THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — Soundtrack for a Revolution, HONK! Fest West, 30th-Annual Beacon Hill Festival, and more!

by Emerald Staff

Wed., May 29:

JustLook Sip and Share

“This is a community networking event for Seattle area Black and Brown activist, educators, organizers, business owners and artists! If you are making moves in the community or want to know what’s up this event is for you! 🙌🏿”

*Also check out Revolution by the Barrel’s Three Year Anniversary (Sat., 6/1) and Let’s Talk About It – Our Changing Neighborhood (Mon., 6/3).

Time: 5:30–8 p.m.
Where: The Station — 1600 S. Roberto Maestas Festival St.
Cost: Free to attend (register here)

Music & Movement PlaySpace

“MUSIC & MOVEMENT PLAY-SPACE at Massive Monkees Studio: The Beacon; DJ | DanceParty | Crafts | Toys | BouncyHouse | StoryTime & more!

“CHILL Mondays & Fridays 10AM-2PM: ‘Chill’ days are low-key play sessions where kids can play, climb, color, read or dance at their own pace. Parent/caretakers are welcome to bring in work, gather with other parents/caretakers to meet or just hang out. We will have wifi and workspace set up.

“ACTIVE Wednesdays 10AM-12PM: ‘Active’ days will feature fun interactive activities led by MM Play Space facilitators Anna Banana Freeze and Brysen (Massive Monkees) as well as other special guest facilitators. Activities include tot dance lessons, story time, adult/kid yoga, arts & crafts and more!

Space is limited to 20 kids per session, reserve a spot here.

Time: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Where: Massive Monkees Studio: The Beacon — 664 S. King St.
Cost: $20 one-time registration per family

Thurs., May 30:

Thrifty Thursday volume 7: Hip Hop x Clothing Drive

“Thrifty Thursday is back! Bring clothing and personal hygiene items to donate to local organizations supporting our neighbors in need. Featuring live performances by
MADSHROOM MC The Brotha BoogieSCRiBE The Verbalist, Fourty., Kyle Kamppi, Justice VVS. Hosted by Blksknn. Come vibe with us and help support the community ♥” All Ages

Time: 7–10 p.m.
Where: Cafe Red — 7148 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S.
Cost: Free to attend (Bring items to donate!)

Free Meaningful Movie: Soundtrack for a Revolution

“This film tells the story of the American Civil Rights Movement through its powerful music – the freedom songs that protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, in paddy wagons and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality. These songs evolved from slave chants, from the labor movement, and especially from the black church. They enabled people to sing words they could not say and were crucial in helping protesters face down brutal aggression with dignity and non-violence. Directors Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman use contemporary artists to interpret the music and messages of the Civil Rights Movement including John Legend, the Roots, Richie Havens, Wyclef Jean and more.

“After the film, attendees are invited to stay for discussion. The South Seattle Climate Action Network and other local groups will provide info tables with opportunities for action.” All-Ages

Time: 6:30–9 p.m.
Where: Mt. Baker Park Presbyterian — 3201 Hunter Blvd S.
Cost: FREE (donations accepted)

Fri., May 31:

Novaplosion 2019!

“Join us for an all-ages evening of rock at the Novaplosion! Benefit Rock Show for Nova High School. Artist Lineup: Planet 39, MCDK, Stoffel, AIAIA, Jesse Stout, Nova High School musicians and poets

“All proceeds from the concert directly support Nova High School students with innovative programming and student needs. The student-run Budget Committee determines how FON money is spent. Priorities include: Textbooks and teaching materials, part or all of some teacher salaries, Artists in Residence, Field trips, Student Activity Committees, Parent/guardian education programs, Breakfast program for ALL students, Resources open to all students for basic needs such as school supplies, personal hygiene items, etc.

“Nova High School is an innovative Seattle Public School committed to social and racial justice, access and equity, the arts, and environmental sustainability. Learn more at”

Time: 7:30–11 p.m.
Where: Washington Hall — 153 14th Ave.
Cost: $12 (get tickets here)

HONK! Fest West

“HONK! Fest West is back for our 12th year of free community street band performances in the neighborhoods of Seattle. HONK! Fest West is a FREE, non-profit, community music festival driven by the energetic performance of street bands in public spaces. Completely volunteer-planned and organized, HONK! festivals are a part of a global renaissance of community street band culture. For three days in Seattle area parks and streets, 25+ bands deliver music and celebration that is accessible to all. In 2019, HONK! Fest West will be bringing the joyful noise to: South Park – Fri, 5/31, White Center – Sat, 6/1, Columbia City – Sun, 6/2.”

