Friends of Waterfront Seattle has announced its 2019 waterfront summer event lineup, featuring free live music, performance, and activities for all ages. Family-friendly performances occur every Saturday and Sunday from July 6 through September 2 at Hot Spot, the event stage on Pier 58, located at 1401 Alaskan Way.
Kicking off the waterfront summer event season is the fourth annual KEXP Rocks the Dock concert featuring bands Dude York, Moaning, Dogbreth, and DJ & Emcee Abbie. Hosted by KEXP 90.3, Seattle’s non-commercial independent radio station, the waterfront event season kickoff begins Saturday, July 6 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 7 performances include live music by outstanding ensemble headliner, Banda Vagos, and other Latin artists Mariachi Fiesta Mexicana and Correo Aereo from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Pier 58’s Hot Spot summer events feature vibrant cultural, educational, and recreational events and activities. Every Sunday at 10:30 a.m., Sea Mar Community Health Center offers a free full hour of Zumba Fitness, taking place July 7 through Aug. 25. Other weekend waterfront events include soccer at the Seattle Sounders’ FC RAVE Foundation Soccer Octagon, summer theater by Book-It Theater and Red Eagle Soaring Native Youth Theatre, site-specific dance performances by Kinesis Project dance theater, K-Pop music and dance, a hip hop tournament-style competition by 206 Zulu, Blues music, youth-led live music and activities with The Vera Project, dance parties and competitive dance battles, a local artist music festival, and the Americana Festival. For details on the full schedule of waterfront events this summer, visit www.friendsofwaterfrontseattle.org/events.
Friends of Waterfront Seattle is the City of Seattle’s nonprofit partner helping to build the future Waterfront Park and ensure its lasting success. Following the public-benefit partnership model, we educate the public about the park and its benefits, raise philanthropic funds to build the park, and partner with the City to manage, fund, and program the park long-term. Our goal is to make the central waterfront a public mixing ground where all communities can share cultural, recreational, and civic experiences in a beautiful environment. Waterfront Seattle / Friends is a founding member of the High Line Network, a movement in cities across the world to reclaim underutilized infrastructure and reimagine it as public space. Explore the future park at our project showroom, Waterfront Space, located at 1400 Western Avenue in Seattle, and open Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
501 South I St., Tacoma, WA
Ethnic Fest has been celebrating culture & community for Over 30 years! Enjoy two full days of music, dance, art, and foods from around the world.
Since 1986 Ethnic Fest has grown to become the largest celebration of culture and community in Tacoma. Voted the best festival of the South Sound; this year Ethnic Fest takes place Saturday, July 27 – Sunday, July 28 from Noon to 7 pm at historic Wright Park in Tacoma, WA.
This family-friendly, free festival has grown in size and hosts Kid’s Zones, hands-on cultural activities and experiences, performer stage, as well as numerous specialty arts and crafts, food, and information vendor booths. This year’s festival will also include a 3 on 3 basketball tournament, for Youth (15U) and Adaptive Recreation divisions.
Learn More About:
Register Your Team Today! Deadline July 19
Teams will be sorted by grade level.
3rd-8th Grade Registration
9th-12th and Family Divisions Registration
Metro Parks Tacoma Youth Sports provides recreational league play in five different sports during the year for boys and girls ages 5-12.
All teams are coached by volunteers who are background checked at national and state levels. MPT Youth Sports staff also provides guidance for any individuals willing to coach, including potential full team practice plans and coach training. Teams and players are registered as coaches are available. For more information please visit this page.
225 female riders will leave biker stereotypes in the dust during a 200,000-combined-mile journey to the Big Easy
Two hundred twenty-five unapologetic, fearless and trend-setting female bikers, brought together by Black Girls Ride (BGR), will ride nearly 200,000 miles, collectively, from more than 5 states for the largest African-American music and entertainment celebration in New Orleans July 5-7. The rides, powered by Indian Motorcycle and Polaris Slingshot© represent the growing emergence of African-American and female motorcyclists in the U.S.
