Go out to RockIt Space this Sunday for the final Beacon (Hill) Rocks festival of the summer. It’s a free event with music, education, street food (taco and crepe trucks, hot dog and ice-cream carts), and more!
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Sunday, August 26, 2012 | 1-5 p.m. | Free
2336 15th Ave., Seattle, WA 98108
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On Sunday, August 26th, Rockit Community Arts presents its final outdoor summer festival of the 2012 season on Beacon Hill, known as Beacon Rocks! Located on Roberto Maestas Festival Street next to the Beacon Hill Light Rail Station, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., Beacon Rocks! is a family-friendly afternoon of music, haiku, street food (taco and crepe trucks, hot dog and ice-cream carts), artisan vendors, kids’ activities and neighborhood fun in the sun.
Beacon Rocks 2012 culminates in a celebration of community, featuring performances by Jean Mann, Mister K & the Rhythm Rockets Kids Show, Lushy, Tumbuka and Splinter Dance. (See Music Bios below)
Plus, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., Back Yard Barter (www.backyardbarter.org) invites the audience to join in BarterFest, sharing the bounty of their gardens with one another. Bring garden produce, eggs, honey, seeds, plants, tools, canned goods, baked goods, promises of a helping hand in the kitchen or garden, or mentoring skills to share and trade. The only rules are no money and have fun!
Members of the Beacon Food Forest (beaconfoodforest.weebly.com/) will present the innovative urban farming and land stewardship project being developed at Jefferson Park, and People for Puget Sound (http://pugetsound.org) will demonstrate creative, relatively easy ways of reducing pollutants flowing into stormwater drains, including information about natural yard care, planting native plants, disconnecting down spouts, installing rain gardens, and more practical tips to reduce toxins in our neighborhoods.
Walk, ride your bike, or hop on the bus or Light Rail and bring your family and friends to the Roberto Maestas Festival Street, between the Beacon Hill Light Rail Station and El Centro de la Raza, for a lingering summer afternoon of music, tasty treats and lively ideas. Don’t forget to bring something to exchange at BarterFest!
Haiku Contest” Theme “Plant a seed on Beacon”
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Beacon Rocks Music Schedule:
1:00 Jean Mann
Noted alt-folk indie-pop singer songwriter, Seattle-based Jean Mann has a lot to write and sing about. Having toured extensively since releasing her first album, blossom (2000), this innovative, self-taught performer shares her soulful, lovely and gritty-honest tales woven through the voice of an angel. Her vocal prowess, combined with eclectic instrument playing (de-tuned acoustic 6-string and tenor guitars, harmonica and ukulele), results in the homey, intimate feeling of sitting around a kitchen table with close friends. Jean Mann is a truly soul-quenching force in today’s independent music scene.
“Jean Mann is a very special talent.” – Cyndi Lauper
Top 12 finalist, Lilith Fair talent search
1:45 Mister K and the Rhythm Rockets Kids Show
Cab Calloway meets Mr. Rogers meets Vince Guaraldi is how Mr. K, Kent Stevenson has been described. Songwriter and pianist extraordinaire, Mr. Stevenson has incredible feel and insight into the child’s world, and they delight in the musical fare Mr. K serves up. It is not only the lush and vibrant tones, but in how Mr. K can pepper this abundant sound garden with just the right amount of jig and whirl, and poof, the song is alive and ready to take flight. Songs that stick to the ears and the soul – parent friendly as well.
Featuring Jeff Bongo Busch on drums and a variety of percussions and Kent Stevenson on keyboard. plus percussion instruments kids can play on with us. Dance moves, singalong, blowing bubbles…a nonstop fun show.
2:30 & 3:45 Splinter Dance
Splinter Dance Company extends thought-provoking dance performances to a broad range of audiences and makes dance accessible to the public using site-specific work as well as maintaining artistically current theatrical works. Splinter’s repertoire ranges in styles from hip-hop and breakdance, to lyrical, salsa, and jazz.
It’s Cal Tjader meets Stereolab meets Brazil 66 in a bar in Berlin. Drink up people–it’s LUSHY! Bossa beat flavored alterna-pop that goes down nice and easy. Lounge-y and danceable with hints of exotica and a touch of electronica…nutty and hip…intriguing and soothing–must see live!
Lushy concocts a refreshing pop style that blends original samples and Bossa beats with elements of vintage-Latin jazz, exotica, surf, new wave and sixties pop to create their own distinctive intercontinental sound. Most importantly, they have established a solid reputation for originality far beyond their roots in the lounge and exotica scene. What started as a lighthearted recording session among friends has now turned into a lasting and successful project. In the basement tiki den, with fully stocked cocktail bar, that is their studio, Lushy was formed and began compiling an extensive catalog of original songs. With an internationally distributed CD on Dionysus Records and scores of successful gigs from Vancouver BC to Los Angeles to Berlin, Lushy has steadily risen through the ranks of Seattle’s musical landscape. Led by the powerful and dynamic vocalist Annabella Kirby, musical mastermind Andy Sodt, and guitar wizard Matt Nims, Lushy holds sway over every stage they inhabit. If you like the Brazilian Girls, B-52′s, Portishead, Os Mutantes, Pink Martini, Astrud Gilberto and Martin Denny you’ll love Lushy! No matter what the comparison, Lushy is simply extraordinary.
TUMBUKA is a marimba band that plays African music drawn from traditional and contemporary styles. The name TUMBUKA is taken from the language of the Shona people, the largest ethnic tribal group in Zimbabwe, a country located in southeastern Africa. This music was arranged and taught for marimba in Seattle by Dumi Maraire, a man from Zimbabwe. The word “tumbuka” means to flower or burst out. Many of the melodies played by TUMBUKA tell a story or have special meaning to the African people who originated them.