Upstream Music Festival and Summit


Pioneer Square (map) Pioneer Square
May 11-13

Upstream is a three-day music festival and summit set to take place in more than 25 venues around Pioneer Square. It's Paul Allen’s attempt to mold a PNW-focused South by Southwest type large-scale festival, with music, art, tech, and film programming involving many local emerging talents, and more than 200 artists, and keynote speakers Macklemore, Quincy Jones, and Portia Sabin. Curated by longtime hiphop booker and former talent-buyer at the Crocodile Meli Darby, the vast majority of bands are Seattle-and-NW centric, including Shabazz Palaces, electro-jammers Beat Connection, Iska Dhaaf, glam-rockers Thunderpussy and R&B trio The Flavr Blue. Also on the roster is genre-bending hiphop wunderkind DoNormaal, Grammy-winning jazz-fusion ensemble Snarky Puppy, the sublime soundscapes of Bardo:Basho, Freeway Park, SassyBlack, folk wailer Shelby Earl, Raica, pop-duo SISTERS, So Pitted, The Spider Ferns, Youryoungbody, and punk-rock dreamboats Boyfriends.

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Pioneer Square

Pioneer Square, Seattle, Washington

Event Times
  • May 11-13
  • Blues/Country/Folk, Electronic, Experimental/Noise, Hiphop/Rap, Metal/Punk, Rock/Pop, Soul/R&B
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