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Spotlight on the waterfront: the logo's O is the focus of a ray of light cast from a distant point over some abstractly-drawn wave lines below the logo

Spotlight on the Waterfront

Pier 62 | Free
Nov 12 2021 | 3–5 pm
Oct 12 2021 | 3–5 pm
Oct 15 2021 | 3–5 pm
Oct 19 2021 | 3–5 pm
Oct 26 2021 | 3–5 pm
Oct 29 2021 | 3–5 pm
Nov 5 2021 | 3–5 pm
Nov 9 2021 | 3–5 pm
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Discover Seattle at Pier 62.
Spotlight on the Waterfront is an event series which hosts local artists in the late afternoon on Tuesdays and Fridays 3pm‑5pm.

All ages welcome

Spotlight on the Waterfront engages audiences of all ages to experience Seattle’s music and visual performances along the new waterfront. Set on one of the city’s most breathtaking locations, Pier 62, this series provides audiences a chance to discover the region’s arts and culture.

Friends offers this ‘pop-up’ program in 2021 as a platform for local artists and cultural communities to introduce themselves, their songs and cultures, to a wide audience. We hope these performances encourage a sense of spontaneity for neighbors, visitors and other community members along the downtown Seattle shoreline.

On Friday November 12: we’re making a splash for the final Spotlight session! Come enjoy music by CarLarans and Kayla Carrington along with tents, heaters, food, and a beer garden!

SPOTLIGHT FINALE - NOV 12 <br>Carlarans image


CarLarans (pronounced Car-Luh-rons) is a singer-songwriter, community activist, and musician born in southern Indiana. Influences from soul, gospel, house, and hip-hop make up his sultry sound, and his captivating performances incorporate aspects of vogue dance, runway, and high fashion.

SPOTLIGHT FINALE - NOV 12 <br>Kayla Carrington image

Kayla Carrington

Kayla Carrington is a West Coast, U.S based musical artist with an exciting act that includes sax, rap, and dance. Other services include private youth outdoor education.

Kayla’s lyrics playfully & intentionally call on environmental justice, activism, climate change education, and visual art to mobilize today’s youngest generations. Carrington considers Lauryn Hill, Wale, and The Internet among their biggest influences. At age 11, Kayla took to the alto saxophone and within a decade was playing gigs with The Thelonious Monk Institute, touring festivals in France, Spain, and the Netherlands, and recording for the soundtrack of Netflix Original’s “Motown Magic”.

Featuring production from Dru Freeman and Vikki T, Kayla’s first collection titled Environmental Studies EP hit streaming platforms in June 2019, a year after their first poetry book, Each Step In, was published. Together, these two projects capture the essence of what it is like to grow up into a world of known environmental negligence, and what it looks like to spread health & thriving energy through it all.

Oct 12 <br>Portraits in Motion featuring Dani Tirrel, Tracey Wong, Robbie A. Moore, and KUTTNUP image
A young asian woman in purple pants and a blue bikini holds up two peace fingers at the viewer, her other hand holding her left knee. The background is full of green and trees.
An attractive young black man looks at the camera to his left, he is wearing a black shirt, one arm is held up and the other is on the back of his neck.
KUTTNUT - about a dozen young-looking black women and one man stand or squat while smiling at the camera. They are dressed stylishly in red, black, and white and look ready to dance.

Oct 12
Portraits in Motion featuring Dani Tirrel, Tracey Wong, Robbie A. Moore, and KUTTNUP

These artists will paint physical narratives that explore themes of identity, locality, resilience, beauty, and joy while celebrating the beauty that exists within culturally responsive arts programming.

dani tirrell (Seattle, WA) Seattle’s Mayor Arts Award recipient 2019, is a Black, Trans Spectrum, Queer choreographer, dancer, and movement guide. dani has guided people in Detroit and Seattle as well as shared movement practices in other cities in the United States. Currently dani is the curator for Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas (Seattle). Dani is the host and co-creator of several online talk programs: Sunday Dinner, The Living Room, and Intimate Conversations.

Tracey Wong 黃麗塋 (she/her) is a queer Chinese-American dancer, educator, and community space holder. She was born and raised on Duwamish Land/ Seattle, WA in The Southend by her loving refugee and immigrant parents. Tracey takes pride in representing her city and wishes to inspire and hold community spaces that empower many, especially queer folx, women, and communities of color.

Robbi Moore, from Hamden, CT, began dancing at New England Ballet and continued at Dee Dee’s Dance Center and New Haven Ballet. He is an alumnus of Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts, the Ailey Summer Intensive, Cunningham Trust Workshop, Jacob’s Pillow’s Commercial Dance Program, and the Complexions Intensive. Robert graduated magna cum laude from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program and has danced with Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre, The Steps Repertory Ensemble, AATMA Performing Arts, Whidbey Island Dance Theatre, Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center, Karin Stevens Dance, the Guild Dance Company, Kinesis Project Dance Theater, The Gray, PRICEarts, Coriolis Dance, Khambatta Dance Company, and Spectrum Dance Theater.

KUTTNUP, N The Kutt is a hip hop Dance Studio located at 21917 Marine Vw. Dr. S. Des Moines, WA 98198. This studio focuses on instilling confidence, leadership and peer communication skills, all while using dance to keep their attention.

