• FREMONT ABBEY

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


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    Seattle, WA 98103


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     MAY | JUNE | JULY | PastAbout |  All shows 8pm at Fremont Abbey unless noted.

    5/5: Free PR Workshop

    NEXT STAGE – SUMMER WORKSHOP SERIES

    FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – ALL AGES 

    SUBJECT: Public Relations/Marketing training for Emerging Artists

    WHEN: May 5th 2016, 6-8p

    WHERE: Fremont Abbey, Great Hall

    WHO: PR Wizard, Barbara Mitchell

    Abbey Arts’ young artist program, NEXT STAGE is currently accepting applications (closing July 15th) from artists ages 18-24 for our Fall 2016 session.

    During our open application period we are hosting a monthly workshop series to provide some free business learning opportunities for young artists and introduce attendees to our program. These workshops are free and open to the public. Topics will include, PR training and marketing, grant writing, creative development and more. For further details and application information visit: http://fremontabbey.org/next/

    “Armed only with a Sharpie and a sharp wit, Barbara Mitchell has survived more than 24 years (and even more job titles) in the ever-shifting sands of the music business.  It’s a journey that started in the publicity department of venerable indie labels (Slash, Triple X) in LA and quickly led to a career-expanding move to Seattle that incorporated independent PR for clients like Death Cab for Cutie and Rickie Lee Jones, the resuscitation and management of The Posies, and the creation of a short-lived label/launching pad for Mudhoney guitarist Steve Turner’s incarnation as a skate-folk troubadour.  A brief foray into Portland provided four years’ worth of experience as a music writer, the opportunity to live part-time in Melbourne, and a renewed love affair with the Emerald City.  She has overseen public relations and special opportunities for One Reel/Bumbershoot and is currently operating as an independent agent aiding in strategic PR and management projects.”

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    5/5: The Moth StorySLAM

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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 @ 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 about a week in advance through The Moth email system (sign up and select Seattle) and they do sell out fast.

    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 only 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; local cider from Seattle Cider and Schilling Cider; Washington wine from Wilridge Winery, a rotating cocktail from Sound Spirits Distillery. This is a fundraiser event for Greening the Abbey project, managed by the building owners, Church of the Apostles. So that means a lower carbon footprint and helps Fremont Abbey be more sustainable and lower in cost for all of its users.

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    5/7: Joan Shelley

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    Location-BallardHomestead6541 Jones Ave NW


    Joan Shelley, with very special guest Michael Hurley

    TICKETS  |  FACEBOOK
    7p doors, 7:30 show. All ages, seated

    “One of the most beautiful releases of the year” – NPR music review by Will Hermes

    “Liquid arrangements drift beneath melodies, pulling them into darkened corners. With sublime phrasing and images” – LA Times

    As technology rules the sound of the day, it’s good to be reminded how powerfully a single voice can transmit deep emotion. Joan Shelley made one of the most beautiful records of the year with just her voice and two guitars. Over and Even has roots in British folk, the sort made popular by artists like Sandy Denny and Fairport Convention in the late ’60s and early ’70s — another time when the dominant music was filled with electricity and texture. The intertwined melodies Shelley and her guitar partner Nathan Salsburg (who’s had his own Tiny Desk Concert) produce are refreshing breaths of Kentucky air in a world of compressed drums and overly processed vocals. This one is near and dear to my heart.” -NPR

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    5/8: Open Space

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    5/08 Open Space Edition 6

    8:30-9:00pm. FREE. Contemplative music by different local musicians each month. Bring cushions/pillows/blankets and lay down anywhere around the Great Hall.  Some cushions & yoga mats provided.  Doors open at 8:00.  No talking and please turn all mobile devices to airplane mode when entering.  

    This month’s iteration of Openspace will feature pianist Aaron Wittrock

    5/10: The Round 132

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    Location-BallardHomestead

    6541 Jones Ave NW, Seattle

    5/10 The Round (132)
    S (Jenn Champion)
    SISTERS (Andrew Vait, Emily Westman)
    Porter Ray (Sub Pop)
    share the stage with spoken word poet & live painters

    TICKETS |  FACEBOOK

    All ages, seated show. Bring dinner over from neighboring restaurants like Olafs (21+) and play some corn toss and other games before the show. We’ll have the side yard open if weather permits or check out foosball, corn toss and other games downstairs in the living room.

