Upper Fremont at 43rd
    On the #5 bus line and short walk to E line

    4272 Fremont Ave North
    Seattle, WA 98103

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     SEPT | OCT  | NOV |  PAST   ||    All shows 8pm at Fremont Abbey unless noted 

    9/3: The Moth

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    The Moth StorySLAM – World renowned storytelling event & top arts podcast as heard on NPR!

    1st THURSDAYS @Fremont Abbey Arts Center
    3rd FRIDAYS @Bloedel Hall, St Mark’s on Capitol Hill, presented by Abbey Arts
    7pm doors, 8:00pm show, all ages, mostly seated, bar w/ ID. Arrive by 7:45p to ensure entry.

    ADVANCE TICKETS:  Tickets go on sale through The Moth email system (sign up and select Seattle) and they do sell out fast. Usually about 1 week before the show.   Note: Premium tickets let you get in early and skip the big line but do not guarantee a seat if you’re not there at 6:45.

    WAITING LIST:  About 20-50 spots are typically available at the door ($10 cash only) and we have a convenient waiting list system for you.  Here’s how it works: Simply line up when you can (lines often start by around 6:15pm and then the waiting list goes up outside on the door promptly at 6:30pm.  Once you sign up, feel free to grab dinner as actual entry will be based on space available at 8pm only, so you have to be outside at 8pm as we read down the list until the venue is full.

    VOLUNTEER: Signup on the Abbey Arts email newsletter to find out other ways to get into The Moth such as the hard to get free Volunteer spots!

    SUPPORT: We serve local beer from Hilliards and Two Beers Brewery; local cider from Seattle Cider and Schilling Cider; Washington wine from Wilridge Winery, a rotating cocktail from Sound Spirits Distillery, and Jones Soda. This is a fundraiser event which means all bar profits tonight go to support the Greening the Abbey project to lower our carbon footprint and help make the building more sustainable and low cost for all it’s users.  Managed by building owners, Church of the Apostles.


    9/8: The Round (#124)

    9-8 Rachel Zylstra


    Musicians Rachel Zylstra, Henry Mansfield perform and collaborate alongside visual artists and a slam poet


    “Equal parts catchy and moving, her [Rachel Zylstra] graceful voice pumps out your speakers or through your headphones”

    -Verbicide Magazine


     Bar proceeds to Literacy Source

    TICKETS: $6 advance | $8 doors

    9/10 Rabbit Wilde EP Release


    9-10 Rabbit WIlde


    *9/10 Rabbit Wilde (Wild Rabbit – Bellingham) EP Release Party

    with guests Preacher’s Wife and Patrick Chadwick

    “Rabbit Wilde captures the wind, the streams and the mountain air in their songs. Their beautiful vocal harmonies take you down a well-beaten path in the wilderness accompanied by rhythm and melodies from the classic Americana folk instrument family…This quartet of incredible musicians have lassoed the Northwest spirit and infused it into their own brand of storytelling lyrics and deep and passionate hearts for the land they grew up in.”

    -The Hype


    “Even those who don’t read this will be drawn to the sound of Rabbit Wilde’s Americana Stringband thanks mostly to the seraphic vocals of string player Miranda Zickler. Her voice, bookended by the Hamer brothers on uke and [guitar], plus cello will have you giddy and glad to be alive.”

    -The Stranger, The Lowdown on Summer Meltdown 2014 by Sean Jewell

    (some seating available)

    TICKETS  $10 early discount (100), $12 advance general, $14 door

    9/11: Lowland Hum

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    Lowland Hum, The Collection, Kathleen Murray

    Doors 7pm | Show 8pm  
    TICKETS $8 Advance, $10 Door | FACEBOOK RSVP


    Lowland Hum recently released their self-titled sophomore album, leading to an onslaught of positive attention from everyone from iTunes and Spotify to NPR Music, who debuted it on their First Listen stream; NPR cited the indie-folk duo as “Benefiting from a freewheeling, beefed-up studio band, the dynamic range of this 13-song set runs from hushed insularity to ardent expansiveness, alighting on dozens of gradations between.”

    Furthering their ever-growing popularity, the band was just featured on NPR’s World Cafe and Daytrotter, while their single “Odell” first debuted on Earmilk. In addition, the official music video first appeared on Nerdist, who writes that the number is, “…the perfect visual metaphor for Lowland Hum’s atmospheric brand of emotionally intelligent folk.” http://lowlandhum.com

    “It’s hard to convey the sound of two people in love, but Lowland Hum does that effortlessly.This music is mostly unadorned and pure, with considerable attention to detail. Lauren’s voice sounds refreshing and simple, and Daniel’s passion shakes from his head and literally to his feet.” -Bob Boilen NPR



    9-11 The Collection (2)

    9/15: Open Arts Mic

    7-15 open mic small horiz

    Location-FremontAbbey(4272 Fremont Avenue North)

    Event held 3rd Tuesdays! – FREE event.

