The Must List, featuring Elvis Impersonators, MLK Day and Zoe Muth

MUST HEAR
Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers
You might guess this sweet country crooner hails from Nashville, but Zoe Muth is a Seattle girl, through and through. Backed by her Lost High Rollers, Muth has been compared to Kitty Wells, Emmylou Harris and Iris DeMent. The high praise keeps tumbling in for her most recent album, Starlight Hotel, released in April. Fun fact: that album is named after the hotel on Ballard Ave., which recently reopened as Hotel Ballard.

1/13. $12–$15. Triple Door, 216 Union St.; 206.838.4333; tripledoor.com

MUST TASTE
Purple Yam Cake
If you’re in Beacon Hill this week, stop by Despi Delite Bakery (serving Filipino baked goods since 1988) to try the ever popular ube macapuno, a purple-yam cake with coconut custard filling. It's as delicious as is it is purple. We hear the fried mochi is pretty good, too.

Despi Delite Bakery, Mon-Fri, 7:30am-6:30pm. 2701 15th Ave. S; 206.325.2114.

MUST SHOP
Barnacle bag backpacks


Need a durable (and cute) rucksack to make biking or walking around town more comfortable? Check out Lopez Island’s handmade Barnacle Bags hemp canvas backpacks, which come in several lightweight and simple styles that serve as an antidote to the dorky bookbag you lugged around in high school.

Snag one for yourself on their Etsy page.

MUST HOUND DOG
Elvis Impersenators Descend on the EMP
The search continues for the King of the “Elvis Tribute Artists” at the 15th annual live music talent competition, Seattle Invitationals, where male, female and even burlesque “Elvi” converge in costume to sing Elvis hits backed by a live band. The competition is held at the EMP Museum on the Seattle Center’s campus, where the real King himself visited during the 1962’s World’s Fair to film It Happened at the World’s Fair.

1/14. 7:30pm. $12-$15. 21+ only. EMP, 3rd Level. 325 5th Avenue N; 206.770.2702. seattleinvitationals.com. Tickets at Brown Paper Tickets.


MUST PAY TRIBUTE
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Recognizing the memory of one of our country’s greatest and most inspiring Civil Rights activists, Northwest African American Museum will be open Monday, January 16 and offer free admission all day for its ongoing exhibits, plus special programming for MLK Day. In addition to viewing Xenobia Bailey’s Aesthetics of Funk show, you can see local slam poets and community members take on the subject of “Dreamin’” at an open mic (11am-2pm) and the museum will screen the documentary Wattstax, a 1970s music festival described as the African-American community’s answer to Woodstock.

Northwest African American Museum, Central District, 2300 S Massachusetts St.; 206.518.6000; naamnw.org.

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