It’s been years in the making but ‘Mo Wave, the new Seattle Queer Arts Festival is upon us, opening this Thursday, April 11 and continuing through Sunday, April 14 at venues around the Hill, but largely centered on Chop Suey. The brainchild of Chop Suey’s booker, Jodi Ecklund and Marcus Wilson from Pony, the multi-day festival has its roots in Portland’s Queer Music festival but encompasses more than just queer rock. A modern dance event was held at Velocity this last Sunday, and the festival moves into high gear on Thursday, with an art show and reception at True Love Gallery, 1525 Summit Avenue. The art show, Polari is curated by Steven Miller and runs for a month and features the work of both local and national artists, including Brian Britigan, Chris Crites, Kelly O, David Belisle, James Bidgood and Joey Veltkamp. The opening night reception on Thursday, runs 6 to 10pm and is free to the public.
But, music is really at the heart of ‘Mo Wave, and the festival kicks into high gear on Friday with multiple live performances at Pony and Chop Suey. Popular local queer groups, Glitterbang and Ononos will be performing, and from Vancouver, BC, Shearing Pinx.
On Saturday the 13th, the headliner is the very popular local band, Eighteen Individual Eyes, plus appearances from Night Cadet, Gaytheist, Team Dresch and others, with The Wildrose added as one of the venues.
Things wrap up on Sunday the 14th at Pony, Chop and the ‘Rose, with Ade, Redwood Plan and the Blondie cover band, “Blackie” and all hosted by the hardest working/most booked queen in town, Miss Robbie Turner.
All the Chop Suey/Pony events are 21+ (sorry underagers…you’re fucked…again.) Ticket prices are $15 for each day…get them over here…and, they get you into ALL the events/venues for that day. If you just want to see The Wildrose events, you can get in for $5.