What’s your favorite current Seattle band? If you have trouble answering (or if you draw a blank after Macklemore), we’re not going to judge. But we are going to suggest it’s time to check in with the city’s thriving indie music scene. New local bands are exploring sounds, blurring genre boundaries (though we’ve wrestled them into categories here) and playing vibrant live shows all over town (see our Live Music Venue guide). Even with this sampler of 50 bands, we haven’t scratched the surface of Seattle music.
Local music purveyor Seattle Living Room Shows has teamed up with Lake Union Charters & Adventures to put on an evening outdoor concert on a boat with a deck transformed into a sandy beach.
On August 26 at 6:45 p.m. sharp, the intrepid Trek (a car-and-passenger ferry turned leisure zone) shoves off into the evening sun for a three-hour tour of Lake Union made pret-ty fantastic by live music and the fact that you’ll either be dancing or lounging in a beach chair (bring your own!), toes and boozy drink nestled comfortably in the sand.
TGIF! What an eventful week Seattle has had...and there's more to come this weekend, such as these National S'mores Day events, the Street Food Festival or a pee-themed satire, Urinetown. But in the meantime don't forget to check out the stories you may have missed during this sunny first week of August.
Our expert: Ravenna-based oceanographer and self-described “flotsamologist” Curtis Ebbesmeyer, coauthor of Flotsametrics and the Floating World and a quarterly “Beachcombers’ Alert” (beachcombersalert.org), a compilation of recent finds, including shells, sea glass and at least 11 kelp-covered boats believed to be debris from the 2011 tsunami in Japan that washed onto the Washington coast. Want to learn more about the best places to visit along the coast?
What do you get when you combine an impressive minimum-wage increase with restaurateurs who aren’t sure how they’ll afford it and a dining population that won’t settle for second-rate products or services? Speculation on a long timeline.
The Seattle City Council’s recent decision to implement a $15 an hour minimum wage hike across all industries has been a real a head-scratcher for many restaurant owners trying to figure out how to deal with front of house employees who already average $35 an hour with cooks and dishwashers who are lucky to make $10 an hour.
According to a post by user Sporangepeeler on Reddit this morning, a fellow passenger on Metro bus 66 stepped in to prevent a mugging before it started. The situation occured this morning while he was riding the 66 Metro bus with his wife. Metro route 66 runs from the Northgate Transit Center, through the University District and into downtown. See below for the details on the event:
Must PressThe Wayzgoose Steamroller Smackdown at SLU Block PartyFriday (August 8, 12 to 6 p.m.) — Twelve teams compete, using a two-ton steamroller to print large-scale posters within a one-hour time limit. See this impressive (get it?) letterpress-printing spectacle at the South Lake Union Block Party this weekend.
In 1964, The Beatles arrived in New York to embark upon their first U.S. tour and changed the course of American popular music. The nation had just mourned the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and people were trying to make sense of it all. The impact of “Beatlemania” on the U.S. was remarkable.
More importantly to us locals, the third stop on the Beatles' tour was our own fair city of Seattle. On August 21, 1964 when no other Seattle hotel was ready to take them in, the Edgewater Hotel welcomed the fab four with open arms--and a few fishing poles!
Set your TiVos: body painting genius Dutch Bihary (straight outta Mount Vernon) is set to wow the world with his signature style and epic masterpieces using the naked body as his canvas on Skin Wars on GSN (formerly known as Game show Network) starting Wednesday, August 6.
If you’ve never seen the Steamroller Smackdown run by the School of Visual Concepts, you’ve been missing out. Lucky for you, though, it’s that time of year again for its annual Wayzgoose letterpress celebration (now in its 13th year), when teams use a two-ton steamroller to compete against one another and print large-scale posters that are then judged for best design. “We’re looking for the team with the coolest poster overall,” says SVC letterpress studio founder and manager Jenny Wilkson.
On Saturday August 2, rapper 50 Cent was in town to greet more than 500 people at the downtown Nordstrom flagship store for the debut of his new Studio Mastered Sound (SMS) headphones. He signed autographs and took photos with about 250 fans that snagged his new merch. As the crowd swelled in anticipation of his arrival--camera phones primed and ready--I had the incredible privilege of interviewing him to talk about his involvement with SMS Audio. Here are the highlights of our discussion:
It’s called a parklet and it’s got some people confused. Jennifer Wieland, public space program manager at SDOT, attributes the confusion to a misunderstanding of what parklets actually are. “They’re small public spaces that fit in easily with the urban landscape and are designed to have a very small impact on the streetscape.”