Rapper Malcolm Rebel remembered as ‘True King of the Hill’

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A Seattle recording artist “born and raised in the CD,”  Malcolm Rebel has died.

Friends and loved ones are posting messages about the hip hop performer’s life and passing. A fundraiser has been set up to raise money for Rebel’s family and young child.

Rebel was part of a family of Seattle musical talent stretching from Motown to the early days of Pacific Northwest hip hop.

“Seattle lost a legend in Malcolm Rebel. He was a loving father, a caring friend, and an incredible talent,” it reads.

You can give here.

Tug Harris, manager for the Day One Entertainment recording artist said Rebel “taught me how to keep my head up in the hardest times.” Continue reading

Free Kids Music Together Sample Class (Virtual)

Sunshine Music Together, the eight-time ParentMap Golden Teddy Award Winner for Best Music Program in Seattle, is taking registrations now for their (virtual) spring session! Register for a free sample class before the start of the semester at https://bit.ly/SunshineMusicTogetherDemo.

Music Together is a research-based, internationally recognized early childhood music development program for children aged birth to five and their parents or caregivers. Classes include songs, rhythmic rhymes, movement, and instrument play—forty-five minutes of pure fun with your child every week!

Check out the spring schedule of classes at http://bit.ly/MusicClassSchedule, and watch a video to learn what a Music Together Class is all about at https://bit.ly/FamilyTestimonials.

Clubs Neumos and Chop Suey warn COVID-19 crisis could wipe out live music on Capitol Hill

Venue owners say Capitol Hill’s live music scene will be a casualty of the COVID-19 crisis if more isn’t done to buttress the clubs that keep it going.

They’re seeking help from somewhere — from the King County Council or beyond — to help prop up what they say is a one of a kind type of business that needs special financial assistance to survive.

“If people want there to be a music scene in Seattle, we need help from our government. If we don’t get help, there are no more small venues,” Steven Severin, part of the ownership of Neumos and a veteran of the Pike/Pine nightlife scene tells CHS.

Severin is part of an effort for the few clubs like Neumos across the region to come together to call for financial assistance specific to the live music industry. The Washington Nightlife & Music Association is hoped to be a voice for the rare remaining venues. This week, the hope is pinned to the King County Council: Continue reading

COVID-19 cancellation: No Capitol Hill Block Party in 2020

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2020’s Capitol Hill Block Party musical festival, one of the largest annual events in the neighborhood every July, has been cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis, organizers announced Thursday.

“Due to the current situation with COVID-19, Capitol Hill Block Party 2020 is unable to move forward as planned,” CHBP organizers write. “Our top priority is the health and safety of our community, artists and attendees. We hope everyone is being smart, responsible, and thinking of others during these unprecedented times.”

The annual three-day music festival is looking ahead to 2021, producers said Thursday. Ticket holders can save their passes for next year or request a refund, according to the statement. Continue reading

Construction of $3M Volunteer Park amphitheater project planned for late summer start

Construction is planned to start in August on the project to replace Volunteer Park’s amphitheater.

The Volunteer Park Trust tells CHS the planned August start will allow community groups to use the stage through most of summer. Work was originally being planned to begin this month. “By starting in August, we will be able to maximize use of both the old stage this summer and the new Amphitheater for next season,” a VPT representative said. Continue reading

Cathedral Organist Joseph Adam: 2020 Complete Vierne Organ Works

St. James Cathedral continues the year-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Louis Vierne, organist of Notre-Dame Cathedral. Cathedral Organist and Director of Music Joseph Adam performs the majestic Symphony No. 2 and the masterful Symphony No. 3. $18 suggested donation. More info: http://www.stjames-cathedral.org/music/Concerts/AdamFeb2020.aspx
musicoffice@stjames-cathedral.org or 206-382-4874.

Selector Records adds new stop on Hill-proximate vinyl tour

(Image: Audrey Frigon for CHS)

(Image: Audrey Frigon for CHS)

By Audrey Frigon, CHS Fall Intern

In the digital age of music streaming, vinyl records just won’t die. With record sales reaching their highest revenue level since 1988, Capitol Hill and the nearby have sustained a few shops that have survived long enough to cash in on the resurgence. And sometimes, something new comes along.

Selector Records and Apparel opened earlier this month off the beaten track on E Madison.

After eleven years DJing in Hawaii, Seattle native Sherman Crawford moved back home with the goal of opening a record store business. “I always had a dream of having a record store and that opportunity fell into my lap with this building,” he said. This building, located on 23rd and Madison, previously housed Looters Records. Crawford stumbled upon the store and moved in upstairs. When the record store closed, Crawford took over.

A music lover his whole life, Crawford first began collecting records and cassettes when he was eight years old. But the real beginning of his music addiction came in 1992 when he attended a rave and discovered the world of underground techno and dance music. “I was enthralled by the energy of the music and became obsessed,” Crawford said. As his fascination and love of the music grew, so did his record collection.

That music became the inspiration for his store. “When I came back from Hawaii I saw a void. There were no other stores focusing on underground techno music, especially new releases, and I wanted to fill that void,” said Crawford. Continue reading

Seattle Girls Choir Presents Carmina Angelorum: Songs of the Angels


Seattle Girls Choir Presents Carmina Angelorum: Songs of the Angels

December 13, 8:00 PM
St. Joseph Church
Seattle Girls Choir invites you to an elegant and reflective concert celebrating the holiday season.
The program includes Benjamin Britten’s stunning choral masterpiece, A Ceremony of Carols for harp and treble voices. You’ll also hear beautiful new setting of ancient carols by John Rutter, Paul Carey, and Sarah Quartel. Featuring Prime Voci of Seattle Girls Choir, Juliet Stratton on harp, and Susanna Valleau on piano.
Visit our website for more information: www.seattlegirlschoir.org.

Historic Seattle and Seattle Theatre Group step up with bid for The Showbox

Nonprofits Historic Seattle and Seattle Theatre Group, the operator of The Paramount, Moore, and Neptune Theatres, have made their bid to purchase downtown Seattle music venue The Showbox.

The groups announced their bid Tuesday night but did not disclose the dollar amount of the offer.

“We are thrilled to have such a strong partner as STG in our effort to purchase The Showbox,” Eugenia Woo, director of preservation services at Historic Seattle, said in an announcement of the effort. “As we continue our due diligence and look forward to the opportunity to negotiate with the property’s owner, Historic Seattle will not back down in our fight to protect The Showbox.” Continue reading

Joyful! Noise Holiday Concert: “On Our Way Home”

Get ready for the holidays!  Joyful! Noise community choir presents “On Our Way Home.” And, premiers a brand new piece!

Launch the season with joy, nostalgia and inspiration!   We’ll be singing songs about what it means to come home at Christmas — the power, the sustenance, and the rebirth.   And, as a special treat, we’ll be premiering a brand new work by local composer Ben Markin, the winner of our 2019 Student Choral Composition Competition.  Come celebrate this new work, a setting of Frost’s poem, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” as well as all the delightful songs in our program.