     

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    5/10: Julianna Barwick

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    w/special guest Mas Ysa

    TICKETS  |  FACEBOOK
    All ages, Mostly Seated, Bar w/ID

    Julianna Barwick is an American musician who was born in Louisiana and raised in Missouri. She currently lives in Brooklyn. Her music is built around multiple loops and layers of her voice.

    She released her first two collections of songs, the full-length Sanguine and the EP Florine, in 2009 and 2010, respectively, before issuing her Asthmatic Kitty debut, The Magic Place, in 2011. Her newest album, Nepenthe, was released via Dead Oceans on August 20, 2013.

     

    About Mas Ysa:   https://www.facebook.com/MasYsa

    http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/20766-seraph/

     

    SUPPORT:  Have a drink for charity! We serve local beer from Two Beers; local cider from Seattle Cider and Schilling Cider; Washington wine from Wilridge Winery, a rotating cocktail from Sound Spirits Distillery. This is a fundraiser 6th Day Dance, a nonprofit dedicated to bridging the gap between dancers and those with mental or physical disabilities. 

    5/12: Rob & Trey (Bluegrass)

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    5/12 Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley
    grammy-nominated bluegrass duo live at Fremont Abbey
    w/guest Anna Tivel

    “Rob Ickes has been playing bluegrass with his much-decorated band Blue Highway for over twenty years, during which time he has been adjudged Bluegrass Dobro Player Of the year fifteen times.”

    “Trey Hensley is bursting at the seams with freshness and musical excitement. His resonant baritone voice is rich, expressive, and equally at ease with classic bluegrass, traditional country, and original compositions.”

    All ages, mostly seated

    TICKETS $10-12  |  FACEBOOK

     

     

    ABOUT ANNA TIVEL:
    Portland songwriter Anna Tivel is a favorite over at Hearth. Shes a deft, clever songwriter with a knack for observing the small, subtle beauties of our lives.
    – Kithfolk

    Raw yet superbly composed and executed, as well as intelligent and personal and deeply expressive in their experience, observation and storytelling, the fifteen tracks on Before Machines dont just serve as an absorbing and utterly worthwhile listen but as indisputable evidence that the folk scene is in good hands with both its longtime artists and newcomers alike.
    – No Depression

    To be sure, these are organic songs that freely reveal the poetry of the mind, heart and soul, the sharp imagery of the world translated into sound, and both the simple and complex things represented sentimentally and at length.
    – Examiner

    Anna Tivels voice is haunting, exhibiting the timbre of a precocious child, whispering to a teddy bear underneath the covers.
    – The Bluegrass Situation

    Anna Tivel brings a raft of beautiful songs with brine-soaked images of Pacific Northwest tidepools, oceans, and the birds that wheel above them in the gray skies.
    – Devon Leger, No Depression

    Annas strength is that of a lyricist. Her songs are filled with lines that intrigue and haunt.
    – David Steinberg

    5/14: Lily and Madeleine

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    Location-BallardHomestead6541 Jones Ave NW, Seattle

    with Shannon Hayden, plus Brenda Xu.
    All ages, seated, 7p doors, 7:30p show

    TICKETS  |  FACEBOOK

    Listen to Lily & Madeleine for free on NPR All Songs Considered

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XxFbJcswQk

    About Lily & Madeleine: “Listeners are free to wander within the open spaces of these songs, their imaginations expanding to enrich the music with deep personal associations that make the songs evolve with each successive hearing. They become part of your life.”

    “These songs are an expression of youth as all Romantic poetry knows it to be: a repository of yearning and wisdom that will eventually have to do battle with the world in order to retain its luster.”

    Fumes, the duo’s second LP, released October 28, 2014, is a leap forward for the duo, a mature sentiment of two gifted young artists who have launched from their hometown onto the world stage with speed and grace.

