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KEXP Gathering Space | Live Music & Great Coffee

KEXP Gathering Space | Live Music & Great Coffee

The KEXP Gathering Space offers awesome live music and incredible coffee in the heart of Seattle. Click here to find upcoming live performances at the KEXP Gathering Space. There’s nothing like spending a Monday afternoon with ‘The Screaming Eagle of Soul’ @Charles_Bradley! Thanks, @KEXP! pic.twitter.com/fPSMNR9z7X — Tim Lewis (@LewisSports) May 23, 2016 You can find the KEXP Gathering Space at the KEXP studios at 472 1st Ave N (map). In other words, near the Seattle Center. It’s an intimate space for a live concert, allowing around 380 people. The shows are FREE, open to the public, and welcome all ages and even pets. I have seen a few live performances at the KEXP Gathering Space, including Charles Bradley and Shovels & Rope. It’s not a full show, but the performers still play four or five songs. That means the acts last about 20-25 minutes. On top of live music, the KEXP Gathering Space also includes our favorite coffee shop in Seattle: La Marzocco. Every month, La Marzocco features a...

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Musicquarium Lounge at The Triple Door

Musicquarium Lounge at The Triple Door

I was convinced The Triple Door was simply just another music venue in Seattle, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. While The Triple Door does have an awesome 270-seat theater, there’s also the Musicquarium Lounge — a unique bar with craft cocktails, great food, and of course, fun music. So, why is this place called the Musicquarium Lounge? First, let’s focus on the “quarium” part of the name. The Musicquarium Lounge (216 Union St.) features a 1,900 gallon freshwater fish tank. Loaded with more than 100 yellow, blue and albino African Cichlids, the aquarium is what makes the bar unique. NOTE: We got a sneak peek at the Musicquarium Lounge fish tank, but it was undergoing renovations when we were there. We’ll add a picture as soon as we go back and get one. The other part of the Musicquarium Lounge name is clearly “music.” The Triple Door features up-and-coming national and local bands inside the bar. We were there to see Wren, The Sky Colony, and Perfect...

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Bumbershoot | Music and Arts Festival in Seattle

Bumbershoot | Music and Arts Festival in Seattle

Nothing says Labor Day weekend in Seattle more than Bumbershoot. No, I didn’t just sneeze — Bumbershoot (another word for umbrella) is the name of Seattle’s largest music and arts festival, and it happens over the three-day holiday weekend every year (since 1971) at Seattle Center. It’s our can’t miss event of the year in Seattle. With more than 100 acts playing on 6 different stages, the highlight of Bumbershoot for us is the music. Bumbershoot claims to have the “most diverse and carefully curated musical lineups in the world.” From Grammy Award winners, to old-time rockers, to up-and-coming hip-hop artists, there truly is something for everyone at Bumbershoot (click here for the 2015 lineup). There’s a constant flow of music blaring through Seattle Center all weekend. Tove and I were only there for one day last year, and we got a taste of more than 10 different bands. While the festival does reel in national and international acts, it prides itself on showcasing local performers. While music is the...

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Jimi Hendrix Memorial in Renton

Jimi Hendrix Memorial in Renton

Seattle has certainly produced its share of popular musicians. Pearl Jam, Kurt Cobain, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Kenny G and Macklemore are just a few that come to mind. But one of the biggest names to ever come out of Seattle is singer songwriter James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix. While his life was cut short decades ago when he passed away at the young age of 27, his music still lives on. Today, Seattleites and tourists can pay tribute to him and his music at the Jimi Hendrix Memorial. Born and raised in Seattle, Jimi Hendrix made a name for himself with songs like Purple Haze, Hey Joe, The Wind Cries Mary, and many others. He is arguably one of the greatest guitarists of all time and the best rock and roller to come out of Seattle. The Museum of Pop Culture even has an entire exhibit dedicated to the musician. When he died in 1970, Jimi Hendrix was buried in Renton where his mother was buried. Today, his grave has turned into a large, stone memorial....

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Northwest Folklife Festival at Seattle Center

Northwest Folklife Festival at Seattle Center

Thousands of people flock to Seattle Center every Memorial Day weekend for the Northwest Folklife Festival. A tradition in the Emerald City since 1971, the four-day event is now the largest free arts festival in the United States. The Northwest Folklife Festival features ethnic, folk, and traditional arts, crafts, and music. The festival  draws an estimated 250,000 visitors and 6,000 performers every single year. Admission to the event is free, but a donation is encouraged. When Tove and I checked out the festival, volunteers at the entrance asked for a $10 donation, but they weren’t pushy about it. You might also want to have some cash on hand to tip the side performers at the festival (if you want to). Speaking of performers at the Northwest Folklife Festival, Tove and I watched bands play on the main stages and off them. We also spotted jugglers, dancers, and even a guy swallowing swords (which was easily the most jaw dropping thing we saw). Attendees can even participate in the Northwest Folklife Festival...

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