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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 presents Piano Starts Here: The Music of Chick Corea, a live streamed event on April 21 at 7:30 p.m.  February marked the loss of Chick Corea, who turned the jazz world upside down when he burst onto the scene in the sixties, and continued to do so for a long and wide-reaching career.  From working as a sideman with Miles Davis, to free jazz innovation with Anthony Braxton and others, to electric fusion ranging from popular to esoteric, even to trading Mozart riffs with Keith Jarrett, Chick pretty much did everything a jazz pianist could, while always retaining his infectiously driving and vitalizing voice.  Join us as we pay homage to one of the all-time greats!  Featuring Tim Kennedy, Josh Hou, Dylan Hayes, Jeremy Bacon, and Alex Guilbert.

The 2021 Best of the Blues Awards show is online, April 18 from 5-7:30 p.m. presented by the Washington Blues Society, an affiliate of The Blues Foundation, celebrating 30 years of keeping the blues alive!  Every year the membership of the Washington Blues Society honors the work and achievements of musicians, artists, venues and organizations from our state in 32 categories as nominated by and voted on by the membership.  (KNKX All Blues host John Kessler has been nominated for Best Blues DJ, an honor he’s won many times.)  The ceremony also includes performances from select nominees and induction into the Washington Blues Society Hall of Fame.  The 2021 Best of the Blues Awards show will be broadcast as a live stream presentation on Youtube and Facebook to a worldwide audience.

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 lineup:  NPR All Things Considered host Audie Cornish (moderated by KNKX News Director Florangela Davila) on April 11 at 3 p.m.; A Virtual Conversation with Mike Birbiglia on April 24 at 7:30 p.m.; Las Cafeteras on May 8 at 7:30 p.m.; guitarist Tommy Emmanuel on June 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Macha Theatre Works presents a series of 17 Minute Stories from through June 2021.  The theme of their 20th season is Into the Unknown.  On April 16 at 8 p.m., Macha presents The Transcendence written by Alma Davenport and performed by Alba Davenport.  Performances will be live streamed from West of Lenin in Seattle’s Fremont district.   Get more info and tickets here.

The all-digital Seattle International Film Festival is April 8-18, sponsored by KNKX.  This year’s Festival will showcase 90+ features and 100+ shorts from over 50 countries, plus daily events, talks, Q&As, and more.  The festival will take place virtually with films available on demand through the new streaming SIFF Channel AND there will be tons of opportunities to gather, participate, and celebrate. 

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.

The 3rd annual Lake Chelan Wine and Jazz Festival showcases internationally acclaimed jazz artists and celebrates the wonderful wineries, historic downtown, and remarkable beauty of the Lake Chelan Wine Valley.  We invite you to join us for our third annual festival, May 20-23.  This four-day event offers Festival Pass holders a musical tour through the Lake Chelan Wine Valley. Twenty three jazz performances—including Dmitri Matheny, Stephanie Porter, Greta Matassa, The New Triumph, the Ellensburg Big Band and more—take place at ten wineries and venues around the lake. Lake Chelan AVA wines and a variety of food options will be available at each music venue during performances.  Net proceeds from the 2021 festival will benefit local charities.  Find out more about the event here.


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


Jazz at Lincoln Center is proud to announce their 2021 gala, Innovation + Soul, hosted by Dee Dee Bridgewater and honoring Jon Batiste and Charles Phillips, premiering April 14 at 4:30 p.m. PT (7:30 p.m. ET) and on demand April 15-25. 

The Readers Are Leaders Benefit Breakfast for South Sound Reading Foundation is April 15 at 7:30 a.m. 

Animals as Natural Therapy presents their Legacy of Hope Gala and Auction on April 17 from 7-8 p.m. 

Mark your calendars for Seattle Arts and Lectures’ most festive and important fundraiser of the year—Words Matter 2021, a virtual benefit gala & literary auction on April 23. 

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