Come join us at Row House Cafe for our live music series, SLU Friday Night Live, featuring live music every Friday from 5-9pm!
Arts & Events
Row House Cafe has been South Lake Union’s destination for neighborhood arts events for years, and we couldn’t be more excited to announce that we’re bringing live music back to the house!
South Lake Union is more than just a collection of offices—SLU is a vibrant, quirky neighborhood with a big eclectic voice! We want to hear music floating through the streets in the evenings, and we want to see residents and visitors strolling through the shops and cafes as they enjoy a night out. If you’ve been going downtown or up to the hill for your entertainment, we invite you to try a slice of what Row House is serving up this Friday!
Friday, October 16th, we’ll be featuring the Seattle saxophone legend Lonnie J. Williams, accompanied by the red hot licks of guitarist Steve Calkins, from 6-9pm. As always, the music is free, the drinks are cold, and the vibe is cool. Come into Row House for gnoshes, dinner, coffee, or cocktails and enjoy the sounds of New Orleans right here in our own little shanty.
Lonnie’s style is versatile, and includes elements of jazz, blues, and R&B, with a few things that are totally original mixed in! The one thing you can always count on is his performance—you’ll be transfixed by his technical skill, but what really keeps people listening is the range of emotion and the story he tells with his music. Here are a few pictures of Lonnie’s past performances at venues around Seattle, including the Highway 99 Blues Club and the North Bend Blues Walk, and check out the video of him performing at Sam’s Sports Bar in Kent—wow!
Music is a deep-felt tradition here at Row House Cafe, and we’ve hosted many different acts in the past. We’ve been damn near snuffed out by the cranes and construction, but now that things in the area are starting to settle down we’re ready to reclaim our title as SLU’s go-to art house! You can count on Row House’s music events to pull in some of the best talent in Seattle and never charge a cover. Check out some pictures of past acts below, and we hope we see you this Friday for some deeply soulful and lightning-fast blues saxophone and guitar!
Photos and video from Lonnie’s Facebook page
It’s our favorite event of the season! Thursday, October 1st marks the next South Lake Union Art Walk, and Row House is excited to display the paintings of local artist Brett Polonsky throughout the café.
Polonsky’s stunning paintings range from abstract colorscapes to figurative portraiture, but all his work employs bold and innovative colors and strokes to create pieces that demand both attention and interpretation. In Polonsky’s artist statement, he says, “I’m influenced by the colors and textures I see in the city; often dark places where little moments of color seem to be out of place yet somehow belong,” which we think is also a perfect description for Row House!
This art walk is punctuated with a number of other related activities throughout the neighborhood. Adding to the mix, will be three separate & choreographed flash mobs (at secret times and locations, of course), a beer garden, an all-day outdoor arts and crafts market from the Northwest Art Alliance, temporary installation art at the Denny Substation, and dozens of local business featuring the works of local artists.
Come by for our opening at the Art Walk on Thursday, October 1st, from 5pm-9pm. Polonsky will be present to discuss his work and technique—come grab a cocktail on your way through the SLU Art Walk, take in Polonsky’s colorful, textural & multi-media works, and meet your fellow art-loving SLU locals! And who knows… maybe you’ll see one of those flash mobs in our courtyard!