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Contemporary Folk Music [clear filter]
Friday, May 25
 

12:30pm PDT

Sam Cobra
Melodic Guitar-driven Americana

Performers
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Sam Cobra

Based out of Seattle, Sam Cobra is a melodic, guitar-driven band that infuses Americana and rock. The band is driven by vocalist Stephanie Ward, melodic guitar riffs by Thom Beckman, and Ward's violin to create a unique infusion of genres. Sam Cobra released their EP 'Sands of Mars... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 12:30pm - 1:00pm PDT
Fountain Lawn Stage: Sponsored by Western WA Toyota Dealers 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

4:00pm PDT

Erisy Watt
Soulful Folk

Performers
EW

Erisy Watt

Erisy Watt is a Nashville-raised folk-soul artist based in Portland OR. Having toured in several countries over the past years alongside guitarist Jeremy Ferrara, Watt’s blend of folk and soul often compared to Joni Mitchell and Norah Jones is enchanting audiences from Germany to... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 4:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
Center Theatre 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

4:45pm PDT

Abakis
Intricate Soulful Folk Pop

Performers
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Abakis

Abakis creates collaborative music that bridges new and old worlds: a delicate blend of classic soul led by powerhouse vocals and Kottke-style fingerpicking guitar. Born and bred in Virginia where she learned to sing jazz in her father's restaurant, Aba migrated westward to find collaborators... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 4:45pm - 5:15pm PDT
Vera Project/Gallery Sponsored by CityArts 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

5:00pm PDT

The Mortgage Lifters
Lovely Songs Tunes Harmonies

Performers
TM

The Mortgage Lifters

Kim Thal, Robert Hinrix, Tony Mates, and Johnny Calcagno are Seattle and Vashon Island based band musicians who play original and classic swing and pop songs, as well as interesting tunes from around the world. Each of them perform in multiple ensembles, includes “B – Sides... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 5:00pm - 5:30pm PDT
Fisher Green Stage: Sponsored by KBCS 91.3FM 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

5:00pm PDT

Paper Moon
Father/Daughter Acoustic Folk Duo

Performers
PM

Paper Moon

Paper Moon is an acoustic father and daughter folk duo that can be heard throughout western Washington and the Pacific Northwest. Their vocal harmonies and foot-tapping guitar work has become a favorite of audiences in coffeehouses and wineries in the Puget Sound, Oregon, and Northern... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 5:00pm - 5:50pm PDT
Discovery Zone Stage: Sponsored by Parentmap 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

6:00pm PDT

The Sons of Rainier
Alt-folk Slow Dance

Performers
TS

The Sons of Rainier

Seattle's favorite slow dance sensation, the Sons of Rainier are crafting songs for widows, hobos, and breakfast burritos, melting wax hearts and the occasional face, putting a smooch on your lips and a sway in your hips, all with the surgical precision of a wine drunk poet at 4 am... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 6:00pm - 6:30pm PDT
Fountain Lawn Stage: Sponsored by Western WA Toyota Dealers 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

8:30pm PDT

The Bridge City Sinners
Rowdy, Folksy, Rag-grass Music

Performers
TB

The Bridge City Sinners

The Bridge City Sinners take old folk songs and original tunes in the direction of a punk rocker. A rowdy folksy mosaic of banjo, clarinet, saw, washboard, upright bass, ukulele, vocal harmony, & and boot stoppin' fever. The Sinners started their journey as a rotating cast of people... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 8:30pm - 9:00pm PDT
Fisher Green Stage: Sponsored by KBCS 91.3FM 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109
 
Saturday, May 26
 

11:00am PDT

Hand in the Attic
Strings, Brass, Melodic Harmonies!

Performers
HI

Hand in the Attic

Accordions, guitars, violins, horns, keys, drums, and pretty melodies and harmonies. Hand in the Attic is 3 women and 3 men who have been performing together in Seattle since 2012, with songs dating back to 1999. The band's first album (self-titled) was released in 2013, and its second... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am PDT
Vera Project/Gallery Sponsored by CityArts 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

11:00am PDT

Percy Hilo & Friends
Uplifting Original Modern Folk

Performers
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Percy Hilo & Friends

Percy Hilo & Friends is songs of Percy which have been sung and published in many states and several countries. Percy Hilo is a sing-songwriter, bass, dobro and harmonica player. Percy Hio & Friends have been together for three decades, but play infrequently. All have long history... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am PDT
Back Porch Stage 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

