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Columbia City BeatWalk Is Back!

COLUMBIA CITY – The acclaimed BeatWalk music festival returns for its 18th season this Fri., May 4, from 7 to 10 pm in the Rainier Valley’s historic Columbia City neighborhood.

Since 1995, Columbia City has celebrated summer one month early with BeatWalk, the neighborhood’s now-iconic monthly music festival. Originally conceived by current Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith as a re-branding of the neighborhood’s “rough-around-the-edges” image, the festival has grown to become a mainstay of Rainer Valley pride, and a gem of Seattle’s music scene.

Held the first Friday of each month from May through September, BeatWalk transforms the neighborhood’s historic district into a multi-venue music fest. Local businesses along Rainier Avenue South host an eclectic array of musicians, echoing the diversity of the neighborhood itself.

This year’s opening line-up incudes The Scott Lindenmuth Trio, Annie O’Neill, Les Pampelmousses, DuBorziLanza, Chris Stanley, Kimo Muraki, Mike Dwyer, Pamela Jordan, Samia Panni & Friends and Titanium Sporkestra.

BeatWalk’s 2012 Season will continue on June 1, July 6, August 3, and September 7. Cover of $7 includes admission to all venues and kids under 14 are free. Get more info here.

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One comment on “Columbia City BeatWalk Is Back!

  1. Beat Walk is totally cool. I recommend everyone come out and enjoy this unique way of presenting music — then tell your friends. It needs more attendance. I say this as a 2-year newcomer to Rainier Valley who has no affiliation with Beat Walk.

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