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 email@example.com 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
BLACK HISTORY MONTH: The Jackson Street Jazz Walk 2021 is February 27-28 streaming simultaneously on Facebook and YouTube (type “Jackson Street Jazz Walk” in either search bar) at 7 p.m. both evenings. (The following information is courtesy of Earshot Jazz.) Like many concerts, Jackson Street’s 2020 concert was postponed due to the pandemic, so in turn the concert has pivoted into a virtual experience. Since its conception in 2013, Jackson Street Jazz Walk (JSJW) has featured a diverse array of jazz, blues, and alternative artists with an added commitment to showcasing the talented scope of musicians ever present in the Emerald City. In addition to JSJW’s efforts to preserve and educate people about the Central District’s roots in jazz and its deep, rich history within the Black community, the fact that the concert will coincide with Black History Month this year, makes it even more impactful. Enjoy two full nights of a dynamic range of Seattle favorites including performances by Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, Eugenie Jones Jazz Band, Lewis vs. Lewis Drum-off (featuring three generations: David Lewis, D’Vonne Lewis, and Donovon Lewis), Alex Dugdale, Julio Jáuregui, Rafael Tranquilino, Darrius Willrich Trio, and more. Word even has it that Jones will be premiering a new original song speaking to the racial injustices that continue to exist in the entertainment industry, with nods to icons such as Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Ernestine Anderson, and Dave Lewis, who all made names for themselves right here in Seattle before sharing their talent with the world. It was moments like these—the familiar energy of a packed club, neck bobbing vigorously to the beat, frozen in a single, perfect, harmonic moment—that brought us together in the first place. In recent years under the leadership of Eugenie Jones, JSJW has integrated a community service component. This year, Jackson Street has chosen to serve the Central Area Senior Center. In lieu of admission fees, Jackson Street is requesting donations, 100% of which will go to this organization’s community meal program that delivers meals to homebound seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Donations can be made via their fiscal sponsor Shunpike.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH: KNKX sponsors Melanin Stories Matter: Black Lives Living on February 27 from 5:30-7 p.m. What is it like to live in an America still plagued by white supremacy? Listen to six Black storytellers share social challenges: A Black Panther’s peaceful perspective, growing up in the southern projects, being called the n-word for the first time (of many), losing a job because an employer learned a new hire was “colored” after they showed up for work, and growing up without a father. We’ve improved some race relations since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s activism, but after what the USA (and world) witnessed in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021, it’s clear we still have a long way to go to move beyond melanin lines. Join us for this captivating storytelling show that is on a mission to heal racist hearts one story at a time. The Melanin Stories Matter storytellers are Dr. Ray Christian (MSM alumnus returning for his third show), Shirlee Smith, Lynne Jordan, Kory May, Michael D. McCarty, and Melanie McFarland.
PLEASE SEE MORE REGIONAL 2021 BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS ON THE LIVE STREAMED MUSIC EVENTS, CULTURAL ARTS AND CIVIC EVENTS PAGES.
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.
LIVE STREAMED MUSIC AND OTHER MUSIC EVENTS - such as:
ALSO: KNKX music show Facebook pages, Live streamed and previously recorded video concerts, Music conversations, Online music classes, National jazz streaming sites
VIRTUAL AND ONLINE CULTURAL/ARTS - such as:
ALSO: Virtual bingo, Online museum tours and talks, Film screenings, Community arts conversations, Virtual tourism, Literary happy hours, Educational programs, Online book clubs
VIRTUAL/ONLINE CIVIC EVENTS - such as:
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
VIRTUAL/ONLINE KIDS AND FAMILY ACTIVITIES - such as:
Museums, Seattle Aquarium, Festivals
SRJO Stompin’ at the Savoy Virtual Gala and Auction is March 6 at 7 p.m. hosted by KNKX jazz ambassador Abe Beeson.
Save the date for Vivid: A Fundraiser for Arts Access & Education on March 20 at 7 p.m. presented by Tacoma Arts Live. Please join our talented team of artists and educators along with EnJoy Productions for a virtual fundraiser with live music and a dazzling online auction!