Vera houses the future: of music, of art, and of culture. On the stage and in our studios, we produce cutting-edge music and artwork every week all year long, showcasing the best talent of the present and the future. You’ll find the future backstage at Vera as well. In fact, Vera puts backstage up-front, inviting young people to help make the programming happen. Vera actively invites young people to lead in every aspect of production, from booking bands to audio engineering to promotions and even organizational governance. Vera’s volunteers, members and interns not only make the music happen, they also learn and participate in the inner workings of the music industry and arts community. Then, they go on to run it. Former participants can be found in many of the music, arts and cultural efforts in the region and all around the country.
Before Vera was founded and the Teen Dance Ordinance was still in effect, Seattle was a difficult place for young people to participate in local culture. Vera opened its doors in 2001 with the repeal of the ordinance, and has served as a critical piece of this change and serves as a cornerstone of youth efforts in the region.
Vera’s work is far from done. Seattle is growing and the music industry and arts community are growing with it. Places like Vera are needed now more than ever as hubs for musicians, artists, producers, audiences, and most importantly, the growing numbers of young people.
In 2015, we look forward to introducing a whole new vision for Vera, setting a course for 2020. Vera will be even more of a hub for the music, arts and cultural community. We will continue to be on the cutting edge of music and art, a resource for current and future trends and trendsetters. We will grow our partnerships with local cultural institutions and will reach out to and include more young people from more neighborhoods throughout the region. And we look forward to including you in that process!
We have a bold target of $55,000 in our year-end fundraising campaign. This will be our largest annual campaign ever. We ask you to join us in supporting Vera at this time—it is only with your support that we can be successful in all our work.
For those donors and sponsors who give more than $500, we will post a Gold Record on one of our donor walls with your name on it.
To give, send a check to: 305 Harrison Street; Seattle, WA 98109.
Or support the campaign on Crowdrise: http://www.crowdrise.com/VivaVera2014.
Viva Vera, indeed.
The Vera Project is very excited to host the Music Journalism Class Series: Writing About Music. In this series, students will get insight and teachings from some of the best and most experienced in the business. All ages and experience levels are welcome.
Mondays 7:00-8:30 PM
September 22 - October 27
This comprehensive 6-class course focuses on practical musical journalism. Students will explore the history of popular music journalism, learn the craft of writing, and begin developing the tools needed for a career writing about music and the arts.
Mark Baumgarten (Seattle Weekly editor-in-chief, former editor of City Arts Magazine)
Chris Nelson (former music journalist for New York Times, Rolling Stone, sonicnet.com, Seattle Times, Seattle P-I)
Michaelangelo Matos (Writer for Village Voice, Capital New York, Resident Advisor)
Jessica Hopper (Music Editor for Rookie Magazine, Senior Editor of the Pitchfork Review, writer for Village Voice, Rolling Stone, Spin)
Ann Powers (Music critic for NPR; former pop music critic for LA Times, Author of Weird Like Us: My Bohemian America and coeditor of Rock She Wrote: Women Write About Rock, Pop, and Rap, and co-author with Tori Amos of Piece By Piece.)
For more information and registration Click Here
Summit Block Party(SBP)
We are excited to announce that The Vera Project is partnering with Summit Block Party this year and will have our very own Vera Stage! The event is Saturday August 9th from 11:00am to 9:30pm between E Olive & Howell Street. There will be plenty of great DIY music, crafts, art, and more!
Here is this year’s lineup:
The Pharmacy // Ecstatic Cosmic Union // Snuff Redux // Great Spiders // Kleine // Kelli Frances Corrado // Wayfinders // Parker Edison //
Bad Tats // CMRTYZ // Diogenes // Carnotaurus //Lifeslow // Funky Photos // Nightspace // Spread Thick Crew
Official Website: www.summitblockparty.com
Facebook Event Page: www.facebook.com/events/847192731977590/
By Danyka Tagg
A rising act in the world of Alternative Rock, Kongos have formed a distinct style with influences ranging from all different grounds. The band is composed of four brothers including Johnny, Jesse, Dylan and Daniel Kongos. Having endured life shaping steps moving from London to South Africa, and now to Arizona, the band is cultured from various different roots. With a collective South African inspired sound and a funky accordion beat, their songs have been rising to top the charts in the past weeks. They recently sat down with The Vera Project at Sasquatch! Music Festival 2014 to talk about their experiences on tour and at the fest.
