Summer Concert Season Has Begun

There’s no better way to mark the start of summer than with some live entertainment, right? As the pandemic slowly fades behind us, recent easing of Covid restrictions has made it possible for venues to once again host live events and performances. To help you make the most of the summer — and put a little pep in your step — we’ve found some exciting new concerts and events coming to Seattle.

Back by popular demand, Woodland Park Zoo is once again hosting its famous outdoor concert series, ZooTunes. Partnering with Seattle radio station KEXP, the zoo has announced a partial lineup focused on local musicians for the series. ZooTunes kicks off with The Posies on July 18, Naked Giants on August 8 and Polyrhythmics on August 18. Ticket sales begin online on May 21. Be sure to review the website for safety procedures and the latest information about the concert series.

It’s been a long year for theater-lovers, and while we’re not able to return to traditional indoor shows just yet, the Campfire Festival at the Rainier Center is offering theater aficionados a chance to embrace live performances in an outdoor space. Centered on the idea of returning to stories told by the fireside, the campfire festival runs from May 20 – June 5 and features five local performing artists utilizing the outdoor stage for solo shows. Ticket are pay-what-you-can, and can be purchased online.

Dedicated to supporting local musicians and bringing live music back to audiences, Safe & Sound Seattle has designed a series of Covid-safe outdoor concerts, touting itself as “Seattle’s first socially-distant outdoor concert series.” The series kicks off with a performance on May 29 by the Marshall Law Band, with special guests Tres Leches at the Museum of Flight. You can purchase tickets and learn more about safety guidelines here.

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