THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — Umoja Fest, CID Block Party 2019, Jamaica’s 57th Independence Celebration, and More!

by Emerald Staff

Heads up South Seattle! This weekend is SeaFair. The event is at Genesee Park and along Lake Washington Boulevard near the park (and on the lake itself). Learn about all the ways it will effect traffic and be super loud — planes, jets (Blue Angels, etc.), hydroplane racing, and other stuff — on the event website. Public transit will be affected by the gazillion people trying to get in and out of the Rainier Valley all weekend. 

Wed., July 31:

First Forty – July Edition

“First Forty is an intimate showcase of SassyBlack’s variety of talents & skills. Event will include: Live Performance by Sassy; Special Stand Up set by Sassy; Listening of unreleased music; Interview w/ special guest.

“Prizes, Giveaways & more! *’Sassy Special’ tickets come with an album download card (#NewBlackSwing or #NoMoreWeakDates).

Time: 7–9 p.m.
Where: 18th & Union: an arts space — 1406 18th Ave.
Cost: $10 Adv. / $12.50 “Sassy Special” / $15 Door


Summer Field Day at Othello Park

“Celebrate the free Summer Meals program at a free, all-ages field day near you. Enjoy a bounce house, music, and free games and activities for the whole family, including face painting, crafts, an obstacle course, and more! A free lunch will be provided to all kids, teens, and adults.

Time: 12–3 p.m.
Where: Othello Park — 4219 S. Othello St.
Cost: FREE

Thurs., Aug. 1:

Anti-Displacement/Support Our Seniors Rally

“Join residents, workers, and community members of Seattle’s Chinatown-International District at a rally and march to protest the increasing gentrification, and displacement of small businesses, elders, and low-income tenants.

“The August 1st rally and march, which will begin at 5pm in Hing Hay Park, is a collaborative effort by the CID Coalition/#HumbowsNotHotels, Asians for Black Lives, PARISOL/Pacific Rim Solidarity Network, #WeAreKeiro, and other CID community groups.”

Time: 5–8 p.m.
Where: Hing Hay Park — 423 Maynard Ave. S.
Cost: Free to attend


*Honorable mention in downtown Seattle on Thurs., Aug. 1: 

Rally Against ICE: Fight For Thy Neighbor

“We can no longer watch as our friends and neighbors are torn from their homes by the Trump Administration. We can also no longer wait for our politicians to decide when the right time is to solve this crisis. With every child that dies in a cage due to inhumane conditions, we are reminded that the time is now. ICE violates the very being of our most vulnerable communities and they must be abolished, alongside all detention. We are the solution. Every day we bear the guilt and pain of watching our nation descend into fascism.

“The time is now to stand in defense of asylum seekers, migrants, and people of color. The Northwest Detention Center, the largest private immigration prison in the United States, is Washington’s best kept secret. The offices at 1000 2nd Ave serve as the nexus for Washington’s deportation machine. This fight is not only happening on the Border — it’s here. Rally the city. #NeverAgain.

“SPEAKERS: Matt Remle, Ava Sharifi, Nikita Minkin, Paul Quinonez Figueroa, Varisha Khan, Gina Petry, Doreen McGrath, Maru Mora, Shaun Scott, Kshama Sawant, Michelle Dillon, Shasti Conrad, Jeremy David Voss, Kelle J Brown, Margo Heights, Juan Jose Bocanegra.

Time: 6–8 p.m.
Where: ICE Headquarters — 1000 2nd Ave
Cost: Free to attend

Fri., Aug. 2:


Umoja Fest 2019

“Umoja Fest brings the soul to Seafair! Celebrating the best of the Black community and African Diaspora culture in northwest featuring Music, Food, Culture and family fun!

“Attractions include the Africatown Heritage Parade featuring dance troops and drill teams, Children’s Day & Family Fun Village, Soul N The Park, Afrobeats & Kulture Stage, Roots Stage, Heal The Hood Basketball Tournament & Hip Hop 4 Peace stage and delicious flavors of the African diaspora from restaurants and food trucks, vendor marketplace and community resource Fair and more!This is a weekend-long event.

