Hiawatha Park in West Seattle will be the spot to bring the whole family for fun and free music this summer. Featuring local bands every Thursday night from 6:30 – 8 p.m., The Admiral Neighborhood Association kicked off their SUMMER CONCERT SERIES last Thursday with Seattle-based Eclectic Approach, performing originals and covers during a ninety-minute set.
Before the band began to play, I overheard lead singer Jowed Hadeed say, “I really hope we can get people to dance.”
And dance they did! Nearly 300 people set up chairs and blankets to enjoy some great music in the park, and by the end of the evening, there were so many people dancing, the kids decided to take their moves directly onto the stage! Not only did the band interact with the kids, dancing on and off stage, they got them involved in choosing the songs they’d play. If you’ve ever seen EA perform, you may have heard them call out to the audience for topics they can use to make up songs right on the spot. The kids in the audience wanted to hear songs about guitars, drums, horses, and science! The band was obliged to take multiple requests to roaring applause, and the entire event went off without a hitch (unless you count the small broken section of the stage from all of the jumping and dancing).
Some local businesses have provided sponsorship for these concerts, and some host booths with complimentary gifts for the crowd during the shows. Event organizers suggest you find your spot early, toss a frisbee in one of the many clearings, play catch over in the baseball diamonds, and even bring a picnic dinner to enjoy as you watch the show. Don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes!
Scheduled to appear:
July 31 – Caspar Babypants
August 7 – The Guessing Game
August 14 – Radio Raheem
Aug 21 – Jessica Lynne
August 28 – Funky 2 Death