Thursdays in July & August: 6:30pm — 8:00pm
Chihuly Garden and Glass, in partnership with KEXP, will host live performances in the exhibition’s outdoor Art Plaza every Thursday from 6:30 to 8PM.
Enjoy your summer evenings with a glass of wine amid Dale Chihuly’s colorful inspirations starting July 19th through August 30th.
July 19, 2018 Tomo Nakayama
July 26, 2018 Little Spirits
August 02, 2018 Warren Dunes Featuring Julia Massey
August 09, 2018 Tekla Waterfield
August 16, 2018 Shelby Earl
August 23, 2018 Naomi Wachira
August 30, 2018 Kris Orlowski
All performances are included in the price of admission. In addition to great music, guests can enjoy a light bite and a selection of local beverages served in the Art Plaza café.
Programs at Chihuly Garden and Glass
Dale Chihuly pushes boundaries to express his vision. He creates things we’ve never seen before, and has changed the way we think about art. A walk through the Galleries, the Garden and into the Glasshouse is an immersive experience that sparks wonder and inspiration. Through programming, Chihuly Garden and Glass is offering innovative ways to experience the color, inventiveness and scale in Chihuly’s art.
About the line up
July 19, 2018
Named "Best Folk Act 2017" by Seattle Weekly, Tomo Nakayama has consistently created music that is complex, nuanced, and emotionally compelling. His decade of work both as a solo artist and as frontman in his chamber-pop band Grand Hallway has been praised by NPR, New York Times, and KEXP. Known for his crystalline high-tenor voice, intricate fingerpicking, cinematic production style, and simple, poetic lyrics imbued with warmth and humanity, Tomo’s songs have drawn comparisons to Paul Simon, Elliott Smith, and Jeff Buckley.
July 26, 2018
Little Spirits is a psychapocaliptic folk collaboration from Star Anna and Robert Roth, both intertwined in Seattle’s music scene and history. They combine their compatible strangeness into an atmospheric spiral, grounded by acoustic guitars and elevated by the cosmic merging of two distinctly unique voices.
August 02, 2018
Warren Dunes Featuring Julia Massey
Warren Dunes formed one morning when singer Julia Massey turned to her husband, the rock band front man for Electric NoNo, Jared Cortese, and said, “It’s time.” Massey, the longtime frontwoman for Julia Massey and the Five Finger Discount, is known for her sweet falsettos and childlike buoyancy. Cortese, who writes intricate electric guitar-based songs, turned to his wife and said, “I think you’re right.”
The musical power couple is backed by the marvel known as Dominic Cortese on drums. Dominic has played with Julia and Jared for years in their prior projects and with many others in the Seattle music scene. Now, the trio has formed like a sonic Voltron to play joyous, dance-worthy music to assist listeners in these politically tumultuous times.
August 09, 2018
Seattle based singer/songwriter Tekla Waterfield lives in the wide-open realm of Americana Roots music, incorporating elements of folk, country, indie, Americana, rhythm and blues, and soul.
Having spent many of her formative years as a soprano in chamber choirs, and an alto in a college jazz ensemble, Tekla's vocals are at once smooth and angelic; emotive and raw. Her songwriting explores the dichotomies that exist between serious and fun, playful and sweet, light and dark, dipping around between the contrasting moods to create a diverse and rich sound. Her song structure influences come from many wonderful song composers including: The Velvet Underground, Gillian Welch, War On Drugs, The Cowboy Junkies, Wilco, Courtney Barnett, Frazey Ford, Bill Withers and more.
Her songs have been featured in multiple independent films, have received praise and radio play on KBCS, KSER, Seamonster Radio, Word On the Street Podcast, Seattle Growth Podcast, and her new release, The Curtain Falls, has recently been added to rotation on KEXP.
August 16, 2018
"Shelby Earl’s first two albums earned the kind of raves any musician would kill for. Upon hearing her 2011 debut, Burn the Boats, NPR’s Ann Powers called Earl her “new favorite songwriter,” and she wasn’t alone. Accolades followed from Rolling Stone to the Wall Street Journal and a million music publications in between that positioned her somewhere to the left of Neko Case, a few blocks from Sharon Van Etten, catercorner to Angel Olsen. She toured everywhere, playing with the likes of Loudon Wainwright, Rhett Miller, and Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie, who spoke for many people when he said Earl had “the most heartbreakingly beautiful voice in Seattle.” 2017 saw the release of Earl's third, and most accomplished record to date, The Man Who Made Himself a Name." - Sean Nelson (Harvey Danger / The Stranger)
August 23, 2018
Seattle singer-songwriter Naomi Wachira was born in Kenya and grew up singing gospel music in a choir of family and friends. Inspired by the music of Tracy Chapman and Miriam Makeba, Wachira saw the potential for song to make the world a better place and set out to create music that is “poignant, hopeful and life-giving.” Since her arrival on the Northwest music scene, she has received numerous accolades, including being named “Best Folk Artist” by Seattle Weekly, and has cultivated a growing base of enthusiastic fans. She has released three recordings to date–“African Girl” (2012), “Naomi Wachira” (2014) and “I am Because You Are” (2015)–and her fourth album “Song of Lament” was released in June 2017.
August 30, 2018
Seattle-based singer/songwriter Kris Orlowski, continues to explore the themes of authenticity, loss, and a search for connection that has always been central to his songwriting. His meditative, melodic dream pop, shaded with flecks of alt-country and soft rock, push past the earnest Pacific Northwest indie folk to something distinctly American and positively timeless.