    All performance art forms welcome.  Music, poetry, more.  See Facebook Group for info.  7:00 signups, 7:30 start.  All ages, PG13, mostly seated.  Original music & art only please, no covers unless in the public domain. Hosted by Cooper.

    9/17: OK Sweetheart, Arc Iris

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    OK Sweetheart (Erin Austin)
    Arc Iris (Jocie Adams of The Low Anthem)

    Arc Iris who recently opened for The Gypsy Kings at Chateau Ste Michelle winery will be touring back through and playing an intimate concert at the Fremont Abbey sharing the evening with local favorite OK Sweetheart.

    TICKETS: $8 early / $10 general / $13 door  | Facebook Event

    About OK Sweetheart\About Arc Iris

    9/18: The Moth

    11-21-the-moth-horizLocation-BloedelHall(1245 10th Ave East)


    Tickets & Info

    8pm storytelling event, 7pm doors, waiting list goes up at 6:30pm for 8pm entry based on space available.

    All ages, bar w/ ID, mostly seated.  All bar profits go to support local nonprofits.

    Thanks to our local sponsors – Hilliards Beer and Two Beers Brewery;  Seattle Cider and Schilling Cider; Washington wine from Wilridge Winery, a rotating cocktail from Sound Spirits Distillery, andJones Soda.

    OCTOBER 2015


    10/2: Ramblin’ Jack Elliott


    Location-BallardHomestead(6541 Jones Ave NW)

    Ramblin’ Jack Elliott with Courtney Marie Andrews
    5 Time Grammy Award Nominee

    Doors: 7pm | Show 7:30 pm
    Tickets: $20 advance, $25 door, $18 senior/student | FACEBOOK RSVP


    “In giving new life to our most valuable musical traditions, Ramblin’ Jack has himself become an American treasure.”  

    – President Bill Clinton awarding Jack the National Medal of the Arts

    “His tone of voice is sharp, focused and piercing.   All that and he plays the guitar effortlessly in a fluid flat-picking perfected style.  He was a brilliant entertainer….  Most folk musicians waited for you to come to them.  Jack went out and grabbed you…..  Jack was King of the Folksingers.”

    -Bob Dylan, Chronicles: Volume One


    10-2 Courtney Marie Andrews


    10/23: Nick Drummond

    10-23 Nick Drummond

    10-23 Nathaniel Talbot




    Nick Drummond (of Impossible Bird/The Senate)

    Nathaniel Talbot (Album Release)


    TICKETS: $12 adv / $15 door 

    all ages, seated

    11/3-14: #Abbey10



    Location-FremontAbbey(4272 Fremont Avenue North)

    Abbey Arts Ten Year Anniversary (10 Events, 10 Days)


    Celebrating a decade of arts & culture for all ages & incomes. Join in the fun and support Seattle’s creative community as we empower the next 10 years of Abbey Arts programs and events.

    *11/3:  Launch Party @ Evo Fremont
    – live bands, local beer, arts fun, more!   RSVP

    11/4: Art Making Party @ Fremont Abbey

    *11/5: The Moth StorySLAM @ Fremont Abbey

      11/6:  Family Event & Ballard Fiddlers Concert @ Ballard Homestead

    *11/7:  OneBeat Music Event @ St Mark’s Cathedral

    *11/10: The Round @ Fremont Abbey

    11/11:  Volunteer Party @ TBD

    *11/12: Fancy Fundraising Dinner @ Hilliards Taproom Backroom 

    11/13:  Decorating Party @ Fremont Abbey


    *11/14: Tenth Anniversary Event – The Big Party @ Fremont Abbey 

    – All funds go to support Abbey Arts programs for people of all ages & incomes

    - Event Co-chairs: Erin O’Malley, Helen Nesbitt, Lori Austin

    – Special short sets by renowned Seattle musicians in the Great Hall

    – Food, drink, art making, games, photo booth and celebrating in the Gallery

    – Art raffle

    $10-50 suggested donation


    All events are all ages  |  *indicates Bar w/ ID  |  FACEBOOK EVENT

    11/10: The Round (#126)

     The Round @ Fremont Abbey

    Three bands/musicians perform and collaborate alongside visual artists and a slam poet


     Bar proceeds to Literacy Source

     $10+ tickets


    8/22: Ben Chasny

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    8-22 Alicia Amiri


    8/22 Six Organs of Admittance (Ben Chasny’s first acoustic solo show since 2005!)

    with Alicia Amiri: https://aliciaamiri.bandcamp.com/

    and Valley Maker (solo): http://www.valleymaker.com/  

    Influenced by the Fahey school of guitar picking, his [Chasny] musical style varies from everything from “new folk” to “psychedelic drone” and everything in between, often incorporating chimes and eclectic percussion. His latest album is quite loud and was informed by a compositional system he created  to spur creativity, which was informed heavily by Gaston Bachelard and Jeu de Marseille.  While very different, the most well-known parallel system is probably Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies.

