Summer Fun! Music

We all know that Seattle is bursting with great concerts and talented musicians, but did you know that you can see lots of them for free? Here is a list of the many concert series located at various city venues (indoors and out!):

The 21st annual Summer Concerts at the Locks have already started in Ballard and will continue until every weekend until Sept. 6th. The concerts all start at 2 pm, with usually one or two bands playing each day. The music is primarily swing and jazz, though there are a few others in the mix.

In addition to a variety of events this summer, SAM’s Olympic Sculpture Park will be hosting multiple concerts for the next few months. Though the dates vary, all start around 5:30 or 6 pm and all musical performances are free. Among the concerts are latin-jazz group Tumbao (July 15th and Aug. 26th), indie rock band Whiting Tennis (July 22nd), and retro-pop group Curtains for You (Aug. 5th). For more information, click here.

Seattle City Hall is hosting a series of lunchtime concerts every Thursday this summer, starting in July. Among the performances will be dance group DANCE This (July 1st), the indie rock Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band (July 8th), folk rock from Handful of Luvin’ (Aug. 12th), and reggae singer Clinton Fearon (Aug. 26th).

The 30th annual Seattle Peace Concert Series is taking place on Sunday afternoons this year at various parks around Seattle. With over 30 performers, there’s sure to be something for everyone. The concerts are meant to promote peace and the spirit of community, so though they are free, it is requested that everyone bring food donations to support Northwest Harvest.

Taking place in downtown Seattle this summer is the Out to Lunch Concert Series on Wednesdays and Fridays at noon. The performances vary from celtic/folk band The Paperboys (July 9th) to the Portland Cello Project (Aug. 18th) to Geoffrey Castle and his electric violin (Aug. 25th). The list of concerts is impressive, so be sure to check it out.

The library is hosting its own family-friendly musical performances at various neighborhood branches as part of the Summer Reading Program. One event is the “ABCs of Jazz and Blues” with local musician Michael Powers; another is “Opening Eyes,” a demonstration in African music and dance from Adefua Music & Dance Co. Both performances will be taking place at multiple locations, so check the library’s calendar for the full schedule.

Post by Callan, teen blogger

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