Big World Breaks kicks off free lunchtime concert series at City Hall, July 11
SEATTLE — Big World Breaks, led by local drumming powerhouse Aaron Walker-Loud, is a musical force to be reckoned with. The group comes to City Hall plaza, 600 Fourth Ave., for a free, all-ages performance, 12 to 1:30 p.m., July 11 for the opening of the Seattle Presents free summer concert series. Mayor McGinn and Office of Arts & Culture director Randy Engstrom will give opening remarks. Seattle Presents features eight consecutive weeks of free concerts on Thursdays at City Hall; see the full summer line-up below.
Drawing from a wide variety of influences, including Latin, funk, jazz and hip-hop, Big World Breaks synthesizes an eclectic blend of styles into a cohesive and powerful sound. The band has become a formidable force on the Seattle music scene, known for giving lively performances that draw crowds to the dance floor. The in-demand ensemble has backed up well-known artists such as Grammy-nominated singer Wayna, Blue Scholars, Choklate and many more.
Continuing the lively tempo is Orkestar Zirkonium on July 18,with their upbeat, street-band sound. This Balkan-influenced brass brand gives energetic performances that are known to inspire boisterous celebration.
In case of rain, concerts will move inside City Hall lobby and conclude at 1 p.m. Check www.seattle.gov/seattlepresents for the latest updates and summer concert calendar, or call (206) 684-7171. Seattle Presents concerts are presented by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation, Metropolitan Improvement District and Triamp Group.
July 18: Orkestar Zirkonium
This mobile, 13-member, brass-and-drum ensemble borrows from a variety of musical traditions, composes original music, and kicks out celebratory spectacle. The band’s up-tempo sounds inspire street parties, traditional Eastern European line dances and the ecstatic abandonment of reason.
July 25: St. Paul de Vence
Rising stars in the local indie scene, St. Paul de Vence is a dynamic band of brothers, each an artist in their own right, that weave together their multi-instrumental and vocal-harmony talents with a natural ease and joy reminiscent of Crosby, Stills and Nash.
August 1: Choklate
Recognized as an indie soul/R&B trailblazer who consistently connects with audiences worldwide, local favorite Choklate brings feel good, soul stirring music that moves every part of your physical, mental and spiritual being.
August 8: De Cajón Project
De Cajón Project’s music and movement is a celebration rooted in the African and Andean traditions of Peru and driven by the incredible rhythms of the cajón (Peruvian box drum). The musicians, dancers and performers of this Seattle-based organization are cultural ambassadors, educators, and above all, amazing artists.
August 15: Cordaviva
Cordaviva is a powerhouse of dance music influenced by the disparate rhythms and styles of the African diaspora. The band’s upbeat original music is a unique blend of soukous, rumba, Afrobeat, funk and various Latin styles. Bright horns complement sublime vocal harmonies sung in various languages, soulful guitars and relentlessly driving percussion.
August 22: Brothers from Another
Brothers from Another represent the face of the next generation of Seattle hip-hop, combining the easygoing flavor of the mid ‘90s with a new-school attitude in their lyrics. Comprised of lyricists Tiglo and Cole, BFA have made their way through the Seattle rap scene from the basement studio of their high school to collaborating with Blue Scholars, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and more.
August 29: La Luz
Rising Seattle stars La Luz turn every show into a beach-side dance party with their lush ‘60s-inspired surf rock and girl pop. The Stranger’s Bree McKenna said it best: “If you see La Luz live, I dare you to take in the absolutely dreamy four-part harmonies while watching their synchronized dance steps …without your knees wobbling like a '50s teen at a Dion concert.”
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