While we wholeheartedly encourage you to splurge on live music this summer, nothing beats free admission (= more money for the beer garden). Here are your best bets for the summer’s best free tunage.
Georgetown Carnival, downtown Georgetown, Sat., June 14. With Jack Endino’s Earthworm, Mark Pickerel, Ancient Warlocks, Evening Bell and more across three stages. More information and set times at georgetownmerchants.org.
Concerts at Bell Street Park, Bell Street between Second and Third Avenues. Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. the second Friday of the month. June 13: Big World Breaks; July 11: Smokey Brights; Aug. 8: Pure Bathing Culture; Sept. 12: Benjamin Verdoes.
Rock ’n’ Roll Seattle Marathon & 1/2 Marathon, Sat., June 21. Sir Mix-A-Lot and the Presidents of the United States of America co-headline the post-race party at Seattle Center. PUSA, 11:00 a.m.; Sir Mix-a-Lot, 12:30 p.m.
Fremont Fair’s Waterfront Stage, downtown Fremont. Sat., June 21-Sun., June 22. Sat., June 21: 11 a.m. Environmental Encroachment; 12:20 p.m. Milonga; 1:50 p.m. The Quick & Easy Boys; 4:20 p.m. Juno What?!; 5:40 p.m. Funky 2 Death; 7 p.m. The Staxx Brothers. Sun., June 22: 11 a.m. Moongrass; 12:20 p.m. Br’er Rabbit; 1:40 p.m. Blake Noble; 3 p.m. True Spokes; 4:40 p.m. Publish the Quest.
Out to Lunch Concert Series. Three concerts a week, noon–1:30 p.m., across downtown Seattle, July 9–Sept. 5. Our favorite picks follow; full schedule at downtownseattle.com. Thurs., July 10: Industrial Revelation at City Hall; Fri., July 11: Naomi Wachira at Federal Courthouse; Fri., July 18: Portland Cello Project at Occidental Square; Wed., Aug. 13: Kris Orlowski at Two Union Square; Thurs., Aug. 14: The Horde and the Harem at City Hall; Fri., Aug. 15: The Dusty 45s at Harbor Steps; Fri., Aug. 22: The Maldives at Occidental Square; Wed., Aug. 27: LeRoy Bell and his Only Friends at Harbor Steps; Wed., Sept. 3: Clinton Fearon & the Boogie Brown Band at Bell Street Park; Fri., Sept. 5: Hey Marseilles at Freeway Park.
West Seattle Summer Fest, West Seattle Junction, Fri., July 11–Sun., July 13. Fri., July 11: 2 p.m. Squirrel Butter; 3 p.m. Rat City Brass; 4 p.m. Sweet Jesus; 5 p.m. Killer Ghost; 6 p.m. Magic Mirrors; 7 p.m. Country Lips; 8 p.m. Hobosexual; 9 p.m. Yada Yada Blues Band. Sat., July 12: 12 p.m. Two Story Zori; 1 p.m. Sundae + Mr Goessel; 2 p.m. Fysah and the Soul Acoustic; 3 p.m. Vaudville Etiquette; 4 p.m. Charms; 5 p.m. The Fabulous Downey Brothers; 6 p.m. Spinning Whips; 7 p.m. Dude York; 7:40 p.m. Vox Mod; 8 p.m. The Moondoggies; 9 p.m. Vox Mod; 9:30 p.m. The Helio Sequence. Sun., July 13: 3 p.m. Carrie Akre; 4 p.m. Stag; 5 p.m. The Darci Carlson Band; 6 p.m. The Foghorns; 7 p.m. Billy Dwayne and the Creepers.
Ballard Seafood Fest, Ballard Street Main Stage, Sat., July 12–Sun., July 13. Fest starts at 11 a.m., music set times follow: Sat., July 12: 1 p.m. Vaudeville Etiquette; 2:30 p.m. Goodbye Heart; 4 p.m. The Flavr Blue; 5:30 p.m. You Me & Apollo; 7 p.m. Polyrhythmics; 8:30 p.m. Eldridge Gravy and The Court Supreme. Sun., July 13: noon, the Swearengens; 1:30 p.m. Ravenna Woods; 3 p.m. Brent Amaker and The Rodeo; 4:30 p.m. Fruition; 6 p.m. Sallie Ford.
KEXP and Seattle Center’s Concerts at the Mural Amphitheatre. This annual summer concert series is always rocking, though as of press time the lineup is still TBD. But who cares? With past performances from Dinosaur Jr., Deep Sea Diver, and Mudhoney, you know it’s going to be good. Starts 5:30 p.m., Fri., Aug. 1, 8, 15, and 22.