Mike McGinn, Mayor
5/28/2013 10:00:00 AM
Calandra Childers (206) 684-7306
Local musicians to heat up City Hall Plaza starting July 11
Free summer concerts will feature R&B, big band jazz, and ‘60's-inspired surf rock
SEATTLE — The Seattle Presents free summer concert series returns on July 11, 2013. The outdoor performances will take place noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays, July 11 to Aug. 29 on City Hall Plaza, 600 Fourth Ave. For more information, visit www.seattle.gov/seattlepresents or call (206) 684-7171.
Big World Breaks
Big World Breaks is a musical force to be reckoned with, led by local drumming powerhouse Aaron Walker-Loud. “If you can imagine a merger of 1940s-era jazz big band, Spanish Harlem–style boogaloo from the '70s, and the Roots circa 1990, then you'll have a grasp of the music that Seattle's Big World Breaks is making,” says Seattle Weekly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
The Seattle Presents concert series is presented by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation, Metropolitan Improvement District and Triamp Group.
Office of Arts & Culture | Seattle We activate and sustain Seattle through arts and culture, and are supported by the 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council.
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