WS culture/arts – West Seattle Blog… West Seattle news, 24/7 Sun, 19 Aug 2018 13:30:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 VIDEO: Two 35th SW outdoor performances in one night Sat, 18 Aug 2018 08:48:32 +0000 (WSB photos and video)

We stopped by two performances on Friday night, both along 35th SW. First, at Myrtle Reservoir Park, the third and final West Seattle performance this summer by Paraguayan singer and dancer Deseo Carmin, as part of what the city’s Arts in Parks program presented as a Latino Cultural Celebration. Here’s a bit of video:

A mile and a half north, at Providence Mount St. Vincent, Maia Santell and House Blend were at centerstage during the season’s third session of “Music at The Mount”:

They’re a series regular.

So is next week’s band, the 85th Street Big Band. Friday (August 24th) will be The Mount’s last concert of the season, dinner available for purchase at 5:30 pm, show at 6 pm, bring your own chair or blanket to the south side of the campus at 4831 35th SW.

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VIDEO: The Service Providers @ 2018’s second-to-last Summer Concerts at Hiawatha show Fri, 17 Aug 2018 01:49:42 +0000

6:49 PM: The temperature – and air quality – are perfect for getting outside and enjoying some fresh rock ‘n’ roll right now. We’re on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center, where the summer’s second-to-last Admiral Neighborhood Association-presented Summer Concerts at Hiawatha show just got under way. As previewed here, tonight’s band is The Service Providers and though it’s a relatively new band, they have deep roots in Seattle rock ‘n’ roll, with ex-Posies and ex-Fastbacks among others. The show’s on until about 8 pm – free; just bring your own chair/blanket, and family/friends/neighbors/whomever, and enjoy the music! They just joked that this is their first all-ages show and first one “by the harsh light of day.” A bit of video:

They’re about to release a record – go here to find out about that.


Next Thursday night, the series finale for this year – Caspar Babypants, always a huge draw! 6:30 pm Thursday, August 23rd.

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Next up for Summer Concerts @ Hiawatha: The Service Providers Wed, 15 Aug 2018 22:19:40 +0000

Tomorrow night’s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha band, The Service Providers, has a serious rock pedigree. Here’s part of the explanation:

The Service Providers is a new project of Brian Naubert, Dave Fox, Mike Musburger, and Arthur Roberts.

How they started: Mike and Arthur played together in The Posies. Arthur left the Posies to play in Sushirobo and Peach. Mike and Dave played together in The Posies. Dave left the Posies to play in Flop. Mike left the Posies to play in the Fastbacks. Brian played in Popsickle. Brian left Popsickle. Mike, Dave and Brian played together in Tube Top. Mike, Dave, and Brian left Tube Top. Mike, Dave and Brian played together in Ruston Mire. Now, Mike, Dave, Arthur, and Brian play together in The Service Providers.

(If you saw the Fastbacks at SPF30 last Saturday, you saw Mike.) The Service Providers describe their sound as “a crackling bonfire of hard guitar rock, rife with unabashed pop hooks and formidable chops. … catchy as hell, treating heartbroken love songs and post-ironic party anthems with equal dexterity. … something like stumbling into a bar fight between Blue Oyster Cult, Devo, and the Kinks — amped on adrenaline and bleeding nostalgia.” They’re releasing a record with help of a crowdfunding campaign – the page for it includes two sample tracks, if you’d like to preview their music before packing up your chair/blanket/picnic dinner and heading to the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center – along Walnut south of Lander, 6:30 pm Thursday (August 16th) – free! (The series is in its 10th summer and WSB has been a co-sponsor since the start.)

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THINK HOLIDAYS! Fauntleroy Fine Art and Gift Show entry deadline approaching Tue, 14 Aug 2018 21:03:56 +0000 (By Apple Cox, past and future show participant)

Not to rush you out of summer mode too soon – but some holiday planning does happen before summer’s end. So we’re sharing this announcement sent by Judy Pickens:

Aug. 31 is the deadline for artists and artistic crafters to apply to be in the Fauntleroy Fine Art and Holiday Gift Show Nov. 9-11. The 11th annual event hosted by Fauntleroy Church is open to artists working in any medium (glass, metal, paper, paint, resin, etc.) and crafters should display a high level of creativity and quality.

Show participants must live in or have studio space in West Seattle or on Vashon. For details and the application form, visit, email, or call 206-932-5600.

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SPF30, PM REPORT: Sub Pop Records’ Alki celebration crescendo Sun, 12 Aug 2018 01:58:47 +0000 (FOR COVERAGE FROM EARLIER IN THE DAY, go here)

6:58 PM: Evening is here and the final frenetic few hours of Sub Pop Records’ 30th-birthday party SPF30 are beginning. The crowd is thickening by the minute, and some are watching from the water:

Mudhoney‘s set is minutes away on the Harsh Realm stage at 57th/Alki. Shabazz Palaces is wrapping their set on the east side of the Bathhouse. More to come!

