There sure has been a lot of cross-pollination between politics and music over the past 24 hours. In addition to the online story Mark Fefer ran yesterday questioning the music community's support for mayoral candidate Mike McGinn, and the early press release that local music mogul Dave Meinert released on behalf of the McGinn campaign last night in response, which we've also broken down as well, there is even more news that fuses the world of politics and music. But this one is a lot more positive.
Produced by Quincy Jones.
The city of Seattle is honoring jazz legend Quincy Jones, bearded indie rockers the Fleet Foxes, and popular local radio station KEXP with awards for outstanding service within the field of music. It's all a part of the first annual Seattle City of Music Awards taking place October 14 at the Showbox at the Market. Bands like the Maldives, Pearly Gate Music, and Seattle Jazz Repertory Orchestra will perform at the event, and the Tea Cozies will perform immediately following.
This sounds like something that every nationwide city generally considered to be a music hub should have and I'm glad to see Seattle making it happen. I will say that they couldn't have selected a safer choice for a lifetime achievement award than Quincy Jones, who has enough of those awards already and isn't even coming to the ceremony next month. I'm sure there is someone else in Seattle's storied music past that is equally if not more deserving of the award based on their continued contributions to the city aside from Jones, but it's a nice gesture anyway. Thankfully, they've got Riz Rollins of KEXP serving as the master of ceremonies so you know it will be a good time. The full press release follows after the jump.
SEATTLE CITY OF MUSIC SALUTES
QUINCY JONES, FLEET FOXES AND KEXP IN GALA EVENT OCTOBER 14 AT SHOWBOX AT THE MARKET
Performers include the Maldives, Pearly Gate Music, Seattle Jazz Repertory Orchestra's big band tribute to Quincy Jones, plus youth entertainers and an aftershow with Tea Cozies
Tickets available at local indie record stores and www.seattlecityofmusic.com
SEATTLE, WA - SEATTLE CITY OF MUSIC, Seattle's effort to celebrate and enhance the city's renowned music culture, announced today it will honor Quincy Jones, Fleet Foxes and radio and online music hub KEXP at the inaugural SEATTLE CITY OF MUSIC Awards October 14, a spectacular evening of entertainment at the Showbox at the Market.
Honors will be presented in three categories:
Quincy Jones will receive the SEATTLE CITY OF MUSIC Outstanding Achievement Award. This is the premier award of the event. Mr. Jones is being honored for a lifetime of accomplishments that have helped put Seattle on the map as SEATTLE CITY OF MUSIC.
Fleet Foxes will receive the SEATTLE CITY OF MUSIC Breakthrough Award, which honors an artist for overwhelming success in the past year.
KEXP will receive the SEATTLE CITY OF MUSIC Impact Award for service related to music that has made the community a better place.
Heralded alt-country band The Maldives have been chosen by KEXP to perform in the station's honor; accepting the award will be on-air favorites from the station. Fleet Foxes singer, songwriter and guitarist Robin Pecknold will be on hand to accept his band's tribute, and has asked indie folk outfit Pearly Gate Music - led by Zach Tillman, brother of Fleet Foxes drummer Josh - to perform in honor of the band. Quincy Jones, who will be accepting his award through family and a video thank-you, will be feted with a one-of-a-kind big band tribute with players from the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra. Opening the Awards will be local young artists from Seattle Theatre Group's More Music @ The Moore teen music program, performing original compositions from their 2009 engagement.
Indie rock upstarts Tea Cozies - who, like the Maldives, are among several Seattle bands starring in director Lynn Shelton's upcoming MTV web show, "$5 Cover: Seattle" - will play the SEATTLE CITY OF MUSIC aftershow, to be held at the Showbox immediately following the Awards.
Tickets to the Awards show will be distributed to the public free of charge online at www.seattlecityofmusic.com and through independent music retailers Easy Street Records, Everyday Music, Silver Platters and Sonic Boom Records. The Awards show is open to all ages.
"I would like to thank Mayor Nickels, the Office of Film + Music, and most importantly, the residents of Seattle for this distinguished honor," Quincy Jones said. "I am so blessed and thankful for the wonderful and fruitful journey that my life has been, a journey that began in Seattle 66 years ago. Mine could have been a very different story, but through the grace of God I found my calling in music and Seattle couldn't have been a better place to hone my craft."
"We got our start playing at local venues like Chop Suey and the Crocodile, learning about new music from the vast array of independent local record shops and support from KEXP," said Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold. "Seattle's music community is one of the richest in the world - the many quality venues, record stores, labels and musicians that flourish here are testament to that. We're proud to hail from such a place, and are honored to accept this award."
"KEXP is thrilled to be recognized with the SCOM Impact Award," added Kevin Cole, KEXP senior director of programming and host of "The Afternoon Show." "We take great pride in being a part of, helping cultivate, and representing Seattle's rich vibrant music scene. This honor is particularly special for us, as our quest is to be of service to the community, to have impact, enriching the lives of our listeners by championing great music, and there's no shortage of that in Seattle!"
Riz Rollins, an institution in Seattle's music community as DJ Riz and host of KEXP's "Expansions" dance and electronic music program, will serve as master of ceremonies at the SEATTLE CITY OF MUSIC Awards.
The award recipients were selected by a committee of leaders in Seattle's music and arts community. Committee members included: Adam Zacks of Seattle Theatre Group; Jovino Santos Neto of Cornish College of the Arts; Michelle Scoleri of One Reel; DeVon Manier of Sportn' Life Records; Ben London of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Recording Academy; and Lara Davis of ArtsCorps.
This inaugural year for the Awards will be the building block toward a larger vision of converging broader events for the public and music industry. This year, the SEATTLE CITY OF MUSIC Awards also serves as the kickoff for the GRAMMY MusicTech Summit (October 15-16), a conference that explores the ever-changing landscape where music and technology converge. In future years, additional festivals, conferences and shows will coincide with the Awards, growing into an annual series of vibrant, energizing events for both music fans and the music industry.
The award presented to the winners has been designed and created by world-famous glass artist Dale Chihuly. Beloved concert poster and album cover artist Jeff Kleinsmith of Patent Pending Industries designed a limited-edition SEATTLE CITY OF MUSIC Awards poster for the show.