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Right now, another way KNKX is connecting to our community during COVID-19 is getting the word out about things organizations and individuals around the region are doing to serve their communities.  Folks throughout our listening area have created or made available virtual/online content (live music, live streamed community conversations, art that you can enjoy from home, educational tools), and others have stepped up to help their neighbors in need.

If you want to get the word out about something you’re offering, we’d love to hear about it.  The KNKX Community page will be updated regularly. Please e-mail with your information which should consist of just the facts (event title,  date and time, a short description and--very important--a URL or other link where listeners can get more details). And be sure to ask questions if you have them.

KNKX Sponsored Events and Community Partnerships

KNKX's next School of Jazz virtual studio session is May 13 with a performance by the Tritone Jazz Trio from Tacoma’s Bellarmine Preparatory School and their mentor, saxophonist Tracy Knoop.  The free event will be hosted by Abe Beeson.  REGISTER HERE.

The Muse Hour virtual series returns with theater, conversations, comedy, and music, presented by Tacoma Arts Live, Cal Poly Arts, and Luther Burbank Center for the Arts.  Each event includes a moderated Q&A session with the artist.  Tickets for Tacoma Arts Live members [Grit City Network level and above] are free.  Tickets: $11.50 per show.  The remaining lineup: Las Cafeteras on May 8 at 7:30 p.m.; guitarist Tommy Emmanuel on June 5 at 7:30 p.m.  In advance of The Muse Hour with Las Cafeteras on May 8, join musician and educator, Antonio M. Gomez for Los de Los: Latinx Musicians in the City of Angels on April 27 at 7 p.m.  From Lalo Guerrero and Ritchie Valens to Los Lobos, Alice Bag, Quetzal and Ozomatli - and now in a new wave including Las Cafeteras and La Santa Cecilia - Latinx Angelinos have created a SoCal soundtrack that defies genres and is both local and international.

Macha Theatre Works presents a series of 17 Minute Stories from through June 2021.  The theme of their 20th season is Into the Unknown.  Performances will be live streamed from West of Lenin in Seattle’s Fremont district.  May 7 is Macha’s Back to the Future Gala, their 2021-2022 Season Announcement Party and fundraising event.  On May 14, Macha presents Don’t Pray for Me by Rebecca Goldberg.  On May 21 it’s Limbo by Tayo Talabi.  Get more info and tickets here.

KNKX is proud to support the Broadway Farmers Market, which opens May 6 and operates Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., May through August (and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. September and October).  It’s located on Broadway between 9th and 11th in Tacoma’s theater district.  Now in its 30th year, this vibrant downtown marketplace hosts more than 80 vendors who provide the highest quality fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, seafood, honey, specialty foods and artisan crafts. Located in the shadow of the historic Pantages Theater, the market also offers a wide selection of hot food vendors and café seating. You’ll find something for everyone, from farm fresh produce, to kid’s activities, chef’s demos, gardening advice and more.

KNKX is proud to sponsor the 50th Anniversary Northwest Folklife Festival on Memorial Day Weekend, May 28-31, featuring six program channels, over 120 performances from regional artists and 70 local merchants.  Created in partnership with Seattle Center and presented by Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Northwest Folklife’s 50th festival will take place virtually on the From Home to Home platform.  Audiences can explore livestreams, on-demand performances, and partake in over 32 live participatory workshops.  Channels include 50 Years of Folklife, Folklife Premieres, The Roadhouse: Participatory Workshops & Dances, Music & Dance On Demand, Family Fun: Dance and Sing and Create and Explore, and the Gathering Room.  In addition to performances and workshops, the festival also includes a Virtual Marketplace highlighting over 70 local small businesses, boasting both longtime favorite festival vendors and first-time merchants.

Calling all blues musicians!  The Washington Blues Society is partnering with other regional and Canadian blues societies to hold a Virtual Blues Showdown.  This event is open to all bands and solo/duos from the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana and the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta.  All entries must be received by the Washington Blues Society by June 15, 2021 via email at, or snail mail at Washington Blues Society, PO Box 70604, Seattle, WA 98127.  You can find the entry form here.  There will be an entry fee of $15.00 USD, which will be used for production expenses of producing this event. All videos must be received by July 1st, 2021.  A finals show is planned for some time in August.


May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.  Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have a rich heritage thousands of years old and have both shaped the history of the United States and had their lives dramatically influenced by moments in its history.   CLICK HERE to learn about regional events, and local and national resources that elevate the stories and experiences of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

For virtual events and venues in Washington State, please check venue and event websites for status updates during Governor Inslee's Healthy Washington reopening plan.


How you can support musicians and the music industry during COVID-19

ALSO:  KNKX music show Facebook pages, Live streamed and previously recorded video concerts, Music conversations, Online music classes, National jazz streaming sites


ALSO: Virtual bingo, Online museum tours and talks, Film screenings, Community arts conversations, Virtual tourism, Literary happy hours, Educational programs, Online book clubs


Town Hall Seattle events, Civic University Civic Saturdays, Seattle CityClub, Grit City Think&Drink, Live community and business forums, Lectures, Virtual boot camps, Environment-themed events and the great outdoors, Local city/county informational events, Educational opportunities, Community support


Museums, Seattle Aquarium, Festivals


Soroptimist International of Sequim presents their Virtual Garden Show and Auction.  The Virtual Garden Show webinars will be May 8, 15, 16, 22, and 23 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $5 each.  The Garden Show Auction will have more than 100 items up for bid at all price points. It will preview May 7-11, and open to bidders at noon on May 12th. It will run until 5 p.m. May 16th. Winning bidders can pick up their items on May 17th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or 18th from noon to 6 p.m. Visit the website to find the auction preview information.

Tacoma Art Museum’s Spring Luncheon 2021 is May 13 at noon, where they’ll unveil their new mission and vision.

The Safe Streets Champion Luncheon is May 19 at noon on Zoom.

Show your love for The 5th Avenue Theatre at the I ♥ The 5th Gala, a Virtual Event on June 4, 2021 for the most heartfelt virtual celebration of the year.  Preview begins May 21 at 11 a.m. and bidding closes on June 5 at 6 p.m.