    This performance is a unique solo acoustic show.​    

    TICKETS  $12 advance, $15 door  |  FACEBOOK RSVP

    8/21: SAM Remix

    SAM Remix – Aug 2015 OSP

    @ SAM’s Olympic Sculpture Park 

    “The #SAMRemix returns and we celebrate summer at the Olympic Sculpture Park among Sam Vernon’s site-specific installation, How Ghosts Sleep (Seattle): Hive and SAM’s Olympic Sculpture Park collection, during a special evening of performances, tours, dancing and more at this late-night creative explosion.”

    {Special Event} Abbey Arts is a co-host sponsoring this fun arts & culture event along with other local nonprofits. Presented by SAM.

    Friday, Aug 21.  18+ event.


    8/21: Byrne & Kelly – SOLD OUT

    8-21 B&k


    (6541 Jones Ave NW)

    8/21 Byrne & Kelly (Celtic Thunder) Acoustic By Candlelight @ Ballard Homestead, all ages, seated

    “What began as Celtic Thunder’s Neil Byrne and Ryan Kelly performing a series of shows together called ‘Acoustic By Candlelight’ a few years ago has turned into what is now known as Byrne and Kelly.  Driven by vocal harmonies, the duo seamlessly dives into combining genres like traditional Irish and Americana to create a fresh, folk sound.    In 2013 Byrne and Kelly was awarded ‘Best Duo in a Concert, Pub or Festival’ and ‘Best New Album’ for Acoustically Irish by the Irish Music Association.  In addition, Acoustically Irish took the Billboard #1 position, World Album #1 on iTunes in the United States, Australia and Canada, Amazon World Album #1 and cdbaby Global Chart #1.”

    VIP Doors 6:15  | General Doors 7 pm |  Show 7:30 pm
    TICKETS: $55 VIP Advance, $35 Advance, $40 Door  |  FACEBOOK RSVP

    8/20: Social Event

    8-20-Not-CreepyPromo TICKETS: $8 early discount / $12 at the door.

    “The Not-Creepy Gathering for People Who Are Single and Want to Fall In Love.”

    This event is created and hosted by Jenna Bean Veatch, a performing artist whose last show, 50 HEARTBREAKS (AND I’M STILL IN LOVE WITH YOUkraine) played last year in Seattle, New Orleans, and Bellingham.  She is currently at work on a new show, YOU ARE NOT ALONE, premiering next year in San Francisco. 21+ event, bar w/ ID.  All bar profits go to support Sixth Day Dance, supporting movement education for people with disabilities.

    More INFO & Facebook RSVP

    TICKETS  $8 early / $12 door

    8/11: The Round (#123)


    The Voice - Season 8

    8-11 Round 123 Haley Johnsen


    Location-FremontAbbey(4272 Fremont Avenue North)

    The Round (#123) – Gabriel Wolfchild (as seen on The Voice), Olivia De La Cruz, Haley Johnsen with Slam Poet Steven Wilbur & live painter Teresa Grasseschi

    TICKETS:  Early $7, Advance $8, Door $10  |  FACEBOOK RSVP

    8/6: Fremont Yelp Showcase

    Found in Fremont {Special Event}


    “Seattle’s top “Yelpers” converge at the Fremont Foundry to experience the best of what our neighborhood businesses and organizations have to offer! This 21+ event is full of local favorites and new discoveries.”

    Thanks to Yelp for including Abbey Arts in the showcase!  Arts activities inside + live musical performances throughout the evening on the roof top deck.   Info

    7/22: Daniel Blue (Motopony)


    Location-BallardHomestead(6541 Jones Ave NW)

    Daniel Blue (Motopony), Lizzie Weber.

    Doors 7pm | Show 8pm  
    TICKETS: $12 Advance, $15 Door | FACEBOOK RSVP

    7/21: SAM LEE (UK)

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    Location-FremontAbbey(4272 Fremont Avenue North)

    SAM LEE (UK) – first Seattle performance by this Mercury prize nominee.

    w/ Brenda Xu

    Lee is a 21st-century artist, collecting new versions of old songs on his iPhone and laptop, but his repertoire is steeped in the reek and smoke of folk history and lore, its tales of love, parting, exile and murder bound by a sympathetic magic still resonant today, parting the veil on vivid scenes from our islands’ deep history.

