The Campaign For KEXP's New Home

Breaking New Ground Together

Hundreds of new artists like Macklemore were heard first on KEXP. More people will discover more music in KEXP’s New Home.

Building Update: Food vendor

Posted by on Apr 4, 2016

With Grand Opening just two weeks away, here’s an update on the status of the food vendor for the Gathering Space of KEXP’s New Home: KEXP is currently in discussions with several potential food vendors, including local musician Grace Love. We’re still doing our due diligence with all these prospective vendors, and our potential vendors each have more due diligence to do to make sure KEXP’s New Home is a good fit for them. We plan to make our decision by the end of the second quarter of 2016. At this time, the only confirmed vendor for the Gathering Space is the La Marzocco café & showroom, which will be open for business by Grand...

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Meet the Groundbreakers: Shannon Loftis and Dave Higley

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016

When Superconductor donors Shannon Loftis and Dave Higley talk about the impact of KEXP, they hold us to a high standard. Shannon cites the station’s influence in the same breath as icons including David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, and Joe Strummer. “My entire life has been lived to a soundtrack, and KEXP has enriched that soundtrack immeasurably since I first stumbled across KCMU when I moved to Seattle in the ‘90s,” she says. Last year, Shannon and her partner Dave Higley toured KEXP’s former Dexter Streeet facility with Executive Director Tom Mara. “The old location was really cool—and so small,” she recalls. “And the vision for KEXP’s New Home was inspired.” “One item that really stood out for me was laundry for the visiting bands. When you’re touring for weeks at a time, I can imagine that clean socks are a luxury.” “Our tour of the old space made us realize how little in-person exposure was available for the station,” adds Dave. After that behind-the-scenes glimpse, the dream of KEXP opening its doors to the music-loving public inspired them to help make it real. “The New Home has so much potential to increase KEXP’s impact on our city and bring out even more great opportunities for fantastic music,” he continues. “And it’s such an iconic location. Seattle Center is someplace Seattleites actually go and a great tourist destination as well.” Shannon should be delighted to learn that Deep Sea Diver is performing at Grand Opening on April 16 (“local bands are so important!”). While the full, final lineup for the day’s entertainment won’t be disclosed until Friday, April 15, she and Dave are dreaming big about who they like to see for the as-yet-unnamed acts, citing ideas including Foals and the Frames. “Since we haven’t invented time travel yet, Dave won’t get to see his dream of David Bowie and Freddie Mercury sing ‘Under Pressure,’ and I won’t get that one last Clash performance,” she concedes. “But there are so great new bands that will have that kind of impact for future generations.” “I defer to the fine folks at KEXP,” concludes Dave. “You never fail to introduce me to new music.” Thank you to Shannon, Dave, and all the Groundbreakers who are helping make KEXP’s New Home at Seattle Center a reality. We can hardly wait to welcome inside on Saturday, April...

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Where The Music + The Chocolate Matters

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016

To celebrate the New Home music lovers like you helped build, KEXP will be offering some very special, souvenirs at the big Grand Opening shindig on Saturday, April 16, including our limited-edition collaboration with Seattle-based Theo Chocolate: The KEXP Sound Bar. KEXP’s partnership with Theo Chocolate reflects a shared commitment to quality, creativity, and a fierce sense of independence. Just as listener-powered KEXP seeks to connect and inspire people everywhere through the experience of music and discovery, Theo’s passion for making delicious organic and fair trade chocolate from bean to bar connects you to our shared community and the cocoa farmers around the world. Made with organic, fair trade ingredients, this 70-percent dark chocolate bar with locally sourced sea salt will be available exclusively at KEXP’s New Home Grand Opening. KEXP staff—especially our vegan, dark chocolate-loving daytime DJs—developed the bar’s flavor profile. Longtime KEXP volunteer Tarsha Rockowitz created the...

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KEXP Announces New Home Grand Opening Celebration!

Posted by on Mar 22, 2016

The big day approaches! You’re invited to the Grand Opening of KEXP’s New Home at Seattle Center, Saturday, April 16 from noon to 9:00 p.m. Groundbreakers and music lovers like you helped build this amazing new facility, and we’re thrilled to welcome you inside. Some great KEXP artists will be playing throughout the day, both indoors and outside, including: Bob Mould Strand of Oaks Hey Marseilles Deep Sea Diver Samaris …and more to be announced. “I’ve had a long and enjoyable relationship with KEXP,” says Mould. “Over the years, KEXP has broadcast live sessions with me from all over the US:  studios in NYC, clubs in Portland OR, and festivals such as Bumbershoot and Sasquatch. I’m thrilled to be part of the grand opening of the new KEXP location.” You’ll also be able to tour the New Home, and explore the Inside the Music of KEXP interactive installation, powered by Microsoft. There will be food trucks, a beer garden (with ID), and additional performances by guests from Teatro Zinzanni and Cornish College of the Arts. You’ll be able to purchase limited-edition souvenir prints commemorating the big day, too. If that isn’t enough, our new neighbors at Seattle Center, including SIFF, the Vera Project, and Pacific Science Center, are hosting special Grand Opening activities, too. This event is free and all-ages. We’d love for you to join us. KEXP’s New Home Grand Opening is made possible by Microsoft, Boeing, The Seattle Center Foundation, Seattle Center, and Sellen Construction. Beer garden presented in collaboration with Redhook, with proceeds to benefit KEXP. You’ll find complete details at KEXP.ORG. See you on Saturday, April 16! Thank you for all your...

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Building Update: New Mural

Posted by on Mar 18, 2016

Have you noticed the very long and colorful art installation along Republican Street, between Warren and 1st Avenue North, at the site of KEXP’s New Home? It’s still a work in progress, and this weekend you have an opportunity help complete it while showcasing your love of music. On Saturday, March 19 from 2-5 p.m., mural artist Aramis Hamer will host a community information and engagement session at The Vera Project, just north of Key Arena on the Seattle Center campus. She invites anyone interested to bring their old CDs, LPs, and cassette tapes (just a couple per person, please), which she will use as sculptural elements in the mural. Hamer’s vibrant mural, which includes acrylic paint and found objects, will celebrate Seattle’s diverse communities and reflect the history and evolution of the music industry. It will take viewers from KEXP’s library to the entrance of Seattle Center. The mural is intended to engage the imagination as a fitting tribute the KEXP’s New Home. According to Hamer, “Music is definitely one of my main inspirations. Songs are like stories and while listening to the lyrics, an image forms in my mind inspiring the next piece.” Hamer moved to Seattle from Chicago, IL. Her work is heavily influenced by street art, hip hop, and urban landscapes. Hamer has created a number of paintings for private commissions and public exhibition, and collaborated with community members of the Central Area to create an interactive chalkboard mural at 23rd and Union in the summer of 2015. She completed the Office of Arts & Culture’s Public Art Boot Camp in 2015. Funding provided by Seattle Center 1% for Art and Seattle Center funds. Learn more about the installation and event here.              ...

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