HONK! Fest West takes place at multiple locations across three days. See event page for a schedule of events and their locations.

Time: 5 p.m.
Where: Locations vary
Cost: FREE

ManDate // Creature 2 Creature // Whisper Hiss

“Clock-Out Lounge Presents ManDateCreature to Creature, and Whisper Hiss.” 21+

Time: 9 p.m.
Where: Clock-Out Lounge — 4864 Beacon Ave. S.
Cost: $10

Sat., June 1:

2019 Beacon Hill Festival

“Join us for the 30th Annual Beacon Hill Festival, which raises much-needed funds for Jefferson Advisory Council’s scholarship program. Our annual event draws more than 5,000 attendees with food vendors, carnival games, drill team and drum line performances, folk dance, food trucks, and more. This event is FREE and open to all ages!Family-Friendly

*Also check out the Jefferson Park Lawn Bowling Club – Open House happening simultaneously.

Time: 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Where: Jefferson Community Center — 3801 Beacon Ave S.
Cost: FREE

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Party In The Park

“Join 300 Club Records and friends for a beautiful afternoon in the park with some records, and a pinball machine. This is a free, all ages event. This is an open format show, so there will be music of all kinds, and a few of these fine folks are playing their first ever deejay set.

“We just added an incredible visual artist to the festivities. Adam Hanson aka AH Graphics will be live painting. Original pieces will be available. Deejay Performances by: Spinelly – Duzz Down San – Vienna, Austria; Wizdumb – Lo-Flydelity – Seattle; Progeny – Fake Four – Seattle/San Antonio; J. Ohm – 300 Club Records – Seattle; Thad Wenatchee – Filthy Fingers – Seattle; Rob Castro – Concuss Creations – Seattle; Gary C – Crane City Music – Seattle; Spacecat – Ballard +More.All-Ages

Time: 3 p.m. (until it stops!)
Where: Diagonal Park (near 4663 Diagonal Ave S.)
Cost: FREE

MÁS hip hop, MÁS mujeres, MÁS resistencia

“MÁS hip hop, MÁS mujeres, MÁS resistencia (More hip hop, more womxn, more resistance) — Let’s get together to have an intimate conversation about hip hop as art of resistance and women of color leading movements.

“Come to meet Afro-Ecuadorian hip hop artist Black Mama and her fellow Ecuadorian feminista Hip Hop artists, Caye Cayejera, Taki Amaru, and Gabriela Gomez to dialogue about the ways they use the transformative power of Hip Hop art and music to create community, joy, and resistance urgently needed to heal a world damaged by violence against women, the exploitation of ancestral land and displacement of ancestral communities, state policies that harm asylum seekers and immigrants around the world, and the persecution of queer and transgender communities.

“Dialogo, potluck and hanging out.All-Ages

Time: 5–7:30 p.m.
Where: Union Cultural Center — 803 S. King St
Cost: FREE

Third Annual Fundraising Dinner

“Come Celebrate with One Vibe Africa on Saturday June 1st 2019! You are cordially invited for our third annual fundraising dinner to benefit our Education, Music and Art Programs in Kenya. Let’s keep the momentum growing as we enjoy music by the incredible Naomi Wachira, local beer and wine, an authentic African dinner, and a fun live auction!

“On June 1st at our fundraising dinner we are also premiering the music video of ‘Rise Up’, which is a song we recorded and was produced by two-time Grammy winning producer, Maurice Jones Jr. last May with artists from Seattle, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, and New York that were in Seattle for our second annual fundraising dinner, workshops, and Upstream Music Festival & Summit where One Vibe Africa curated the first international African Stage.

*Warren Pope’s: Blood Lines, Time Lines, Red Lines opens on Fri., 5/31. Check out the exhibit opening from 6 – 9 p.m. On Tues., 6/4, hit the latest in the WriteOn! Author Series. This week features Glory Edim, author of Well-Read Black Girl.

Time: 6–9:30 p.m.
Where: NAAM — 2300 S. Massachusetts St.
Cost: $125 per person

Jams for Jabs Fundraiser

“Live music, food and drinks in support of an awesome group of kids! Your House Boxing is a safe ‘home away from home’ for south end kids. Hundreds of amazing and talented kids come to us for free boxing and life skills training every year. Join us at the Hillman City Collaboratory and help to keep this vital community space open and FREE!

