Kris Orlowski, rising star of the Seattle indie singer-songwriter scene, has been turning heads and rockin’ crowds across the country while touring and recording. On Aug. 16, Orlowski brings his soulful band and subtly powerful songs to City Hall’s outdoor plaza for a free, all-ages concert starting at noon.
The show is part of the Seattle Presents free summer concert series, hosted by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.
Drawing comparisons to Paul Westerberg and Elliot Smith, Orlowski is known for his “uncanny flair of crafting emotionally rich songs that will have you tapping your toes as your heartstrings are being tugged” writes music critic Barbara Mitchell. Along with the backdrop of his band members banjo/pedal and steel/guitarist Mark Isakson (of band Kate Tucker & the Sons of Sweden), keys/glockenspiel/vocalist Torry Anderson (of band Washington Mile), bassist Tyler Carroll, and seasoned drummer Aaron O’Neil (of bands Painted Hillsand Devotion), Orlowski delivers unguarded and sincere performances.
Jeff Talbot, Western Washington University concert series program coordinator, said Orlowski’s “live show comes across with an earnest sense of honesty, passion and emotion, which translates into a sincere, authentic live set for show-goers.”
The following Thursday, Aug. 23, the soulful tunes continue with indie songsmith Jon Solo. This singer-songwriter returns to Seattle for a reunion with Seattle drummer Byron Vanoy, bassist Dean Schmidt and other special guests. Solo’s understated Paul Simon-esque sound pairs perfectly with his catchy song style.
Both shows are part of the Seattle Presents free, lunchtime, summer concert series presented by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. In case of rain, the concerts will move inside City Hall lobby and conclude at 1 p.m. Check www.seattle.gov/seattlepresents for the latest updates and summer concert calendar, or call (206) 684-7171.
Seattle Presents concerts are presented by the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation, Metropolitan Improvement District and Triamp Group.
OTHER UPCOMING CONCERTS
Aug. 23 - Jon Solo
Indie rock from Jon Solo and special guests. This soulful singer-songwriter returns to Seattle for a reunion with Seattle drummer Byron Vanoy, bassist Dean Schmidt and other special guests. Solo’s understated, Paul Simon-esque sound pairs perfectly with his catchy song style.
Aug. 30 - Kasey Anderson with special guest Star Anna
Smoldering alt-country tunes by this acoustic duo is the perfect sound track for a late-summer afternoon. The Seattle Times describes Star Anna’s sound as “… a little like whiskey: warm and mellow one moment, wisecracking the next.” Of Anderson’s gravel-filled guitar grooves, The Stranger says, “ … indie rock that feels like the smoke-filled back room of a delta juke joint.”