     

    5-14 Shannon Hayden
    Shannon Hayden’s third album “You See The World” to be released in 2015, walks a thin line between avant experimental and more accessible themes. Her sound has been described as an emotionally charged journey through surreal, sonic landscapes. She performs her own compositions around the world while also providing multi-instrumental work for the Asthmatic Kitty Records artist Lily and Madeleine.

    5/17: Grants w/ Artist Trust

    NEXT STAGE – SUMMER WORKSHOP SERIES

    FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – ALL AGES 

    SUBJECT: Grant Writing/Art Funding opportunities/Artist Trust GAP grants

    WHEN: May 17th 2016, 6-8p

    WHERE: Fremont Abbey

    WHO: Owen David of Artist Trust

    Abbey Arts’ young artist program, NEXT STAGE is currently accepting applications (deadline July 15th) from artists ages 18-24 for our Fall 2016 session.

    During our open application period we are hosting a monthly workshop series to provide some free business learning opportunities for young artists and introduce attendees to our program. These workshops are free and open to the public. Topics will include, PR training and marketing, grant writing, creative development and more. For further details and application information visit: http://fremontabbey.org/next/

    “Owen David is a dancer and choreographer with arts management experience spanning government, higher education, and social sector organizations. He administers Grants for Artists programs at Artist Trust, and is thrilled to be advocating for artists while working to make arts funding more transparent, accessible, and equitable. Owen comes to this role after a brief stint in fundraising, bringing along high-level grant management experience from a past life as a Budget Analyst overseeing capital funding for the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. He has taught dance technique, composition, and criticism in university settings, and his first gig out of college was for an organization providing underserved youth with after-school programs in arts and entrepreneurship. He moved to Seattle in 2014 after completing graduate studies at Ohio State, where he received an M.F.A. in Dance & New Media, and holds an undergraduate degree in Political Economy from Brown.”

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    5/17: Open Arts Mic

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    FREE | 3rd Tuesdays |  7:30 signups, 8:00 start |  All ages, PG13, mostly seated |  All performance art forms welcome.  Music, poetry, dance, more.  Unplugged, no PA, in the Abbey Great Hall.  Original music & art only please, no covers unless in the public domain. See Facebook Group for info.

    This Open Arts Mic is here to help develop an artful community and increase quality of performance here in Seattle.  Please come expecting a supportive audience and a quiet respectful experience. No rock star attitudes allowed.

    Hosted by Cooper Stoulil.

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    5/19: Maldives, Lowest Pair

     

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    5/19 The Maldives Acoustic
    with The Lowest Pair

    All ages, mostly seated, Bar w/ID

    TICKETS  |  FACEBOOK

    The Maldives

    “It’s a love letter to classic American songwriting, a wonder of well-nourished craftsmanship. That title: poetry. As evocative a phrase as any you’ll hear this year.” – City Arts Magazine

    “More important, the songs on their third album are their sharpest batch to date, ranging from Thin Lizzy – influenced rockers to desolate, country-steeped ballads.” – KEXP 90.3 // Seattle

    “Catchy choruses and classic rock and roll guitars will never be out of style, and in turn, neither will Muscle For The Wing.” –Aquarian Weekly (NJ)

    “Muscle For The Wing rocks with dueling electric guitars, arrests with sweeping ballads and engulfs with full harmonies – al while maintaining the band’s more crucial elements, Dodson’s intoxicating songwriting and incomparable heart.” – Portland Willamette Week

    “Several of the songs are simply breathtaking…a contender likely to compete for album of the year.” – Blurt-online.com

     

    The Lowest Pair

    Americana group from Olympia/Minneapolis. A Double Banjo duo featuring Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee.

    “With their bare-bones instrumentation and country-inspired, heartstring-tugging narratives, The Lowest Pair might be one of the best under-the-radar Americana duos today.”
    -Hillary Saunders from PASTE Magazine

    SUPPORT:  Have a drink for charity! We serve local beer from Two Beers; local cider from Seattle Cider and Schilling Cider; Washington wine from Wilridge Winery, a rotating cocktail from Sound Spirits Distillery. This is a fundraiser for Literacy Source, building a literate community and promoting self-sufficiency by providing learner-centered instruction to adults in English literacy and basic life skills.

