Filed under: Music, Seattle City of Music Initiative, Seattle Music Commission | Tags: Black Music Summit, City of Music Career Day Roadshow, Music
On Saturday, January 31st, the Office of Film + Music’s Director, Kate Becker, and Creative Industries Advocate, Mikhael Mei Williams, participated in the day long City of Music: Black Music Summit at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. Orchestrated by Seattle Music Commissioner Wyking Garrett, this event is an evolution and direct outreach program of the Music Commission’s annual City of Music Career Day held each spring at the Seattle Center. The goal of the Roadshow events is to engage local communities around equity and opportunities in Seattle’s music industry and to provide a framework for discussion around ways to ensure Seattle’s vibrant music scene is accessible and open to everyone.
Over 150 people attended and participated throughout the day long event, including six Music Commissioners. Panels covered a variety of topics including the state of Black Music in Seattle, how to make a living in today’s music business, and how music can be used to activate and enrich neighborhoods. Panelists featured a mix of working artists and performers, promoters, venue owners and operators, and music and cultural organizations and included Ishmael Butler, Shabazz Palaces/Sub Pop Records; Ouwar Arunga, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis/Arunga Music, LLC; Jazmyn Scott, The Town Entertainment; Ricardo Frazer, Seattle Music Commission/Zaki Rose Agency; LaTanya “Sista Luv” Horace, Singer/Songwriter; Tendai Baba Maraire, Shabazz Palaces/Chimerunga Renaissance; Larry Mizell, The Stranger/KEXP; Lara Davis and Liz Johnson, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture; Evelyn Allen, Exec. Director Village Spirit Center for Community Change; Suntionio Bandanaz, 206Zulu and many others.
The event generated lively conversation and discussion around challenges facing the Black music community and how artists, musicians, promoters, and others working in the industry could better connect to create more opportunities to make a living in music. The event involved a high-level of active participation and collaboration and the ideas, strategies, and feedback that resulted from the summit will help inform the direction of the City of Music Initiative as it progresses.
“State of Black Music” panel featuring Jazmyn Scott, Ouwar Arunga, Ishmael Butler, Music Commissioner Wyking Garrett, Dr. James Gore, Music Commissioner Ricardo Frazer, and Erinn “Ms. Urban 411” Renee
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.
Record Store Day 2013 is this Saturday! Are you ready? Is your bank account ready?
Here’s little roundup with a few of the Seattle-area record stores participating.
Everyday Music – Plenty of in-store music going on. Check out the schedule below:
9 am: Meet and greet with Robbie hill of the Family Affair and Wheedle’s Groove
11 am: DJ Veins
12 pm: DJ Mr. Smith
1 pm: Pitschouse
2 pm: King Dude
4 pm: Mystery Ship
5 pm: Scriptures
6 pm: Tomten
7 pm: Steradian
Holy Cow Records – 20% off everything in the store
Jive Time Records – All music is 20% off, and you get a free hand-screened poster with every purchase.
Porchlight Coffee & Records - Get $10 to spend on records when you buy a new turntable at Porchlight
Radar Hair and Records – All records are 20% off
Silver Platters – Live Music! Schedule is as follows:
1 pm: The West
2 pm: The Mowgli’s
3:30 pm: Family of the Year
5 pm: Seacats
Sonic Boom Records – Live music from Angel Olson and Maps & Atlases
Also, plenty of deals from Ballard businesses (like Bastille, Monster Art & Clothing, and more) with a receipt from Sonic Boom Records, check their site for more info.
Spin Cycle – Opens at midnight with all vinyl on sale. You’ll get 5% off when you spend $50, and 10% off when you spend $100.
This isn’t a definitive list at all, though. For a full list of all participating stores around Seattle, head to http://www.recordstoreday.com/Venues
For all the RSD 2013 special releases, head to http://www.recordstoreday.com/SpecialReleases
Filed under: Digital Media, Film, Interactive | Tags: Carl Spence, Film, happy hour, interactive, Music, siff, spitfire
Filed under: Music | Tags: airplanes, Allen Stone, baby got back, Jerry Cantrell, macklemore, mtv, Music, quincy jones, Sea-Tac Airport, seattle, Sir Mix-A-Lot, travel
KOMO News ran a story yesterday about Sir Mix-a-lot lending his voice to the Sea-Tac Airport overhead announcements in the terminal and baggage claim areas as a part of the Sea-Tac Airport Music Initiative. The edgy rapper, whose “Baby Got Back” video was once banned from MTV, talks about his excitement about the initiative. “It’s cool to see something as serious as Sea-Tac embrace the local arts,” said Sir Mix-A-Lot. “It just trips me out. That’s pretty bold.” Mix, along with other local artists, like Quincy Jones, Jerry Cantrell, Allen Stone, and Macklemore, are welcoming and directing passengers to various points of interest, from the USO desk to the smoking sections. The Sea-Tac Airport Music Initiative is a cooperative effort by the Port of Seattle, Seattle Music Commission and music-specialist PlayNetwork showcasing the northwest region’s vibrant music culture and enhancing the experience of millions of passengers who pass through Sea-Tac Airport each year. Along with the celebrity overhead announcements, the initiative interacts with passengers of the airport through a local music web player, mobile app, music videos featured on terminal and baggage claim monitors, and overhead music in the terminals.
Filed under: Music | Tags: auditions, busker, busking, local, local music, Music, seattle
Play your own music, make new fans, and GET PAID. This is a “busker” style gig – with a “stage” space designated, but no sound reinforcement. The musician will perform at various locations inside a highly trafficked public building. Open to string, reed, and key players. Percussion instrumentalists will not be considered. For more information on the gig and how to apply send an email with a link to your music and/or performance to firstname.lastname@example.org
Filed under: Music | Tags: education, Music, oregon, scholarships, seattle, sup pop, Washington, youth
Sub Pop Records just announced they are providing scholarships for 3 high school seniors on their way to an accredited college or university. The scholarships are only available to residents of Washington and Oregon. Applicants will need to submit a one page essay on their involvement with music in their community, influences, and plans what he/she would do with the money to progress in their chosen field. There are three scholarships available: one for $6,000, one for $4,000, and one for $3,000. The submission deadline is May 6, 2013.