Freeway Park summer concert series offers musical oasis in downtown Seattle
KNKX Public Radio

The Free Blues & Cool Jazz at Freeway Park Seattle offers city dwellers and tourists a musical oasis quite literally over Interstate 5 at 6th and Seneca in the heart of summer concert season every Sunday 2 p.m.-4 p.m., July 9-Aug. 27.

This fairly new, free concert series is a boon to struggling, talented musicians looking for the next public platform. This summer’s list of contenders is sure to please every type of listener in a city known for giving raw talent an edge over the competition (ever hear of Nirvana?).

Winner of The Stranger’s “Genius Award” for music, the young, edgy modern jazz quartet of Industrial Revelation (drummer D’Vonne Lewis, bassist Evan Flory-Barnes, trumpeter Ahamefule J. Oluo, keyboardist Josh Rawlings) kicks off this summer concert series, July 9. This hip garage band attracts music fans of all ages and into all styles, making jazz enormously cool, relevant, and uniquely alternative.

The 2014 Seattle-Kobe Female Jazz Vocal winner, Jacqueline D. Tabor, will grace Freeway Park with her smooth, supple jazz standards and twists July 23.

She’s followed by Seattle’s premier gypsy jazz band, Pearl Django Aug. 13.

And those are just three of eight acts set to rock your world.

Freeway Park is not only a hip tourist destination but a funky, atypical setting for live outdoor music. The 5.2-acre park is a concrete and floral maze, spreading out into downtown Seattle’s major hot spots, the Washington State Convention and Trade Center and First Hill, close to Capitol Hill’s party scene.

The concert series is made available through the generous efforts of Seattle Parks & Recreation and the Freeway Park Association, in partnership with KNKX Public Radio, Earshot Jazz, Gigs 4 U, and Seattle City of Music.

The concerts are open to all ages, but the beer/wine garden is 21-and-over.