Time: 7–10 p.m.
Where: Hillman City Collab — 5623 Rainier Ave. S.
Cost: Contact event host

Neema “The Renaissance”

“One Night Only; *Neema’s ONLY Seattle performance of 2019; Special introduction by keynote speaker and Seattle SuperSonic legend Shawn Kemp. Co-Hosted by Travis T and Sinchilla. Featuring: Dontavious, Roksta, Celistino Cortez, Jesse James Greenwood, Fatcat Music, Chris Nate, Flawless Music W/ Bookastxx, and Di Luna.” 21+

Time: 8 p.m.
Where: Columbia City Theater — 4916 Rainier Ave. S.
Cost: $20

Sun., June 2:

Artist Talk: Melanie Stevens

“Melanie Stevens is an artist, illustrator and writer. She is the creator of the graphic novel series, WaterShed, and the co-founder and editor of Miss Anthology, an organization that supports and publishes racially and economically diverse young comic artists who identify as female or genderqueer. She is also the co-curator of Nat Turner Project, a migratory gallery space that grants artists of color the freedom to create or express their own language within and without the parameters of racial commodification or designation. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree for Political Science from Yale University and her Master’s of Fine Arts degree for Visual Studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art, where she currently teaches. Melanie’s work ‘If You’re Watching This, It’s Too Late,’ will be on exhibit at Wa Na Wari, in June and July.All-Ages

Time: 2–3 p.m.
Where: Wa Na Wari — 911 24th Ave
Cost: Free to attend

Mon., June 3:

Kennesha Buycks – Restoration House

“Rediscover the heart of your home and your story. Home is meant to be a place to belong. A place to gather and connect. A place of beauty. A place to restore your soul. Creating a restored home—the kind that you and your loved ones want to return to again and again—is as much about making everyone who enters feel cared for and comfortable as it is about creating a beautiful space.

“In Restoration House, home decor and lifestyle guide Kennesha Buycks of Restoration House blog shows you how to embrace your home and your story as you create mindful spaces that give life to you, your loved ones, and all who enter.”

Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Third Place Books — 5041 Wilson Ave. S.
Cost: Free to attend

Tues., June 4:

The Witness~Savoy Night Owls~Free Candy

“A night of Blues, Jazz and Soul. Music that haunts and heals. Music that sends you and transcends you. Don’t miss this extra special night The Witness, The Savoy Night Owls, and Free Candy.

Time: 7 p.m.
Where: The Royal Room — 5000 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $10

Community! There are a veritable crap-ton of *open mics* popping up in the South End. Here’s a quick round-up of the ones we know about (listed in chronological order):

Seattle’s Best Open Mic (Wednesdays)

Lyrically We Stand (Third Wednesdays)

Sistas Rock The Arts Open Mic (Thursdays in May)

Cafe Red’s Open Mic for All (Second Thursdays, See Website for details)

Totem Star Spring Open Mic (Fridays w/ variable frequency & location)

Legacy Fridays Open Mic / Showcase (Second Fridays)

Tuesday Night Music Club (TNMC) Open Mic (Tuesdays)

Skylark Hang: Jazz Open Mic (Tuesdays)

Royal Esquire Club Open Mic Tuesdays (Tuesdays)

Freshest Roots Presents: Expresso Open Mic (First Fridays)

And check out these comedy-specific open mics:

Joketellers Union (Wednesdays)

Stand Up Comedy Open Mic at Tippe & Drague (First Saturdays)

*Here’s a monthly comedy showcase too: Cafe Red’s We Got Jokes (Second Wednesdays)

If *karaoke* is more your speed, check out these venues:

Bush Garden (Daily)

Columbia City’s New Karaoke Night (Wednesdays)

Clock-Out’s ggnzla Karaoke (Mondays)

Venus Karaoke (room rentals)


*NOTAFLOF = “No one turned away for lack of funds”

DOS = Day of Show

Adv. = Advance

GA = General Admission (no assigned seating)

Door = Tickets are only available at the door.

FREE = As far as we can tell, you can show up and have fun without buying anything.

Free to Attend / No Cover
= We don’t think there’s a cost to attend, but you may feel enticed or expected to buy something or make a donation (especially if the event is at a bar or restaurant or is not-for-profit and/or a fundraiser).

RSVP = French acronym for “Please respond.” The hosts’ / venue encourage or require you to let them know you’re coming. There’s probably a link somewhere. 🙂

Family-Friendly = This is an event for the whole family.

All-Ages = People under 18- / 21-years may attend, but young children won’t necessarily enjoy this event.

Please follow individual event links and follow up with event venues / organizers to verify crucial event details. 

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