While artists display their work in Pioneer Square tonight, the Seattle Art Museum will kick off the summer season with a celebratory event hosted at Olympic Sculpture Park at 6 pm.
A plethora of live music, crafts, food-carts, and even yoga sessions will be present for the public to communally enjoy. The weather forecast for Thursday July 11 looks optimal, with a high of 74 and partly cloudy, an ideal combination of atmospheric conditions for any sort of outdoor festival.
This festival is being held in honor of the upcoming summer months and the numerous events, activities, and art shows that the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) puts on during the season.
Starting at 6 pm there will be a ribbon cutting to signify the start of the summer season, accompanied by Tubaluba, a New Orleans style brass band. More live music such as the electric and afrobeat fusion group Comfort Food to local wine and cheese tastings provided by TASTE Café will set the tone for the night’s activities.
Button making will also be available, put on by artist Janet Fagan and the yoga session will begin at 6:30, along with an Art Hit Tour starting at the same time.
Bob Antolin, a member of one the featured bands, Comfort Food, has played at the park before, back when at it’s original grand opening. “It’s a great setting. Seattle is such a beautiful city and the Olympic Sculpture Park just adds to the cultural dynamics,” said Antolin. He says Comfort Food is a blend of “Bitches Brew meets Fela Kuti!” and that the band “is looking forward to the event.”
SAM originally co-sponsored the creation of the Olympic Sculpture Park along with the Trust for Public Land in an effort to turn one of the last bits of remaining waterfront property into something enjoyable for the local community, and the community will have a lot to choice from tonight.
The entire event will last from 6 pm to around 8 pm. The SAM lays down the expected grooves and foods you’ll see tonight:
Come join us at the Olympic Sculpture Park Thursday, July 11 for the grand opening of SAM’s 2013 Summer Season! The night starts with a special processional performance by New Orleans-style brass band, Tubaluba, culminating at Heather Hart’s summer installation, The Western Oracle: We Will Tear the Roof Off the Mother, followed by two hours of art tours, local wine and food trucks, music provided by jazzy, electric, Afrobeats fusion band Comfort Food, and even a mini yoga session!
Full schedule of the night’s activities:
Opening Ceremony, 6 pm: Ribbon cutting to open Park Season, including a special processional performance by New Orleans style brass band, Tubaluba, that will culminate at Heather Hart’s The Western Oracle: We Will Tear the Roof Off the Mother
SAM Performs, 6-8 pm: The fusion of electric Miles Davis and Fela Kuti˗style Afrobeats with the band, Comfort Food.
Art Activities, 6-8 pm: Create your own fabulous wearable pins with artist Janet Fagan.
Food and Wine, 6-8 pm: Savor local wines and food truck fun with TASTE Café, BUNS, Grilled Cheese Experience and Here & There Grill.
Art Hit Tour, 6:30 pm: With artist and urban planner Sarah Kavage.
Mini Yoga Session, 6:30 pm: With 8 Limbs Yoga near Alexander Calder’s The Eagle. Bring your own mat, water and any needed supplies.
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