Need a little spice in your Friday evenings? Ticketmaster service fees got you down? Well, my friend, KEXP has got just the prescription for you.
Starting this weekend, KEXP is teaming up with the good people behind Seattle Center to present a weekly series of free, all-ages concerts on the lawn of the Mural Amphitheater. Come bask in the warm glow of Seattle summer and enjoy live performances from some of KEXP’s favorite artists, every Friday from 5-8pm, July 31st through August 21st.
The series opens this Friday with the country-fried power pop stylings of Portland’s Blitzen Trapper, followed by the lyrical indie-rock of local outfit Throw Me The Statue. Other upcoming artists include the 206’s own Dyme Def and Fresh Espresso -- two of the most forward-thinking groups in hip-hop today -- along with down-home rockers The Moondoggies and percussive-folkies The Dodos.
As special inclusion to the series, the 7th Annual KEXP BBQ will also be taking place at the Mural stage and is now a free event. This year’s BBQ lineup includes breakout bands like Cymbals Eat Guitars and Japandroids, as well as a special headlining set from the legendary Dinosaur Jr.
For the full mural series and BBQ lineup, see below. You’ll also find some free tunes from some of the performing artists -- check em out!
Throw Me The Statue - Lolita
Blitzen Trapper - Wild Mountain Nation (MP3)
Dinosaur Jr - I Want You To Know (MP3)
The Dodos - Fools
Fresh Espresso - Big or Small (MP3)