A new outdoor music series will debut August 15 at the Seattle Center’s Mural Amphitheater, hosted by the people who bring Seattle Center Festál to the community. Seattle Center Festál presents Music at the Mural offers multicultural, multilingual and multirhythmic world sounds five Sundays this summer, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., August 15, 22, 29 and September 5 and 12. All performances are free to the public.
The artists featured on Music at the Mural are rooted in traditions and influences from East Africa, West Africa, South America, Central America, the Caribbean and South America. North. Sunday lineups include:
Sunday August 15: La Cantina, Eduardo Mendonça and Show Brazil!, DJ Garifuna
The all-female musical trio formed in 2014, La Cantina, spreads the themes of consciousness, strength and social justice through music to inspire action, spark dialogue, give voice to the unheard and build relationships and community. The canteen is Stephanie Hsu, Gema Aguilar and Sandra Aguilar of Yakima, Wash. Eduardo Mendonca & Show Brazil! bring the spicy soul of Brazilian culture to their high-octane performances. Internationally acclaimed, the group features accomplished artists under the musical and artistic direction of the much-loved Eduardo Mendonça, a native of Salvador, Bahia. The program’s DJ, Yoelin Conner, is a Seattle-based Honduran Garifuna community leader and founding member of Movimiento Afrolatino Seattle and Garinagu Houngua, two organizations dedicated to empowering Afro-descendant communities through the arts. and education.
Sunday August 22: Guzo Band, Sistas Rock the Arts, DJ Kole
Taking the Amharic word meaning journey, Guzo Band brings together diverse singers and instrumentalists from Ethiopia and Eritrea to present a unique blend of traditional and contemporary music, along with messages of all coming together as one human race. Sistas Rock the Arts (SRTA), a collective of talented and dynamic local artists, represents Black Girl Magic through music, spoken word, dance and a variety of artistic expressions. SRTA has been producing weekly events, jams and community gatherings since 2015, creating a robust multi-generational ecosystem of black and brown musicians and artists in the heart of South Seattle who share love, respect, humanity and the arts .
Sunday August 29: Ghost Horse, Two Story Zori
After fighting to drive the colonizer out of the west, Ghost Horse slept for 125 years. Now they have awakened and in this new era, they play to inspire people to fight their old enemy. Seattle’s Two Story Zori, together since 2009, fuse their own Pacific Island heritage with the feel-good vibes of reggae music, the upbeat feel of rock and ska, and the easy listening of catchy harmonic melodies to create their own original music and a unique sound that spans many different genres.
Sunday, September 5: Kiki Valera y su Son Cubano
Son Cubano is one of the most popular musical styles in Cuba and Kiki Valera is one of its main exponents. Multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer, Valera is best known as one of the world’s greatest players of the Cuban cuatro, a medium-sized guitar with eight strings grouped in sets of two.
Sunday September 12: The Djeliyah Band with Kouaté Arts Performance Company
The Djeliyah Band, orchestrated by the multi-talented Djely Aboubacar “Boka” Kouyaté from Guinea, West Africa, presents a harmonic fusion of traditional Griot music, Afro rhythms and modern Guinean music. The women of the Kouyaté dance team add festive, dynamic West African dance to live music and singing.
Seating (low-back chairs, blankets, or ottomans) for music at the Mural is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, limited to the capacity of the Mural Amphitheater lawn. All participants are asked to physically distance themselves from others not in their group. Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 is asked not to show up. (Covid protocols are subject to change in accordance with state and city guidelines.) Please leave pets at home and check online at www.seattlecenter.com/musicatthemural for more information and restrictions.
Seattle Center Festál presents Music at the Mural is a public program of Seattle Center. To learn more about Summer at the Center, Seattle Center Festál, and other program offerings, visit https://www.seattlecenter.com or call 206-684-7200.