Bruno Mars to play Seattle

Vocalist Bruno Mars has announced a July 21 stop in Seattle for The Moonshine Jungle World Tour.

Singer Bruno Mars has announced a Seattle date for The Moonshine Jungle World Tour. Mars, who performed on this year’s Grammy telecast with Sting and Rihanna, currently has two Top 10 singles, “When I was Your Man” and ‘Locked Out of Heaven,” from his album “Unorthodox Jukebox.” Mars won a 2010 Grammy for his song “Just the Way You Are.” He performs July 21 at KeyArena, on the Seattle Center campus. Tickets have not yet been put on sale.

Seattle Times staff

Macklemore shuts down nba sellout accusations: “If that’s selling out to you, word”

Seattle rapper Macklemore has come forward to address backlash and hate fired his way after taking part in last weekend’s NBA All-Star Weekend festivities with a promotional video.

“In my stripped down definition, selling out is compromising your artistic integrity for money/fame. In my heart I can tell you that my personal artistic integrity remained completely intact over the weekend. TNT used our song. They’re still my words. They picked the parts that fit their ad campaign, and visually matched it to us performing, threw in a highlight reel of crazy dunks and had a bunch of kids singing the hook in a gym. Word. I’m all for that. If you take away the consumerism cautionary core of Wings, a story still remains. And that story is one that I’m still proud of, and it’s dope to me that it’s relatable enough for TNT to want to use it.” (Macklemore

“I would understand the “Macklemore sold out” complaints more if we matched Wings to a shoe commercial. That would be blatant irony, it would completely contradict the song and would appear as a sell out move. But an NBA commercial? The NBA has very little to do with what Wings was really about. The songs subject is about shoes, but the guts of the record are about consumer culture. Is the NBA tied up in this culture and related in some way? Of course. All companies selling a product are. But this is the result of American culture. Does the NBA happen to fall under the capitalist umbrella? Absolutely. But it’s no different than the brands you’re currently wearing, the company that manufactured the couch that you’re sitting on or the computer/phone you’re staring into while reading this. If there was any trace of irony by Wings being one of the official songs of the 2013 All Star Game, that’s great. That means that we won. The song about consumerism was embraced on a national level, and played to the entire country of sports fans that tuned in. More people download the song, got the truth (the actual/full song) and we converted strangers that didn’t know who we were into fans. If that’s selling out to you, word. But to me that’s nothing but an all around win.” (Macklemore)Image


Beloved Native American murals at Wilson-Pacific may disappear

Seattle Public Schools wants to preserve the five large murals of Native Americans painted on the Wilson-Pacific campus, which is scheduled for demolition. But the artist says he no longer wants to give the district his permission.

Two side-by-side portraits of Chief Seattle and Chief Joseph can be seen for blocks around North Seattle’s Wilson-Pacific school, an aging set of buildings now used for offices and programs, including one that historically has served Native American students.

Painted in black, white and gray, the murals each soar 25 feet high, with Chief Seattle, in his older years, sitting in a chair looking off to one side, and Chief Joseph, in his prime, staring straight ahead.

Andrew Morrison, an artist who grew up in the Seattle area, painted the murals and three others on the Wilson-Pacific campus over a period of about seven years, populating the school’s dull, beige walls with images of friends, acquaintances and a Haida mythical figure along with the two iconic chiefs.

The murals have become a touchstone for the surrounding Licton Springs neighborhood and the Native American community in Seattle, which has strong ties to the area because of the Native American programs at the school and nearby Licton Springs, once a tribal gathering place.

Now the murals’ fate is in limbo, as Seattle Public Schools, with the passage of a capital levy earlier this month, plans to tear down Wilson-Pacific and replace it with two new schools.

District officials hope to preserve all five murals by taking digital photographs of them, then reproducing them at the new school buildings. They have asked for Morrison’s permission and offered to pay the costs and give Morrison a seat on the school’s design committee, which would decide where the reproductions would be placed.



Seattle ranks America’s techiest city

Travel + Leisure magazine has ranked Seattle No. 1 techiest city in America. 

Seattle’s “plentiful Wi-Fi” and “tech-savvy locals” won it first place on the list of 20 major cities, ranked in order of “techiness.” The magazine says other factors, including Seattle’s technology supergiants — Amazon, Microsoft, and Nintendo — combined with its reliable wireless coverage, helped push it to first.

San Francisco, Calif., came in second on the list, followed by Austin, Texas and Portland, Ore.

Washington, D.C. and Las Vegas, Nev., rounded out last place. 