    Awarded the 2011 Arts Foundation prize and nominated for the 2012 Mercury Award for his debut album, ‘Ground Of Its Own’, he has taken his music worldwide to more than 20 countries, appeared in Peaky Blinders on TV, and joined The Unthanks to commemorate the Great War at the Barbican in London. Lee reached an even larger audience with his performance of ‘The Tan Yard Side’ to the accompaniment only of a nightingale on Radio 4 on 19 May 2014. This remarkable recording marked the 90th anniversary of the first-ever outside broadcast of ‘Singing with the Nightingales’ by cellist Beatrice Harrison on 19 May 1924.

    “The rising star of traditional English folksong”The Daily Telegraph

    “One of the most promising folk singers to emerge from the London scene this decade” - The Independent

    “An extremely natural and charismatic performer. His modern, often trancelike arrangements of traditionals never fail to still a room.”  – Timeout

    Brenda Xu Promo Shots

    Doors 7pm | Show 8pm
    TICKETS: $10 Early, $12 Advance, $15 Door | FACEBOOK RSVP


    7/17: The Moth StorySLAM

    11-21-the-moth-horizLocation-BloedelHall(1245 10th Ave East)

    Tickets & Info

    8pm storytelling event, 7pm doors, waiting list goes up at 6:30pm for 8pm entry based on space available.

    All ages, bar w/ ID, mostly seated.  All bar profits go to support local nonprofits.

    Thanks to our local sponsors – Hilliards Beer and Two Beers Brewery;  Seattle Cider and Schilling Cider; Washington wine from Wilridge Winery, a rotating cocktail from Sound Spirits Distillery, and Jones Soda.



    7/16: Bleachbear, COHO

    7-16 Bleachbear


    Downtown Seattle – City Hall Plaza.

    Bleachbear, COHO @ Out To Lunch Concert
    Up & coming young bands perform for your lunch break.  

    12:00 – 1:30 | FREE

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    Location-FremontAbbey(4272 Fremont Avenue North)


    Vera Presents: ELENI MANDELL, Courtney Marie Andrews, Sophia Duccini (Swander) @ Fremont Abbey,
    Doors 7:30 pm  |  Show 8pm
    TICKETS: $8 Advance, $10 Door | FACEBOOK RSVP

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    7/14: The Round (122)



    The Round (122): Musicians Naomi Wachira, Jason Dodson (The Maldives), & Scarlet Parke share the stage with slam poet Jessica Lohafer (Bellingham) and live painters Brent Holland & Jess Smith.

     Doors 7pm | Show 8pm
    TICKETS: $7 Early, $10 Door Facebook RSVP


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    7/9 Breaking Free

    7-9 Breaking Free

    Breaking Free Performance by Emerging Teen Artists

    Across the River Arts in partnership with Interagency Academy, the Fremont Abbey Arts Center, and Seattle Art Museum presents emerging teen artists exploring the theme of Breaking Free. This one night showcase is curated by members of the Expressive ArtsClass at the University District Youth Center.  Breaking Free features a wide variety of original works by innovative local teen performers ready to extend their reach. Spoken word artists, musicians, and every style in between will make up this special show, giving the community an opportunity to meet these talented individuals and experience their captivating work.

    More info: http://www.acrosstheriverarts.org/current-shows/

    Doors 7 pm | Show 7:30-9:30 pm


    S P O N S O R E D    B Y


    7/8: Sarah Kay

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    Location-FremontAbbey(4272 Fremont Avenue North)

    Sarah Kay – Spoken word poet from NYC (TED Talk with 8.1+ million views)
    with guest Karen Finneyfrock

    Benefit for Nepal

    *SOLD OUT*
    Waiting List

    “A day with Sarah Kay reminded me of poetry’s power to help us make sense of our lives, to see the world in a new way.”Deb Martin, Rowan University

    “Finneyfrock’s work strikes the perfect tonal balance of humor, devastation, and real storytelling – never just using metaphor for metaphor’s sake.” – BUST Magazine

    Doors 7pm  |  Show 8pm , All ages, bar w/ ID


    7/3: Colm Keegan

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    Location-FremontAbbey(4272 Fremont Avenue North)


    Colm Keegan (of Celtic Thunder) w/ Laura Durrant
    Bar w/ ID

    6pm (Meet & Greet) | 8pm (General) | TICKETS: $25 General | $45 Meet & Greet  


    6/23: Jolie Holland


    Location-FremontAbbey(4272 Fremont Avenue North)

    Jolie Holland with Erik Walters (Silver Torches), Susie Philipsen (Yves)

    Doors 7pm | Show 8pm  | General Admission $15 | Doors $20 


    All ages, bar w/ ID, mostly seated.  All bar profits go to support local nonprofits.

    Thanks to our local sponsors – Hilliards Beer and Two Beers Brewery;  Seattle Cider and Schilling Cider; Washington wine from Wilridge Winery, a rotating cocktail from Sound Spirits Distillery, and Jones Soda.