7:39 PM: Having some challenges with one signal provider so we’re behind on evening images. We will of course add when we can! Meanwhile, eyes on the sky:

Only the briefest of showers in the past six-plus hours. Just needs to hold out a few more.

8:32 PM: As featured in our first report, here’s the KEXP video stream:

At 9 pm, they’re scheduled to stream the last act of the night, Father John Misty. Here’s their clip of Beach House, the 8 pm band:

This is all supposed to end at 10 – remember that The Junction invites you to downtown West Seattle’s afterparty, including a DJ at West 5 (4539 California SW; WSB sponsor).

9:12 PM: Our Mudhoney clip remains stuck in cell hell. But Barry Devenney sent this photo of the crowd, during the band’s last song:

We just caught part of Father John Misty’s set, too. Lots more to add when we get back to HQ.

12:06 AM: Evening scenes! The crowd:

Hot Snakes:


Shabazz Palaces:

Beach House:


Here’s video by Tony Welch:

Father John Misty:

(Added Sunday: Video by Mark Jaroslaw:)

And as the party wrapped … Admiral Way was lined with people awaiting various forms of transportation, while the big tour-bus-size shuttles provided by Sub Pop circulated past.

P.S. We’re also adding more to our first report, which covered the afternoon and very-early evening.

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SPF30, 1ST REPORT: Sub Pop party is rocking Alki, rain and shine Sat, 11 Aug 2018 20:36:32 +0000 (SPF30 INFOLINKS: Music schedule here … transportation info here … food truck/vendor/etc. list here … video streaming here)

1:36 PM: At the Punky Stage on Alki Playfield, Caspar Babypants sang “Here Comes the Sun” shortly after opening his set at SPF30

It seems to have worked – we’re in a sunbreak as we type, starting our coverage of the huge Sub Pop Records 30th-birthday party, which is on at 4 stages (plus beer gardens, tents, and more) until 10 pm. The playfield is paradise for kids – along the west side, a big gathering of bouncy toys:

In the middle of the playfield, vendor/community tents include Alki Elementary PTA, steps from their school (here’s what they’re selling):

And the C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) tent makes its debut, with cold brew:

(Photo courtesy Bryan Jones)

Our coverage is just getting started. If you’re headed here, a few things you should know – really, don’t even try to park within a mile of Alki – we tried it before 1 pm and can vouch for the neighborhoods south of Admiral being full up. Meantime, Carolyn Newman sends a photo of the wait for the Water Taxi shuttle at Seacrest:

(Here’s all the Water Taxi info for today.) If you just can’t get here – KEXP is video-streaming some of the bands. Clicking the “play” button for this YouTube window should get you to their stream:

Here’s the streaming schedule.

2:18 PM: We’re still near the Punky stage, where The Not-Its are playing now.

Also among the organizations in mid-playfield booths, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, beneficiaries of some fundraising today including the guitar that’s being auctioned … demonstrated here by West Seattle’s highest-ranking politician:

(If you’re new, he’s King County Executive Dow Constantine.) Thanks to Clay Eals for that photo. Want to read about and/or bid on the guitar? Go here. Also note that SWSHS’s Log House Museum here on Alki (61st SW/SW Stevens) IS open today, and you can check out the new “Sound Spots” music exhibit there until 4 pm.

3:23 PM UPDATE: We’ve just wandered the rest of the site. Most of the food trucks are along 59th just south of Alki Ave (with a few others scattered elsewhere):

59th is also where you’ll find bike parking, on the tennis court:

Along Alki Ave. are the three stages – Loma just performed at the Flippity-Flop stage on the east side of Alki Bathhouse:

Nearby, just west of the KEXP booth, a water-bottle-refilling station:

In general, it’s not too crowded yet – still room to roam from the streets to the spectator zones. And the weather has behaved for the past few hours.

5:17 PM: The crowd is building. Here’s a quick clip of Clipping, last hour:

Each of the three main stages has two acts ahead, including the Fastbacks, scheduled to get going about now at the Loser stage (west side of Alki Bathhouse), Hot Snakes also set to have started minutes ago at the Harsh Realm stage on Alki Ave. at 57th. Meantime, transportation is still busy – someone we know was passed by enough full Route 50 buses to give up and walk here.

6:03 PM: The two aforementioned bands:

LATE NIGHT NOTES: We’ve added a few photos above. And if you haven’t already seen it, our evening coverage continued here.

