KEXP New Home Ground Breaking … Wow!

KEXP New Home ground breaking ceremony // photo by Amber Zbitnoff Knecht

Yesterday, you made KEXP history. Thank you.

Every day your passion inspires us to seek out and connect you to more “music that matters” —whenever, wherever, however you want to enjoy it. When we learned a few years ago that we had to vacate our current studio and find new digs, that same passion inspired us to re-imagine what a radio station can be — so you could engage with KEXP even more fully in our New Home.

And boy, did y’all ever “engage” with us at the KEXP New Home ground breaking ceremony and open house yesterday at Seattle Center. Excitement vibrated through the Northwest Rooms all morning long and into lunchtime.

KEXP New Home ground breaking ceremony // photo by Alan Lawrence

From King County Executive Dow Constantine (who was a KCMU DJ back in the day) to Campaign Advisory Committee co-chair Mike McCready’s sizzling guitar solo at the conclusion of the ceremony, elected officials, artists, and music lovers eloquently expressed why KEXP’s New Home matters to them.

Dow Constantine // photo by Brittney Bollay

Pearl Jam's Mike McCready (photo: Amber Zbitnoff Knecht)

Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready // photo by Amber Zbitnoff Knecht

Adra Boo of Fly Moon Royalty (photo: Amber Zbitnoff Knecht)

Adra Boo of Fly Moon Royalty // photo by Amber Zbitnoff Knecht

Fly Moon Royalty’s Adra Boo alternately had the crowd in stitches and tears; no wonder Executive Director Tom Mara introduced her as a “jewel of the Seattle music scene.”

Other artists in attendance included John Roderick of the Long Winters, Shelby Earl, and Sera Cahoone. Rose Windows and Bass Drum of Death played fantastic sets as part of The Midday Show remote broadcast. And, yes, that was Macklemore standing quietly in the back of the crowd during the ceremony.

Rose Windows // photo by Morgen Schuler

Bass Drum of Death live on "The Midday Show" (photo: Amber Zbitnoff Knecht)

Bass Drum of Death // photo by Amber Zbitnoff Knecht

Building KEXP’s New Home is truly a grassroots, community effort. With your support, $8.1M of our $15M capital campaign has already been raised. If yesterday’s festivities are any indication, you’re as excited as we are to keep forging ahead and throw open the New Home’s doors to the public in 2016.

So whether or not you joined us in person yesterday, thank you. You can follow the progress of KEXP’s New Home—and donate to help build it—any time at our New Home website, and don’t forget to check out the great photos.

photo by Alan Lawrence

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