Category Archives: Upstream Music Fest + Summit

Local Artist Spotlight: ZELLi

Leading up until the Upstream Music Fest + Summit, a Northwest regionally focused festival with over 300 acts, KEXP will be featuring a new local artist from the lineup with an interview and suggested tracks for where to start. Today’s post features Seattle rapper ZELLi, performing Friday, May 12. Think about how your favorite rappersRead more…

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Local Artist Spotlight: Guayaba

Leading up until the Upstream Music Fest + Summit, KEXP will be featuring a new local artist from the lineup with an interview and suggested tracks for where to start. Today’s post features Bremerton, Wash. rapper Guayaba, performing Thursday, May 11 on the TUF stage. Every person contains multitudes, but few embrace them as much as NorthwestRead more…

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Local Artist Spotlight: Ole Tinder

Leading up until the Upstream Music Fest + Summit, KEXP will be featuring a new local artist from the lineup with an interview and suggested tracks for where to start. Today’s post features Seattle country outfit Ole Tinder, performing Friday, May 12 on the Macefield stage. On a dreary, bustling Seattle evening, walking into an Ole Tinder show can be likeRead more…

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Local Artist Spotlight: Kirt Debique

Leading up until the Upstream Music Fest + Summit, KEXP will be featuring a new local artist from the lineup with an interview and suggested tracks for where to start. Today’s post features edgy beat-maker Kirt Debique, performing Friday, May 12 on the Brick Lane Records Stage. Music as catharsis isn’t a new concept, but it’s stillRead more…

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Local Artist Spotlight: COSMOS

Leading up until the Upstream Music Fest + Summit, KEXP will be spotlighting a new local artist from the lineup with an interview and suggested tracks for where to start. Today’s post features Seattle hip-hop collective COSMOS, performing Thursday, May 11 on the Sound Off! stage. Seattle hip-hop has garnered national attention for the “space rap”Read more…

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Song of the Day: J GRGRY – Cave Birds

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the day podcast subscription . This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJ’s think you should hear.  Today’s song, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Cave Birds” by Seattle synth-rockRead more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit: Full Lineup Announced

On May 11-13, Upstream Music Fest + Summit will descend upon Pioneer Square with over 300 local and national acts. Back in February, the first wave of artists whet our appetites with names like Flying Lotus, AlunaGeorge, Shabazz Palaces, Beat Connection and Snarky Puppy. Now it’s finally here — the full lineup!

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit: More Breakout Sessions and Keynote Topics Announced

Announcements for the upcoming Upstream Music Fest + Summit keep, well, streaming in! Last week, we revealed the first wave of breakout sessions. Now the full speaker lineup is here, along with new details on keynotes from Macklemore and some additions to previously announced sessions, like Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready teaming up with composer Ron Jones. You can see all these sessions,Read more…

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Mastering the Hustle + Career Day This Saturday

Have you always dreamed about having a career in music? It may not be as far off as you think. This Saturday, you’ll have two different free opportunities to learn from local artists and industry professionals on how to succeed in an arts career. Whether you’re looking for ways to become a better performer or just curiousRead more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit: Announcing the Breakout Speakers

The first-ever Upstream Music Fest + Summit is just around the corner, on Thursday, May 11th through Saturday, May 13th, in locations all over Pioneer Square. Earlier this year, the first wave of artists were announced (see here), as well as this year’s keynote speakers: Quincy Jones, Macklemore, and Portia Sabin, president of the independentRead more…

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