12:20pm PDT

STRUM Seattle's Totally relaxed ukulele musicians
Totally Relaxed Ukulele Musicians

Performers
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STRUM Seattle's Totally relaxed ukulele musicians

We have been invited back to these many times, and are happy to do it! WE have a special energy , vocal and ukulele sound.Pike Market, "Magic of the Market " holiday season opener ,year 5, invited back for 2018, Edmond's Restaurant Clam Chowder cook off, Wallingford Wurstfest , Ballard... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 12:20pm - 12:50pm PDT
Center Theatre 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

12:30pm PDT

Happy Heartbreak
Happy Sounding Sad Songs

Performers
HH

Happy Heartbreak

Happy Heartbreak is 5-piece alternative / emo pop band that is built around reflective lyrics, bouncy guitars and moving cello. The band is known for playing "happy sounding sad songs" and the emotive energy and performance of their live show. Craig's storytelling ranges from whimsical... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 12:30pm - 1:00pm PDT
Vera Project/Gallery Sponsored by CityArts 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109
 
Sunday, May 27
 

1:50pm PDT

Naomi Wachira
Afro-Folk Singer/Songwriter

Performers
NW

Naomi Wachira

Seattle singer-songwriter Naomi Wachira was born in Kenya and grew up singing gospel music in a choir of family and friends. Inspired by the music of Tracy Chapman and Miriam Makeba, Wachira saw the potential for song to make the world a better place and set out to create music that... Read More →


Sunday May 27, 2018 1:50pm - 2:20pm PDT
Fisher Green Stage: Sponsored by KBCS 91.3FM 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

5:25pm PDT

Oliver Swain
Alt.Old.Time

Performers
OS

Oliver Swain

Award winning roots artist Oliver Swain has as been a celebrated musician for years, held in high regard in acoustic and folk music styles for both his astonishing instrumental and vocal abilities, though he seldom gives the genre a fully traditional treatment. Oliver Swain strays... Read More →


Sunday May 27, 2018 5:25pm - 6:00pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

8:20pm PDT

Fox and Bones
Folk Pop with Soul

Performers
FA

Fox and Bones

Fox and Bones is a folk collaboration between Portland songwriters Sarah Vitort and Scott Gilmore. The internationally touring duo combines lush harmonies and a complex, heartwarming lyrical landscape with soft-spoken yet rich musical accompaniment. They’ve been called "addictive... Read More →


Sunday May 27, 2018 8:20pm - 9:00pm PDT
Back Porch Stage 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109
 
Monday, May 28
 

11:00am PDT

Michael Trew Band
Psychedelic Folk Rock

Performers
MT

Michael Trew Band

Michael Trew is a songwriter, native to the Pacific Northwest. In early years, he spent time with teacher Chandana Dixit, exploring raaga and classical Indian music. He later formed art-rock group Autumn Electric, releasing five albums and touring nationally (2008-2015). During this... Read More →


Monday May 28, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am PDT
Vera Project/Gallery Sponsored by CityArts 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

11:45am PDT

High Turnover
Lyrical and Musical Delight

Performers
HT

High Turnover

Rooted in tradition and the new. High Turnover combines evolving lyricism and a myriad of influences.


Monday May 28, 2018 11:45am - 12:15pm PDT
Vera Project/Gallery Sponsored by CityArts 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109

1:00pm PDT

Anika Pearl
Soulful, Rock and Pop

Performers
AP

Anika Pearl

Anika Pearl is a 15 year old musician and is also the name of the duo that she has with her Dad. She has played on stage since she was 9 years old with several different instruments as a soloist, as a member for the school orchestra and in different band configurations where she also... Read More →


Monday May 28, 2018 1:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
Folklife Café 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

3:45pm PDT

SUPA: Seattle Ukulele Players Association
Ukulele Hits the Road!

Performers
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SUPA: Seattle Ukulele Players Association

Seattle Ukulele Players Association (or SUPA) is a non-profit organization that has been in existence since 2003. We are a group of enthusiastic players from all backgrounds with a wide range of playing skills. We meet monthly to play in a song-circle, which is often preceded by a... Read More →


Monday May 28, 2018 3:45pm - 4:15pm PDT
Exhibition Hall Sponsored by Seattle Globalist 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109