    5/20: Kathleen Murray

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    Kathleen Murray Album Release
    with The Native Sibling,
    and David Wimbish of The Collection.

    All ages, mostly seated, Bar w/ID

    TICKETS  |  FACEBOOK

    Kathleen Murray has been writing songs for over a decade. Her approach has evolved but remains true to its roots, as a form of process. Inspired by the farmlands and forest surrounding Santa Cruz, California where she grew up, her words summon memories of childhood naivete and simple truths.

    “A charming coming-of-age folk record, Woodland Voices invites listeners into a journey of self-discovery. Throughout the record, Murray is unflinchingly honest with herself and others.” – Good Times, Santa Cruz

    “With a unique and personal twist on folk songwriting and a luscious vocal-heavy approach, Kathleen’s style is truly emerging.” – Andy Zenczak, Gadgetbox Studios

    SUPPORT:  Have a drink for charity! We serve local beer from Two Beers; local cider from Seattle Cider and Schilling Cider; Washington wine from Wilridge Winery, a rotating cocktail from Sound Spirits Distillery. This is a fundraiser for Artist Life Guild, a non support professional counseling services for artists. 

     

    5/20: The Moth

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    Tickets & Info via The Moth
     8pm storytelling event, 7pm doors, waiting list goes up at 6:30pm for 8pm entry based on space available. Event normally 3rd Fridays @ St Mark’s, 1st Thursdays @ Fremont Abbey.  All ages, bar w/ ID, mostly seated.

    SUPPORT: We serve local beer from Hilliards; local cider from Seattle Cider and Schilling Cider; Washington wine from Wilridge Winery, a rotating cocktail from Sound Spirits Distillery. This is a fundraiser event for Abbey Arts, a nonprofit dedicated to presenting creative events for all ages and incomes in unique spaces around Seattle. 

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    5/21: The Ruth Moody Band

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    5/21 The Ruth Moody Band (of the Wailin’ Jennys) w/ Eli West

    All ages, mostly seated, Bar w/ID

    TICKETS  |  FACEBOOK

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    Ruth Moody is an Australian-born, two-time Juno Award winning singer-songwriter from Winnipeg, Canada. Founding and current member of the internationally renowned, Billboard-charting trio The Wailin’ Jennys, she has performed in sold-out venues around the world, made numerous critically-acclaimed albums, and has appeared more than a dozen times on the popular American radio show A Prairie Home Companion.

    The Ruth Moody Band is Adrian Dolan on fiddle, mandolin, viola, mandola and vocals; Adam Dobres on guitars, ukulele and vocals; and Sam Howard on upright bass and vocals.

    “Moody’s voice is clear and deceptively wistful, capable of conveying powerful and dark emotions”.   – The Telegraph

    “Moody possesses a fine clear voice, one that can swoop from a tremulous whisper to a full-throated holler and back again, and it has a smoothness and sweetness that is rare.” – Pop Matters

    SUPPORT:  Have a drink for charity! We serve local beer from Two Beers; local cider from Seattle Cider and Schilling Cider; Washington wine from Wilridge Winery, a rotating cocktail from Sound Spirits Distillery. This is a fundraiser for 6th Day Dance, a nonprofit dedicated to bridging the gap between dancers and those with mental or physical disabilities. 

    JUNE, 2016

    6/4: CATHEDRALS XII

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    Location-StMarks1245 10th Ave E

    6/4* CATHEDRALS XII + Giant Sound Bath

    Indie bands simplified down to only their voices perform in the colossal unadorned St Mark’s Cathedral. Audience sits all around the space on blankets, yoga mats, benches, chairs.

    Singers this year include: Adra Boo (Fly Moon Royalty), Maiah Manser, The Banner Days (Bradford Loomis & Beth Whitney),  Kelli Schaefer (Portland), Hope Simpson (Ever So Android), Nouela Johnston, Phinisey (Tacoma) and special guests.