“This is the ultimate girls trip,” BGR Magazine Founder Porsche Taylor said. “We are celebrating our femininity, individuality and showing the world that there’s an indescribable feeling of accomplishment and freedom that women get when they conquer their fears on a high-quality motorcycle.”
As reported in a 2018 Motorcycle Industry Council study, female motorcycle ownership doubled in the U.S. in the last decade, with nearly one in five motorcycle riders being female. Among African-American motorcycle owners, women dominate at 53% over men, according to another 2018 survey of American consumers.
The majority of the riders, some of which will be riding Indian Motorcycles or the three-wheeled Polaris Slingshot vehicles, will make the multi-state journey from five states: Texas, Florida, Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana. Other riders will come from as far as California. Riders will either make the joy ride solo or in a group. The 225 riders will bring their mission to the largest African-American female festival in the nation.
“Polaris has fueled the passion of riders, workers and outdoor enthusiasts for more than 60 years,” Polaris Marketing and Customer Engagement & Growth Manager Joey Lindahl said. “Indian Motorcycle and Polaris Slingshot are proud to support and celebrate the growing national sisterhood of riders as they blaze new trails in the industry.”
“Women continue to break barriers and defy stereotypes in motorcycling, and the sport has brought us together like never before,” Tayor said. “Our fellow biker sisters come from all walks of life. We work in boardrooms and classrooms across the nation but on the free road, we are one. We are a family.”
ABOUT BLACK GIRLS RIDE™
Black Girls Ride Magazine (BGR) is an inclusive celebration of women who live to ride. BGR is an all-access source for product launches & reviews, women’s rider fashion and events across the nation. The magazine profiles the unique stories of female motorcycle clubs, professional racers and stunt riders, while also shining a light on the sisterhood of biker culture. BGR’s mission is to continue increasing the number of female motorcyclists, provide safe riding adventures and inspire riders through safety education and celebration. For more information about Black Girls Ride Magazine, please visit blackgirlsride.com.
ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE®
Indian Motorcycle is America’s First Motorcycle Company®. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit indianmotorcycle.com.
ABOUT POLARIS SLINGSHOT®
Polaris Slingshot®, a product of Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), is a three-wheeled motorcycle that delivers a ride like nothing else you’ve ever experienced. The Slingshot is powered by a 2.4-liter engine with a five-speed manual transmission and comes in a variety of models that will leave you grinning from ear-to-ear. To learn more, visit slingshot.polaris.com.
Café Nordo Presents
A WORLD PREMIERE PLAY WITH FOOD AND MUSIC
The vibrant, multicultural history of Seattle’s International District comes alive in Sara Porkalob’s latest work at Nordo’s Culinarium
July 19 – August 11, 2019 – Tickets on sale now
Café Nordo is proud to present the world premiere of 7th and Jackson created by award-winning theatrical creator Sara Porkalob (The Dragon Cycle). Set in the early 1960s, it’s an intimate experience that transports audiences to Seattle’s vibrant and multicultural International District and, true to Café Nordo’s signature format, blends authentic jazz, ethnic cuisine and unforgettable history for a full-sensory experience
like no other. 7th and Jackson runs July 19 – August 11, 2019 at
Café Nordo’s Culinarium and tickets are on sale now.
“I wanted to write a play about Seattle’s International District in the 1940’s because most of the stories I heard, read, and seen about that time period focused specifically on the Japanese community in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor,” said creator Sara Porkalob. “And, I wanted to dive deeper into what life was like for the other ethnic enclaves of the period.”
7th and Jackson follows three best friends with big dreams of owning their own jazz club. As the 1961 grand opening of the club 7th and Jackson progresses, the childhood history of Lee, Min and Ada is revealed. Despite the bombing of Pearl Harbor, WWII and rising tensions in their neighborhood, these young women remain determined in their pursuit of the American Dream.
