Filed under: Music | Tags: fiddle, fin records, folk, hip hop, Music, northwest folklife festival, seattle center, soul
While Sasquatch is taking the headlines this weekend, the 42nd annual Northwest Folklife Festival is taking over the Seattle Center Campus with art, dance, music, and fun for the entire family. Best of all, its free. The four day long festival boasts an enormous amount of activities to participate in. The laid-back atmosphere can give you a sense that, while there are an overwhelming amount of options available, experiencing Northwest Folklife is not to be rushed. The open grounds of the Seattle Center will carry you on to what ever sparks your interest. This year, the musical options are plentiful and more diverse than ever. While you plan you weekend, consider these options:
Fin Record’s Showcase (Friday, 6:00pm) – Ballard Label, Fin Records will have a few of their bans perform including, Lures, Low Hums, and Red Jacket Mine
The Soul of Seattle (Saturday, 6:30pm) - Feel rhythm and groove of homegrown soul music
Northwest Fiddle Traditions (Sunday, 11:40am) – Join two of the Northwest’s premier fiddle players, who also help found NWFolklife, for some down home rustic music
Vamos! – A Latin Dance Party (Sunday, 6:30pm) - Get your dancing shoes on and move your hips to Latin vibes
You Can’t Fake Fresh- NW Live Hip Hop (Sunday, 7pm) - Hip hop at Northwest Folklife? Yup!
and much much more!
(don’t forget about the drum circles!)
For more information check out the full schedule on the Northwest Folklife website.
Filed under: Film, Music | Tags: blue scholars, Cinemetropolis, Film, film contest, hip hop, Music
Seattle Hip-Hop group Blue Scholars has announced that submissions are open for the Cinematropolis short film contest. The Cinemetropolis album is a soundtrack, the band says, and they want fans and filmmakers to create a video/short film under 5 minutes in length, using any track they’d like. Deadline for submissions is midnight on April 6th. Get all the details on the Blue Scholars website.
Filed under: Music | Tags: all ages, DJ Nphared, EMP, Grynch, hip hop, Kung Foo Grip, nffty, Nirvana, sol, UW
Curated by EMP’s Youth Advisory Board, After Hours brings together premiere musical talents from around the Seattle area to perform in front of an all-ages crowd; it’s a program designed by teens for teens. This year marks the first hip-hop lineup for the quarterly event. Attendees can expect energetic sets by notable local hip-hop artists like Sol and Grynch, plus newcomers Kung Foo Grip and DJ Nphared. EMP’s main gallery space will also be open during the performances, allowing people to browse the recently-opened exhibit Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses. Adding to the evening’s event will be youth-made music videos by the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY), dance showcases from the UW Hip-Hop Student Association B-Boys, and much more.
Filed under: Music | Tags: hip hop, King County, New Shades of grey, Tendai & Young Fast
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The Seattle Hip Hop scene has been booming recently and what better way to give props than the 2011 Martin Luther King County Executive’s Awards for Excellence in Hip Hop. The seventh annual celebration and award ceremonies will be on Monday, January 17, and will highlight local talent who honor the spirit and legacy of Dr. King and carry on his messages of social change. The awards will be presented by King County Executive Dow Constantine and special musical guest performances will include: Mycle Wastman, Josie Howell, Lady A, and Dionna Long, Tendai & Young Fast, Young n’ Brave, New Shades of Grey, OnlyOneWizer and Sheela Moss, so don’t miss out. For details on the event be sure to click the link above.
Filed under: Music | Tags: funk, gabriel teodros, hidmo, hip hop, J.Pinder, laura "piece" kelley, mtv, Music, orbitron, pop, rock, soul, spoken word, sportnlife, stasandcat
For a free night out enriched with music, head out to Hidmo. The Central Area restaurant is hosting a free summer concert series, called “Live @ Hidmo,” with such Seattle artists as Laura “Piece” Kelley, Orbitron and J. Pinder. “We want to make local talent accessible to the local community,” said Rahwa Habte, Hidmo’s managing owner. All sorts of music will be represented every Friday — soul, spoken-word, funk, pop, rock and hip-hop. And shows are all-ages. The setting is an intimate family atmosphere, where the Who’s Who of the local arts community go to relax and sit back as audience members.
Filed under: Music | Tags: butterfly, Champagne Champagne, charles mudede, digable planets, dr octagon, GMK, grayskul, handsome boy modeling school, hip hop, ish, seattle, shabazz palaces, the physics, they live
What the bulk of the great albums of this year have in common is each is organized by a ruling concept. This does not mean they are concept albums, in the sense of Dr. Octagon’s Dr. Octagonecologyst, Handsome Boy Modeling School’s So, How’s Your Girl, and other works designed by Dan the Automator. No, the rappers of the current moment are not playing roles that can be easily discarded on the next concept album. We get strange truths from the concepts made by these rappers/producers—the black Han Solo, Shabazz, the Dro Bots, the Cigar Rock Star. For them, the new world around us, a world that has gone through considerable changes, demands this unified and systematic approach to rap and beats.
Seattle’s premier hip-hop label, Sportn’ Life Records, has two new artists officially joining their roster. The first is local R&B singer Marissa who’s already been doing vocals on songs by Fatal Lucciauno and D. Black for awhile now. You can hear her all over Fatal’s The Only Forgotten Son album and based on the work she’s already done for the label, the Sportn’ Life folks have decided to market her as a solo artist. They’ve also signed an MC by the name of SK who’s been working as a hype man for fellow Sportn’ Life artist Spaceman for roughly a year now. SK is actually D. Black and Fearce Vill of Dyme Def’s cousin.
Filed under: Music | Tags: hip hop, Malcolm X Day Conference, Music, Umjoafest P.E.A.C.E.
For those that are politically minded and like their hip-hop served up with a Dead Prez style leftest edge, there’s a conference and music showcase happening today at the Umoja P.E.A.C.E. Center that could do you some good. Located in the city’s Central District, the Umoja P.E.A.C.E. Center is already a hub for left-leaning activists and a gathering place for people of color so it’s no surprise that they’re sponsoring this event today dedicated to discussing the legacy and ideals of Malcolm X on the heels of his birthday. They’ll have a number of workshops based on the philosophies of Malcolm X taking place from 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. and they’ve also got former congresswoman and 2008 Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney giving a keynote address. The hip-hop performances start at 1:30 and should run until 6 or 7 p.m.
Just like electric blues—another historically black art form which morphed into rock and roll—hip-hop reaches a vastly broader, and whiter, audience than ever before. The difference in Seattle is that some of the most recognizable figures are by and large non-black: Blue Scholars, Common Market, Jake One, Mad Rad, and the Saturday Knights. It’s a fact that makes rappers like Silas Blak concerned. “I really do believe the Northwest is not going to push strong black men in hip-hop,” Blak says. “I just don’t believe the message is welcome, or that the image is welcome. In Washington, the darker the face gets, the taller the boundaries are [within music]. My question is: Why is so much black talent in hip-hop getting passed over right now?”