Summer in Seattle

The Great Outdoor Concert Guide

This summer’s forecast calls for Cyndi Lauper, the Paperboys, and a solid guitar lick or two.

By Douglas Bair July 22, 2010

You don’t need to schlep to the Gorge to kick back on the grass and enjoy live music.

Is that blasting bass teasing you to ditch your cubicle and come outside? Treat yourself to an extra long lunch break (or extra early happy hour) at any of these outdoor summer concerts across Seattle. The best part? Nearly all of them are free.

Concerts at the Mural presented by KEXP and Seattle Center
Free. 21+ beer garden. Fri at 6; Sat at 2. Mural Amphitheatre, 305 Harrison St, Seattle Center.

Aug 6: Elliott Brood, Grand Hallway, Gabriel Mintz 

Aug 13: Brite Futures

Aug 14: KEXP BBQ 2–9 with Quasi, Suckers, the Lonely Forest, the Joy Formidable, Dinosaur Feathers, Victor Shade, and more bands TBA
Aug 20: Say Hi, Head Like a Kite

Aug 27: Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band, The Head and the Heart

BECU Zoo Tunes
$15–$29 (first child 12 & under free with purchased ticket). Doors open at 5; music starts at 6. Woodland Park Zoo, 601 N 59th St.

July 29: Great Big Sea
Aug 3: Mary Chapin Carpenter / Shawn Colvin (sold out)
Aug 11: The Levon Helm Band with Joe Pug
Aug 25: John Hiatt and The Combo
Aug 29: Herbie Hancock and the Imagine Project
Sept 2: Cyndi Lauper, Memphis Blues Tour with a special guest

Monktail Creative Music Concern: Sounds Outside
Free. First band goes on at 1; last goes on at 7. Cal Anderson Park, 1635 11th Ave.

Aug 14 

1: Ask the Ages 

2: Double Yoko (Beth Fleenor, Paris Hurley)
4: AMA (Amy Denio, Madeleine Sosin, Abel Rocha) 

5:30: The Suffering [email protected]#kheads 

7: The Legends Duo: Kahil el ’Zabar and Hamiet Bluiett (AACM/ Chicago)

Concerts at Seattle City Hall
Free. Thu noon–1:30. 600 Fourth Ave.

July 22: Choklate
July 29: The Not-Its! (family friendly)
Aug 5: The Tallboys
Aug 12: Handful of Luvin’
Aug 19: Latin Expression
Aug 26: Clinton Fearon and Boogie Brown Band

Out to Lunch
Free. Noon–1:30. Various locations downtown.

July 28: Po’ Girl at Bank of America Plaza
July 30: Glen Phillips from Toad the Wet Sprocket at 2200 Westlake
Aug 4: Jovino Santos Neto at Two Union Square
Aug 6: Chatham County Line at 2200 Westlake
Aug 11: Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra at Two Union Square
Aug 13: Lucy Woodward at Harbor Steps
Aug 18: Portland Cello Project at Two Union Square
Aug 20: LeRoy Bell & His Only Friends at Harbor Steps
Aug 25: Geoffrey Castle at Bank of America Plaza
Aug 27: The Dusty 45s at Harbor Steps
Sept 1: Grupo Ashé at Westlake Park
Sept 3: Clinton Fearon and Boogie Brown Band at Harbor Steps

Sounds of Summer at University Village
Free. Wed at 6.

July 28: The Beatniks
Aug 4: The Dusty 45’s
Aug 11: Clinton Fearon and Boogie Brown Band
Aug 18: Hit Explosion

Capitol Hill Block Party
$23–$60. Fri–Sun. 10th St between E Pike St and E Pine St

July 23: MGMT, Yeasayer, Holy Fuck, Shabazz Palaces, Bear In Heaven, Head Like A Kite, Macklemore, Unnatural Helpers, Jaguar Love, Champagne Champagne, Fences, Chris Pureka, Stay Hi Brothers, The Physics, Fences, Candit, J.Pinder, Hella Dope, Mahjongg, Police Teeth, Naomi Punk, USF

July 24: Atmosphere, Blonde Redhead, !!!, Blitzen Trapper, Mad Rad, Obits, Here We Go Magic, Zola Jesus, Night Marchers, Past Lives, The Redwood Plan, THEESatisfaction, Beach Fossils, Grand Hallway, The Drowning Men, Cold Lake, Air 2 a Bird, Black Breath, Grynch/Spaceman/State of the Artist, Eastern Grip

July 25: The Dead Weather, Blue Scholars, The Dutchess and the Duke, Harlem, Cynic, Fresh Espresso, Victor Shade, Truckasaurus, Villagers, Flexions, Globes, Steel Tigers of Death

$25; Sat 4:30–9:30; Mural Amphitheatre, 305 Harrison St, Seattle Center

July 24: Ian Moore, Rocky Votolato, and Star Anna open. Headliner: Amos Lee.

Concerts at Marymoor Park
Prices and times vary. 6046 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE, Redmond

July 24: 1964: The Tribute (Beatles tribute band)
Aug 7: Michael Franti and Spearhead
Aug 13: Rodrigo y Gabriella with Xavier Rudd
Aug 14: Mountain Music Fest
Aug 21: No Depression Festival
Aug 26: Doobie Brothers
Aug 29: Vampire Weekend
Sept 11: The National and Okkervil River
Sept 12: David Gray and Ray LaMontagne
Sept 18: Furthur feat. Phil Lesh and Bob Weir
Sept 19: Train

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