“The beating heart of my play is the friendship between three young women: one of them Black woman, one of them Filipina, and the other Korean. These diverse friendships existed during this time period and I want to shine a light on their rich existence.” Porkalob continues. “This era was a tumultuous time in American history and it’s important that I contribute to our historical narrative from the perspective of women and people of color. So much and so little has changed in our American Landscape since then.”
THE FOOD: Heavily influenced by true stories of Seattle’s 7th Avenue and the International District food scene of the early 60s, this 4-course menu, which is included in the ticket price, explores cultural diaspora from street food to family meals. Inspired and informed by the cuisines native to and emergent from Seattle’s historic communities of color, including International District/Chinatown and the Central District, the menu pays homage to this cuisine history in Nordo’s signature style of interactive plating.”
THE MUSIC: With Musical Direction by Andrew Pang, 7th and Jackson treats our guests to live renditions of soulful era classics including memorable songs from The Andrews Sisters, Duke Ellington, and Ella Fitzgerald.
Director and Playwright: Sara Porkalob
Executive Chef: Erin Brindley
Menu Design: Christian Rosso
Musical Director: Andrew Pang
Actors: Corinne Magin, Anasofia Gallegos, Aaron Jin, Sarah Russell, Van Lang Pham
Set Design: Lex Marcos
Sound Design: Evan Mosher
Costume Design: Katrina Hess
Properties: Robin Macartney
Lighting Design: Emily Leong
FOR CALENDAR EDITORS:
WHAT: On Friday nights, three best friends meet in the alley outside their favorite place, an underground Seattle jazz club hosting touring jazz legends, home to raucous gambling, and even louder dinner parties. Lee, Min, and Ada are unlikely playmates but they all share the same dream: to own and run their own restaurant and jazz club. When the bombing of Pearl Harbor and rising WWII tensions tear apart their homes, they make a sacred promise to keep their dream alive. Spanning three decades, 7th and Jackson pairs local history with cultural diaspora and live music, all served on one plate.
109 South Main Street,
Seattle WA 98104
July 19 – August 11, 2019
Wednesday – Saturday 7:30pm
Sundays at 6:00pm
$79.00 includes the performance and a prix fixe menu. Beverage and cocktail service additional.
*Suitable for audiences 18 and older
Online Box Office: bit.ly/7thJacksonNordo
Waterfront Seattle is more than a park — it is a once-in-a-generation opportunity when the community’s values, vision and investments align to achieve lasting economic, social and environmental value—now, and for the benefit of future generations. Friends of Waterfront Seattle is the nonprofit partner to the City of Seattle, helping to execute, steward, and program this park, designed by James Corner Field Operations.
Our mission is to build awareness, fundraise, and lead strategies that support the long-term health of the park, all with the goal to ensure that the waterfront is beautiful, vibrant, and welcoming to all.
Waterfront Space is the project showroom for the future waterfront park. Swing by and one of the Friends team will guide you through the project with interactive models and visuals.
Friends of Waterfront Seattle is the City of Seattle’s nonprofit partner helping to build the park and ensure its lasting success. Following the public-benefit partnership model, we educate the public about the park and its benefits, raise philanthropic funds to build the park, and will partner with the City to steward and program the park long-term.
Our goal is to make the central waterfront a public mixing ground where all communities can share cultural, recreational, and civic experiences in a beautiful environment. Waterfront Seattle / Friends is a founding member of the High Line Network, a movement in cities across the world to reclaim underutilized infrastructure and reimagine it as public space.
We would love to show you what Friends is doing today. Come explore the future park at our project showroom – Waterfront Space – located at 1400 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98101. We are open Wednesday – Sunday, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Website images courtesy of Robert Wade Photography, Old Army Jacket Photo, Jordan Monez and Nick Brown.