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SPF30 tomorrow! More updates, from street-closure times to SOL ice cream Fri, 10 Aug 2018 23:00:13 +0000

The setup continues at Alki Beach, where as many as 30,000 people are expected tomorrow afternoon/evening for the SPF30 mega-music festival in honor of Sub Pop Records‘ 30th anniversary. Interspersed with our photos (the first four are from early Thursday evening – breaking news got in the way of us publishing them sooner) are updates and followups:

ROAD CLOSURES/TRANSPORTATION/TRANSIT UPDATES AND ANSWERS: On Tuesday, we published the map and plan for road closures, transit, parking, and other issues related to getting there and back – if you’re going and you haven’t seen it yet, please check it out. Some readers had questions that we took to SPD Lt. Tom Yoon of the Traffic Unit, which is managing the closures and restrictions:

*Hard closures will begins at 6 A.M. on Alki Ave SW between 57th and 63rd. Absolutely no vehicles will be allowed in this area. This includes residences or business employees. This area will be for crowds to enjoy the concert.

*Soft closures (local access only) will begin at 9 A.M. This will be from California Ave SW / Harbor Ave SW and along Admiral Way (north bound access) to 63rd Ave / Admiral Way.

*Local access is for verified residents and their guests. Make sure the guests know who and the address of the residents.

The closures were also mentioned on a postcard sent to area residents, one of whom sent us this image.

FOOD TRUCKS/VENDORS/NONPROFITS: We’ve updated the list we published Thursday – see it here.

HUSKY DELI ‘SOL’ ICE CREAM: As mentioned here earlier in the week, Husky Deli and C & P Coffee (WSB sponsor) will be vendors by the Punky stage (kid music, Whale Tail Park/Alki Playfield). At the Husky Deli booth, a special flavor will support the “Save Our Lots” Junction parking fundraiser: “A luscious blend of rich chocolate with nuggets of exciting and surprising cookie dough.”

(Friday photo by David Hutchinson – the “Great Wall of Honey Buckets”)

JUNCTION AFTERPARTY: SPF30 ends at 10. But there’s still lots of Saturday night left. West Seattle Junction venues invite you to “afterparty” with them. Sub Pop’s shuttles will continue running that way until midnight, notes Lora Swift of the West Seattle Junction Association, so that’s a good safe start for getting there. Anything more special than usual? That’s up to bars/restaurants to decide, but Lora does point out that West 5 (4539 California SW; WSB sponsor) will have a DJ!

P.S. Speaking of music – as you might have noticed in our top photo – the stage banners list the acts and set times, so look for those and other signage at the event. They’re on the SPF30 website, a little ways down the right. And we have them here.

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‘Sound Spots’: New music-history exhibit opens at Log House Museum Fri, 10 Aug 2018 05:04:25 +0000

Long before SPF30 … remember the Seattle Music Fest at Alki? That poster is part of a new music-history exhibit that opened today at the Log House Museum, just before music fans swarm the beach for Saturday’s big event.

The display case above includes Nirvana memorabilia on loan from local entrepreneur John Bennett, including a smiley face drawn by Kurt Cobain. An interactive component of the exhibit will take you back decades further:

You’re looking at the house that was once home to Ivar Haglund – whose music you can choose to hear; Woody Guthrie, too. (Ivar’s bio explains the link.) Lots of other memorabilia to browse, too:

The museum (61st SW/SW Stevens) is open noon-4 pm Thursdays-Sundays, and yes, it’ll be open on Saturday during SPF30, too.

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VIDEO: General Mojo’s onstage @ Summer Concerts at Hiawatha Fri, 10 Aug 2018 01:54:15 +0000

6:54 PM: Even on another 90-degree evening, it’s perfect here in the warm shade on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center, during the fourth of this year’s six Summer Concerts at Hiawatha. Onstage tonight: General Mojo’s, whose lead singer Heather Thomas told the crowd a few minutes ago that she’s a West Seattle resident too. She and her bandmates “like to have fun,” she added. Right down to her shoes!

(And band co-leader Dune Butler is wearing a cape.) The concert series is presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association with co-sponsors including WSB; tonight’s show (free!) should run until about 8 pm so you have time to get here (Walnut south of Lander) if you’re not here already.

P.S. They’re offering free stickers! (Also selling merch including CDs.) More pics later.


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SPF30 updates: Setup begins; a vendor you’ll recognize; the guitar you can bid on now; streaming plans… Wed, 08 Aug 2018 21:50:58 +0000 With three days until Saturday’s SPF30Sub Pop Records‘ concert-filled 30th anniversary celebration at Alki Beach – we have four more updates:

SETUP BEGINS: Thanks to David Hutchinson for the photos showing stage setup today on both sides of the Alki Bathhouse. Above, west of the Bathhouse, is the Loser Stage; below, to the east, the Flippity-Flop Stage:

(Photo courtesy C & P Coffee Company)

Who’s playing when/where was announced two weeks ago; you can find it all fast on the right side of the main SPF30 webpage.

