Around Town// Apr 9, 2014
This is a good thing!
I’ll bet when we say, “name a blues town,” you think of Chicago, Memphis, New Orleans, or maybe, even New York City.
I’ll challenge any blues lover to expand their ideas of what makes a good blues town and look a little closer to home! What caught our attention was a web spotting of the North Bend Blues Walk happening in late April in the little town on the way to the Mountain. That prompted a further search, and low and behold, what turned up was a full on, year-round calendar of local blues events, blues concerts, blues joints, and even blues radio, right here in Puget Sound. When they wrote the TV theme song “The Bluest Skies You’ve Ever Seen Are In Seattle” we know they weren’t lauding the cloud cover… it was the music they were talking about. So if any of you are curious about blues to-dos in Puget Sound, let us point you to a few places where you can get the both the down-low and the lowdown on the blues.
- The Feedback Lounge, West Seattle http://www.feedbacklounge.net
- Highway 99 Blues Club, Downtown Seattle http://www.highwayninetynine.com
- Washington Blues Society, http://wablues.org
- KPLU 88.5 Blues Time Machine, http://www.kplu.org/term/blues-time-machine
- The Triple Door, Downtown Seattle, http://www.thetripledoor.net/event-search.aspx?genre=10
- North Bend Blues Walk, April 26, http://northbendblueswalk.com/
Around Town// Apr 9, 2014
Every Sunday | 10AM-5PM
Now that the spring weather and longer days are encouraging more time outdoors, the action is picking up at one of Seattle’s all-year street events.
The Fremont Sunday Street Market is a melange of street foods, local artisan and crafts people, with a touch of flea market tossed in.
Each Sunday happy crowds cruise 34th in lower Fremont in search or bargains, bites or treasures. Rarely are they disappointed. The smiles, the casual atmosphere and the amazing creativity shown by the vendors have made this a favorite weekend adventure for many Seattleites since the market’s founding in 1990.
Scour the street booths and neighboring markets for antiques, collectables, tools, music, vintage and new fashion. Add to this the variety of boutiques and bistros that line Fremont’s main streets, and you have a day to remember.
Seattle and Surroundings// Apr 9, 2014
APRIL 22 SPECIAL ELECTION
State budget cuts to transportation funding have prompted a ballot measure to consider future funding for King County Metro Transit, as the only avenue remaining to preserve bus service. If you or your office mates use the bus, Rapid Ride or other Metro service to get around town, now would be a good time to do your homework to be prepared to vote on this ballot measure April 22.
The measure proposed would generate approximately $130 million in revenue per year to support continuing service. The revenue sources will be:
- A $60 annual vehicle tab fee.
- A 0.1% increase in sales tax, expiring after 10 years.
This would raise enough money to sustain Metro’s current level of service and address some maintenance needs for city streets and King County roads. Sixty percent of the funds would go to Metro for service and buses. Forty percent would support road projects.
“The transit reductions staring down Metro will place an estimated additional 30,000 cars on our roadways and also put our state at a competitive disadvantage,” said Downtown Seattle Association President & CEO Kate Joncas.
If you are a registered voter in King County, expect ballots for this April 22 Special Election in your mailbox. Inform yourself, and vote!
For more information:
King County Website: http://www.your.kingcounty.gov/elections2/contests/measureinfo.aspx?cid=47942&eid=1260
Seattle Times Website: