Seattle’s best festival is BACK in full force: Today Freakout Festival announced the lineup for their 10th anniversary – and it’s awesome! This year, from November 10th to 13th, the Seattle Record Label will welcome more than 70 acts from around the world, including legendary Brazilian band Os Mutantes, who will play two nights of the festival; Isobel Campbell from Belle & Sebastian; Peruvian punk rock pioneers Los Saicos with THEE Papi Saico; LA Band No Age; a UFO Club reunion; and much more.
Also in this year: Freakout Fest has teamed up with Mexico City’s Devil in the Woods Records to bring excellent Mexican bands like El Shirota and Margaritas Podridas to the fest. The lineup also promises tons of psych rock sets (Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds, The Mystery Lights), French groups (Lulu Van Trapp, You Said Strange), femme-fronted acts (Colleen Green, Breanna Barbara) and loads of PNW bands (The Black Tones, Shaina Shepherd, Black Ends, Biblioteka). And to top it off, the Mad Alchemy Liquid Light Show will once again bring some crazy visuals to the four-day festival. Hooray!
“This isn’t a bombershoot or a block party— we really don’t want your kids at this event,” said Guy Keltner, co-director of Freakout Festival and band member of Acid Tongues, in a press release. “Freakout is and always will be a festival of musicians.” Stay tuned for secret show announcements and other collaborations for this special anniversary festival. It’s the best excuse to find yourself in Ballard!
KEXP elects a new CEO: This morning, the station’s board of directors announced that they have appointed KEXP’s current COO, Ethan Raup, as CEO. According to a press release, COO Raup has “driven equal pay investments, including raising KEXP’s wage floor and devoting significant resources to eliminating gender and racial pay gaps.” He also “oversaw strategic investments in technology and infrastructure” and “advocated meaningful changes to KEXP’s programming and internal roles consistent with KEXP’s commitment to becoming an anti-racist organization.” Good lock, Ethan!
It’s been a supernova year: remember how young we were in July 2021? When the end of the pandemic seemed to be in sight, when, after a break of more than a year, large indoor events were finally allowed to take place? How naive! In any case, this weekend marks the first birthday of SODO’s supernova. The Zac Levin company has carved a unique niche for itself in Seattle’s nightlife, offering huge sapphic parties and raucous, immersive balloon events. This weekend Supernova is having TWO anniversary parties. Saturday’s event will be streamed live on C89.5 from 9pm to midnight. Do you think it was the “Studio 54 of 2021”?
Speaking of SODO clubs: Teatro ZinZanni is back from the dead has abandoned plans to relocate to Woodinville and will instead take up a three-month residency at Sodo Park, the says Seattle Times.
This one is for all the opera heads out there: Yesterday the Seattle Opera announced that Michaella Calzaretta will be the new choirmaster and music team leader. According to a press release, one of her responsibilities is to prepare the 36-strong opera choir for the 2022/23 season. Calzaretta, who previously served as choral director and associate conductor at Utah Opera, will immediately assume the position he must prepare for The elixir of love, which runs August 6-20 at McCaw Hall. Welcome, Michaela!
Short run makes me so happy: And you will be happy to hear that the comix and arts festival will take place again in person on November 5th! (This news has been announced for a while, I just kept forgetting to include it in this round-up, sorry!) Like Freakout Festival, Short Run is also celebrating its (belated) 10th anniversary. And organizers will be walking around with tons of goodies at the Hot Off the Press Book Fair in front of Fantagraphics next weekend.
Also back: The Summer at SAM free outdoor event series for all ages returns to Olympic Sculpture Park after a two-year pandemic hiatus. Every Thursday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., you can join yoga sessions and Zumba classes while enjoying a Jaume Plensa or sets by Tomo Nakayama and Mirrorgloss near a View Richard Serra or take an Ebb Pocket Beach Tour with the Seattle Aquarium. Perfect to bring your parents/kids/first date!
The Summer at SAM series begins on July 14 with an arts and music event created in partnership with Nepantla Gallery, a West Seattle/White Center art space based on Latinx and Chicanx art traditions. And consider this your official warning that the lighted after-hours event SAM Remix on August 26 at Sculpture Park, featuring “music, artistry and art installations,” also returns. Ticket Submission Date TBA.
Mark your calendars: On July 9, Seattle artist Nikita Ares opens her paint-splattered solo exhibition at Mini Mart City Park. It will be the art event of the season.
Thanks for coming to the end of this summary: Here’s “Tick Tock” from the new album from the Seattle-based Biblioteka Pretty ugly. Catch them at Freakout Fest in November!