A VENDOR FIRST: The other two stages are Harsh Realm, at 57th/Alki, and Punky, at Whale Tail Park, where you’ll not only find kid-geared music but also this familiar vendor:

C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) says this will be its first time with a pop-up outside the shop! They’ll be selling cold-brew coffee on Saturday. And another familiar West Seattle company will be nearby – Husky Deli. (We hope to have a full list of vendors for an upcoming update.)

FUNDRAISING GUITAR: Bidding is open online for this one-of-a-kind handmade guitar produced in commemoration of Sub Pop turning 30:

We got a look at it while covering the SPF30 volunteer orientation earlier this week. You can see it on display all week at Thunder Road Guitars (4736 California SW; WSB sponsor) in The Junction. It’s a fundraiser for the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, a beneficiary of SPF30. To bid on it – and to find out more about it – go here.

STREAMING: Can’t (or don’t want to) go on Saturday, but want to catch some of the shows? KEXP has announced a video-streaming schedule, with viewing options including its website and YouTube channel. Go here to see which bands it’s streaming and when.

P.S. In case you missed it – here’s the SPF30 transportation plan (including road closures, parking for motorized and non-motorized vehicles, transit, etc.) as announced Tuesday.

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Next up for Summer Concerts at Hiawatha: High-energy sound from General Mojo’s Wed, 08 Aug 2018 20:05:23 +0000

Before we get to SPF30 … there’s Hiawatha 4! You’re invited to the fourth of this year’s six free Summer Concerts at Hiawatha, 6:30 tomorrow night on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center. This week, you’ll see and hear General Mojo’s, whose lead singer Heather Thomas describes their live performances as “high energy and danceable, inviting and empowering.” Here’s a preview:

Stephanie Jordan, who organizes the concert series for the Admiral Neighborhood Association, notes, “On their website, they relate themselves to the Flaming Lips and ‘a renaissance of familiar soundscapes that recall the tradition of long-haired frontmen making fuzzy yet catchy rock sound’.” Go see for yourself Thursday night! Bring your own chair, blanket, picnic dinner; the concert site is along Walnut south of Lander. (Concert series co-sponsors include WSB.)

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5 days to SPF30: Briefing for volunteers who’ll be helping at Saturday’s Sub Pop event on Alki Tue, 07 Aug 2018 05:23:22 +0000

Just five days until the Sub Pop Records 30th anniversary party at Alki Beach – noon-10 pm next Saturday (August 11th), with 18 bands on four stages (see the schedule here). Tonight, volunteers gathered at the beach for a briefing and T-shirt distribution – here’s what you’ll see them wearing on Saturday:

With the band list and schedule out, the final details yet to come primarily involve the final transportation plan, including road closures, and we’re expecting that tomorrow. It’s been five months since Sub Pop started bringing updates to neighborhood meetings, seven months since SPF30 was announced.

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West Seattle’s historic murals: Here’s how you can help save the rest of them Mon, 06 Aug 2018 20:55:41 +0000 (WSB photo, April 2018)

The Mosquito Fleet mural on the east side of the city-landmark Campbell Building is next up for restoration in the finally launched project to restore all of West Seattle’s historic murals; it’ll be restored by muralist Bob Henry, who recently brought the Morgan Junction mural back to life. While the campaign to save all the Murals of West Seattle has a good start to the necessary funding – thanks to Adah Rhodes Cruzen‘s gift and to the West Seattle Garden Tour, among others – community contributions are requested, too, and that fundraising campaign has officially launched. This video tells the story:

(Video by This Is It Video Production)
More backstory on the murals and the restoration campaign – plus your options for contributing – can be found here.

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FOLLOWUP: Mural work begins at Roxhill Elementary’s new EC Hughes home Sun, 05 Aug 2018 19:33:15 +0000 The photo and report are from Friends of Roxhill:

Artist Henry Luke has started working on the community inspired mural for Roxhill Elementary at E.C. Hughes at the corner of 32nd and Holden. The mural has been designed through a community process, with 75 comments through West Seattle Blog outreach alone. Friends of Roxhill Elementary, the 501c3 booster club for Roxhill Elementary, received a $100,000 grant from the Department of Neighborhoods, which funded both the recent playground for Roxhill at the renovated, updated E.C. Hughes (built by community volunteers) and the mural. Stop by and say hello if you see Henry at work! Questions? Contact

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LAST CALL: Friday’s the deadline for voting on ‘Welcome to West Seattle’ sign Fri, 03 Aug 2018 04:13:23 +0000 Will it be option A …

… or option B?

If you haven’t yet voted on which you would rather see along the Fauntleroy Way end of the West Seattle Bridge, thanks to the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce‘s receipt of a gift from philanthropist Adah Cruzen, you have until tomorrow (Friday, August 3rd) to get that done! All the backstory is here; the link for voting is here.

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