Danyka: Tonight’s your last night on tour, how long has the journey been?
Kongos: We’ve been touring since the middle of April, and we’ve got a few days off after Sasquatch. After that we’ve got a show in Tucson, then it’s back on the road again until November. It’s not our first US tour, but a very extensive one.
D: Have you guys played South Africa a couple of times? Has it been a stop on one of your tours?
K: Not this year, but 2012 was the last time that we played there. I’m not sure when we’re going back, but definitely we’re going back. But, we haven’t played there since 2012.
D: How did you guys find your musical roots in Phoenix?
K: It is sort of isolated, you’re out there on your own in the desert. We were able to sort of get into the studio and do our own thing, not be too influenced by what was going on in any particular scene in LA or New York, any of the music hubs of the world.
D: How has your Sasquatch experience been like? Has it been a different experience?
K: The crowd was great, festival crowds are always great because they’re here to just see music and nothing else. It’s different because you’re reaching to a whole bunch of people, not just preaching to the choir. You’re getting new fans, and people that are kind of open minded. I like playing festivals, although we had some technical issues. But, the crowd makes up for it.
D: What are some of your favorite bands right now? What was the last show you saw here?
K: Queens of The Stone Age. I’m bummed we’re not going to be able to see them.
We just listened to the new Michael Jackson album. It’s pretty good and I like it. Also, a band called Darkside that I just started listening to.
I listened to some old school Prince, Stevie Wonder, also Michael Jackson as well. I’m into those kinda grooves right now. Drum wise, there are some gospel drummers that I really like and are just killin’ it.
D: What was it like moving from South Africa to Arizona?
K: We’ve been in the states for 17 years and we were all kids, so it was a parental choice. It wasn’t much of a choice, and a bit of a culture shock. I think that most of world grows up more exposed to American culture rather than the other way around. So, you kind of know what to expect. We’ve seen all the teen movies.
D: What’s your favorite teen movie?
K: I don’t know about favorites, but I watched that movie “Kids” before I moved here. I don’t know if you’ve seen “Kids”, it’s a f****ed up movie and I thought high school was going to be like that, and it wasn’t.
D: They always sugar-coat it, high school.
K: No, this wasn’t sugar-coated. It was the exact opposite of sugar-coating. Check it out, it’s disturbing. Yeah, we all came prepared with letterman jackets and it just didn’t work out.
D: Who’s the favorite child? Who’s the least favorite?
K: Depends on the day, whoever cooks that day. It’s the same.
D: We’re an all ages music venue, there’s not many in Arizona. Why do you think all ages music is important?
K: Well, I’ll tell you the difference between when you have younger kids at shows. They are generally more amped up and excited and because they aren’t “too cool” yet to stand there. In South Africa, the drinking age is 18. So, you’ve 18 to 21 year-olds that you don’t have at most shows in the states. I think that really helps it out. I don’t know how all ages venues work in Seattle, but in Phoenix they are so segregated they’re off on the other side of the bar and it just messes up shows. When they make it simple and give everyone wrist bands and everyone can stand together it makes for such a better vibe. Because, when you’ve got half the crowd in one part of the venue, no one can connect properly with the music. Half the people are drunk and half the people are stone cold sober.
D: What’s been your favorite memory of this tour so far?
K: Indian food.
D: Where at? Good or bad?
K: Every city, every time we get a chance we go and get Indian food. Cause, a lot of times the venue will have catering or we’ll just eat something quickly. But, when we have a day off and we can go find a restaurant, we really like it.
D: What city has had the best Indian food?
K: Nashville had great Indian food. St. Louis? No, we had Ethiopian food in St. Louis and Detroit, maybe. All I can say is, thank goodness for Indian food when you’re traveling the Midwest.