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KNKX supports these regional community events

KNKX is proud to be a media sponsor of the following community events:

Folklife Sessions @ Métier Brewing Company – First Thursdays from 6-8 p.m.

Métier Brewing Company and NW Folklife have partnered to host a monthly concert series, allowing NW Folklife to showcase our network of artists in a local business that celebrates the age-old craft of beermaking. MBC is all about strengthening community and creating a welcoming gathering space for families, friends, and those who appreciate exceptional beer. Located in the Central District, Seattle's Historic Black neighborhood, Métier is one of the few Black-owned breweries in the country.

April 4: Rafael Tranquilino is known locally in the Seattle area as the lead front man and guitarist of his band, The Rafael Tranquilino Band. A power trio consisting of guitar, bass and drums that fuse rock, blues and funk with an alternative and fresh sound. He’ll play a searing riff, tease you with an old fashioned Delta slide and then bring you back down with his powerful lyrics. Rafael's exciting style and notable chops have earned him the reputation of being one of the "hottest" young guitar slingers in the Pacific Northwest and his band was noted as “Best Blues Band of 2012” in the Tacoma Weekly. Rafael has called his style of music alternative/blues/rock, music that will rock your heart & soul!

Jam in the Atrium at Vashon Center for the Arts – First Saturdays from 1-3 p.m.

Jazz bassist Bruce Phares invites accomplished musician friends and colleagues to help him fill the Atrium at Vashon Center for the Arts with high-quality live jazz, for FREE. Take in some great jazz surrounded by the latest art exhibit. April's featured artists are saxophonist Kate Olson and keyboardist Tim Kennedy.

Hear Me Talkin' to You at the Royal Room - Third Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.

Immerse yourself in the stories, songs and voices of womxn and non-binary artists through blues and blues-rooted repertoire. Year two of this dynamic series will feature local artists interpreting the music of Blueswomxn from past and present, including Bessie Smith, Big Mama Thornton, Etta James, Ma Rainey, Koko Taylor, Ruthie Foster, Memphis Minnie, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Bonnie Raitt, Ethyl Waters, Nina Simone and Aretha Franklin. Featured artists will also sing original music to show the evolution of inspiration in their work! Shows the 3rd Thursday from through June, curated by Reese T.

Jazz in the City at the Frye Art Museum - April 14, 2-4 p.m.

This free performance series celebrates the art form of jazz music and its long-standing influence and vibrancy in the city of Seattle. Next up: The Duende Libre Trio is a dynamic, genre-bending Seattle ensemble featuring pianist Alex Chadsey, drummer and percussionist Jeff Busch, and bassist Farko Dosumov. Duende’s sound draws on eclectic influences ranging from Afro-Cuban Jazz to Brazilian Samba, American Funk, and traditional West African music.

The 21st Seattle Black Film Festival takes place in the historic Central District, where the power of storytelling comes alive. Immerse yourself in a plethora of narratives from the African Diaspora, spanning genres, countries, and styles. Engage in talkbacks with filmmakers, networking events, and local culinary delights from restaurants and vendors. It's more than a festival; it's a cultural journey. Don't miss the chance to be part of this vibrant tapestry of cinema and community. April 25-28 at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute and April 29-May 5 (virtual)

North Bend Jazz Walk - April 27, 6 p.m. to midnight at various venues in downtown North Bend
Nineteen venues in Downtown North Bend, Washington, with 28 bands plus student performances!

SE:UM Korean Folk Meets Western Jazz - May 1, 7:30 p.m. at Vashon Center for the Arts

Jazz lovers and world music enthusiasts will be equally enthralled when they step into the unique world of SE:UM.  This powerhouse quintet of Western jazz and Korean folk music virtuosos use traditional Korean percussion and stringed instruments (like the Gayageum) alongside traditional jazz instruments like sax, trumpet, and bass to create boundary-breaking music that dismantles barriers between genres to craft a unique musical tapestry. SE:UM has enjoyed a meteoric rise in Korea after their debut album, earning nominations for Best Crossover Album and Best Jazz & Crossover Performance at the Korea Music Awards in 2015.

Earshot Jazz presents Samara Joy - May 25, 8 p.m. at Benaroya Hall, Seattle

Samara Joy is bringing back old school jazz, making it her own with her stirring soulfulness and undeniable sparkling talent. In recognition of her stardom, Samara Joy won a 2024 Grammy for Best Jazz Performance ("Tight"), plus 2023 Grammys for Best Jazz Vocal Album and the auspicious Best New Artist award.

Her voice, rich and velvety yet precociously refined, has already earned her fans like Anita Baker and Regina King, appearances on the TODAY Show, and millions of likes on TikTok—cementing her status as perhaps the first Gen Z jazz singing star. Samara's latest album, Linger Awhile, introduces that massive audience to a slew of classic standards several times older than she is through her timeless, irresistible sound.

Samara's band for this show includes Pasquale Grasso on guitar, David Wong on bass, and Kenny Washington on drums – plus Sullivan Fortner on piano.