After 18 months of closure, the South Hudson Music Project announced the reopening of the live music venue, The Royal Room, this Wednesday, Sept. 15. The reopening signals a reawakening of musical and artistic life in the South Seattle Area.
The Royal Room’s first event “Piano Starts Here” will showcase the work of great pianists, including Duke Ellington, Carla Bley, Cole Porter, Earl Hines, and others, all played by local Seattle-based pianists and improvisers. Local composer and performer Alex Guilbert is the host of the series. Tickets must be purchased prior to the event as they will not be sold in-person.
Events will continue through the weekend. On Thursday, Sept. 16, local jazz vocalist Elnah Jordan will perform. Jordan is an accomplished singer with a singing repertoire including gospel, jazz, blues, and R&B.
On Friday, Sept. 17, people who want to welcome back live music on the dance floor will get not one but two opportunities to attend “The Royal Room Grand Reopening Dance Party.” Tickets will be available for both an early show at 6:30 p.m. or the late show at 9:30 p.m. Local musicians will be covering classic artists such as Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Lake Street Dive, Amy Winehouse, and The Staple Singers.
Last spring, restaurants and bars braced themselves against a flurry of rapidly escalating news about the COVID-19 virus that led to a statewide lockdown mid-March. In the midst of so many unknowns, one unfortunate fact was certain: Live music venues were among the first to close. In the months since, it became clear that if they survived, the same venues would be the last to reopen. Now that the state has lifted pandemic restrictions, live music, performance, comedy shows, and even dance parties are returning to South End venues. Here’s what the return of live entertainment will look like for Rumba Notes Lounge, Clock-Out Lounge, and The Royal Room.
Movies:Opening of Interstellar starring Matthew McConaughey – Details: With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history; traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars.Showtimes: 12:30pm, 2:45pm, 7:15pm, 9:30pm –Where: Ark Lodge Cinemas (4816 Rainier Avenue South Seattle, WA 98118- MoreInfo: http://www.arklodgecinemas.com
Community: VFW Meat RaffleDetails:The Skyway/Westhill VFW will be hosting their weekly meat raffle. Come for the beef and stay for the company. You may just score some savory cuts of prime dead cow. – Time: 4:00pm-7:00pm –Where: 7421 S 126th Street, Seattle, WA – MoreInfo: firstname.lastname@example.org
Music:Club Shostakovich Special 50th Anniversary Edition (Party like it’s 1964) – Details: Club Shostakovich celebrates the 50th anniversary of Dmitri Shostakovich’s 9th and 10th String Quartet premiere which took place at the Moscow Conservatory in November of 1964. Performers are Trio Pardalote (Victoria Parker, violin, Heather Bentley, viola and Rowena Hammill, cello) with favorite guests from the ongoing series, violinists Blayne Barnes, Natasha Bazhanov, Artur Girsky and Mikhail Shmidt. We’ll throw in the beloved 8th String Quartet for good measure and play three in a row: 8th Quartet at 8 pm, 9th Quartet at 9 pm and 10th Quartet just after 10 pm with time for drinks in between. As it will also be Heather’s 50th birthday starting at midnight, the specially formed Quartet Royale, featuring Wayne Horvitz, piano and Jimmie Herrod, vocals will play the late set into the night.- Time: 8:00pm-Whenever-Where: The Royal Room (5000 Rainier Avenue South Seattle, WA 98118- MoreInfo: http://www.theroyalroomseattle.com
Saturday, November 8th
Community:Free Community Veterans Resource FairDetails:Come get the latest information on Veterans benefits, Healthcare services, Jobs, Training services, and many more Service Providers. These Veteran Affairs professionals will be available on site to serve our Veteran men and women of all ages, Widows of Veterans, and their families-Time: 10:00am-2:00pm-Where: Mount Zion Baptist Church 1634 19th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122 – MoreInfo: email@example.com
Gardening: Lip Smacking Good Jerusalem Artichoke Harvest & Art Hanging– Details: Share information including recipes, cultivation, nutritional info with tasting opportunities. Meet the artist and view installation of art on the fence next to the sunchoke bed. Time: 11:00am-12:30pm-Where: Brander Gardens Park (1730 Bradner Place South Seattle, WA 98144) MoreInfo: firstname.lastname@example.org
