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What Music Means to Seafair

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From Ray Charles, to Nirvana, to current chart-toppers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and The Head & The Heart, Seattle is renowned as a city steeped in musical tradition.

In an effort to expose our region to this music and tradition Seattle is famous for, Seafair introduced bold new mainstages and provided rich new musical experiences to the 2016 festival. Seminal Northwest artists Hey Marseilles, Star Anna, Ayron Jones and The Maldives are among the artists who performed on these stages at the Seafair Summer 4th and the iconic three-day Seafair Weekend.

Seafair also committed to supporting up and coming northwest youth musicians by providing opportunities to perform on these newly minted stages. EMP 2016 Sound off! Winners COSMOS and young Northwest guitar virtuoso Caspian Coberly and W-16 both performed at Seafair events in 2016 opening for these well-loved Seattle bands.

Seafair is committed to providing an expanding array of unique contemporary music performances to the festival as it enters its 68th year.

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Seafair Summer 4th

Attendees at Gas Works Park can spend the day listening to live, local music at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Main Stage including:

  • Pickwick: Seattle born indie rock band featuring smooth rock with a mix of rhythm and blues
  • Smokey Brights: Modern rock and roll never sounded this fresh
  • ParisAlexa: 18-year-old singer-songwriter’s playful doo-wop pop features complex vocal arrangements influenced by Motown and old-school soul
  • Brotha’ Groove: Funk/jazz-fusion band known for their sophisticated sound and infectious energy – from Parliament to Bruno Mars
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The City of Music @ Seafair – Music Ambassador

Two quintessential Seattle elements, the Seattle Music Commission and Seafair, came together in 2016 to form a new partnership - City of Music @ Seafair. This partnership helps showcase the city's expansive array of musical talent by weaving music throughout Seafair events.

A key aspect of this partnership included nominating and appointing a 2016 City of Music @ Seafair – Music Ambassador. This person would give voice to this dynamic partnership and represent Seattle City of Music to diverse audiences through several high-profile performances at key Seafair events throughout the summer festivities. The Music Commission identified a list of 12 top potential candidates to fill this role and submitted it to Seafair for consideration.

Grace Love soon became the 2016 City of Music @ Seafair – Music Ambassador and made appearances at the Seafair Kickoff and Summer 4th. For some in Seattle, Grace Love needs no introduction. But for those that haven’t heard her yet, you’re in for a musical treat. Grace Love is Seattle’s shining jewel of grit, beauty, and power – think Etta James and Betty Wright meet Mahalia Jackson. Backed by the True Loves, her vocals float effortlessly over kickin’ back beats, smart horns, syncopated rhythms and sweet B-3 color. Her music is the hip swinging, heart-freeing sound you crave to hear live, but rarely do.

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About the Seattle Music Commission

The Seattle Music Commission, established by the City of Seattle in 2010, strives to enhance the growth and development of Seattle's music sector and convey the City's commitment to the industry, musicians, and live music audience. The Commission and the City of Seattle Office of Film + Music work together to advance the Seattle City of Music Vision, which visualizes Seattle by 2020 to be a city where musicians thrive and music businesses flourish.
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