    All performing short sets with no instruments.  All ages, open seating, bar w/ ID (bar profits to charity – Greening the Abbey campaign sponsored by Church of the Apostles).

    Enjoy the sunset filtering through the amazing windows at St Mark’s Cathedral while listening to some of Seattle’s most powerful voices.

    New this year: Concert will run approximately 8-9:30 followed by a separately ticketed “Giant Sound Bath” experience led by Daniella White at 9:45-11pm and featuring vocals by Daniel Blue (motopony).  See Facebook Event for more info. Bring yoga mats or blankets to lie down all around the space.  9:30p

    TICKETS  |  FACEBOOK

    $10 student advance, $12 general advance, $15 door (all)
    $20 for the sound bath only or $25 for both

    SUPPORT:  Have a drink for charity! We serve local cider from Seattle Cider and Washington wine from Wilridge Winery. This is a fundraiser event for Greening the Abbey project, managed by the building owners, Church of the Apostles. Help lower our carbon footprint and empower Fremont Abbey to be a more sustainable lower cost community center for all.

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    6/9 Fiddle Showcase

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    6541 Jones Ave NW, Seattle


    6/9 Fiddle Showcase, featuring Ballard Fiddlers w/ Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons
    6:30-8:30p, Square Dance Begins 7:30p, All Ages

     

    TICKETS on sale soon
    $6 student, $7 advance, $10 Door

    6/14 The Round 133

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    Ayron Jones,
    Whitney Lyman
    Lizzie Weber
    share the stage with youth slam poet Rowan
    & live painter Wolff Bowden.

    PG13, mostly seated, bar w/ID

    TICKETS on sale soon  |

    Artist Meal Provided by            ROUND 133 SPONSORED by

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    SUPPORT:  Have a drink for charity! We serve local beer from Two Beers; local cider from Seattle Cider and Schilling Cider; Washington wine from Wilridge Winery, a rotating cocktail from Sound Spirits Distillery. This is a fundraiser event for Artist Life Guild, a non support professional counseling services for artists..

    6/18-19: Fremont Fair

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    FREE Arts Activities for All Ages

    Saturday & Sunday

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    6/24 Kye Alfred Hillig

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    6/24 Kye Alfred Hillig
    7p doors, 8p show. All ages, mostly seated

    TICKETS on sale soon

     

    July 2016

    PAST SHOWS:

    4/28: Kris Delmhorst

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    4/28 Kris Delmhorst w/ Katie Kuffel
    All ages, mostly seated, 7p doors, 8p show

    TICKETS  |  FACEBOOK

    “moody, euphoric, and transcendent” -LA Times

    “bold and brilliant” -Boston Globe

    “Delmhorst has become a favorite among music fans who like to be challenged as well as entertained.” – Music Box Online

    “a work of lo-fi beauty… evidence of an artist taking flight” -Boston Herald

    “As seamless and brave as it is brilliantly creative” -Irish Times

    “a gorgeous, tender, evocative voice and a textured and varied musical palette” -Amazon

    “warm and immediately accessible” … “a voice that breathes through the speakers” -All Music

    “This is what Delmhorst captures better than any songwriter in the game: the duality of emotion, how we are never just one thing in any given moment. The beauty and comfort in despondency, the inherent fear in joy, the unspoken hesitation in acts or proclamations of confidence—Kris Delmhorst’s songs manage to cover that difficult terrain” – The Buzz

    More: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-F3sBc9jBg

    4/23: LeRoy Bell

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    4/23 An evening with LeRoy Bell

    w/ guest Laney Jones and the Spirits

    TICKETS $18  |  FACEBOOK
    All ages, mostly seated, bar w/ ID

    “LeRoy Bell is an American singer and songwriter. He and his friend Casey James played in Special Blend, and then went on to form their own duo Bell and James, also composing songs that were hits for other artists most notably two charting hit singles for Elton John. Later Bell became a member of the trio Only Friends.

    In 2011, Bell applied for the American The X Factor and was chosen for the Final 16 and went on to the live shows being mentored by Nicole Scherzinger. He was eliminated after the fifth live show finishing 8th overall in the inaugural season of the American The X Factor.

