Washington Hall Benefit Concert: The Holden Family and special guests The Teaching featuring Evan Flory Barnes, Josh Rawlings, and Jeremy Jones
Benefit Concert for the Campaign to Restore Washington Hall. This evening affair features performances by the legendary Holden family, a dynasty of Seattle jazz and music, and special guests The Teaching featuring Evan Flory Barnes, Josh Rawlings, and Jeremy Jones. Proceeds from this concert will go to restoring this 106-year-old theater to its former glory.
The Holden Family once lived across the street from the historic venue for more than 50 years, and five generations of Holden musicians will take the stage at Washington Hall, the site of the first jazz concert in Seattle, for the first time in a public performance. Patriarch Oscar Holden, who passed in 1969, was a pianist and played alongside Louis Armstrong and sat in with many of the touring musicians of the jazz era. Oscar Holden graces the cover of the Seattle jazz history, Jackson Street After Hours.
The Teaching is made up of Seattle latest generation of jazz musicians, who blend tradition with hop hop, funk, and pop. As the unofficial studio band for Macklemore's Grammy-winning album "The Heist," Josh Rawlings (piano), Evan Flory Barnes (bass), and Jeremy Jones (drums) embody the musical legacy of Washington Hall.
Built in 1908 by the Danish Brotherhood, Washington Hall has been an anchor in the Central District for more than 100 years. The Hall has hosted many luminary performers including Duke Ellington, Marian Anderson, Jimi Hendrix, Louis Armstrong, John Lee Hooker, Afrika Bambaata, Fugazi, Mark Morris, Spalding Gray, and Bill T. Jones. In 1973, the Sons of Haiti, an African-American Masonic Lodge, purchased the building and continued the tradition of hosting performing arts. Washington Hall was the original home of On the Boards from 1978-1998. Historic Seattle acquired Washington Hall in 2009, saving it from demolition.
With a new roof, stabilized south wall, and funds to build an elevator secured, the final phase requires raising $2.6 million by June 2014 to continue the renovation of the former Danish boarding house at the back of the building. These spaces, once homes to immigrants from all backgrounds, will become offices for Hidmo, 206 Zulu, and Voices Rising and other community organizations, classrooms and meeting rooms, a recording studio, and cafe.
Washington Hall's mission is to create a transformative space in Seattle's Central District that honors the history of Washington Hall and is a home for arts & culture that reflects its legacy. To learn more about Washington Hall, Historic Seattle, and its anchor groups - Hidmo, 206 Zulu, and Voices Rising - please visit www.washingtonhall.org.
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Seattle, WA 98122
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