Archive for April, 2010

NOISE FOR THE NEEDY ANNOUNCES LINEUP

April 30, 2010

Seattle Weekly

Noise for the Needy, a five-day non-profit festival which benefits other non-profits, has announced its official lineup. The lineup is a who’s who of Seattle’s indie rock bands including Visqueen, The Maldives, Final Spins, Friday Mile, Tiny Vipers, Grand Hallway and The Maldives; with some national indie acts like The Album Leaf and John Vanderslice; and handful of Portlanders including Horse Feathers and Portland Cello Project. The shows will benefit Teen Feed this year, which is an organization that serves over 11,000 meals each year to over 600 homeless youth in the Seattle area. The festival is scheduled for June 10-13 at various venues in the Seattle area. Check out the full lineup at the above link.

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TACOMA BAND THE VENTURES HONORED BY GOVERNMENT OF JAPAN

April 30, 2010

Seattle PI

Longtime Tacoma band The Ventures have been given honors by none other than the Emperor of Japan himself. Members received “The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette” medal for “their contribution to the development and enrichment of music culture in Japan, as well as to the promotion of cordial relations between Japan and the United States.” The Consulate-General of Japan noted that it’s the first time the Japanese government has decorated anyone from the foreign pop music genre. Akira Takeda, a spokesman for the consulate, said the group has a very wide fan base in Japan, and despite their age still manage to tour their twice a year. Don Wilson, of Sammamish is the only surviving original Venture. Takeda said the Consulate is planning on holding a ceremony for the band in late June to accompany a to-be-announced performance at Seattle-area venue. The Tacoma band, maybe most famous for “Walk, Don’t Run” and often categorized as surf rock, formed in 1958. They visited Japan for the first time in 1962 as an opening act and have toured their nearly every year for a total of over 2,400 performances. The band also has several songs dedicated specifically to Japan.

SEATTLE DESIGN COMMISSION IS SEEKING IDEAS FOR HOLDING PATTERS

April 30, 2010

City of Seattle

Have you noticed how many lots have been left empty or partially developed due to the stalled economy? These vacant project sites are all around Seattle. Unattractive and unbecoming of our city, we pass by them every day: empty holes, barren plains of gravel, voids in the city fabric. How can we convert these eyesores to opportunities? The Seattle Design Commission wants your ideas for Holding Patterns, interim uses for stalled project sites. They are seeking concepts to transform the following types of stalled project sites around the city: holes in the ground, surface lots and ongoing construction above or below street level. The Design Commission is welcoming any and all ideas. Artists, designers, non-profits, businesses, developers, students, astronauts, everyone is invited to contribute ideas. Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged. Email submissions to valerie.Kinast@seattle.gov no later than Monday, May 24. Submission guidelines can be found at the above link.

APPLY TO BE THE BOOKING AND PROMOTIONS INTERN THE VERA PROJECT

April 30, 2010

The Vera Project

The Booking and Promotions Intern assists The Vera Project’s Booking Manager with all aspects of booking and promotions. This position provides an excellent opportunity to become familiar with an integral part of Vera’s programming operations. The booking and promotions assistant will poster once a week for upcoming shows. They also will work on new and interesting ways of promoting, and stay on top of the promotions which already keep Vera in the public’s eye. Promoting shows is very important to Vera and will be an integral part of this position.  Priority for this internship will go to someone 16 to 24 years of age. If you would like to apply please submit a resume and cover letter to: hiringcommittee@theveraproject.org by Friday, May 6 at 5:00 pm.

BILLBOARD COMPILES THE FIGURES FROM RECORD STORE DAY

April 30, 2010

Billboard.biz

By all accounts this year’s Record Store Day was, again, a success when measured by awareness, turnout and sales. Although so many Record Store Day reports tend to be anecdotal, Billboard.biz was able to distill some of the figures and highlights from the event’s co-founder, Michael Kurtz of Music Monitor Network. Record Store Day 2010 was Sonic Boom’s single biggest sales day in their 12 year history; and Silver Platters’ sales on April 17, 2010 were up 80% from last year (which were up 20% from the year before). They were a lot of Record Store day mentions in the media. “From Howard Stern talking us up, to Record Store Day signs appearing on the Today Show, to Jimmy Fallon’s shout out, to the Record Store Day joke on Saturday Night Live, to being talked about on Alice Cooper ’s syndicated radio show, to three different NPR stories, to the publishing of two books with a focus on Record Store Day and indie record stores, and on and on,” says Katz. Also, according to Soundscan, Record Store Day 2010 was the biggest day of sales for vinyl in Soundscan’s history. Follow the above link to see more of the facts and figures of Record Store Day 2010.

