Fatoumata Diawara (photo: Lisa Hagen Glynn).

Photos: Fatoumata Diawara at Neptune Theatre

2024-04-05 Hardly Raining Malian singer–songwriter Fatoumata Diawara performed at the Neptune Theatre on April 5, 2024. The show was part of the 2024 Spring Concert Series, presented by PDX Jazz. Diawara’s tour continues at Portland’s Revolution Hall on April 6. Gallery: Fatoumata Diawara

Laurie Anderson with Sexmob

Photos: Laurie Anderson & Sexmob

2024-03-30 Hardly Raining Legendary avant-garde artist Laurie Anderson performed “Let X = X” at Benaroya Hall on March 30, 2024. Anderson incorporates electronics, spoken word, invented musical instruments, surreal video, and audience participation into a stunning multimedia experience. She played to an enthusiastic, nearly full house. The event was part of the 2024 Spring Concert …

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The Schizophonics

Photos: The Schizophonics at Substation

2024-03-29 Hardly Raining San Diego garage-rockers The Schizophonics played an action-packed set Seattle’s Substation on March 29, 2024. The trio recently performed at Boise’s Treefort Festival, and their west-coast tour continues in Portland tonight. Opening were Seattle bands Shark Legs and The Checks. Gallery: The Schizophonics

Owen Broder Quintet at the Royal Room

Photos: Owen Broder Quintet at Royal Room

2024-03-22 Hardly Raining Portland alto-saxophonist and composer Owen Broder performed at the Royal Room on March 22, 2024. His multi-city quintet included Noah Simpson (trumpet), Carmen Staaf (piano), Emiliano Lasansky (bass), and John Sturino (drums). (Broder also played the Royal Room during the 2021 Earshot Jazz Festival.) The group completes their three-stop west coast tour …

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Freakout Weekender 2024 Sunday

Photos: 2024 Freakout Weekender

2024-03-03 Hardly Raining The two-day Freakout Weekender returned to Belltown on March 2-3, 2024. The Weekender is a short-and-sweet version of Freakout‘s four-day fall festival, which includes a diverse selection of legacy artists, emerging and established Seattle groups, and bands from Latin America. It offers an ideal opportunity to explore new music. Held across four …

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Theo Croker // Kassa Overall double-bill at Nectar Lounge (photo: Lisa Hagen Glynn)

Photos: Theo Croker & Kassa Overall

2024-02-28 Hardly Raining Innovative Grammy-nominated jazz artists Theo Croker (trumpet, electronics) and Kassa Overall (drums, vocals) played a double-bill at Nectar Lounge on February 28, 2024. Croker’s band included Mike King (keys), Giulio Cetto (bass), and Miguel Russell (drums). Joining Seattle native Overall were Tomoki Sanders (saxophone), Bendji Allance (percussion), and Matt Wong (keys). Both …

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Photos: somesurprises, Shitty Person, Patrick Toney

2024-02-08 Hardly Raining Contemplative experimental artists somesurprises played Beacon Hill’s Clock-Out Lounge on February 8, 2024. The band included Seattleites Natasha El-Sergany (vocals, guitar, synth), Josh Medina (guitar, synth), Laura Seniow (bass), and Benjamin Thomas-Kennedy (drums). somesurprises by somesurprises Gothic avant-pop group Shitty Person played the second set, celebrating the release of their new EP, …

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David Ambrosio's Civil Disobedience

Photos: David Ambrosio’s Civil Disobedience at SJF

2024.02.01 Hardly Raining NYC jazz group Civil Disobedience graced the new Seattle Jazz Fellowship space on February 1, 2024. Bandleader David Ambrosio (bass) was joined by Donny McCaslin (saxophones), Brandon Lee (trumpet), David Kikoski (piano), and the esteemed Victor Lewis (drums). Performing to an appreciative crowd, Civil Disobedience played two sets of late-1960s releases from …

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Seattle Jazz Fellowship opening night

Photos: Seattle Jazz Fellowship Opening Weekend

2024-01-26 Hardly Raining The Seattle Jazz Fellowship (SJF) reopened its doors in a new Pioneer Square location on January 26, 2024. Founded in 2021, the nonprofit organization has operated “Fellowship Wednesday” concerts at Vermillion, the “Julian Speaks” community talk series at Langston (with legendary trombonist Julian Priester), a youth-focused jam session at the Seattle Drum …

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