(Image: Jazz Up Jackson Street)
By Audrey Frigon, CHS Fall Intern
The Earshot Jazz Festival is again underway in Seattle and, included among the great performers like Cécile McLorin Salvant and Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés Jazz Batá, will again be students from across the Central District and Capitol Hill performing with their Seattle Public Schools music programs. But this year’s appearance by the award winning Garfield High and Washington Middle School bands is about more than great jazz.
Along with jazz greats, the festival will be featuring Seattle students in a fundraising effort. Washington Middle School and Garfield High School students are tuning up to perform a benefit concert called Jazz Up Jackson Street. The goal of Thursday night’s performance? To raise awareness and funds for Seattle’s Central District schools’ music programs as they embark on a daunting new initiative — giving every single student an opportunity to learn a musical instrument.
Arlene Fairfield, an organizer of the event, said the music program does not reflect the diversity of Washington and Garfield’s demographics.
“School music programs in the Central District have a long history of excellence that has been recognized both regionally and nationally,” she tells CHS. “However, the student musicians in these programs have historically underrepresented the diversity in our schools.” Continue reading
Last summer, the replacement of a Nagle Place mural of Kurt Cobain sparked a wave of nostalgia for a Capitol Hill that never was. First, the work had only been in place for half a year. Second, the muralist was a famed London street artist promoting a show at a Pioneer Square gallery. And third, the work was replaced with another by local artist and prolific Capitol Hill muralist Weirdo.
Nevermind all that.
Now the London artist, that Pioneer Square gallery, again, credit union BECU, and Capitol Hill’s Everyday Music have teamed up for a nostalgic flipside to the removed original. Continue reading
Proud owners Rachel Keith and Rahsaan Henry (Image: The Baltic Room)
From The Ganja Mom to Capitol Hill’s new queen of clubs? Rachel Keith is a long way from creating anything like Linda Derschang’s empire just yet but with her summer takeover of The Baltic Room, she’s proud to at least be following in a few of Derschang’s earliest dance steps.
Keith purchased the Baltic, the Pine dance club Derschang first opened as a piano bar in 1997, this summer and celebrated a grand reopening last month.
“What’s the Baltic Room?,” Keith asked earlier this year as she was searching through listings for an available club. “My husband and I have always been in the nightlife scene. I decided to go check it out.” Continue reading
VELOCITY is a brand new, all-day event revolving around modular / hardware synthesizers and the people who create with them.
11 AM – 4 PM:
DIY Workshops where attendees will learn about synthesizers through fun and engaging hands-on experiences.
Educational Presentations where speakers will speak on various subjects relating to electronic music and hardware.
Trade Show where different modular / hardware synth manufacturers will show off their latest gear and interact with the community.
5 PM – 2 AM:
Performances from local and out-of-town artists, with genres varying from house / techno, ambient, noise, industrial, and beat-oriented music.
Trade Show all ages, everything else is 21+.
More info and tickets at: https://www.velocityseattle.com/
Presented by Modular Seattle & Patchwerks
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!
■ 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)!
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.
(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