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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 IS PROUD TO HONOR JUNETEENTH, a holiday which commemorates the abolition of slavery in the state of Texas on June 19, 1865.  President Abraham Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation three years earlier, but it was not until the surrender of General Robert E. Lee that ended the American Civil War.  Still a rural frontier, it would take another three months for the Union Army to arrive in Texas and announce the total emancipation of slaves in the state.  Juneteenth was pivotal throughout the former Confederate states—where the larger populations of African Americans were enslaved—in ending slavery in the United States.  Whether you know it as Freedom Day, Emancipation Day, Liberation Day, Jubilee Day or Juneteenth, Washington’s Lottery stands with all who bear witness to this historic day and celebrate the emancipation of everyone who was once enslaved in the United States.  KNKX and Washington’s Lottery encourage all Washingtonians to learn more about our state’s newest holiday through the events and resources on our webpage honoring Juneteenth 2021.

KNKX Sponsored Events and Community Partnerships

You’re invited to KNKX’s next live streamed studio session on June 17 featuring an exclusive performance by the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, pre-recorded in the Brubeck Room at the Wilton, Connecticut Library, home of the Brubeck Archives.  Get more info and REGISTER HERE.  Just in time for Father’s Day, bassist/trombonist Chris Brubeck and drummer Dan Brubeck pay tribute to their Dad, jazz great Dave Brubeck—along with pianist Chuck Lamb and guitarist Mike DeMicco, performing some of Dave’s tunes.  The event also features a Q&A with Abe Beeson and Chris Brubeck. 

Youssou N’Dour: Return to Gorée opens June 18 streaming on the SIFF Channel, supported by KNKX.  A musical road movie, Return to Gorée follows Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour's historical journey tracing the trail left by enslaved Africans and the jazz music they created. Youssou N'Dour's challenge is to bring back to Africa a jazz repertoire of his own songs to perform a concert in Gorée, the island that today symbolizes the slave trade and stands to honor its victims.

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.

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.   On June 11 they present Smeared by Jenn Ruzumna.  On June 18, it’s The Sum of Identity by Cassandra Leon.  Get more info and tickets here.

Washington State History Museum created this original exhibition in collaboration with historian and author Peter Boag: Crossing Boundaries: Portraits of a Transgender West highlights historical narratives of transgender people in the West from 1860 to 1940, and considers how westward migration provided opportunities for self-expression and fulfillment. As they traversed unfamiliar territory, these individuals crossed both physical boundaries and the perceptual boundaries of their earlier lives. Like all pioneers, they shared a history of obstacles and fear, bravery and triumphs. Join us in learning more about the history of gender, identity, and changing cultural perceptions in the West and the connections between transgender history and the LGBTQ+ community today.  This exhibition (on through December 10) is supported by Humanities Washington, KNKX Public Radio, and The Norcliffe Foundation.

Parent Map presents The Kids Are Not Alright: Tackling the Teen Mental Health Crisis on June 15 at 7 p.m.  It's a hard time to be a human; it’s a really hard time to be a teen. The pandemic has intensified an already alarming teen mental health crisis — as much as 40 percent of Washington youths are experiencing levels of anxiety and depression that impact their daily lives. Parents are more essential than ever in helping teens cope, and it’s especially important to start talking now.  Learn how to keep the lines of communication open in this critical ParentMap Live talk for parents and teens featuring Dr. Tona McGuire, a clinical psychologist and co-lead for the Washington State Department of Health’s Behavioral Health Strike Team, and Laney Brackett, a sophomore at Inglemoor High School and a youth crisis specialist at Teen Link.  Register here.

The Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County’s 2021 Virtual Dog-A-Thon is June 20-26!  Spread the word to your friends and family near and far because registration is free for everyone who participates. Start a team or register as an individual today!  The first 100 people who register will receive a custom Dog-A-Thon dog tag, temporary tattoo, and paddle! You can add the dog tag to your pup’s collar for a little extra flair on your walks, or add it to your keychain as a reminder of the lives you’re helping to save. And the temporary tattoo and paddle are for taking pictures, of course – but don’t forget to tag us using #dogathon2021.  This event is one of our biggest fundraisers, and we need you now more than ever. Animals continue to come into our shelter every day, and the support raised by you and all of our participants is critical to saving lives.  Follow along on social media for a full week of fun activities, special prizes to win, and opportunities to get involved to make a difference for thousands of animals in Pierce County.

KNKX proudly sponsors Seattle Pride’s LGBTQIA+ Pride celebration which is going virtual with two days (11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, June 26 and Sunday, June 27) of speakers, performers, activities, and activism reflecting this year’s theme Resilience.  This year’s musical headliner is the Queen of Bounce music, Big Freedia (featured in Beyoncé’s Grammy-winning single “Formation” and Drake’s “Nice For What.”). The program also includes virtual performances from special guest  Mary Lambert (from Macklemore’s “Same Love” and her Billboard charting single “Secrets”), soul-baring emotionally lurid pop-rock musician Perfume Genius, and singer/songwriter and YouTube sensation mxmtoon; as well as nationally recognized speakers including horror film aficionado Isabella Von Ghoul, active duty Army Soldier Dr. Ella Nunley-Spaights, and burlesque performer Miss Violet DeVille. Attendees will also be treated to Oh! Oh! I KNOW! A Quiz Show hosted by Betty Wetter, Bedroom Bingo hosted by Cookie Couture, plus lots of family friendly fare.  You can interact with KNKX in our virtual room which will be live throughout the event.


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


Northwest Film Forum presents its Sunny-Side Up Brunch Fundraiser (Online), June 12 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PT.