Every Tuesday, through September 15th, Pike Place Market Express brings the bounty of local farmers to City Hall Plaza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you’re near the south end of downtown, this gives you a convenient way to shop at Pike Place Market without having to travel there. They offer fruits, veggies, honey, flowers, poultry, cider, eggs and other fresh-from-the-farm foods.
Did you know that City Hall’s outdoor plaza hosts some fantastic local music during the summer? I’m told summer is finally here.
Each Thursday, from noon to 1:30 p.m., the public is invited to shake their collective booty to the sounds of funk, reggae and alt-country. These free concerts will take place starting this Thursday, July 12th, running through August 30th on the City Hall Plaza, 600 Fourth Avenue in downtown Seattle.
This year’s concerts kick off July 12th with the soulfully sweet sounds of Wheedle’s Groove, the same group I blogged about last week. Below, is the rest of this summer’s line-up.
July 19: Shelby Earl.
Often compared to alt-country crooner Neko Case, music critic Ann Powers writes “… if Neko is bourbon, Shelby is honey wine. Sweeter at first taste, her music is subtly intoxicating.”
July 26: Clinton Fearon & The Boogie Brown Band.
Reggae. Enough said.
Aug. 2: Sambatuqu.
(Samba-too-kie) A vibrant and eclectic blend of music from Brazil and the Caribbean.
Aug. 9: Bobby Medina & The Red Hot Band.
High energy and fast paced jazz to Motown to rock to disco to Zydeco.
Aug. 16: Kris Orlowski.
An indie-singer-songwriter with a soulful band.
Aug. 23: Jon Solo.
Indie rock and funk jams wrapped in a Paul Simon-esque sound.
Aug. 30: Kasey Anderson with special guest Star Anna.
Smoldering alt-country tunes that are ”… a little like whiskey: warm and mellow one moment, wisecracking the next… indie rock that feels like the smoke-filled back room of a delta juke joint.”
It’s all made possible through a unique partnerhsip between the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Metropolitan Improvement District and the Triamp Group.
For more information, visit www.seattle.gov/seattlepresents or call (206) 684-7171.
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