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Skip your commute for a "Traffic Jam" with a twist,
a Hip Hop & Spoken Word Mashup at City Hall, Aug. 16

Featuring Gabriel Teodros, Buddy Wakefield, Jourdan Keith and Melissa Noelle Green

SEATTLE - Skip the afternoon commute and get caught up in Traffic Jam - Hip Hop & Spoken Word Mashup at City Hall, 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 16, outdoors on the City Hall plaza, 600 4th Ave. The free event is a special evening performance of Seattle Presents, a year-round concert series at City Hall presented by the Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.

What happens when you give the City Hall mic to hip-hop wordsmiths, poets, and performance artists during five o'clock traffic? You get a traffic jam of a different brand with fresh beats, compelling commentary, and hopefully a less stressful commute.

Top Seattle spoken-word and hip-hop artists will convene for Traffic Jam, featuring Seattle MC Gabriel Teodros with DJ-WD4D, two-time Individual World Poetry Slam Champion Buddy Wakefield, poetry slam diva Melissa Noelle Green (a recipient of the 2005 Mayor's Award for Excellence in Hip Hop), and Seattle Poet Populist Jourdan Keith. (Due to a scheduling conflict, Common Market will not be performing as previously announced).

Snacks will be provided by neighborhood restaurants, including McCormick's Fish House, Hole in the Wall BBQ and City Grind Coffee.

Traffic Jam is presented in partnership with KEXP 90.3 FM, Allied Arts and the Guthrie Foundation.

For more information, visit www.seattle.gov/seattlepresents or call (206) 684-7171.

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs promotes the value of arts and culture in and of communities throughout Seattle. The 15-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council, supports the city agency.

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