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.

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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Fundraising Update: All Shook Out

Posted by on Mar 7, 2016

The fundraising opportunities to help us reach our $15 million capital campaign goal have been coming fast and furious these last few weeks—and thanks to support from music lovers like you, they’re pushing us closer to the finish line every day. On Friday, February 19, Kevin Cole celebrated his birthday with “Shake It Out,” a dance party at Neumos featuring live music from Wimps, Grace Love and the True Loves, and Pillar Point, plus DJ sets by the Emerald City Soul Club and Moby. Between the party and a pre-show VIP reception at Rachel’s Ginger Beer, the KEXP Community raised $18,000 at “Shake It Off.” Thank you! Other recent New Home fundraising activities included the 2016 Vive Latino flyaway contest, a party in the as-yet-unfinished Gathering Space for prospective Superconductors (featuring a short set by Telekinesis), and a sold-out performance by José González in the new Live Room last Friday night. Between these events, campaigns, and other gifts, nearly $14.2 million has now been committed to help build KEXP’s New Home, bringing us to 95 percent of our $15M fundraising goal. Thank you for your continued...

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Meet the Groundbreakers: Jeb and Anne Spengler

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016

Ask Superconductors Jeb and Anne Spengler who they’d like to see perform at the Grand Opening of KEXP’s New Home on April 16, and you’ll get an earful of ideas: Beck, Built to Spill, Bombay Bicycle Club, Rocky Votolato, Sean Nelson, Empire of the Sun, TV on the Radio, Telekinesis, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Silversun Pickups … “Also Mint Royale,” adds Jeb. “So they can perform ‘The Friday Song.’” As you might have guessed, Jeb and Anne have trusted KEXP to connect them to great music for many years, making their first donation to support “music that matters” back in 2002. “The music KEXP offers is so diverse,” says Anne. “Within the course of a single week, I can listen to the best of so many different genres, and never feel like I need to change the dial to find the variety that I love. No matter what time of the day I turn on my radio, KEXP is playing music that I want to listen to.” For Jeb, the ability to enjoy KEXP whenever and wherever you choose is especially precious. His sister Jessica, who lives in England, is also a KEXP donor. “She may live nearly 5,000 miles away, but there’s a good chance we’re both listening to KEXP at any given moment,” says Jeb. “There are frequently corresponding tweets when Nick Cave or the Afghan Whigs come on the air.” Both Jeb and Anne express enthusiasm for the New Home’s Seattle Center location and expanded programming possibilities. “The New Home should become the must-see and –hear musical destination in Seattle.” “KEXP grew and accomplished so much under the old roof on Dexter Avenue and I’m excited to watch its further development through more in-studio performances and the new public Gathering Space,” says Jeb. “I already envision bringing out-of-town family and guests to show off the new facilities—or just spending a few hours there with other like-minded music lovers.” Thank you to Jeb and Anne, and all the Groundbreakers helping us complete construction of KEXP’s New Home at Seattle Center. We can hardly wait to welcome you inside next...

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Meet the Groundbreakers: Amy Sorokas and Jason McConnell

Posted by on Feb 12, 2016

Superconductors Amy Sorokas and Jason McConnell appreciate how KEXP and its DJs help them discover music “without having to do all the legwork,” and continually mix old songs and new. “We love that we never know what’s coming next,” says Amy. Amy looks forward to patronizing KEXP’s new facility at Seattle Center: “The New Home will be a destination for us, for community, coffee, and music.” She and Jason hope those same factors will draw locals and out-of-town visitors alike into the New Home, and encourage them to explore great music. “Seattle is known internationally for its music scene and the New Home will be at the epicenter of Seattle,” adds Amy. “How perfect for a station that is already the city’s musical heart!” When asked who they’d like to see perform at the New Home grand opening in April, the couple cited two iconic KEXP bands: Amy cast her vote for the Pixies, while Jason hopes for an appearance by Pearl Jam. Thank you to Amy, Jason, and all the Groundbreakers helping us complete construction of KEXP’s New Home at Seattle...

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