Seattle Office of Film + Music

The Many Things To Do At The Northwest Folklife Festival
May 24, 2013, 2:14 pm
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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.

Blue Scholars Announce Cinemetropolis Short Film Contest
March 8, 2012, 12:41 pm
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Blue Scholars
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.

June 24, 2011, 10:06 am
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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.

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June 23, 2011, 11:26 am
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Giant Thinkwell
A Seattle-born company focused on social media fan engagement tools for celebrities, Giant Thinkwell launched its first official celebrity-branded game “Mix-N-Match” featuring Seattle hip-hop legend Sir Mix-A-Lot. Prizes are rumored to include something that should bring a smile to SWASS fans of a certain age: A ride down Broadway in Sir Mix-A-Lot’s Lamborghini with a potential stop at Dicks Drive-In. Xconomy Seattle has an in-depth article on Giant Thinkwell and other start-up companies that are connecting the entertainment industry with the technology and gaming expertise concentrated in the Puget Sound region.

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January 14, 2011, 4:04 pm
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Brown Paper Tickets
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.

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christinorbe_hidmoSeattle Times
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.


The Stranger
champagne champagneWhat 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.