Culture Dose: Spring Roundup, March + Beyond

Hop Along photo courtesy of Matt Allen/OctFest

Planning for nearby concerts, shows & exhibits—and perhaps scheduling in far-flung adventures, too.

In addition to these aforementioned spring concerts, we’re pumped about the following shows: For starters, Tulsa rockers Wilderado play Neptune Theatre on March 26 with Mt. Joy. Released last year, Wilderado’s latest EP “Favors” is said to be “the band’s most collaborative work yet…it bears the distinctive writing influence and unique sonic sensibilities of all four members (lead singer/guitarist Max Rainer, bassist/vocalist Colton Dearing, guitarist/vocalist Tyler Wimpee, and drummer Justin Kila), and was recorded with production mastermind Phil Ek (Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes).”

On March 30, singer-songwriter Donovan Woods performs at Clock-out Lounge. He was recently nominated for two awards at the 2019 Juno Awards for Songwriter of the Year and Contemporary Roots Album of the Year (last year’s “Both Way”). Donovan splits his time between Toronto and Nashville, and has seen his songs recorded by the likes of Tim McGraw, Billy Currington and Charles Kelley, with his solo catalog tallying more than 81 million streams on Spotify alone.

Hop Along. Photo credit: Matt Allen/OctFest

Indie rock band Hop Along plays Neptune Theatre on April 6. Their most recent album, “Bark Your Head Off, Dog” on Saddle Creek, made a notable debut at #1 on Alternative New Artist Albums and broke into the top 50 of Billboard’s Top 200. The album was dubbed the “Best of 2018” by NPR, Pitchfork, VICE’s Noisey, Stereogum, Paste and WXPN, and has future performances slated for Coachella 2019 and Firefly Music Festival.

The Budos Band brings its 60s/70s-influenced instrumental rock to Neumos on April 12; on April 13, Portland americana soul band The Get Ahead comes to The Triple Door. The Get Ahead’s new record “Deepest Light” (out on April 26), “combines shimmering Americana with intense indie roots, and introduces a different flow of energy from your typical Americana release. Inspired as much by hard-rolling Americana bands like Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats as they are by neo-soul luminaries like Son Little, the Get Ahead’s live shows are as energetic as they are intimate.”

On April 15, Ten Fé, who recently released “Future Perfect, Present Tense” and have been described by Rolling Stone as “exciting dark pop-electronica and organic Americana” take the stage at Barboza.

Ten Fé. Photo credit: Grandstand Media

And for your listening pleasure at home, Daniel Norgren—breakout Swedish artist and past Pickathon favorite—recently debuted a new single “Let Love Run the Game,” off his upcoming record “Wooh Dang.” KEXP dropped the single a few weeks back, and we highly advise you give it a listen!


This year marks the 100th anniversary of Bauhaus design. To celebrate, through April 10 (Mondays through Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), Goethe Pop-Up Seattle hosts the Virtual Bauhaus Exhibition at Capitol Hill’s Chophouse Row. The special commemoration is being hosted in partnership with the Goethe Institut as a part of “Wunderbar Together: A Year of German American Friendship,” which was launched to fete the close friendship between the countries through a series of traditional German cultural events—held in all 50 states throughout the year.

Tiler Peck. Photo credit: Matt Karas

From March 22 through April 14, 5th Avenue Theatre stages “Marie, Dancing Still – A New Musical.” In this production, Broadway visionaries meet ballet royalty. Five-time Tony Award®-winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Contact), Tony Award®-winning authors Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once On This Island), and acclaimed New York City Ballet principal dancer Tiler Peck transport spectators to 19th-century Paris.

Looking ahead a bit, “Tiny Beautiful Things,” based on the book by Cheryl Strayed and adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos, comes to Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Leo K. Theatre (May 17 through June 23).

We’re pretty ecstatic to check out the production, based on this description alone: “Tiny Beautiful Things is a luminous play that personifies the unfathomable questions that are at the heart of being human.”

Photo credit: Woodinville Wine Country


To kick off its anticipated summer season, Woodinville Wine Country hosts Drink Pink—a rosé celebration—on Friday, May 31, on the grounds of Novelty Hill Januik Winery. The flavorful event features newly released white and rosé varietals, plus premium red wines from more than 30 wineries, all paired with delicious bites from local chefs. Tickets ($75) include event admission, unlimited tastings and light bites.


Pamper yourself downtown at Elaia (inside the Hyatt at Olive 8), as the venue puts its own twist on March Madness. This month the spa is gifting its members with 30% off all services, an increase from the normal 10% discount. Additionally, the welcoming staff encourages members to bring along their besties, by giving them the same 30% discount off their treatments, too.


Baseball season has arrived! And with it, the Mariners and Centerplate have announced T-Mobile Park‘s latest menu updates, and we’re liking what we see. Among tasty highlights, find Paseo’s Caribbean flavors at Edgar’s Cantina, Li’l Woody’s flame-grilled burgers and Fat’s Southern style chicken and sides. Also get ready to indulge in a refreshing new signature cocktail, the Magenta Mojo, inspired by the Mariners’ new partnership with T-Mobile. Among other local beverages: Beer lovers can enjoy Pike Place Ale on draft and brand new 16-ounce cans of best-selling Pike Kilt Lifter, too.

Ku Ku Fries. Photo credit: Seattle Mariners

Hip Hop Lobster Night @ Marine Hardware: The people want hip hop with their lobster, and chef Michael Gifford gives the people what they want – again! The next installment of Marine Hardware’s Hip Hop Lobster night is set for this Sunday, March 24. Reservations are available at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Cost is $65/person, plus tax and gratuity.

Here’s the menu for the evening:

  • Crostini with smoked fish, red onion and aioli
  • Little Gem Lettuce with buttermilk and poppy seed dressing
  • Roasted Asparagus with Parmigiano-Reggiano and balsamic
  • Whole 1½ Pound Lobster with drawn butter and lemon
  • Old Bay French Fries with aioli
  • Chocolate Malt Budino with whipped cream and cherry biscotti

Reservations are highly recommended, as these dinners always sell out. Please call (206) 257-4390 to reserve your lobster bib!

Photo credit: Geoffrey Smith.


Wanderlusters take note: Beginning April 1, Cathay Pacific begins its new non-stop service from Seattle-Tacoma International to Hong Kong, with four flights a week (and daily flights beginning July 1). This new route marks the only direct link between Hong Kong and Seattle.

Lastly, looking for an inspiring adventure to elevate your spring? Check out local company Explorer X’s latest offering—Awaken Your Senses in the Amazon (June 3 through 16). On this life-changing, unique journey, you’ll get the gift of joining internationally-acclaimed acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton in one of the wildest and most sonically beautiful places on Earth—the Amazon Rainforest. (Check out the video below for a sneak peek/listen. We don’t know about you, but our bags are already halfway-packed…)