SAVE THE DATE FOR NO DEPRESSION FESTIVAL, ZOO TUNES, AND CONCERTS IN MARYMOOR PARK

April 30, 2010

Sound on the Sound

Three of the major Seattle summer line-ups have been released. No Depression, the local Americaa and roots music authority, will be holding their festival August 21 at Marymoor Park. Featuring Seattle bands The Cave Singers and Sera Cahoone amongst others this event is an all day festival of music. Zoo Tunes is the annual music series held at Woodland Park Zoo. This is a ten part series running from June 27 to August 29 and will feature local musicians Star Anna and Damien Jurado. Marymoor Park in Redmond is a large outdoor venue that will host 11 shows over the course of the summer beginning June 19 and going til September 19. For full line-ups and more information follow the link.

MUSICIANS: APPLY TO PLAY THE WOODINVILLE RED, WHITE, AND BLUES CONCERT

April 30, 2010

City of Woodinville

Woodinville Parks and Recreation will be presenting a Red, White and Blues concert on July 4th. They are currently looking for a jazz band and a salsa band to play for 70 minutes. There will be three groups performing during the event. The concert will be held outdoors at Wilmot Gateway Park in downtown Woodinville. Interested groups should complete a Special Events Performing Artist Application, available at the above link. Deadline to apply is May 30.

FREE CONCERT TONIGHT SPOTLIGHTS GIFTED YOUNG, LOCAL COMPOSERS AT BENAROYA

April 30, 2010

Seattle Times

As the culmination to the 2010 Merriman Family Young Composers Workshop, 10 local teenage composers will have their music premiered by Seattle Symphony musicians on Monday, April 26, at 8:00 pm. The annual recital is free and will take place at Benaroya Hall. Seattle Symphony Music Director Gerard Schwarz will host the event and interview each young composer prior to the performance of their work. Each young composer will briefly discuss the inspiration behind their piece, providing insight into the thoughts and musical ideas of classical music’s next generation.

DON’T MISS 12 BOOKS POETRY AND HIP HOP SALON TONIGHT

April 30, 2010

Night School

Tonight, April 26 starting at 8:00 pm at the Sorrento Hotel, Night School will bring together Seattle’s vibrant hip hop and poetry communities. Check out the free all ages night of poetry and hip hop with performances from poets Ruth Forman, Karen Finnyfrock, Rich Jensen, Kary Wayson, Jeremy Richards, Rachel Kessler, Trent Moorman, Storme Webber, and Tara Hardy; and MCs Larry Mizell of Mash Hall, Geologic of Blue Scholars, Gabriel Teodros, D. Black, Fatal Lucciauno, Hollis of Canary Sing, Tilson of The Saturday Knights.

SUBMIT YOUR IDEAS TO THE “NEXT FIFTY”

April 30, 2010

Seattle Center

The 1962 World’s Fair was one of the most profound events in Seattle’s history. It triggered an unprecedented era of innovation, inspiration, and growth. And it put the eyes of the world on the Pacific Northwest. 2012 is the Fair’s 50th Anniversary; an event represents a hallmark that calls for both celebration and contemplation. And a collective of citizens are collaborating to bring together the global community as we pause to define our future. For six months during 2012, Seattle will explore, debate, display, and define a global vision. Engaging leading innovators from around the world and within our community, the focus will be on the examination of the seven core areas where Seattle has demonstrated leadership: arts, culture and design; sustainability; global health; science and technology; learning; commerce; and civic action. Public participation will help create this extraordinary celebration and the vision for our city’s future. At the above link, you can share your ideas, your observations, your dreams, and your creativity for the Next Fifty.