A shot from last year's KEXP Concerts at the Mural. Photo credit: Alley Rutzel for KEXP
Seattle has plenty of wonderful summer traditions but one of the best? KEXP and Seattle Center's Concerts at the Mural.
For the uninitiated, the local radio station KEXP (90.3 FM) and Seattle Center host a free concert every Friday in August (except the last Friday because Labor Day weekend).
Typically, three bands play over the course of several hours while concertgoers camp out at Seattle Center's Mural Amphitheater (you know, the one right underneath the Space Needle).
The event is free and family-friendly; indeed, you'll spot many a young music lover toddling around between picnic blankets. There's a fenced off beer garden and food carts typically show up (last year this, notably, included Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream).
Here's the line-up to help you plan ahead with a few family-specific note, courtesy of KEXP:
Friday, August 3
- The Coathangers
- Snuff Redux
Family rec: Tacocat's surfy, poppy, punk vibes are a great fit for the older kid and younger teen crowd. Listen in for fast-paced humor on everything from politics to misogyny.
Friday, August 10
Note: This is also the 30th anniversary kick-off for well-known local record outfit Sub Pop
- Afghan Wigs
- Mass Gothic
Family rec: Multi-instrumentalist, producer and vocalist Yuno blends elements of pop, synth-laced rock, R&B and more to create a perfect summer sound that kids will also love.
Friday, August 17
- Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio
- The True Loves
- Surprise Guest
Family rec: Both Delvon Lamarr and The True Loves are fun for families with their respective blends of soul, funk, jazz, rock 'n' roll and R&B.
Friday, August 24
- Jo Passed
- The Black Tones
Family rec: Moondoggies will bring their psych and roots-tinged rock, combining a jam-heavy, classic-rock sound with soaring harmonies and heartfelt lyrics. Plus, a few songs come courtesy of the band members’ experiences as new parents.
Make even more of your trip to Seattle Center
From a truly epic playground to one of the best fountains in town, Seattle Center's got plenty to entertain you, before or after the show. Learn more in our age-by-age ultimate guide.