     

     

    Laney Jones and the Spirits

    “Laney Jones and the Spirits are certainly a band to watch.” — LA Record

    “Right from the beginning, nothing is typical…. ‘Firewalk’ with its goose-honking saxophones and drunken melodic line … is definitely the instrumental highlight and places Jones in the lineage of gothic experimenters like [Tom] Waits.” — Paste Magazine

    “… a thing that brims with as much sweet innocence as it does rich craft.”

     

    SUPPORT:  Have a drink for charity! We serve local beer from Two Beers; local cider from Seattle Cider and Schilling Cider; Washington wine from Wilridge Winery, a rotating cocktail from Sound Spirits Distillery. This is a fundraiser for Artist Life Guild, a non support professional counseling services for artists

    4/22: Wesley Stace

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    Location-BallardHomestead6541 Jones Ave NW, Seattle

    4/22 Wesley Stace (John Wesley Harding)

    Qazi (Rabia Qazi of Rose Windows)
    7p doors, 7:30 show, all ages, seated.

    TICKETS  |  FACEBOOK

    “The sameness also extends the music, which is, almost to a fault, understated acoustic folk-pop, accented with mournful strings.” – Pop matters

    “Stace’s eye for sharp detail and emotional intelligence help soften the edges of life’s inevitabilities that he’s singing about” – Pop Matters

    “Hugely appealing” ★ ★ ★ ★ —Q

    “Excellent”—The New Yorker

    One of Magnet‘s Top 25 Albums of 2013

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    4/15: Laura Gibson

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    4/15 Laura Gibson, Chris Staples

    TICKETS   |  FACEBOOK

    “When Bob Boilen introduced Laura Gibson at the recording of the first-ever Tiny Desk Concert, he said, ‘This might be the start of something, it might not be.’ New beginnings can usher in new waves of creativity and — as the Tiny Desks have done for us — Laura Gibson’s move to New York City in 2014 has been a powerful rejuvenation for her. Since then, her apartment and possessions were destroyed, she was thousands of miles from home, yet she not only stood resilient but channeled those feelings into a big, bold, electric sound on Empire Builder.”  – NPR All Songs Considered | Free listen

    Empire Builder is out April 1 on Barsuk Records.  

    Oregon singer/songwriter LAURA GIBSON is a remarkable lyricist with an unforgettable voice, writing about timeless questions of the human condition.  In past she has collaborated with Calexico, The Dodos and Colin Meloy (of The Decemberists), and her new album, Empire Builder will be out April 1 on Barsuk Records.   

     

    The sound of a confident artist stretching her own limits, without losing sight of the warmth, richness, subtlety and haunted beauty that made her worth celebrating in the first place.” NPR / National Public Radio 

     As a songwriter she’s preoccupied with those timeless questions of the human condition…Themes of love, loss, regret, and mortality crop up often, and, significantly, they’re well-served by the surrounding songcraft.”  Pitchfork 

    SUPPORT:  Have a drink for charity! We serve local beer from Two Beers; local cider from Seattle Cider and Schilling Cider; Washington wine from Wilridge Winery, a rotating cocktail from Sound Spirits Distillery. This is a fundraiser event for Literacy Source, building a literate community and promoting self-sufficiency by providing learner-centered instruction to adults in English literacy and basic life skills.

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    4/14-16: Playlist Seattle

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    Location-BallardHomestead6541 Jones Ave NW, Seattle

    Playlist Seattle IV – Women Who Rock, Directed by Kelly McMahon

    Thursday, April 14 at 7:30pm w/ special performance by Jamie Nova Sky
    Friday, April 15 at 7:30pm w/ special performance by Whitney Mongé
    Saturday, April 16 at 7:30pm w/ special performance by Amanda Hardy
      $15 each, $30 for the 3 event series (save $15!)
    $10 student/seniors/nonprofit workers

    4/12: The Round (131)

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    Kevin Murphy (The Moondoggies)
    Sadie Ava (Sundries / A String of Pearls)
    Lonely Mountain Lovers
    share the stage with spoken word poet Wolff Bowden
    & live painters Jess Smith & Emilee Morehouse.
    Music for Round 131 curated by  Steven Graham.

