Pastors and activists are asking for land reparations in the Central District. The Black population in Seattle is at its lowest point in 50 years largely due to rising rents. Activists believe that receiving land back from the city would be a way to build wealth that they were denied due to systemic racism (Crosscut)
Hungry for some art? So are many local galleries, especially since the Seattle Art Fair which would’ve happened last weekend, got canceled. In a collective effort, a group of over 40 galleries, nonprofits and art institutions have come together for the “Seattle Deconstructed Art Fair.” Exhibitions will be free and held in-person and online throughout the month of August. (The Seattle Times)
A number of restaurants have been forced to close during the pandemic but we’re still seeing some make their debuts in this time of uncertainty. The husband-wife team behind the Beacon Hill restaurant Homer opened Milk Drunk—a soft serve ice cream shop offering fried chicken and some adult beverages—on Wednesday. Soft serve options are drool-worthy and include vanilla with malted chocolate and a fig leaf coconut flavor with Rainier cherry. 🍦 (Eater)
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For the second edition of the “Local Music Lowdown,” I’d like to introduce y’all to the very talented Falon Sierra. Falon Sierra started to turn heads in 2017 thanks to her appearance in MoPop’s Sound Off! finals—a 21-and-under battle of the bands style competition. She has released a couple of EPs that blend R&B and electric soul. Her new single Sushi / Samba comes out next Friday. So be on the lookout for that. 👀
Name: Falon Sierra
Bands/Musical affiliation(s): Holy Pistola, High Pulp, Nic Masangkay
Socials: Insta / Twitter : @Falonsierra, Facebook.com/falonsierramusic
Song to know: Sprained Ankles and Mr. Prez
Can you give me a brief bio–how’d you get into music? How did Sound Off! play a role in your musical career?
I have been singing my whole life. I have only wanted to do this. This is the only thing I felt like…I was really good at. Music was always being played ’round me; my mom didn’t have much but music was something that we always had.
Sound Off! was awesome, it was what I felt like was my first “BIG” thing with my own personal music. I was so proud of myself for coming in second place, what is cool is people still know me mainly from the Sound Off! competition and that really says something about the dopeness of the show and what it can do for young folx.
Why do you think Seattle’s music scene has always been so vibrant?
Well, I feel like it’s easy. If you make music you can come to a show and meet two people, chances are those two people know everyone you need to know to get on the next bill. It’s very welcoming and it is an amazing community, we are all so close, we are a big family.
Favorite local venue you’ve played? Favorite local venue to see a show at?
My favorite venue is Neumos, it’s just my spot. I am always on the hill so whenever I can book Neumos I get really excited. I also like low key house shows, the vibe is super chill and the music is always good.
How would you describe your sound? Who are some of your influences?
I’d describe my sound as New Wave / R&B / Electronic / Soul / Eclectic typeness.
My influences range from Amy Winehouse, Jazmine Sullivan, India Arie, Jill Scott and Lianne La Havas to KAYTRANADA, James Blake, ABRA, Katy B, Robyn and Kelela.
Your song Mr. Prez seems especially timely right now with the renewed energy that the Black Lives Matter movement has had. Can you talk through writing that song?
Well, I remember that I wrote it right around the time Trump got elected. I remember there was a storm outside and I also remember the Syrian bombings on the news as well. I was like “THE FU**ING WORLD IS GONNA END!!!!” When I sat down on my laptop the words just started to flow and the song was born. But you’re right, the song is STILL relevant today…unfortunately.
COVID has stopped all live music for the foreseeable future, do you have any ideas or plans for what these next few months might look like for you? Are you working on anything?
Well, it’s all up in the air for sure. I am tryna just take it day by day. I do music because I love it and times like this when you sort of have nothing…that is when you realize why you do what you love.
Life is short and I can’t breathe unless I make music and sing, even if I can only sing to myself these days ha-ha. BUT I am performing Mr. Prez at the Central District’s Umoja Parade March on August 1st at Jimi Hendrix Park. The event is 1-9 pm. This is my first step up on the stage since March so I am stoked.
Favorite song from a Seattle area artist OR about Seattle/the PNW?
I love Greg Cyphers new EP Homebass and specifically his song “SPACCCEEEEEE” & “OMG” is on repeat! So is Malcolm Rebels‘ “Bring it out” & “Hustler’s Anthem” (Rest in Paradise)
Anything else you’d like to add/promote?
Well, I have a new song coming out August 7th. This song is sort of a “let’s pretend we aren’t in quarantine and that we are in the club,” type of vibe. Lol. The song is called Sushi / Samba and it is produced by the amazing Luna God.
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📢 Participate in a rally to fund Black education at the Rainier Beach Community Center Plaza. (Rainier Beach)
🎥 Tune in for a free virtual movie night with NAACP Snohomish County and NAMI Washington. Discuss the film's themes about mental health and Blackness with the director himself. (Online)
✊🏾 Celebrate Seattle's African American community and African diaspora culture with music, food and speakers. (Jimi Hendrix Park)
🌊 Visit one of the state parks at low tide where beach naturalists from the Seattle Aquarium will be present to answer any questions you might have. (Various Locations)
If you have time this weekend, check out the Ujoma Fest happening at Jimi Hendrix park on Saturday. The festival is an annual occurrence celebrating the African American community and African diaspora in the northwest. There will be music (including Falon Sierra!), speakers and Black businesses there that you can support. While the festival is outside, do be mindful of the pandemic and wear a mask.
Enjoy your weekend and we’ll see ya back here next Tuesday! ✌️