Category Archives: Music

Jazz Singer Johnaye Kendrick Discusses Her New Album, Inspirations and Her Role as an Educator

by Gus Marshall

Local treasure Johnaye Kendrick is a sensational jazz singer as well as esteemed professor at Cornish College of the Arts. Her self-produced sophomore album Flying (Johnygirl Records) has solidified Kendrick as one of the current names to know on the national jazz scene.

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Columbia City and Hillman City Receive Official Arts & Cultural District Designation

by Jacob Uitti

In August, Columbia City and Hillman City received an historic honor: a prestigious Arts & Cultural District designation from Mayor Jenny Durkan. Now forever linked—and not just by Rainier Avenue—the two diverse, multicultural neighborhoods, which are comprised of about 13,000 people, can further showcase their dozens of art and music venues—from the Columbia City Theater to the Royal Room and the soon-to-be-opened Black and Tan Hall. To get a sense of what this new arts and culture designation means for the area exactly, the South Seattle Emerald reached out to Kathy Fowells, Director of SEEDArts, which was one of the many organizations responsible for getting the initiative to the Mayor’s office. Fowells discussed what the future holds for the neighborhoods, what an arts app might look for them and much more.

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THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE—Incident Exposure, FEELINGS Improv, TOO MUCH!, and more!

by Emerald Staff

Friday, Sept. 14th:

Incident Exposure

“An evening to celebrate and share a new 3 month art residency for Tanya Dean in Columbia City Theatre’s Bourbon Bar!! Incident Exposure is an exploration of the inner mind. Ink blots are a recognizable artifact of early psychology, deriving meaning from the human brain’s ability to seek patterns. This aim of this series is to demonstrate the effects of life and living, exposing a ‘self’ to reality and collecting and integrating those experiences. Live electronic music performances by: Djime, Alpha Stream, Zen Seizure; Live art on canvas provided by: Tanya Dean, Jeff Harrison, Kevin Ducoing.”
Time: 8 PM–1 AM
Where: CC Theater Bourbon Bar—4916 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Tags: Gallery Show, Art, Live Art, Live Music, Electronic Music, Bar

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THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE—LUNIZ, San Gennaro Festival of Seattle, C-ID Night Market, and more!

by Emerald Staff

Friday, Sept. 7th:

Game On

Middle- and high school-aged youth—Play video games at the library every Friday!
Time: 2:45–4:30 PM
Where: Skyway Library—12601 76th Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Tags: After School, Youth, Teens, Tweens, Games, Gaming, Library

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THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE—Johnaye Kendrick, DNA Saturdays, Tell It Like It Is, and more!

by Emerald Staff

Friday, Aug. 31st:

Johnaye Kendrick: ‘Flying’ CD Release

“Vocalist, Composer and Professor Johnaye Kendrick returns to the Royal Room for her sophomore album release, Flying, a collection of originals, finely crafted arrangements, and MAGIC! Johnaye is ‘not just a vocalist,’ said legendary saxophonist Jimmy Heath. ‘She is a complete musician with a beautiful instrument and open ears.’ With Kendrick’s sterling vocals, fantastic original compositions and bright, warm disposition she’s always sure to give an exciting and authentic performance. Featuring Bill Anschell (piano), Chris Symer (bass), and D’Vonne Lewis (drums).”
Time: Doors, 7 PM
Where: The Royal Room—5000 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: No Cover (donations appreciated)

*Also this weekend at the Royal Room: The Jelly Rollers with Ayesha “MusicBox” Brooks, Jack Gravalis Trio ft. Joey Walbaum (Sat.) and The Moonspinners (Sun.).

See website for individual event details. The Royal Room is All Ages until 10 PM.

Tags: Live Music, CD Release, Restuarant

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THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE—Seattle SAMBAThon, Arabic Story Time, Little Saigon Festi-Roll!, and more!

Friday, Aug. 24th:

GRAND Opening: Cheese Platters and More

“Cheese Platters and More has been open for a month now and it is time to celebrate! We will be hosting a Grand Opening Celebration and want to see you there! Wine tastings! Delicious food! Great deals! Fun times! This is our way to thank the people who have helped us get rolling and invite the rest of the city to check us out. Join the cheese revolution!”
Time: 3–7 PM
Where: Cheese Platters and More—2717 E. Union St
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Food, Wine, Grand Opening

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