Oct 15 <br>The Rhapsody Project Songsters image

Oct 15
The Rhapsody Project Songsters

The Rhapsody Project is a community that explores and celebrates music, heritage, and culture through an anti-racist lens. The Rhapsody Project Songsters are a group of students and professionals who present songs that reflect their cultural heritage.

OCT 19 <br>Tekla Waterfield image

OCT 19
Tekla Waterfield

Contemporary American Roots Alaskan-born singer-songwriter Tekla Waterfield writes conscious and observational point-of-view lyrics, presented through the lens of her sweet, soulful and dynamic vocals. She is joined by her husband, accomplished guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, Jeff Fielder, incidentally also of Alaskan birth, to present lush, harmonic and spellbinding storytelling performances.

Children in somewhat traditional Mexican garb pose for a photo outside in the sun. The boys wear cowboy hats, tan pants and white shirts while the girls where colorful floorlength dresses.
Two adolescents on a stage in traditional Mexican garb, are smiling and looking at each other mid-dance.

OCT 26
Joyas Mestizas

October 25 Update: this event has been postponed due to inclement weather.


Joyas Mestizas is proud to preserve the rich Mexican culture through traditional dance, music, and regional costuming. Joyas Mestizas has been performing in front of audiences in Western Washington since 1988. We are the Seattle area’s first Mexican Folklorico Youth Group. We perform on a regular basis at a variety of events such as Folklife Festival, Fiestas Patrias, the Hispanic Seafair, and a wide variety of other community events and celebrations.


Joyas Mestizas es un groupo de baile folklorico dedicado a preservar la rica cultural Mexicana a través de la danza tradicional, la música y el vestuario regional. Joyas Mestizas se ha presentado frente al público en el oeste de Washington desde 1988. Somos el primer grupo juvenil folclórico mexicano del área de Seattle. Actuamos regularmente en una variedad de eventos como Folklife Festival, Fiestas Patrias, Hispanic Seafair y una amplia variedad de otros eventos y celebraciones de la comunidad.

OCT 29 <br>Capoeira Angola image

OCT 29
Capoeira Angola

The International Capoeira Angola Foundation (ICAF) was founded in 1995 by Mestre Cobra Mansa, Mestre Jurandir, and Mestre Valmir in order to cultivate, preserve, and grow the Afro-Brazilian cultural art Capoeira Angola. The Seattle branch of ICAF was established in 1997 by Mestre Jurandir with the support of a small group of dedicated students. Housed in the vibrant space of the Union Cultural Center, their mission is to connect and empower the Pacific Northwest community through Capoeira Angola and cultural arts. The Seattle chapter is one of 29 ICAF groups around the world. Maestro Silvio Doe Reis of the Seattle chapter shares, “I see capoeira as a powerful tool to educate, build self-esteem, and develop our critical view of the world. Capoeira promotes interpersonal and social healing through the learning of its fundamentals such as movements, music, history, and philosophy.”

NOV 9 <br>Peter Ali image

Peter Ali

UPDATE: this event was rescheduled to the spring series due to inclement weather.

Peter Ali has inspired and comforted many through his music since first hearing the call of a Native American style flute at a low point in his own life. He then found his way towards healing through teaching himself to play. Peter comes from a unique blending of cultures. His mother is from Sonora Mexico and is of Mayan, Pima Indian, and southern European descent. His father is of Berber descent from Morocco, North Africa. After many years of flute playing, Peter discovered that his paternal grandfather had also played the traditional Ney flute for ceremonies and gatherings. Peter has gathered a wonderful collection of wooden flutes, each with a unique voice that he directs and brings to life. He performs and teaches flute playing and flute making through various Native American tribal programs, schools, public libraries, and other venues. He was a featured performer for the Dalai Lama during the Seeds of Compassion Seattle event.

NOV 5 <br>Julie C & The New Moon Cypher Squad image

Julie C & The New Moon Cypher Squad

NOV 4 UPDATE: The Friday 11/5 Spotlight session with Julie C has been postponed to our spring series due to wet weather.

A cypher is a creative coming together to share, express, cultivate energy, and build community with art and music. Join Emcee Julie-C and friends as they bring this experience to the Waterfront for a special New Moon Cypher. You’ll hear some excellent Hip Hop, improv, and learn more about the work being done by local creatives towards equity, self-preservation, and community empowerment by Forever Safe Spaces. Follow at @JouleSea and @ForeverSafeSpaces on Instagram for more.


Hosted by Friends of Waterfront Seattle

Friends of Waterfront Seattle (“Friends”) is the nonprofit partner to the City of Seattle responsible for helping to fund, build, steward, and program the park — today and into the future. In deep collaboration with individuals, communities, and institutional partners, Friends’ mission is creating, caring for, and activating a renewed place on Seattle’s central shoreline to connect — to the water, to the mountains, to our city, and to one another. In addition to raising $110M by 2024 to fund park construction, Friends will provide funding and manage the programming and operations of the future Waterfront Park through a joint-delivery partnership with Seattle Parks & Recreation. Park construction has begun following the Viaduct’s removal and the first piece of the park — Pier 62 — is now open.

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