    TICKETS $8-10  |  FACEBOOK

    Artist Meal Provided by            ROUND 131 SPONSORED by

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    SUPPORT:  Have a drink for charity! We serve local beer from Two Beers; local cider from Seattle Cider and Schilling Cider; Washington wine from Wilridge Winery, a rotating cocktail from Sound Spirits Distillery. This is a fundraiser event for Literacy Source, building a literate community and promoting self-sufficiency by providing learner-centered instruction to adults in English literacy and basic life skills.

    4/2: The Banner Days, more

    Location-FremontAbbeyA Night of Strings with The Banner Days, Courtney Marie Andrews, and Nick Foster

    A magical night of storytelling and song paired with the delicate vibrancy of a string quartet. All three acts will take turns showcasing their songs in a new light.

    The Banner Days – www.thebannerdays.com  “Artists, Bradford Loomis and Beth Whitney, are as different as mountain and sea, but somewhere between Beth’s delicate, pure, and melodious voice and Bradford’s soulful, growling tone there is a heart swelling crash of harmonious blend that is The Banner Days.”

    Courtney Marie Andrews – www.courtneymarieandrews.com “Courtney sings with feeling, from somewhere deep within.  Some might call her roots country, but really she’s just full of the sounds of America. A bit Appalachian, a bit Rocky Mountain, and a bit of her own thing, Courtney Marie Andrews has the rambler’s range and the troubadour’s sincerity.”

    Nick Foster – www.nickfosterseattle.com “Nick Foster makes use of a compelling folk and country songwriting style. The lyrically driven songs are centered in a sincere and earnest tone and punctuated by an unyielding honesty.”

    All ages, mostly seated, bar with ID

    TICKETS $12 | FACEBOOK

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    SUPPORT:  Have a drink for charity! We serve local beer from Two Beers; local cider from Seattle Cider and Schilling Cider; Washington wine from Wilridge Winery, a rotating cocktail from Sound Spirits Distillery. This is a fundraiser for 6th Day Dance, a nonprofit dedicated to bridging the gap between dancers and those with mental or physical disabilities.

    4/1: Rabbit Wilde

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    4/1 Rabbit Wilde, with Spare Rib & Bluegrass Sauce 

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    “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

    If you like dancing, forest landscapes, adventures, Colorado, the PNW, harmonious vocals, love stories, early mornings, late nights, local produce, or strong coffee, you will love Rabbit Wilde…This is art and entertainment in a beautiful form.  The entire album is just flawless and I want everyone to enjoy it.
    Ear To The Ground Music, Album Review by Kate Bee

    “Folk-stomp Americana for fans of bands like The Lumineers and Mumford & Sons” Band of The Day

     

     

    SUPPORT:  Have a drink for charity! We serve local beer from Two Beers; local cider from Seattle Cider and Schilling Cider; Washington wine from Wilridge Winery, a rotating cocktail from Sound Spirits Distillery. This is a fundraiser for Artist Life Guild, a non support professional counseling services for artists

    3/30: Birds of Chicago

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    Birds of Chicago (full band), with guest Raina Rose (Portland)

    “…[Birds of Chicago] performances often feel playful, from the hearty rapport of their harmonizing to Russell’s capricious sculpting of enunciation, phrasing and tone. They show us a way to fully live with the awareness that nothing’s forever and everything’s at stake.”NPR First Listen

    Birds of Chicago was born in 2012 when JT Nero began writing for his vocal star-muse, Allison Russell. Both were accomplished singer/songwriters with projects of their own, Nero with JT and the Clouds and Russell with the acclaimed Canadian roots outfit Po’ Girl, but together there was an unmistakable chemistry. 

    Music this raw and soul-rich demands to be experienced live, and Birds of Chicago have developed a fervent following, touring 200 nights a year since their formation in late 2012.  For these Birds, singing for a room full of new people, hearts wide open, keeps off the cold and chases off the shadows. 2016 will find the band in constant motion – from sea to sea and beyond.