(Previously reported at

Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z announce joint tour

Put on your suit and tie: Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z are hitting the road together.

The performers announced Friday that they’ll embark on a 12-city stadium tour that will kick off July 17 in Toronto. “Legends of the Summer” will wrap up Aug. 16 in Miami.

Stops on the tour also include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and Boston, but not Seattle. However, their schedule includes a July 31 appearance in Vancouver, B.C., at BC Place Stadium.

Jay-Z is featured on Timberlake’s comeback single, “Suit & Tie.” Timberlake’s new album, “The 20/20 Experience,” will be released March 19.

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Seattle middle schooler named top volunteer of 2013

Jessica Chin, 12, of Seattle was named one of Washington’s top two youth volunteers of 2013 on Feb. 5 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism.

Jessica, a seventh-grader at Seattle Country Day School, has worked for several years with her family at a facility that provides free children’s clothing and supplies to homeless families. She also raises money and takes care of dogs and cats for the local Humane Society.

To support her local Humane Society chapter, Jessica has donated over $600 by participating in two fundraising walks and persuading family members to walk with her.

As a State Honoree, Jessica will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion, and an all expense paid trip in early May to Washington, D.C.


Gabriel Vazquez “DJBeats”

I was able to interview one of my fellow friend that has took interset in becoming a DJ. He is very talented and does a great job at what he does. He became a DJ the summer of 2011, his older sister’s boyfriend is a DJ as well and he taught Gabriel (also known as DJBeats) everything there is to know about being a DJ. He mostly pefroms at clubs, and the fan’s seems to love is music, they are always dancing and no one has ever complained. He stated, “It feels good making the crowd pumped.” Five years from now he does see himself still being a DJ, he has no plan on giving his dream up anytime soon. He would love to pefrom for anyone that is throwing a party that is in need of a DJ. All you have to do is send him a email at and let him know the information. He also has a fan page that anyone and everyone can like .

This generation

As i get to know more people around Seattle i start to realize how much people are alike. Just in the little group I’m always around all they talk about is music and raps. I feel like this generation is mostly set on rap career’s and becoming a rap star, than becoming a doctor or a fire fighter. I’m not saying that’s a wrong thing, you can become whatever you dream. I’m just noticing the more and more i find different friends and are around different people the more i realize how many teenagers are wanting to become rappers. I honestly enjoy listening to the music my friends make, i have some of their songs on my phone and computer, i am always willing to help support their dreams and help get their name out their so other people can enjoy some music to. So if you have a friend or friends that are getting into making their own beats, or raps, help them out. Share their songs on one of your pages, help them get known.

West Seattle Kiwanis brings back free Seattle Symphony concert

Two years after the last Kiwanis Club of West Seattle-presented free concert by the Seattle Symphony, the orchestra is coming back next week – Tuesday, February 26th. Here’s the announcement:

The Seattle Symphony will perform a free Community Concert this month as, part of the Orchestra’s ongoing commitment to provide free opportunities for West Seattle to experience the transformational and inspiring impact of live music. The program, while sure to delight symphony fans of all ages, should have special appeal to youngsters.

The evening concert will take place at West Seattle’s Chief Sealth International High School, 2600 SW Thistle St. at 7:30 pm on February 26. Ample parking is available onsite. Admission to the Community Concert is free and tickets are not required.

Assistant Conductor Stilian Kirov will lead the Orchestra in a charming program of 19th- and 20th-century masterworks, including Béla Bartók’s Rumanian Folk Dances for Orchestra; Maurice Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin; and Johannes Brahms’ popular Hungarian Dances Nos. 5 & 6.

Talented 16-year-old violinist Amelia Sie, who hails from Bellevue, will also perform the first movement of Sergey Prokofiev’s virtuosic Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor.

The announcement continues ahead, including the full program:

For the seventh time, the free Community Concert is hosted by Kiwanis of West Seattle and presented as part of the Seattle Symphony’s Community Connections program, which is partially supported with funding from the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, 4Culture and ArtsWA. Special thanks to The Bank of America for its corporate support of Seattle Symphony community programs.


Stilian Kirov, conductor
Amelia Sie, violin

Seattle Symphony

Rumanian Folk Dances for Orchestra

Allegro moderato from Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63
Amelia Sie, violin

Le tombeau de Couperin

JOHANNES BRAHMS / orch. by Albert Parlow
Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G minor

JOHANNES BRAHMS / orch. by Albert Parlow
Hungarian Dance No. 6 in D major