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.

Last Chance Gift Match

Posted by on Apr 12, 2016

With Grand Opening just days away, you have one Last Chance to have a big impact on the completion of KEXP’s New Home at Seattle Center. We’ve raised 97 percent of our $15 million fundraising goal so far, and to inspire you to help raise the last $425,000, KEXP’s Board of Directors will match your New Home gift of any amount between now and Friday, April 22.  Your donation will go even further and you’ll push KEXP across the finish line that much faster. We also have a very limited number of commemorative tiles available, in all three sizes – those are eligible for the match,...

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Fundraising Update: Ho Hey! We’re at 97 percent!

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016

With the Grand Opening of KEXP’s New Home less than two weeks away, we’re closing in on the $15 million dollar fundraising goal for the capital campaign. As of Tuesday, April 5, we’re at 97 percent! On Friday, April 1, the Lumineers played a special New Home benefit at the Columbia City Theater. A packed house of music lovers was treated to a preview of songs from the Denver band’s forthcoming album, Cleopatra, as well as favorites from their 2012 self-titled debut, sing-alongs, and a Q&A conducted by John Richards (who also played a huge role in organizing the event). This fundraiser was a couple years in the making, and we’re incredibly grateful to everyone who attended and helped make it happen. All told, this unforgettable night generated $50,000 to help build KEXP’s New Home—including a generous donation directly from the Lumineers. Between this and other events, campaigns, and gifts, more than $14.5 million has now been committed to help build KEXP’s New Home. Thank you for your continued...

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More Artists & Activities for Grand Opening Announced!

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016

Grand Opening of KEXP’s New Home at Seattle Center, Saturday, April 16 from noon to 9:00 p.m. will kick off with a series of short, solo performances by local artists, including: Grace Love Sera Cahoone Mark Pickerel DoNormaal In addition, we’ve added a full band performance from another great local act to the bill: Car Seat Headrest. These artists join the previously announced acts playing inside and out: Bob Mould, Strand of Oaks, Hey Marseilles, Deep Sea Diver, and Samaris. (See below for complete schedule of day’s programming.) Stay tuned, we’ll be announcing one more headlining act on Friday, April 15. In addition to free tours of the New Home every 15 minutes, and the previously announced “Inside the Music of KEXP” interactive installation, powered by Microsoft, KEXP’s new Seattle Center neighbors have plenty of activities for music lovers like you planned for Grand Opening weekend: Pacific Science Center is hosting a KEXP laser light show, featuring DJ Riz, at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday; Vera Project will have free performances by Beverly Crusher and Charms during the day Saturday, and a ticketed show (presented with Wo’ Pop) with Algerian desert rock sextet Imarhan in the evening; SIFF has events all weekend, including a screening of Storefront Hitchcock on Thursday and the SYNC Music Video festival on Friday, both at SIFF Cinema Uptown theater. The SIFF Film Center (next to Vera Project) will be open and free to the public during the day Saturday, showing highlights from its extensive collection of Seattle music videos; Teatro ZinZanni contortionist & hula-hoop artist Vita Radionova will also be performing at Grand Opening. On the refreshments tip, the La Marzocco café & showroom in the Gathering Space will be open for business, and spotlighting Stumptown Coffee as the first of its “Roasters In Residence” series. There will also be a beer garden in collaboration with Redhook, with proceeds to benefit KEXP. Feeling peckish? Enjoy Greek fare from Athena’s Food Truck, or pick up Molly Moon’s special “Cheryl Waters Middae Sundae” (vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, candied hazelnuts, whipped cream and a cherry). A number of souvenirs will be available for purchase at Grand Opening, including the Theo Chocolate KEXP Sound Bar, 70-percent dark chocolate and locally sourced sea salt (organic, vegan, fair trade). And look for details about our two Record Store Day titles next week. We’ll also be selling six different screen prints commemorating the big day,...

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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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