Community:Green Seattle Day- Rainier BeachDetails: Join Green Seattle at the Rainier Beach Community Center at 9am to get signed in, grab coffee, and welcome the day with our Green Seattle Day speaker, Jourdan Keith. Jourdan is Seattle’s Poet Populist (Emeritus), the founder/director of the Urban Wilderness Project, and a pretty awesome person, so we’re very excited that she will be starting us off. After a very brief address, buses will take volunteers the short ride to one of four local parks to plant native trees and shrubs, and then back to the community center when it’s done. Lunch is provided for all volunteers at 12:30 and will be a big Ethiopian buffet feast. Volunteers from all sites are welcome to join us-Time: 9:00am-12:30pm-Where: Rainier Beach Community Center – MoreInfo: http://www.greenseattle.org
Culture:Night of Creative Vision– Details: A Night of Creative Vision will center youth-of-color’s artistic activism and their creative expression for creating a world without prisons that cage our youth. This event is part of EPIC/YUIR’s No New Youth Jail Campaign and is open to all ages.Time: 6:00pm-10:00pm-Where: Monica’s Village Place (140 23rd Avenue S, Seattle, WA 98144) More Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/804553129586164/
Culture:Arts Gumbo: Grupo Utopia: Caribbean and Garifuna Music– Details:The final Arts Gumbo event of the 2014 Series will feature the Caribbean with a performance by Grupo Utopia, a dinner and dance workshop. Featuring some of the best Caribbean musicians in Seattle, Grupo Utopia delivers a panoramic soundscape of Latin Music, blending Miguel A Munoz’s dynamic voice and piano, with an expressive percussion section run by Ricardo Guity and Jeff Busch, seasoned with the rhythmic cadence of Jeff Norwood on bass, all this balanced by the melodious direction of Patty Carrion on keyboards. A Caribbean dinner will follow the performance. Following dinner, audiences can learn Caribbean dancing with Aguacero: Contemporary Ritual Drum and Dance. Founded in 2013, Aguacero plays contemporary and ancient drum and dance rhythms to honor the environment, the community, and the powerful forces of nature that surround everyone. This will be an informal, fun dance workshop for all ages and all levels. Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm-Where: Rainier Valley Cultural Center (3515 South Alaska Street, Seattle, WA 98118) More Info: http://www.rainiervalleyculturalcenter.org/events/grupo-utopia/
Community:Southeast Seattle Senior Center’s 3rd Annual Dinner and Auction Fundrasier– Details: SESSC would love to have you join them for this annual celebration.Donations and Sponsorship opportunities are still available-Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm-Where: 4655 South Holly Street, Seattle, WA 98118 – MoreInfo: http://www.sessc.org
Music: En Canto – Details: En Canto brings you music as rich and varied as the people and places of Brazil: forró and baião from the northeast, bossa nova and choro from Rio, and sambas from every city and town. These lively, danceable rhythms get everyone onto the dance floor, while the occasional slower tunes (such as Tom Jobim’s “Falando do Amor”) evoke the romantic Brazilian mood of saudade (longing). Led by Brazilian-born vocalist Adriana Giordano, this septet combines consummate musicianship with an infectious sense of fun, delighting everyone from the discriminating music aficionado to anyone who just wants to groove. – Time: 9:00pm-11:00pm-Where: The Royal Room (5000 Rainier Avenue South Seattle, WA 98118- MoreInfo: http://www.theroyalroomseattle.com
Community:Detective Cookie’s Urban Chess Club with Pro Chess Instructor H.R.Pitre.Details: Learn to play chess from one of the best instructors in South Seattle Time: From 12:00pm – 2:00pm Where: Rainier Beach Community Center: 8825 Rainier Ave South Seattle. MoreInfo: 206-650-3621 (Detective Cookie)
Sunday, November 9th
Music: North Corner Chamber Orchestra– Details: North Corner Chamber Orchestra was founded in 2014 by Blayne Barnes, Heather Bentley, Matthew McGrath, Victoria Parker, and Eli Weinberger. A musician-led, conductor-less ensemble, NOCCO thrives on performing dynamic, exquisite music. They are in residence at the Royal Room in Columbia City.- Time: 7:30pm-9:30pm-Where: The Royal Room (5000 Rainier Avenue South Seattle, WA 98118- MoreInfo: http://www.theroyalroomseattle.com
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