Launched: 2017
Focus: Local music, with a few big name headliners

Launched: 2002
Focus: Alt-rock

Music Festival Season officially returns with this tuneful trifecta

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Aka annie clark, this ax-slaying alt-rock goddess is a serial collaborator who makes friends in every corner of the music world, from her cohort David Byrne (on their 2012 album, Love This Giant) to her uncle Tuck Andress (of jazz duo Tuc

Kurt Cobain openly admitted the influence of this trailblazing alt-rock band (specifically on “Smells Like Teen Spirit”), now in its fourth decade.

Originally composed in late summer and intended for an Eastertide performance—basically, it’s an obituary recounting Christ’s life—Handel’s 1742 oratorio eventually became the preeminent Christmas work in the classical canon.

A comedy stage, cover bands playing the hits and admission to MoPop exhibits all come as part of Seattle’s biggest NYE party.


This bash features KEXP-FM DJs, science demos, a view of the Space Needle fireworks from under the courtyard arches and much more.


DJ Freddy, King of Pants, will get the crowds on their feet during the light show at the International Fountain while cover band Sway rocks in the Armory.


The culminating fall performance in this annual two-concert season, this year titled “Voices of Witness,” honors the irrepressible creativity of musicians and composers in prison and concentration camps with the world premieres of new works from c