Bang for Your Buck

Cheap Week Seattle: July 21–27

Pirates on parade and a how-to for making it in the music business: the best ways to spend your week without spending much.

Photography by Conor Romack July 21, 2014

The annual Seafair Torchlight Parade brings its usual mix of pirates, balloons, and pirate balloons.

Tues, July 22
Magik Markers
New England noise rock trio Magik Markers got some major attention when they joined Sonic Youth's U.S. tour in 2004. Since then, it's lost a bassist, gained a new one, and released upwards of twenty new albums and EPs. The group brings its characteristically heavy riffs to Seattle as part of a west coast tour. Chop Suey, $8$10

Wed, July 23
Martin Atkins
It’s no secret that lasting success in the music industry is no easy feat. And perhaps none know this better than Martin Atkins, who's carved out a decade-spanning career working with Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, and Public Image Ltd. He comes to Tractor Tavern to dish his secrets to life on the road and how to keep afloat in the music world, which he outlines in his book Welcome to the Music Business - You're Fucked. The lecture is followed by performances by local bands The Bad Things, Gigantor, and Spiderface. Tractor Tavern, $10$12

Thur, July 24
Redhook’s Moonlight Cinema: The Hangover
Grab a beer, gather the wolf pack, and head to the Woodinville Redhook Brewery for a screening of instant comedy favorite The Hangover as part of the brewery's Moonlight Cinema Series. Maybe you should tuck away some Alka-Seltzer, just in case. Redhook Brewery, $5

July 2527
BAM Arts Fair
When it comes to summer art fairs, Bellevue Arts Museum’s can’t be topped. From sculptures to paintings to jewelry, it showcases over 300 artists, up-and-comers and established artists alike, from near and far in an attempt to connect our local community with the greater art world. The fair comes complete with live music, artist demonstrations, and complimentary admission to Bellevue Arts Museum. Bellevue Arts Museum, free

Sat, July 26
Seafair Torchlight Parade
Civic pride takes the streets (Fourth Ave, to be specific) as the yearly Seafair Torchlight Parade brings its usual mix of drill teams, horses, clowns, pirates, and balloon floats. Fourth Ave, free

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