    SUPPORT:  Have a drink for charity! We serve local beer from Two Beers; local cider from Seattle Cider and Schilling Cider; Washington wine from Wilridge Winery, a rotating cocktail from Sound Spirits Distillery. This is a fundraiser for 6th Day Dance, a nonprofit dedicated to bridging the gap between dancers and those with mental or physical disabilities.

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    3/19: Soundbath Event

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    3/19 Sound Bath Event with Daniel Blue, Luke Will, Daniella White

    TICKETS:  $20 advance, $25 door  |  FACEBOOK

    Capacity is limited for this event.  Bring your own yoga mat if possible, we will have a limited number of mats & cushions available. Tea will be available for donation. All ages, very quiet event. No cameras or phones please. 

    From the artists: “Come try a brand new chill-out music experience. Have a cup of steaming herbal tea goodness, bring your yoga mat, lay down or lean on a pillow and let yourself be taken away on a healing journey with songs by Lucas Williams and Daniel Blue specially selected to blend with the meditation inducing and transportive sounds of Daniella White’s rock-star-approved “sound bath”. 
    (No yoga poses required) 

    A sound bath is an improvised concert played with the intent of releasing energy that is no longer serving you, and shifting to a more positive and relaxed state of being. Participants usually lie in a comfortable position on the floor (in savasana). Daniella plays the crystal bowls and gongs, accompanied by shamanic vocal toning. During the savasana you will be bathed in healing vibrations that will help you achieve deep states of relaxation, where healing can take place.

    ‘I’ve attended two of Daniella’s baths and had several personal sessions. There’s something especially magical about the way she understands and organizes sound waves with human consciousness. I always walk away a different person with more clarity and hope and courage to face the “noise” of modern chaos. I’ve begun to study and participate with Daniella in baths because as a musician, I find sound healing absolutely fascinating, and I find it nearly impossible not asking if I can play along. Lucas and I have had many sessions of meditative sound collaboration on more traditional rock instruments and a shared dream of developing a healing/spirituality based project to take on the road. When he appeared back from Montana with a freshly recorded solo album asking for shows, Daniella and I were in the process of carefully adding soft bass and drums to her traditional bowl and gong ceremony. I quickly realized that the three of us could put on one crazy magical show.’
    – Daniel Blue

     

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    3/11: Creative Mornings

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    Abbey Arts co-presents: Creative Mornings Seattle

     

    3/10: Ben Fisher, Shelby Earl

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    3/10 Ben Fisher
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    Ben Fisher Returns From The Land Of Ben-Gurion

    Ben Fisher is visiting the Pacific Northwest this spring and will be playing his first show in Seattle in over a year and a half.

    In this one-off performance, he’ll be previewing songs from the concept record he’s working on, titled Does The Land Remember Me? before jetting back to Jerusalem to work more on the record, eat copious amounts of falafel and enjoy the 85 degree weather that will be waiting for him.

    Have a question about what it’s like writing a concept record about Israel or about daily life in Jerusalem? Shoot an email to benfisherband@gmail.com and it’ll be discussed at the show.

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    Shelby Earl is an American singer-songwriter and musician based in Seattle, WA. Earl’s first solo album, Burn the Boats, was produced by John Roderick (featuring members of Telekinesis, The Long Winters, Fleet Foxes and more) and released on Local 638 Records (owned and operated by Visqueen’s Rachel Flotard). In 2011 NPR’s Ann Powers named Earl her “new favorite songwriter” and Amazon.com dubbed her album the “#1 Outstanding 2011 Album You Might Have Missed”.

    Earl released her second solo album, Swift Arrows, produced by Seattle indie folk artist Damien Jurado, in July 2013. The album was recorded live at Seattle’s Columbia City Theater.

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    SUPPORT:  Have a drink for charity! We serve local beer from Two Beers; local cider from Seattle Cider and Schilling Cider; Washington wine from Wilridge Winery, a rotating cocktail from Sound Spirits Distillery. This is a fundraiser event for Literacy Source, building a literate community and promoting self-sufficiency by providing learner-centered instruction to adults in English literacy and basic life skills.