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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

Join us for our first virtual KNKX School of Jazz studio session on January 28 at 7 p.m. hosted by Abe Beeson, featuring the Red Combo from Seattle Academy and their mentor, Northwest bassist Paul Gabrielson.  REGISTER HERE.  Thanks to Alaska Airlines and BECU for their support.

Friends of the South Hudson Music Project and The Royal Room come together for Solos for a Brand New Day: A Benefit for the South Hudson Music Project, a special evening in support of their mission to ensure a future and home for artistic, educational, and community programs in Seattle.  The event is January 24 at 5:30 p.m.   This joint venture creates a new model for small, community based venues.  Created in 2018, the South Hudson Music Project will soon become a full time presenter, with the Royal Room as its home base.  South Hudson Music Project will present a virtual fundraiser of solo performances across two hours of incredible music, with a combination of livestream and pre-recorded performances.  The evening will be hosted by Executive Director Wayne Horvitz, who will broadcast live from The Royal Room.  Each of the guest artists will perform solo, as befits the times, for five minutes.  The stellar cast of Seattle-based musicians will feature Marina Albero, Ayesha Brooks, Sera Cahoone, James Falzone, Jeff Fielder, Reggie Garrett, Alex Guy, Robin Holcomb, Ben Hunter, Ray Larsen, Ava Lim, Kathy Moore, Ahamefule J. Oluo, Victoria Parker, Sheridan Riley, J.R. Rhodes, Skerik, Sweeter Than the Day, and Cristina Valdes.  Tune in to the whole show on LiveConcertsStream.

Combining collaborative evening performances and new commissions with in-school concerts and a free community music workshop, Seattle-bred, New York-based brass quartet The Westerlies created Westerlies Fest in 2018 to engage students and audiences in Seattle and give back to the city that raised them.  For the 2021 Virtual Festival February 4-7, all performances will be streaming at  Nightly performances on YouTube featuring The Westerlies and an eclectic lineup of guest artists and collaborators including Michael Mayo, past KNKX student DJ Margaux Bouchegnies (on February 4 at 7 p.m. PT sponsored by KNKX), Morgan Henderson, and ChamberQUEER.  Each night of Westerlies Fest 2021 will feature a world premiere of a new piece from commission artists Kalia Vandever, Morgan Henderson, Michael Mayo, and Anthony Hervey, performed by The Westerlies.  The Westerlies will host a free community JAM-boree on Sunday, February 7 with activities for musicians and non-musicians alike including an improv workshop, listening party, and concert.

KNKX presents (virtual) Piano Starts Here: The Music of Mary Lou Williams and Thelonius Monk, February 17 at 7:30 p.m. in partnership with the Royal Room.  Featured performers are Nelda Swiggett, Ray Skjelbred, Ryan Burns, and Alex Guilbert.  One of the early innovators of Jazz piano, Mary Lou Williams defied being categorized and always pushed forward. Her New York apartment became a haven for many younger players, and the master was generous with her support and instruction-one of those younger players was Thelonious Monk, who became one of the most original and innovative voices in jazz.  The Piano Starts Here series highlights the work of some of the most prolific and talented composers and pianists to have ever tackled the instrument. Each of the performances brings together Seattle’s finest pianists to perform the works of the artist selected for that evening on the Royal Room’s Steinway B grand piano.


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


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. events around the region

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


Puyallup South Hill Rotary’s largest fundraiser of the year, Gold and Silver Auction – A Night at the Oscars, is February 1, 2021.

The Washington State China Relations Council, the oldest state level organization devoted to improving ties with China, will hold its 40th annual gala (virtually) on February 2.

International Community Health Services (ICHS) presents its Lunar New Year Virtual 5K Charity Event to Support Health Care Access, February 12-18.

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!