To get the pre-sale password, subscribe to the Fair’s E-Club and select Concerts as one of your interests. You’ll automatically receive an email with the password the morning of the pre-sale.
Reserved Concert Seating – $40 – $65*
Concert tickets include Washington State Fair gate admission, a $14 value.
Ticket required for children 2 years of age and older.
*Online orders subject to standard fees. A $4.50 service fee will be added to each ticket purchased in person at the Box Office.
Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men remains one of the most truly iconic R&B groups in music history. The group redefined popular R&B and continues to create timeless hits that appeal to fans across all generations, the band has penned and performed some of the most celebrated classics of the past two decades. The group’s 4 Grammy Awards are just the tip of the iceberg: throughout their 25-year career, Boyz II Men have also won a whopping 9 American Music Awards, 9 Soul Train Awards, 3 Billboard Awards, and a 2011 MOBO Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and a Casino Entertainment Award for their acclaimed residency at the Mirage Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, which has been ongoing since 2013.
The trio holds the distinction of being the best-selling R&B group of all time, with an astounding 64 million albums sold. And the reason is abundantly clear: for the past two decades Boyz II Men have given fans a rich catalogue of hits filled with smooth harmonies and enduring themes. And for Boyz II Men the hits just keep on coming—the group continues to craft new albums and bring their legendary act to stages across the world.
Boyz II Men’s past hits include: “End of the Road,” “I’ll Make Love to You,” “One Sweet Day,” “Motownphilly” and many others.
In five short years — from 1997 to 2002 — 98° sold a staggering 10 million records, scored a chart-topping single, “Thank God I Found You,” with Mariah Carey and Joe, and collaborated with their collective idol, Stevie Wonder, on “True to Your Heart,” for the 1998 animated Disney film, Mulan. Their four-million-selling album, 98° and Rising (1998, Motown), spawned the top-5 favorites “Because of You,” “I Do,” and “The Hardest Thing,” while 2000’s Revelation (Universal Records), which sold two million copies, peaked at number 2 on the Billboard 200 and yielded a trio of hits, “Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche),” “My Everything” and “The Way You Want Me To.”
The group emerged at a time when teen-oriented acts such as the Spice Girls, The Backstreet Boys and NSYNC were just hitting the top of the charts around the world. They differentiated themselves from many of the other teen bands at the time as they wrote much of their own material, which reflected their own R&B influences.
The 2019 Arts in Parks brochure has arrived! Download it here: http://ow.ly/yxBR50uK4Fg
The Arts in Parks program supports new and established community festivals, art happenings and music concerts that enliven Seattle parks by promoting arts and culture, celebrating diversity, building community connections and energizing parks while connecting with underserved communities. Arts in Parks is an initiative of Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Office of Arts & Culture. All events are free and open to the public. Learn more here.
“The Arts in Parks program brings our parks to life with an array of local art pieces, performances and cultural events that celebrate Seattle’s diverse communities,” said Jesús Aguirre, Superintendent, Seattle Parks and Recreation. “This program is presented in partnership with the Office of Arts & Culture and is a wonderful example of how we collaborate to bring new and innovative opportunities to serve all Seattle residents. Arts in Parks activities are free and open to all, and offer a fun and unique way to explore the city’s parks. I hope everyone has the chance to get out this summer and experience this program and the incredible art and beautiful open spaces our city has to offer!”.
If your neighborhood plans to participate in the Annual Night Out on August 6, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has a fund to support your event.
The Small Sparks Fund provides matching dollars for neighborhood-initiated projects that promote community engagement. Community groups can request up to $5,000 to help fund Night Out planning efforts and activities such as outreach materials, educational fairs, and kids’ activities, to name a few.
For information on the application process, visit our website or call 206-733-9916. The deadline for applications for Night Out is Tuesday, June 25 at 5:00 p.m.
Night Out is a national crime prevention event designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite communities. To learn more about Night Out, visit seattle.gov/police/community-policing/night-out.