Long before the Pacific Northwest became a tech hub, it was put on the map by its musical talent.
Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Pearl Jam and countless other artists through the ages have made Seattle’s music scene vibrant, and the city’s newest music festival is uniting that scene with some of the city’s more recent tech fame and flavor.
The Upstream Music Fest and Summit, is taking over Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood May 11 through 13 with hundreds of performances, collaborations, talks and more from local artist and music industry experts. The festival was founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who is well-known for his love of music.
The festival lineup includes acts like experimental producer Flying Lotus and hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces, plus hundreds of other Pacific Northwest performers. DJs from KEXP, Seattle’s nonprofit radio station, will also be putting on curated shows and hosting performances by local artists at the event.
The Summit portion of the festival is focused on digital innovation in music and features keynote speakers like Seattle rapper Macklemore and producer and actor Quincy Jones. There will also be a startup showcase highlighting local companies that are venturing into the ever expanding world of digital media.
Check out the event website for a full schedule and to see ticket options. The festival will take place Thursday, May 11 through Saturday, May 13, at a slate of venues in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood.
That’s one of the highlights from our GeekWire community calendar, the spot for geek and tech events in the greater Pacific Northwest. See the full calendar here, submit your event here and keep reading for more suggested events over the next few weeks.
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