Time: 3-day event begins Fri. @ 10 a.m.
Where: Judkins Park — 2150 S. Norman St
Cost: Free to attend

Cafe Red 2-Year Birthday Party! Live Music + Sambusa Pop-Up

“Live music 4-9pm; Live cypher 9-10pm; Performances (in reverse order):

“Eye_Am; OnePeace; Dadabassed; Jamel Moxey x Ready Ron Beats
Shubzilla x Bill Beats; Jamaar Smiley; TWIYA; Carter Wilson; Wishbaby; Lyric Divine; Brian Is Ze; Madshroom MC; Julie-C; SCRiBE The Verbalist; StP@; Planet 39; Kyle Kamppi; Fantasy A; Peace & Red Velvet. Music starts at 4pm sharp! Hosted by Dre Anderson, DJ Neebor in the house

“Vegan sambusa pop-up from 4pm until sold out by Sambusa. SAVE THE DATE BECAUSE THIS IS GONNA BE A NIGHT TO REMEMBER. Thank you to each and every person (and doggo) who has been part of our story so far. We’re beyond blessed to share this corner of South Seattle with you all ♥All-Ages

Time: 4–10 p.m.
Where: Cafe Red — 7148 MLK Jr. Way S.
Cost: FREE

50th! Great Records of 1969– Miles Davis’ In a Silent Way

“In a Silent Way is one of Miles Davis’ most influential records of his storied career. Produced by Teo Macero, the album was recorded in one session date on February 18, 1969, at CBS 30th Street Studio in New York City. Incorporating elements of classical sonata form, Macero edited and arranged Davis’s recordings from the session to produce the album. Marking the beginning of his “Electric period” In a Silent Way has been regarded by music writers as Davis’s first fusion recording, following a stylistic shift toward the genre in his previous records and live performances.

“Featuring: Ahamefule J. Oluo – Trumpet, Darian Asplund – Saxophone, Josh Rawlings – Rhodes, Tim Kennedy – Organ, Marina Christopher – Bass, D’Vonne Lewis – Drums

“50th! Great Records of 1969: The Royal Room’s annual celebration of classic records released half a century ago.Two back-to-back performances. The Royal Room is All Ages until 10 p.m.

Time: 6 p.m. (doors)
Where: The Royal Room — 5000 Rainier Ave. S.
Cost: $15 Adv. / $20 DOS

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The Black Chevys/Medejin/Falon Sierra

The Black Chevys, Falon Sierra, Medejin

Time: 8:30 p.m.
Where: Columbia City Theater — 4916 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $10

Sat., Aug. 3:


Lander Flea Market & Block Party

Lander Apts yard sale! Lots of colorful new & vintage clothing curated & sold by your cute cute neighbors. Multiple households, vendors & local artists selling all the stuff you’ve always wants– clothes, cameras, furniture & other big things (like a BBQ). Everyone is welcome! Come early to get the flyest things.

Lander will be CLOSED between 15th & 14th. BYOB & comida. Barbecue, more flea market, taking advantage of summer days, shirt painting for the kids (and the not-kids), dancing in the street, music video & film screenings, art for sale, sharing homemade food, karaoke in the pocket, lighting up the fire in the homemade firepit as the sun goes down, getting to know your neighbours.

Time: 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Where: S. Lander St (between 14th & 15th Ave S.)
Cost: Free to attend

CID Block Party 2019

“A FREE block party in the Chinatown International District. Our love letter to Asian Pacific American music, arts, culture, and community. 💕

“[LINEUP] Prometheus Brown; Bambu DePistola; Kronika; chong the nomad; Bohkeh; Young Strong b2b DJ Houseplants

“[EXTRAS] Chinatown/ID Bar Hunt from 11am to 2am; Boozy Boba Beer Garden Hosted by East Trading Co.; SHIFT Import Show Hosted by Namsayin; SAAFF C-ID Summer Cinema – Crazy Rich Asians from 9pm to 10:30pm.

