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.