world is a hard place right now. And Bowie died! That’s sad, too! So in a way Life on Mars is kind of like a rebirth for us,” co-owner John Richards told CHS Thursday night at one of a series of pre-opening parties at the new venue.

The new bar will open, softly, to the public for the first time Saturday night.

The answer to Bowie’s Life on Mars? Yes. There is life out there. There is hope. There is something else to do in life as we get older and want to stay in touch with the things we love best — music, friends, a good drink… vegan food.

“It became more than that song, for sure,” Richards said. “That’s why we left the question mark off.”

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Volunteer Park Pride Festival, now one of the Seattle’s best days of free music, announces 2019 lineup

Volunteer Park Pride Festival’s 2018 headliner, Tacocat

Born in 2019, the annual festival has grown into one of the city’s largest free music parties

The shifting personality of the annual Volunteer Park Pride Festival into one of the largest free music parties in Seattle was celebrated Tuesday with an announcement of the fest’s 2019 lineup live on KEXP.

Marco Collins, a longtime Seattle DJ credited for helping fuel the city’s grunge explosion on the national music scene and now part of the lineup of voices at the city’s nonprofit music giant KEXP, took to the airwaves Tuesday morning to announce “Seattle-based band and phenomenon” Thunderpussy as the 2019 headliner. Collins is curator for this year’s Volunteer Park Pride Festival and will help host the June 8th event along with drag queen Betty Wetter.

Volunteer Park Pride Festival

The KEXP announcement was a contrast with the lineup announcement for this summer’s Capitol Hill Block Party which typically is done live on the station but took a quieter route in 2019. Continue reading

The Market Street Singers: “Turning 15” evening performance

Our 15th Anniversary Concert

It seems only like yesterday that we responded to a request by an organization called Arts Ballard to form a choir for an all-arts-inclusive festival in 2004. At the time there were no plans to continue, but a few people saw the need for a choir in the area and had the vision to launch what is now the Ballard community’s largest performing ensemble. We are proud and thrilled to be going strong 15 years later, and we invite you to celebrate this special milestone with us.

This will be a truly retrospective concert, all repertoire chosen by our members: their all-time favorites from over the years. We are also closing this performance in a unique way, by inviting all former members or members-on-leave to join us on stage to sing “The Awakening” by Joseph Martin, one of our very top favorite choral works (if you are interested contactdirector@MarketStreetSingers.org).

We are happy again to be performing at Seattle First Baptist Church, a venue that provides us with space and excellent acoustics. We have arranged for free parking in the adjoining lot for both concerts. Enter the lot from Seneca, Boylston, or Spring Streets. Please contact us at the email address above for any questions concerning accessibility issues.

Please note that both concerts are on the same day, May 11, with a choice of a 3:00pm matinee or 7:30pm evening performance.

We hope to see you there. Please spread the word to your family and friends.

This is a free event, but your contributions are always welcome and gratefully accepted.

Chris Vincent, Artistic Director; Ingrid Verhulsdonk, Accompanist