Time: 3–9 p.m.
Where: Chinatown-International District — 900 S. King St
Cost: Free to attend


Eldridge Gravy // Thaddillac // Flais

“Clock-Out Lounge Presents Eldridge Gravy, Thaddillac, Flais” 21+

Time: 9 p.m.
Where: Clock-Out Lounge — 4864 Beacon Ave. S.
Cost: $15

Jamaica’s 57th Independence Celebration

“Join us as we celebrate Jamaica’s 57th Independence at Red Lounge – 1212 E Jefferson St Seattle WA. This is one of our biggest Annual events and one not to be missed!!! Early arrival is advised! 💯✔

Time: 9:30 p.m.
Where: Red Lounge — 1212 E. Jefferson St
Cost: $15 Adv.

Sun., Aug. 4:

Feast in the Street!

“Food. Friends. Family. Connection. All on a beautiful August evening. Join us as we transform a city street into a lively gathering spot, filled with long tables of food, music in the air, and fun for all. We’ll add bike decorating, a short awards program, exhibit booths, scooter demos, a roving marching band and more!

“Most importantly, we’ll celebrate the mission of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways that let’s us re-imagine our public spaces in a way that puts people first. And we’ll do a little fundraising to keep this critical work moving forward.

“Music by DJ Topspin!; A short program hosted by Sasha Summer Cousineau; Comments by Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda; Catered buffet by Manu’s Bodega!; Beers by Georgetown Brewing on tap; Beautiful wines by Eleven Winery; E-scooter demos by Lime; Bike decoration station; Corn hole and other street games; Group rides/bike trains to the Feast from different neighborhoods!Kids 5 and under get in free.

Time: 5–8 p.m.
Where: Roberto Maestas Festival St (between Beacon Ave & 17th Ave S.)
Cost: $0–100 *NOTAFLOF
(*Contact: for ticket/payment options)


Tues., Aug. 6:


Seattle JazzED’s Free Block Party!

“Seattle JazzED is turning 10 years old – and we want to celebrate with you at the site of our future home in Rainier Valley! If you’ve ever been a part of Seattle JazzED – this is for YOU! And if you’ve never heard of JazzED until now but you’re into music education and awesomeness, this is for you too.

“You’ll hear the JazzED Summer Second Line (hot off their Torchlight Parade debut), plus a performances by Banda Vagos, Seattle’s premier Mexican banda and the JazzED Messengers (an all-star cast of our beloved teaching artists). Also! Free hot dogs + Birthday Cake + Prizes + Kids’ activities.

Time: 6–9:30 p.m.
Where: 2101 22nd Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

Tanya Boteju – Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens

“Join us for an evening with Tanya Boteju and her debut young adult novel, Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens.

“Perpetually awkward Nima Kumara-Clark is bored with her insular community of Bridgeton, in love with her straight girlfriend, and trying to move past her mother’s unexpected departure. After a bewildering encounter at a local festival, Nima finds herself suddenly immersed in the drag scene on the other side of town.

“Macho drag kings, magical queens, new love interests, and surprising allies propel Nima both painfully and hilariously closer to a self she never knew she could be—one that can confidently express and accept love. But she’ll have to learn to accept lost love to get there.

“From debut author Tanya Boteju comes a poignant, laugh-out-loud tale of acceptance, self-expression, and the colorful worlds that await when we’re brave enough to look.

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


Open Mics!

Here’s a quick round-up of the ones we know about (listed in chronological order; list updated frequently):

Seattle’s Best Open Mic (Wednesdays)

Sistas Rock The Arts Open Mic (Thursdays)

Cafe Red’s Open Mic for All (Second Thursdays, inquire w/ Cafe Red for details)

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

Legacy Fridays Open Mic / Showcase (Second Fridays)

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

Royal Esquire Club Open Mic Tuesdays (Tuesdays **Special Jam Session Edition on 8/6)

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)

**They also do karaoke at Marco Polo Bar & Grill in Georgetown on the weekends. 


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

DOS = Price day of show

Door = Price at the door

Adv. = Advance

GA = General Admission (no assigned seating)

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.

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